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    Just got my windows tinted with the Ceramic.... I must say, I will have to do my GS 350 F Sport with Ceramic as well... can feel the difference with the heat... cooler inside than ordinary tint!


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    After exhaustive research, I ended up going with FormulaOne's Pinnacle line of ceramic tints. I found a well-reviewed tint shop in the San Gabriel Valley (about 45 minutes from where I live) who gave me a good price since I brought a friend to have his car tinted with mine (my friend's Audi S5, pictured below). We spent about $550 on each car which included the windshields. I have 50% installed on my front windshield and 35% installed on the rest of the car. My friend's car has 50% installed throughout.

    After 6 months of having this film on my car, I cannot recommend it any higher.

    The installer did a fantastic job and I could not be more pleased with the way the film looks and handles heat rejection. My car feels about 15-20 degrees cooler than outside temperatures on a hot day, my steering wheel is never hot, and driving at night is not an issue for me as I had feared--in fact, it has helped a lot with combating other drivers' high-beams and HIDs that used to be very distracting while driving.

    --- On the flip side ---

    Earlier this week I was driving home from Disneyland and a cop pulled me over for my tint. I am devastated by this and while part of me wants to pay the $200 fine and not fix the tint, I am worried about getting pulled over in the future. I am leaning towards having the tint removed and then going with a less-risky 70% film all around, which means I have to switch brands (Huper Optik or 3M Crystalline are my top two contenders). The quotes I'm getting from Huper Optik installed are in the ballpark of $750 to $950, whereas I'm getting quotes for 3M Crystalline around the $500 - $700 range. Both have a sort of blueish hue to them, which I am not a huge fan of, but I have to see both in person.

    Found a place called G5 in Alhambra that is a Huper Optik authorized dealer, and I think he also does 3M. Great Yelp reviews, seems to do good work. I will report back with what I end up doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wffls View Post
    After exhaustive research, I ended up going with FormulaOne's Pinnacle line of ceramic tints. I found a well-reviewed tint shop in the San Gabriel Valley (about 45 minutes from where I live) who gave me a good price since I brought a friend to have his car tinted with mine (my friend's Audi S5, pictured below). We spent about $550 on each car which included the windshields. I have 50% installed on my front windshield and 35% installed on the rest of the car. My friend's car has 50% installed throughout.

    After 6 months of having this film on my car, I cannot recommend it any higher.

    The installer did a fantastic job and I could not be more pleased with the way the film looks and handles heat rejection. My car feels about 15-20 degrees cooler than outside temperatures on a hot day, my steering wheel is never hot, and driving at night is not an issue for me as I had feared--in fact, it has helped a lot with combating other drivers' high-beams and HIDs that used to be very distracting while driving.

    --- On the flip side ---

    Earlier this week I was driving home from Disneyland and a cop pulled me over for my tint. I am devastated by this and while part of me wants to pay the $200 fine and not fix the tint, I am worried about getting pulled over in the future. I am leaning towards having the tint removed and then going with a less-risky 70% film all around, which means I have to switch brands (Huper Optik or 3M Crystalline are my top two contenders). The quotes I'm getting from Huper Optik installed are in the ballpark of $750 to $950, whereas I'm getting quotes for 3M Crystalline around the $500 - $700 range. Both have a sort of blueish hue to them, which I am not a huge fan of, but I have to see both in person.

    Found a place called G5 in Alhambra that is a Huper Optik authorized dealer, and I think he also does 3M. Great Yelp reviews, seems to do good work. I will report back with what I end up doing.

    The 50% windshield is very easier spotted. I have 35% all around except for the windshield and when I look at your picture.. I can immediately tell your windshield is tinted.

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    Unfortunately you're going to continue to get pulled over. Tinting windshields is never a smart idea and somewhat pointless.


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    I can't count the number of major cases I have seen in the media which started with a tint stop. They are always looking for heavy tints because SOME of the people who have them are actually hiding something.

    As cool as some of the tints look, I just don't need the aggravation of having to remove it or sit around while they write me a ticket. Of course I also don't park in no parking zones.

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    I did 35% 3M all the way around - love it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by lostchild View Post
    The 50% windshield is very easier spotted. I have 35% all around except for the windshield and when I look at your picture.. I can immediately tell your windshield is tinted.
    What's funny is that the officer who pulled me over didn't notice the windshield--just the front windows. Of course I'm not going to risk it when I get my ticket signed off after removing all the other tint, so that's going to go as well.

    For me, my priority is heat reduction. I don't store anything in my car, so I'm not worried about break-ins. I'm not one of those people who sit around in my car, either, so I'm not looking for privacy. If I were to tint my side windows but not the windshield, I wouldn't be blocking much heat out. Huper Optik and 3M make lighter tints with decent heat reduction benefits, so I'm probably going to go that route after I get the ticket corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wffls View Post
    What's funny is that the officer who pulled me over didn't notice the windshield--just the front windows. Of course I'm not going to risk it when I get my ticket signed off after removing all the other tint, so that's going to go as well.

    For me, my priority is heat reduction. I don't store anything in my car, so I'm not worried about break-ins. I'm not one of those people who sit around in my car, either, so I'm not looking for privacy. If I were to tint my side windows but not the windshield, I wouldn't be blocking much heat out. Huper Optik and 3M make lighter tints with decent heat reduction benefits, so I'm probably going to go that route after I get the ticket corrected.
    I tint my windows mainly for the heat rejection too. But if it is just heat rejection, you don't really have to go with the expansive films. I was using FormulaOne Pinnacle 35 about 10 years ago... but then I started with a new tint shop and they used SolarGuard film. The FO 35 has 54% heat rejection; the SolarGuard 35 has 53%. I don't think I could tell the difference. The SolarGuard was $160 for the whole car and FO would have been over $300. I had been using the same tint shop for the last 8 years on 4 different cars and none of the film has change color, bubbled or peeled yet.

    I don't have windshield tint but the heat reduction is still huge. I thought about tinting the windshield but just didn't think it would worth the trouble. Even though the cop didn't notice your windshield tint, I think just that fact it is darker made your front windows looks more like a 15% than a 35%. My wife's car has her back windows at 5% and front at 50%.. but her front windows look darker than my 35% because of the darker back.

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    I also just got the formula 1 pinnacle ceramic tint 15% all around and a 5% strip on the windshield. So far I'm very happy with it and would totally recommend it.
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