: Window Tinting



FluxTZ
04-03-13, 01:20 PM
Going to get the windows tinted this weekend. Had my Black Raven/Morello delivered this past Sunday.

Has anyone tinted their windows with 20% or 35% and have pictures showing how it came out? I had 35% on my Mustang but always wished I had gone a little darker.

Leaning towards 20% since I feel it's dark enough that it looks great but you can still see what's going on inside.

Also - have any of you tinted your tail lights yet? I'm curious how the 3rd brake light came out.

turbo2.0
04-03-13, 03:12 PM
I did my windows at 15% and for the most part I really enjoy it. The only time I really question it is when I am backing into the garage late at night.

Stevo Supremo
04-03-13, 04:23 PM
mine front are 20% and my rears are 5%, its like they're painted black, I have no issue at night. If you think that it might be too light then go darker.. chances are you'll be more disappointed with too light tint.. then with too dark...I like the idea that nobody can see in the car, its none of there business.

heres mine, like I said 20% front, 5% rear, black windows on a black car especially with the chrome accenting looks damn sexy :thumbsup:

http://i938.photobucket.com/albums/ad229/stevoelsupremo/slim2_zps83d3bb46.jpg

breakaway87
04-04-13, 11:42 AM
I got 35% on my Black Raven/Morello Luxury. I also came from a Mustang ha! 2010 Mustang GT Grabber Blue with 3.73 rear axle package.

I would have gone darker but I don't feel like dealing with the hassle from popo or inspections. Looks really good but wish it was darker. Really made the car look a lot better though.

Black Raven / Morello Red Luxury AT RWD, Nav, Sunroof, Cold weather package. Got the all-weather floor mats, tint, and the bnr-trifecta tune and I'm trying to set some time aside to data log it before I make judgement on the tune. Initial impressions before the data log is that it is a lot of fun at the least. Did a 36/10k lease.

bboren994
04-04-13, 11:57 AM
Well, I also came from a Mustang. 2011 Mustang GT, Kona Blue, 400RWHP.....

On my Diamond Black/Morello Red ATS, I put 18% all around, and 55% on the windshield....It looks amazing!!!

Stevo Supremo
04-04-13, 01:04 PM
see police here dont really give you issues here for tint, its great lol

FDNY-L107
04-04-13, 01:29 PM
I also went with 20% all around and it looks great. I've never gotten any hassels for it on any of my cars - however, it could be an excuse to get pulled over at anytime. Really helps keep the dark interior cool. If you're going to do it, go with 20% or Steve's combo 20/5%, looks great as well.

FluxTZ
04-04-13, 08:36 PM
I got 35% on my Black Raven/Morello Luxury. I also came from a Mustang ha! 2010 Mustang GT Grabber Blue with 3.73 rear axle package.

I would have gone darker but I don't feel like dealing with the hassle from popo or inspections. Looks really good but wish it was darker. Really made the car look a lot better though.

Black Raven / Morello Red Luxury AT RWD, Nav, Sunroof, Cold weather package. Got the all-weather floor mats, tint, and the bnr-trifecta tune and I'm trying to set some time aside to data log it before I make judgement on the tune. Initial impressions before the data log is that it is a lot of fun at the least. Did a 36/10k lease.

We have very similar taste! I went from a black 2000 Mustang V6 MT with various mods to a Black Raven/Morello Red 2.0T Performance MT RWD, Nav, and Sunroof. I did a 36/10k lease as well and will likely be looking to do a tune in the near future.

Only plans for now is likely 20% tint all the way around, new wheels, and prolly a tune. Maybe one or two other little alterations but that's about it.



Well, I also came from a Mustang. 2011 Mustang GT, Kona Blue, 400RWHP.....

On my Diamond Black/Morello Red ATS, I put 18% all around, and 55% on the windshield....It looks amazing!!!

Great minds think alike. 18% all around is pretty dark as it is. I like the 55% on the windshield look but I'm too much of a wuss to go that far, hahaha.


I also went with 20% all around and it looks great. I've never gotten any hassels for it on any of my cars - however, it could be an excuse to get pulled over at anytime. Really helps keep the dark interior cool. If you're going to do it, go with 20% or Steve's combo 20/5%, looks great as well.

Seems like 20% will be the way to go based off feedback so far. Thanks for your comments!

MyfirstCad
04-04-13, 09:03 PM
It tinted my Thunder gray chromaflair with 3m crystalline 50% all around. Don't need the attention here in Cali.

goesquik
04-04-13, 11:06 PM
Seems like 20% will be the way to go based off feedback so far. Thanks for your comments!

I concur, 20% will be what I'm going with on my Black Raven with black leather.

Still have my 2011 GT... no tint though, keeps it looking stock and less likely to be pulled over.

