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Tint tintabulation

Haven't seen any discussion of window tint lately (but I've read so many from the past, here and on TMC, that I got to the point of information overload!) Anyhow, I just had it done and I thought some might be interested.

My main concern was heat reduction and to a small extent I liked the look of gray tint with my gray car. But I didn't want to look like a gangster, and I didn't want noticeable interference with the view looking out.

I concluded there are many good products each with advantages of their own. Impossible to be all right or all wrong. So I went with Hüper mainly because their dealer in the area was close by, could do it right away, had a loaner for me, and they got what seemed to be legit reviews on yelp. The people who did my original paint protection only do tinting on Fridays and were booked out a month if I wanted a loaner.

My main concern was deciding between 30 (their lowest that's legal in WA) or 40. After going back and forth (literally, drove back there a few times and changed my mind on the day of installation, twice more) I decided on 40. They had to go to their other location to get some.

And then I went with 30!! Yikes. But it looks great, isn't gangster (i.e., can see into the car respectfully), the outward visibility is fine. They talked me into it, and I thanked them for it.

Anyhow, bottom line: I've never had tinted windows but a loaner from the original detailer/Xpel/Gtechniq did, and I was impressed with the heat reduction. In other cars, we've often had to spin the visors over to the side windows, even hang a towel from them. Not any more, I'm sure.

And the smokiness does indeed look pretty cool with my grey/grey wonder machine. So if anyone's considering it but isn't sure, I'm saying go for it. And 30, for me, is just right. (They say, however, that 30 for one manufacturer won't be exactly like that of another.)

BTW, for those who don't know, which included me till a few days ago, the numbers refer to the amount of light that passes through; so the lower, the number, the darker the tint. In WA you can go down to 25%. The guys who did it had about 5% on their cars, black as pitch, and haven't been hassled by cops. But it ain't for me.

I have Photosync on side and rear at 30%, and 3M Crystalline on windshield at 70%. It makes a big difference in the Arizona heat. The 3M film, before application, tends towards the warm/yellow side of the spectrum although people report it taking on a purplish tint after being applied to the Model S. The Photosync is quite neutral.

You just had to chime in about tint, eh?

70% for front windows.

5% every where else, including top of wind shield. No needs for parcel shelf and the kids are comfy in the jump seats.

Tint may be regulated in your state as 5% is illegal in Illinois. I was told legal limit for tint in Illinois is 35%.

I think 5% is illegal most places--limo tint.

@ AmpedRealtor
Just wonder why you did not go with Photosync on the windshield? I am debating between the two i.e. 3M Crystalline all around or Photosync all around. If you were to do it again, which would you prefer more or would you change anything? Thanks.

I love your article title. The only place I've ever heard the word tintinnabulation is Edgar Allan Poe (The Bells) and didn't realize anybody else would know it.

I just got my car fully tinted in the OC with PhotoSync. I went 45 with the sides, back and pano. And I went 70 with the windshield. I just picked up the car on Tuesday and had it done on Wednesday.

Total cost was $1350. I think on the high side, but what do you do when there's only one authorized dealer for all of SoCal (and he just got the rights to PhotoSync installs in San Diego).

Very happy with the tint. Almost thought about one shade darker on the sides, but I think that it almost starts to look a little too ghetto then.

@ arldent3300,

My tint installer recommended the 3M Crystalline over the Photosync for the windshield because I wear polarized sunglasses. He said the 3M has fewer rainbow effects than the Photosync, which is why it's a better option for the windshield if you wear polarized glasses.

I did Photosync 55 on the sides and back (no pano), and 75 on the windshield. I do notice the rainbow effects with polarized sunglasses on the windshield, but I don't find them distracting.

The surprise to me, is that I find that I mostly don't even need to wear sunglasses in the car any more, even though my eyes are light sensitive, which also eliminates the rainbow effects, and is much easier on my nose.

To clarify my above post, 3M Crystalline still shows a rainbow pattern through polarized glasses, it's supposedly just not as pronounced as on the Photosync product. That is just the installer's opinion. It was also about $100 less to do the windshield using 3M.

When you guys talk about tincting the windshield, are you doing a stripe on the top portion or the entire windshield?

My decision to go with Hüper wasn't deeply intellectual. I worried (without knowing one way or the other) that photosync might be like some light-sensitive glasses; ie, too slow to change according to conditions. I'm well aware that it's considered top tier, though, and I assume my concerns are unfounded. Probably most decisive was the fact that the installer who did mine could do it right away and the ones who did my paint protection work, and who prefer photosync, were a month out because the only do it on Fridays.

And thanks, redacted, for commenting on my title!

@redacted Read Bighorn's response.

@jjc - I did the entire windshield - and yes, it is technically illegal...

Actually, he left out a syllable, producing a non-word. >:{

Yes, it was second level word play. Tint tabulation. Tint tintabulation. Figured it might ring a bell for some.

@SS Figured it might ring a bell for some.

And I had so much respect for you before that.


Ah, well. So the respect is nevermore, eh?

Sounds like you've had one too many casks of Amontillado.

Indeed. And I'll probably Rue the day...

@SeattleSid and @J.T.,
You guys crack me up!

"Sounds like you've had one too many casks of Amontillado"

Good Lord that is funny!

And creepy, all at the same time.

We can go back and forth all day with this. Kind of like a pendulum.

too funny, J.T.!

Still a bit fuddle (no, haven't been drinking at all well..not yet anyway :) ) about this tinting thing. If price is not a factor and the only concern is about the quality and longevity of the product, why some of you decided on 3M Crystalline and some on Photosync?

Photosync is very difficult to come by in some area of the country.

JT: Enough of this! Please, poe more!

@ J.T.

Totally agree with you. Photosync have these "exclusive" contract with so very few and very far in between applicators that actually discourage people who might want their product from going to make a "special" trip and having to spend 3-4 hours waiting for it and worse of all, the only one in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex doesn't even open on the weekend :(

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