: Tinting 2006 STS 20% rear 35% front and sides



jhelms
08-15-07, 03:42 PM
WOW, we have been hovering at or near (or above, eek!) 100 degrees the past week or so and the black interior of the STS is overwhelming, even with the cooled seats.

We are getting the windows tinted and although I've always had dark to very dark tint, this car will be driven more by my 67 year old father - so... that begs the question:

1) Stay with regular 35% all around (none on the front windshield of course)

or

2) Do 35% all around except go with 20% on just the one main rear glass piece

I know I would be fine with that, but what do ya'll think, would the 20% on the back glass make it too dark for a regular guy like my dad? I'm worried about 35% not being enough and that large expanse of glass still letting too much sun/heat in.

dkozloski
08-15-07, 04:13 PM
Older drivers commonly have trouble seeing while driving at night. Forget the tint.

jhelms
08-15-07, 04:49 PM
Older drivers commonly have trouble seeing while driving at night. Forget the tint.

No tint at all.... in Georgia? :gg:

Did I mention the 100 degree heat?

I know you live in AK where the tint and heat issue may not be as relevant :) (and no offense meant by my reply, I'm definitely the newbie here and don't want to offend anyone). The heat here this month has been insane, and even with the shade on the sunroof closed, a/c on max cold, and seat ventilation on high it has been uncomfortable. The car will spend most of its time between GA and FL, the tint is a given.

I should have clarified that all his other cars are tinted (35%, except for a regular cab truck where the back glass is 20% and sides are 35%). Also, he asked me to get the car tinted for him; my only concern was if the heat reduction benefits of tinting the expansive back glass 20vs35 would outweigh the slight possibility of it appearing too dark.

BTW, 20% is not by any means 'limo' or will it appear 'blacked out', etc. :burn:

dkozloski
08-15-07, 05:07 PM
No tint at all.... in Georgia? :gg:

Did I mention the 100 degree heat?

I know you live in AK where the tint and heat issue may not be as relevant :) (and no offense meant by my reply, I'm definitely the newbie here and don't want to offend anyone). The heat here this month has been insane, and even with the shade on the sunroof closed, a/c on max cold, and seat ventilation on high it has been uncomfortable. The car will spend most of its time between GA and FL, the tint is a given.

I should have clarified that all his other cars are tinted (35%, except for a regular cab truck where the back glass is 20% and sides are 35%). Also, he asked me to get the car tinted for him; my only concern was if the heat reduction benefits of tinting the expansive back glass 20vs35 would outweigh the slight possibility of it appearing too dark.

BTW, 20% is not by any means 'limo' or will it appear 'blacked out', etc. :burn:
I drove my CTS across the Mojave desert in California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico in July, it was about 120F, with no tint, and we were very comfortable.

jhelms
08-15-07, 06:04 PM
I drove my CTS across the Mojave desert in California, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico in July, it was about 120F, with no tint, and we were very comfortable.

Hooray for you, however that information has nothing to do with my question.

Driving in that kind of temp is totally different that letting a dark car with black interior sit in a blacktop parking lot for a couple of hours, then getting in wearing a suit to go to a closing - did this a few times last week and it is definitely more comfortable in our tinted cars (even without ventilated seats, which did help).

Tinted windows will provide several benefits for us, I was not opening up a post to argue whether or not the car should be tinted at all. I have never seen someone so 'against' tint as you - did tint do something to hurt you in the past?

My dad's other cars and Caddy's all have 35% all around, he has no problems with seeing in them at night while driving. My simple (or so I thought) question was about the single large piece of rear glass having 20% or 35% (again, not painted black, not with 5% limo tint, not tinting 35% over a factory tint, etc.).

dkozloski
08-15-07, 06:22 PM
My concern was not with tint as such but being able to see. Since this is not a concern I'd go with 35% mirror tint.