Stevo Supremo
04-05-13, 09:05 AM
lol I hate tintless cars, it feels like a bubble.. and I like knowing people cant see me haha

duke27
04-05-13, 09:43 AM
im not sure if this link will work or not but, i have a picture of 35% tint on mine, i think its plenty dark
http://s1281.photobucket.com/user/ddd227/library/?page=1

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only the darker picture is with the tint currently

Stevo Supremo
04-05-13, 11:22 AM
God I love morelo red!!! :drool:

Bertha D Blues
04-05-13, 01:13 PM
Please forgive my ignorance, although I'm trying to educate myself. Which is darker, higher % or lower %? Does 20% mean that 20% of visible light is passing through or 20% is reflected? I have white diamond paint and I’m not sure that a tint would look good. Bert

Stevo Supremo
04-05-13, 01:19 PM
lower percent is darker.

I.E 50% window tint allows 50% of light to enter

5% only allows 5% of light to enter the car

the tint % isn't the depth of colour, its the percentage of light it allows through


-Personally I think White and black cars look good with black windows.

Fraggy
04-05-13, 02:51 PM
Getting mine done today, seriously considering 20% on black on black.

Rongotti
04-05-13, 04:25 PM
Best thing you can do is 50% tint on the entire front windshield. I did 15% on all the doors and 50% on the windshield and LOVE it!

Fraggy
04-05-13, 09:00 PM
Just got it done, looks GREAT!!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/teiug4gzuas13h5/Photo%20Apr%2005%2C%205%2050%2049%20PM.jpg

Stevo Supremo
04-05-13, 11:14 PM
looks good fraggy! tint on a black caddy just adds that final piece doesn't it :thumbsup:

duke27
04-06-13, 06:31 AM
looks awesome Fraggy, definitely adds that nice touch

FluxTZ
04-06-13, 10:26 AM
Best thing you can do is 50% tint on the entire front windshield. I did 15% on all the doors and 50% on the windshield and LOVE it!

Can you post a pic of your windshield? I prolly won't do it today but it would be nice to see for reference.

Rongotti
04-07-13, 08:10 AM
Can you post a pic of your windshield? I prolly won't do it today but it would be nice to see for reference.

Not a problem you can see perfectly through it, but look how much more it blocks out. 106380106381106382106383

Rongotti
04-07-13, 08:18 AM
Hmmm not sure why they didnt show

FluxTZ
04-07-13, 01:54 PM
Initial pics with 20% all around.

Fraggy
04-08-13, 01:02 AM
Looks awesome, that's the tint for daily driving.

Y2tony3
04-09-13, 02:15 AM
I always do 5% all around. I like my privacy and its like wearing sunglasses... I can see you but you can't see me.

Granted I get pulled over almost every 3 weeks but the look and feel is worth me taking them out and putting it back on. My tint guys love me, I keep them in business.

Dblhelx
04-09-13, 02:10 PM
5% all the way around 50% on the front

TMAC2000
04-09-13, 04:18 PM
I did 20% alll the way around on mine.
http://i620.photobucket.com/albums/tt290/TMAC_/Cadillac%20ATS%20Turbo/ATS%20at%20Reeves%204-6-13/DSC_0003_zpsd8fea170.jpg

smc750
04-09-13, 06:11 PM
I did 40% Supreme all around. Cops are super sticky here about tint.106540

flycaster
04-11-13, 02:33 PM
I've got a blue glacier Lux and want to tint, but not sure on how dark/light to go. The tinting here in SoFL serves a definite purpose in reducing the heat build-up and that would be my main purpose in tinting. However, I don't mind also going for a "look," but don't want to go too dark. I did drive a Silver Coast Lux loaner and thought that it had acceptable tinting (Llumar - front windows 35%, rear and back windows 15% - could be that this difference was to balance the already present factory tinting?) and looked good. The ATSs come with 70% factory tinting all around. Meaning that 70% of available light will pass through the windows. After-market tinting with 35% will reduce light passage to 70% X 35% = 24.5% for the fronts and 10.5% for the rears. I do find it interesting that a Florida Cadillac dealer would allow for this amount of light transmission when the legal limits are 28%/15%. Wondering how this combo would look on my blue car?

BTW, as I use a radar detector (V-1), and I was wondering if there would be any difference in its performance vs ceramic or metal based tint? ANSWER: Tinting louses up V-1 laser detection, otherwise K and X bands detected without much loss.

One last thought/question: How well did the back windshield come out? As it is a rather steep slope there with cramped conditions, I was wondering it there was any messing up there?

flycaster
04-11-13, 06:03 PM
I did 20% alll the way around on mine.
http://i620.photobucket.com/albums/tt290/TMAC_/Cadillac%20ATS%20Turbo/ATS%20at%20Reeves%204-6-13/DSC_0003_zpsd8fea170.jpg

Looking good, TMAC. But do you realize that you now have 14% light transmission all around. Whereas here in FL 28%/15% are the legal limits?

TMAC2000
04-13-13, 01:32 PM
Looking good, TMAC. But do you realize that you now have 14% light transmission all around. Whereas here in FL 28%/15% are the legal limits?

Yeah, not too worried about it. Previously all my cars were 5% all the way around. I don't daily drive as I work from home. My car is simple for pleasure so that means I am less at risk to be pulled over. Even when I had 5% I was only bothered once by the cops and it was in Clearwater.

torkibe
04-15-13, 07:40 PM
I went with 20% all around on Black Diamond. I was worried it would be too dark but I think it looks awesome.

