Cadillac STS-V Series Forum Discussion, Has anyone installed tint on their STS-V? in Cadillac V-Series Forums; Here in Chicago, Window tint is a no-no on the front side windows. I opted to go with 50% on ...
Just got back from the tint place. They said there shouldn't be a problem with a metalic tint and the FM antenna. But I decided to go with the Ceramic tint as to ensure I have no problems. The difference between the two (besides ceramic tint being more expensive) is that ceramic tint does not reflect like a mirror as does the metallic tint. To see what I am talking about look at the factory tint on the back of a expedition or explorer. It looks dark but not like a mirror. the only reflection is the glass itself. Then look at a car that has had the windows tinted by a less expensive tint. It looks like a mirror reflection. I like the dark but natural look so I opted for the ceramic tint. Maybe you guys in states that are not allowed to have tint the ceramic tint might be a better option as it looks factory. I never really liked the " orange or silver sun glasses look" that most tinted cars have so I was very happy to see the duller/darker tints come out.
I live in the windy city also but went with 20% all the way around. so far no problems with the po po. Its only a 25-35 dollar ticket around here anyways. Also most of the time no proof is needed that tint was removed either. Took pictures of my car before the tint was installed anyways just in case. Hopefully if it ever is needed I can use those. I figured if a cop is going to pull you over for window tint, he is going to pull you over for window tint, no matter how dark or light it is, so I decided to go with the uniform look. I think it looks better personally.
I put 5% on the back sides and rear on my black 07 STS-V, which is perfect, makes the crhrome trim pop and still can see out from inside just fine. I am planning on doing 25-50% on the front sides, just debating on if it is worth the hassle in CA.
Just a note, to do it right you need to remove the back dash, which in turn requires the back seats to be removed. I would not allow the tint company to perform. Luckily my wife works for a Cadillac dealership so it was not much of an inconvenience.
I wouldn't go with Metallic. I went with ceramic which doesn't interfere at all. I think I remember reading in the normal STS forum that metallic does interfere with nav and radio reception. Do a search on tint in that forum.
Actually now that you mention it, I looked at my paperwork and sure enough I have carbon also. I saw someone mention ceramic earlier in the thread and just assumed thats what I had without confirming. I had remembered it started with a c... anyways, I have also had no problems with anything. Carbon is the way to go.