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Tint is one thing I've never really messed with. A couple of cars I bought had it and it was ok and does make some cars look better depending on the color. Its usually only really hot a few days in the summer here in NW Ohio, but this year I think we set a record for the most days over 90 in a row so I may consider getting some tint installed on whatever new car I get this time.
 

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The UV protection for the interior is a big part of the tint too. Better for your eyes as well

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I’m getting ceramic tint installed on the windshield of my RAM 4500 next week, and then some DOT / FMCSA legal tint for the front door windows, unless I simply opt for ceramic on those, too.
 
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I went with limo tint all around.
I love my privacy and don't feel like that should be illegal.
I have been warned and ticketed but I will not remove it.
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I went with limo tint all around.
I love my privacy and don't feel like that should be illegal.
I have been warned and ticketed but I will not remove it. View attachment 998537
What happens when you get ticketed? It's not a "fixit" ticket requiring you to remove the tint to get it signed off? In California LEO can issue a ‘fix-it ticket’ to first time offenders, you have to have a cop sign off it's been fixed. A second violation is a $25 fine and being ordered to remove the window tint. The third time, you're fined $197. Not that I would want my tint nearly that dark, looks great from the outside though ;)

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I'm curious - does anyone else have a significant gap between the tint and the edge of the door windows? I had my car tinted at a very well-known shop and the drivers side door glass has a 1/4" gap between the edge of the tint and the edge of the window. I've never tinted a car with frameless-windows before, so I'm not sure if that is a common thing or not. I don't think so though. The passenger side has about an 1/8" gap, which looks MUCH better. I'm taking the car back in on Wednesday to get it looked at/fixed, but I was just curious if anyone else had such a significant gap....

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I would have questioned that gap before leaving the premises.
 

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Thanks. I was assuming that it wasn't normal. I honestly didn't even notice it until I got home from the tint shop and looked at it in my garage. The passenger side has 1/8" gap (maybe a little less), but it sounds like I should have them redo both windows - and have them go all of the way to the edge.

There is no visible gap from inside the car when the doors are closed or anything like that, but the 1/4" gap is definitely noticable (even from a distance) from the outside.

This place is usually top-notch (they've been in business for over 30 years), but I guess the actual tinters cycle through, just like any shop... I have an appointment for them to address it on Wednesday - I just wanted to make sure there wasn't some reason why they couldn't go all of the way to the edge on frameless windows for some reason - in case they try to give me any BS excuses (but I don't expect them to).

It's not inexpensive tint (3M ColorStable) - and they are not an inexpensive shop, so they need to make it right.

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Mine has tint to the edge, 4 years now and no problem. I have seen cars where they do that at the top, the part that is hidden when closed, but mine goes all the way to the top. They tell you don't roll the windows down for 24 hours, but even the smart glass movement was no problem. I think they were used to windows that has a track in the back? It's not right, shows when all windows closed, right?

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will tinting say limo dark on the rear interfere with the a rear dash cam? how dark would you go if you have a dash cam?
 

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That looks weird.
Is that across the top also?
Mine is all the way to the edge.

Pretty sure 5% is going to make the camera almost unviewable.

@A Guy has a black challenger, might want to look at some of his pictures. Even lighter tint looks darker on a black car.

I am 5% back 3 windows and 15% on the sides and its very dark on my F8.
 

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I have 18% on back, and looking out, it doesn't appear that dark. Not sure if a camera, which isn't a human eye, would have any difficulty with it. At night it might. I guess it depends on the light gathering ability of the individual camera as well. Hopefully someone with 20% and a rear camera will reply

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Mine has tint to the edge, 4 years now and no problem. I have seen cars where they do that at the top, the part that is hidden when closed, but mine goes all the way to the top. They tell you don't roll the windows down for 24 hours, but even the smart glass movement was no problem. I think they were used to windows that has a track in the back? It's not right, shows when all windows closed, right?

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Actually, from the inside of the car, you can't see any gap at all when the windows and doors are closed - but it's definitely noticeable from the outside of the car when the doors and windows are closed.

This is from the outside of the car with the windows up and door closed. Obviously, this is a close-up with a flash where it looks a lot worse, but it's noticeable from even say 5 feet away. You can even see the poor cut line on this pic. Pretty crappy install, in my opinion. Someone cut the tint piece too small and was too lazy to fix it. They were probably hoping that I wouldn't complain. They were wrong. :)

 

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That picture / angle is horrible. I’d almost go back and demand a refund and not even give that business the opportunity to make it right. That’s as botched as botched can get.....IMO.

The business that did my T/A and Dart use a CAD system for cutting their tint. They did a great job.
 
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That picture was taken and sent to the tint shop previously for one specific reason - to show how much of a gap there was between the edge of the tint film and the edge of the window - that's why it's like it is. I just posted it here to help illustrate how much of a gap there was.

It seems that this tint shop being in business for over 30 years may actually be a "con" in this case - as they are still tinting like they did 30 years ago (manually cutting the film instead of using computer-assisted methods, etc). :) I've honestly never even heard of tint shops using a computer to cut the film, but it makes sense.

Sure enough, after I started looking around, I found another local tint shop that does use a "plotter" to cut the film - and they've also won the "best as" award for local tint shops for multiple years in a row now.

I had my other car tinted at the same shop as my Challenger and they did a great job - and after ~3 years (maybe more), the tint still looks as good as the day it was applied, which is why I chose to go to them again. I also wanted 3M tint (lifetime nationwide warranty, etc). They are actually a very highly-rated, 3M-authorized tint shop - but it sounds like they should probably update their equipment and stop relying on people to manually cut the film, like they did 30+ years ago when they opened. :)

Oh well, live and learn - I'll go back on Wednesday and give them a chance to fix the issues. Probably won't be going there again for future vehicles though.
 
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