Force-1
08-15-07, 06:29 PM
Why not 20% on the back 3 windows, and 35% front 2? That's how my STS is done. The back side windows are not really used for sight while driving, so might as well go darker on them too. Your vision is most important through front 3 windows, and 35% is no issue at night IMHO.

rb92gt
08-15-07, 07:04 PM
I had to make the same decision. In FL, can do darker tint on back door windows and rear window, but I decided to go 35 all around and am happy with it. It is dark enough, but I can still see well at night and it would be legal for me to drive in GA. Another benefit: Auto dimming mirror still works well to dim the L and R sideview mirrors because enough light gets through rear window from cars behind me at night to activate mirror dimmers.

lbwd
08-15-07, 07:38 PM
Why not do like 30% all the way (except windshield)? I wish I did the 25% all the way on mine. I was a puzzy and did the legal amount in the front. It looks good but the same all the way would look a lot better. Either way, it's hot! My int is black too, ext is dark red.

dkozloski
08-15-07, 07:50 PM
What you really need is a remote start to get the A/C going full blast before you get in.

sts871
08-15-07, 08:11 PM
If you have Navigation, it seems to me I remember reading in the owners manual that window tint is not advisable because it could affect your GPS capability.

Cajonkev
08-15-07, 08:42 PM
If you have Navigation, it seems to me I remember reading in the owners manual that window tint is not advisable because it could affect your GPS capability.

Only metallic tint or if you do the front glass top strip. well covered in other threads many times over.

I have the ebony interior and 35% all the way around and am very happy with it.

Force-1
08-15-07, 10:19 PM
I have metallic tint all around and it has no affect on my Nav, radio reception, etc.

BirdJC
08-17-07, 08:15 AM
I stuck with the "legal tint" in my area, I believe its 50% on the front and 35% on the rest. Haven't had any issues witht he nav. or the adjusting mirrors. Plus on the black raven and dark interior it looks much darker as well... On the inside you barely notice the tint at night time, everything stays crisp and clear....I don't know what laws you have there but with the dark interior if possible I'd say 35% all around would be good if legal...

jvizzy22
08-17-07, 09:27 AM
i thought they all came with remote start am i wrong?

dkozloski
08-17-07, 09:42 AM
i thought they all came with remote start am i wrong?I think you're right but of course you have to remember to use it if you want to get into a cool car. The tint itself absorbs a lot of heat into the windows. What a guy needs is a portable shady spot.

jhelms
08-17-07, 10:08 AM
What you really need is a remote start to get the A/C going full blast before you get in.

Amen brother - the silly thing is we do have remote start, I just forgot to use it the whole first week of having the car. Even more dope-headed on my part, my desk/office/window looks directly out to where I park and I've had remote start on various vehicles since installing an old DEI Viper alarm on my car back in 1993. DOH! :(


Why not 20% on the back 3 windows, and 35% front 2? That's how my STS is done. The back side windows are not really used for sight while driving, so might as well go darker on them too. Your vision is most important through front 3 windows, and 35% is no issue at night IMHO.

That's an option, but 'legal' here is 32% on the glass. They give you that variance as a 3% leeway on the typical 35% tint that is installed at most shops. The police all have the slide on tint measurement devices, which measure a window that rolls down very easily. So for that reason I'll probably keep the side windows 35% for sure.


I had to make the same decision. In FL, can do darker tint on back door windows and rear window, but I decided to go 35 all around and am happy with it. It is dark enough, but I can still see well at night and it would be legal for me to drive in GA. Another benefit: Auto dimming mirror still works well to dim the L and R sideview mirrors because enough light gets through rear window from cars behind me at night to activate mirror dimmers.

Thanks for the pics, good points about the mirrors. If you have one that shows the back large window pretty good post that one, I could sort of tell from those three but would be curious to see a head on shot of the back.


Why not do like 30% all the way (except windshield)? I wish I did the 25% all the way on mine. I was a puzzy and did the legal amount in the front. It looks good but the same all the way would look a lot better. Either way, it's hot! My int is black too, ext is dark red.

Strictly to avoid any potential legal issues. I have 20% on all my cars and have had 5% over factory 20% in the past on SUV's (too dark) and 5% all around on several others (I'm fine with that), but on this one the sides will just be 35%.


I stuck with the "legal tint" in my area, I believe its 50% on the front and 35% on the rest. Haven't had any issues witht he nav. or the adjusting mirrors. Plus on the black raven and dark interior it looks much darker as well... On the inside you barely notice the tint at night time, everything stays crisp and clear....I don't know what laws you have there but with the dark interior if possible I'd say 35% all around would be good if legal...

Cool, legal here is 32% all around, except on trucks and suv's they can have darker on the back windows.


