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      04-19-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Best Window Tint?

Wanted to put a relatively light tint on my windows as i live in Louisiana and we bake down here when getting into the car. Any thoughts on the best quality tint? Any things i should think about/asking when searching for someone to put it on?

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      04-19-2008, 05:25 PM   #2
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i have a black m3 with the dark 18's and 21% 3M tint all the way around, got 35% on the 335i ....35% is a good, classy, compromise
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      04-19-2008, 05:27 PM   #3
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      04-19-2008, 06:38 PM   #4
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35% on the sides, 20% on the back glass. Use this combo because the back glass is larger, and you need a darker tint to make it look the same as the sides.
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      04-19-2008, 08:46 PM   #5
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This is a new 3m film that I love. Living in AZ i have had many cars with tint and this has been the best.. its 20% but they have it in 30%. Its the color stable film.
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      04-19-2008, 08:50 PM   #6
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So what's the ceramic tint?
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I have 35% on my X5 and my 997...great and love it. Not too dark for nightime and just the right amount for daytime in my humble opinion. I went with like 21% or something on my old 325i and freaking hated it at night. Looked good but when you needed to roll your windows halfway down at night on a dark road to gain visibility I knew it HAD to come off! LOL

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      04-19-2008, 11:29 PM   #8
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      04-20-2008, 06:13 AM   #9
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      04-20-2008, 10:46 AM   #10
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      04-20-2008, 11:12 AM   #11
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thanks. I'm definitely going with a 30%+ as i don't want it too dark. To ask more detailed questions, formula1 has a bunch of different types. Any recommendations? Also, i have seen some tint that looks too mirrored. Any idea what to look out for? Finally, i spoke with a highly reputable tint place in town and they recommended SolarGuard. Has anyone had experience with them? They also have a bunch of different lines.

again, thanks for the help.
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      04-20-2008, 12:24 PM   #12
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I went with Huper Optik, which costs a bit more than Formula One. 50 on the front, 40 on the back windows. Paid $500 installed at Song's Tint Masters.

http://www.huperoptik.com/Automotive...t=NaviAuto.inc
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Where are you in Louisiana? I've got 20% Formula 1
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      04-20-2008, 03:19 PM   #14
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i'm in Baton Rouge. I looked on the Formula 1 website and they indicated no tint places in town although it also didn't say anyone in N.O. installed it either so their website is probably inaccurate.
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      04-20-2008, 05:29 PM   #15
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I'm in New Orleans as well. I have Huper Optik on my current M3 but the place in Ocean Springs, MS that put it on pre-Katrina no longer sells it. FormulaOne requires a trip to Alexandria or the Panhandle to get. There's a place downtown on Carondelet that I think might sell Huper Optik now, but not sure.
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Check into Madico Tint. I had it on my 535i and loved it. I even got compliments on how classy it looked vs. pimped.
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      04-20-2008, 09:31 PM   #17
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thanks all for the input. looked around online there is plenty to choose from. 3m also has a new non-metallic as well. From what i'm reading the non-metallic, scratch resistent is the ticket. Most of the major brands offer this new tint. I'll go with one of your recommendations as long as i don't have to go too far to find it. i'll probably call Huper Optik to see if they've got a place in N.O. or go to the place in Alexandria. Good excuse for a drive when my ride comes in.
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      04-21-2008, 01:59 AM   #18
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I went with Huper Optik, which costs a bit more than Formula One. 50 on the front, 40 on the back windows. Paid $500 installed at Song's Tint Masters.

http://www.huperoptik.com/Automotive...t=NaviAuto.inc
You can't go wrong with Huper Optik Ceramic Tint.

German Tint for a German Car.
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      04-21-2008, 12:31 PM   #19
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I have 3M Crysaline tint in 30% and personally like it very much. Its not very dark, but has great UV protection. Will post pictures shortly !
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      04-21-2008, 12:44 PM   #20
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I have 3M tint all around one of my other cars and Huper Optik on my M3. There is no comparison, the Huper Optik is a superior film. The heat rejection difference between the two films you can feel immediately.
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      04-21-2008, 01:57 PM   #21
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I have the Huper Optik installed - and it's very nice...
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      04-22-2008, 03:22 AM   #22
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So, 30% + seems to be the general opinion for tinting. Does anyone know what percentage tint the standard M3 windows are?
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