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#4557421 - 10/28/17 04:16 PM Windshield tinting?
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Phoenix
The windshield in my Jeep took a nasty hit from a stone and will need to be replaced. Living in Phoenix, some additional heat/sun/UV protection would be nice and it seems like before the windshield is installed would be the ideal time to apply it. Does anything like this exist?
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#4557424 - 10/28/17 04:18 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Yes it is the same as other window tinting. You need to check your local laws because it cannot be used in some places or there are limits to how far down it can go.
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#4557428 - 10/28/17 04:21 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Illegal in many states but that doesn't stop the ricers from driving around with 5% on the windshield.

Works the same as tinting any other window.
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#4557429 - 10/28/17 04:21 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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What heat? LOL

I think there’s some pretty clear tint that blocks heat. Not sure who can do it though.
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#4557435 - 10/28/17 04:27 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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I know here in Ohio, it can't be reflective, and cannot extend below the AS-1 line.

"The term “AS-1 line” shall mean a line extending from the letters AS-1, found on most motor vehicle windshields, running parallel to the top of the windshield or shall mean a line 5 inches below and parallel to the top of the windshield, whichever is closer to the top of the windshield."
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#4557438 - 10/28/17 04:34 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: earlyre]
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Who ever produced those lines need to go back and study geometry … these high slope windshields of today could have more tint and still be well above the line of sight …

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#4557470 - 10/28/17 05:13 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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I watched a Youtube by Vehicle Virgins and he had tints fitted to his S550

There was a demo of the clear tints that reduced heat inside the vehicle.

I think they were Ceramic coated
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#4557520 - 10/28/17 06:03 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 09/24/15
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Loc: Rainville, USA
Look into 3m Chrystaline, you can get a 70% or 90% film that will block UV and a measurable amount of heat but will basically be imperceptible when viewed from inside or outside
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#4557578 - 10/28/17 06:51 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Windshields already block UV due to the plastic in their lamination.
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#4557586 - 10/28/17 06:57 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 01/14/17
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Loc: Melbourne, Florida
It's not legal here without a reference from a physician, but any of the shops will happily tint them.

The 3M product mentioned above does have a phenomenal infrared rejection percentage even at 70/90% VLT, higher than some less expensive brands in a darker (lower VLT) shade.

Llumar makes a similar product, Air I think, with almost as impressive numbers. If I'm remembering correctly, the tint color is a faint blue, as opposed to a very faint black of the 3M. That was what the shop suggested for the windscreen Less conspicuous than the darker tints.

I just recently had the Buick tinted, and went with the llumar ceramic. Pretty close to the crystalline, but a full $160 cheaper.
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#4557593 - 10/28/17 07:03 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: bigjl]
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Originally Posted By: bigjl
I watched a Youtube by Vehicle Virgins and he had tints fitted to his S550

There was a demo of the clear tints that reduced heat inside the vehicle.

I think they were Ceramic coated


Yes. I had mine done in July. The IR (heat) rejection is claimed to be 43%. It made a very noticeable difference in the somewhat weak performance of my A/C on very hot days. I wish I had done it sooner.

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#4557871 - 10/28/17 10:35 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 08/05/10
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Loc: Crown Point, IN
I have the complete windshield tinted on my Accord at 35%. It is not legal and I do not care to be honest.
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#4557896 - 10/28/17 10:57 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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The 3M product sounds interesting, I'll look into it. I've been meaning to get the front windows tinted to match the rears, but haven't got around to it yet.
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#4557901 - 10/28/17 11:01 PM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: dishdude]
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Registered: 01/14/17
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Loc: Melbourne, Florida
Just check some samples at your desired VLT, the clerk at Jag suggested that going darker than 50% (I wanted 30 on the sides and rear window) could cause a hint of blue/purple in certain lighting.
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#4559055 - 10/30/17 08:21 AM Re: Windshield tinting? [Re: DBMaster]
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Registered: 09/06/12
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Loc: London, England
Originally Posted By: DBMaster
Originally Posted By: bigjl
I watched a Youtube by Vehicle Virgins and he had tints fitted to his S550

There was a demo of the clear tints that reduced heat inside the vehicle.

I think they were Ceramic coated


Yes. I had mine done in July. The IR (heat) rejection is claimed to be 43%. It made a very noticeable difference in the somewhat weak performance of my A/C on very hot days. I wish I had done it sooner.


Nice

I have been trying to find a stockist of decent window tints in the UK.

I have to go clear front front passenger and Drivers window for legal reasons but would like the reduction in heat.
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