I think you're right but of course you have to remember to use it if you want to get into a cool car. The tint itself absorbs a lot of heat into the windows. What a guy needs is a portable shady spot.

You hit the nail on the head there with the remote start, been remote starting it this week and it helps a TON of course, we still will be getting it tinted.

But not sure what you mean about the tint absorbing a lot of heat into the windows? Good articles here:

http://www.tintcenter.com/articles/bt_works.html
http://www.carjunky.com/news/springinfo/wfpyayv.shtml

Perfect scenario would be to get some of this - http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040821/fob7.asp

dkozloski
08-17-07, 11:05 AM
Depending on the type of tint, the tint itself absorbs the heat from the sun and the windows themselves can be as hot as the painted surfaces of the car. This heat is transmitted to the interior of the car by convection. The best results would be from using tint that reflects heat.

cocaines
08-17-07, 11:13 AM
Up here in Toronto, Canada. where i live it is not nearly as hot or humid as certain southern parts of the states. and i think our legal limit is 30% in the front two windows and windshield. and whatever u want in the back 2 windows and rear window. on my 05 sts, i have 15% on the front two windows and 5% on all the back and rear windows. you wouldnt believe how many people drunk and tired people mistaken my car for a limo taxi when it has been parked outside a casino at night. but in my opinion even with that dark tint, if the windshield isnt tinted the car still feels like a sauna. but its not nearly as bad as my friends cars without tint. plus it makes the car look alot sexier with dark tint, as well as classier too.

jhelms
09-06-07, 04:39 PM
Update - got the car tinted with 20% on the back window, 35% on the sides, looks exactly how I was hoping.

From the outside rear, it's pretty dark looking and the sides also look darker than a 'typical' 35% all around installation (combination IMO of the black interior and 20% rear). It's just your eyes playing tricks on you though, the sides are still very easy to see through though from the outside when close to the car. But walking up from the back it definitely looks darker than 35 on the sides.

From the inside it's perfect - the sides are perfectly easy to see through at night of course, and the back looks very negligbly (sp?) darker than the sides, absolutely no issues whatsoever seeing through it even on a back road with no streetlights, etc.

Still has the crappy 'dots' issue at the top of the rear glass though, that kind of sucks but he's going to work on it again this week to see if the tint will push up around the dots a little bit more.

Will try to get some pics up soon, had two compliments on the car today in fact, from non-car people, the tint really helps makes the look IMHO.

Superjim
09-06-07, 11:16 PM
I had my '06 DTS done a couple o fweeks ago. 35 side 20 back love it

RIP00DTS
09-07-07, 09:40 AM
Just go with the 5% all the way around, windshield too:lildevil:

Lifer
09-07-07, 09:42 AM
Let us face facts - you have a black car - this spells - SUCKUP THE HEAT.

Even my white cars get hot sitting in the sun. One of the properties of good imported steel and aluminum - heat convection.

Window tint helps, but very little. It does its work better when you are driving and have the AC on. The air conditioning works a little easier. But in a parking spot - add some meat tenderiser, because you have an oven on wheels.

jhelms
09-07-07, 11:43 AM
Let us face facts - you have a black car - this spells - SUCKUP THE HEAT.

Even my white cars get hot sitting in the sun. One of the properties of good imported steel and aluminum - heat convection.

Window tint helps, but very little. It does its work better when you are driving and have the AC on. The air conditioning works a little easier. But in a parking spot - add some meat tenderiser, because you have an oven on wheels.


It's worth it, the car looks awesome and the combo of having it tinted and using the a/c'd seats and remote start have made it no problem to get into (it's a little cooler this week also).

BTW, anyone know how to set the 'memory' of the HVAC controls so that when you hit remote start the seats will automatically start cooling, etc.?

Cajonkev
09-07-07, 01:54 PM
There is no memory settings per se. As long as you have it set in the personal settings for on @ remote start then they are automatic depending on the interior temp @ time of remote activation.

jhelms
09-07-07, 02:04 PM
There is no memory settings per se. As long as you have it set in the personal settings for on @ remote start then they are automatic depending on the interior temp @ time of remote activation.

That's cool, I've played with the settings but didn't see an option for having it on at remote start? And I guess I can change it in the winter to do the auto seat heat at remote on. Where are those settings? I have all the seat / etc. settings done for driver one and driver two, are these in the same place?