: A question about tinting.



arr0gant
12-13-05, 09:47 PM
I was in a motorcycle accident and had a head injury. It would be easy for me to get a tint under 35% by getting a prescription from my doctor.

My question is, what is the lowest I should get while still feeling safe driving at night?

1MEANV
12-13-05, 10:14 PM
i have 5% all around on my truck and no problems seeing.

ace996
12-13-05, 10:16 PM
20% works great

Closer_2001
12-13-05, 11:43 PM
I'm not sure your state laws...but in TX we can do 35% on the sides and as dark as you wish on the back.

I have 35/20 on my V. 20 is plenty dark backing out of dark driveways at night.

Regardless...I understand you could be legal with a prescription, but I would avoid inviting John Law to pull you over at will. All you need to do is stop off and have a beer with the guys, jump in the V to drive the 3 blocks home and get busted for DUI because your windows are tinted.

I would stick within your state regs unless they are tintless or something silly.

arr0gant
12-14-05, 12:04 AM
I'm not sure your state laws...but in TX we can do 35% on the sides and as dark as you wish on the back.

I have 35/20 on my V. 20 is plenty dark backing out of dark driveways at night.

Regardless...I understand you could be legal with a prescription, but I would avoid inviting John Law to pull you over at will. All you need to do is stop off and have a beer with the guys, jump in the V to drive the 3 blocks home and get busted for DUI because your windows are tinted.

I would stick within your state regs unless they are tintless or something silly.

Good point, although, it would have a sticker in my back window saying that I am legal to tint lower than 35% (the state max)

Caddy Man
12-14-05, 12:14 AM
20 is perfect. I would recommend you stick with one shade all the way around, as I feel this is more classy. Tint looks dark at first, but your eyes get used to it. I see perfectly fine in my 20% car and can see fine at night. 20% also provides enough privacy to make the tint worthwhile. I know I do not drive a V, but here is a picture of my car with 20% on an overcast day. And about stopping by your buddys having a beer and driving home, yea DONT DO THAT and you will have nothing to worry about. Ive had tint on my CTS since summer of 2004 and still have not gotten pulled over for tint.


Note: this is an overcast day, on a sunny day tint looks light enough to slightly see through on the front. 20% for me is a great combo, it provides privacy but without completly blacking out your car.

Caddy Man
12-14-05, 12:16 AM
Good point, although, it would have a sticker in my back window saying that I am legal to tint lower than 35% (the state max)
Here we dont get a sticker, the cops have to pull u over first, then you show them whatever documentation you have.

Closer_2001
12-14-05, 12:34 AM
Good point, although, it would have a sticker in my back window saying that I am legal to tint lower than 35% (the state max)

Your clear then - I'd go 20 max.

Keep in mind dark colored interiors make the tint darker. Having your roof shade closed makes a big difference too.

:thumbsup:

Closer_2001
12-14-05, 12:37 AM
yea DONT DO THAT and you will have nothing to worry about.

You can fill your mouth with beer, spit it out and within 30 minutes blow a breathalyzer over the legal limit in most states.

My point is not to attract unecessary attention.

Caddy Man
12-14-05, 12:48 AM
You can fill your mouth with beer, spit it out and within 30 minutes blow a breathalyzer over the legal limit in most states.

My point is not to attract unecessary attention.
your right, it does draw unnecesary attention, but if your not doing anyhting wrong you should be ok. Most peopel I know have 20% tint, and I have found thier my experince and thiers that 20% is a good shade between too dark and having too much attention and and too light of tint.

lawfive
12-14-05, 11:53 AM
You can fill your mouth with beer, spit it out and within 30 minutes blow a breathalyzer over the legal limit in most states.

My point is not to attract unecessary attention.

SPIT OUT BEER???

I know you're just trying to make a point, but... SPIT OUT BEER???

Heathens! :cheers:

Ziplicon Tuesday
12-14-05, 03:22 PM
Sorry for the stupid question gents, but did you tint on the windshield too? Are there any warranty issues? The manual speaks of tinting possibly interfering with something (on star or heating elements, radio, whatever).

Caddy Man
12-14-05, 03:49 PM
Sorry for the stupid question gents, but did you tint on the windshield too? Are there any warranty issues? The manual speaks of tinting possibly interfering with something (on star or heating elements, radio, whatever).
I wouldnt recommend tinting the windshiled at all, that can be pretty hazardous, i mean you dont drive out of your back window unless u reverse right???, so the back and side windows dont really matter, but the windshild can be dangerous. If i did chose to tint my front window, i would go with NO DARKER THAN 50%.


And no it wont mess up anything, OCCSIONALLY on my old DTS i had, the navigation would sometimes be off slighty, just sometimes. It would show like im still on the service drive even though i just merged on the freeway. My cts has no problems.

04CTSVFLA
12-14-05, 03:58 PM
what about the bumps on the rear window...anyone find a solution to how to get the tint to stick there? Someone suggested having my tint specialist cut a piece of black vinyl to put in that small space (top of rear window)

lawfive
12-14-05, 04:03 PM
On my V I have metalized tint, which lasts longer. It can play hell with antenna arrays, though; my FM reception took a hit.

I didn't do anything special for the "bumps" other than went over them with a plastic Bondo knife with a rag covering the blade, using a lot of pressure, twice a day during the curing period.

04CTSVFLA
12-14-05, 04:24 PM
and that worked? does the tint look uniform color over the bumps and is it sticking properly. I may go have mine redone just because everytime i look at that area i just sigh.

lawfive
12-14-05, 06:43 PM
It worked well enough for me. Not perfect, but close.

turbojimmy
12-14-05, 07:25 PM
I've got 5% on the back and rear windows and 20% on the front windows. I can't see squat out the back at night. It's a b*tch backing up. I'd go 20% all around if I were you.

ANY tint on the front windows is illegal in NJ but I've never been stopped or ticketed for it. I've been stopped and ticketed for other things, but the tint has never come into play. The car is exempt from inspection so I don't have to worry about that, but it doesn't sound like you do either.

Jim