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/4497/20130414122329.jpg
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Apt956
04-24-13, 11:42 PM
What color is your shade of tint?

YoshiFD3S
04-29-13, 11:23 AM
Getting my tint tomorrow.

I'll be going with 15% on the front windows and 8% on all the rest. Not touching the windshield though.

I run the same tint on my other cars and it's fine. All I have to say is "thank goodness for back-up cameras"... ^.^

JChen
04-30-13, 10:28 PM
I'm having a hard time choosing between 50% and 70% on my Black Raven. I want to darken the windows slightly for my 6 month old passenger and for the aesthetics but I don't want to get pulled over for tint.

Adding 50% effectively makes our ATSs 35% tint while adding 70% makes it roughy 50%. I like the uniformity of the same tint all the way around rather than darker tints on the rears.

Thoughts?

YoshiFD3S
05-01-13, 03:02 AM
I just had my tint installed today.

15% on the fronts and 8% on all the rest...just like my other cars. :)

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/AF52D1B6-FFAC-4D9E-B1A4-229CA37EEE4B-2140-0000009C88026CFF_zps4558e57b.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/F4A36590-C598-48CF-BF41-0BD8C8BA812B-2140-0000009C8CB50D25_zpsbfb62e76.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/1AFD46CF-8548-4D51-AB17-8A9667BB47D5-2140-0000009C935073B5_zps87cd648a.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/B16E018F-51FB-4CE3-9D3D-0B42A5FA50BF-2140-0000009C980ED037_zps1c69f1cb.jpg

It was overcast today so the tint looks even darker. lol

:P

flycaster
05-01-13, 07:10 AM
I'm having a hard time choosing between 50% and 70% on my Black Raven. I want to darken the windows slightly for my 6 month old passenger and for the aesthetics but I don't want to get pulled over for tint.

Adding 50% effectively makes our ATSs 35% tint while adding 70% makes it roughly 50%. I like the uniformity of the same tint all the way around rather than darker tints on the rears.

Thoughts?

Considering that you don't want to make it too dark, but yet protect the baby, adding 50% would probably put you where you want to be. One of the parameters you might wan to check, it how much of the sun's energy will be blocked. I'm going to get LLumar's Formula One, although I[m not sure how dark I want it to be. I'm getting Formula One because: 1) Had it on my 2002 325i for 12 years without any problems-I will probably keep the ATC for 7 years, 2) It is ceramic and won't interfere with any electronics. 3) Very high quality. Here's a site ( http://www.formulaonetinting.com/window-film-comparison.html) that you can refer to to get an idea of not only what the different percentage tints do, but also how it looks. Good luck.

FluxTZ
05-03-13, 10:27 AM
I just had my tint installed today.

15% on the fronts and 8% on all the rest...just like my other cars. :)

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/AF52D1B6-FFAC-4D9E-B1A4-229CA37EEE4B-2140-0000009C88026CFF_zps4558e57b.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/F4A36590-C598-48CF-BF41-0BD8C8BA812B-2140-0000009C8CB50D25_zpsbfb62e76.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/1AFD46CF-8548-4D51-AB17-8A9667BB47D5-2140-0000009C935073B5_zps87cd648a.jpg

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e356/YoshiFD3S/B16E018F-51FB-4CE3-9D3D-0B42A5FA50BF-2140-0000009C980ED037_zps1c69f1cb.jpg

It was overcast today so the tint looks even darker. lol

:P

That looks great but that's just begging to be stopped in CA, haha.

Nite_Hawk
05-04-13, 06:49 PM
I bought my ats to take to Germany next year, but, living in Vegas you need tint. Germany has some pretty strict tint laws, basically no tint allowed. So, I went with 80% suntek cxp. Pretty much clear, but amazing heat reduction. Non-metal, nano-hybrid, carbon construction. I had all windows, including windshield done. I'll get pics up later.

jph
05-06-13, 04:13 PM
i just got my ats tinted last weekend.

went with madico wincos tint, which looks a bit lighter than others.

20% on the rear half, 45% on the driver and passenger, 70% on the windshield, and a 5% charcool strip on the top of the windshield.


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Rozay619
05-08-13, 03:53 PM
I just had my tint done, 5% rear and 15% in the front... A little hard backing up at night since i dont have the back up camera, but well worth it!!

louieftw
05-10-13, 01:15 PM
I did 5% all around with a 5% "eyebrow" on the windshield.

donavo
05-10-13, 01:21 PM
I did 5% all around with a 5% "eyebrow" on the windshield.

i noticed u had a cadillac SLS. very nice. we might have seen each other in the seville forums. i had a 96 STS about a year ago.

back to the tints, on my black raven ATS, i did ceramic tint 70% on the windshield, 20% on the front 2 doors and dark limo tint in the back. all ceramic. im very glad i did the windshield as well since it really does save your dash from the sun and reduces the interior temperature ALOT when parked outside in california sun.

obviously i might get pulled over but who the hell cares? if you follow every law they make up, eventually its not a free country any more.

louieftw
05-10-13, 07:18 PM
Possibly - I owned my SLS for two years (09-11), then my BMW for two (11-13). I took very good care of them, both looked far too good to be as old as they were!