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Old 02-14-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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window tinting- metallic or ceramic?

okay so im gona get my windows done and the guys i went to told me i should use the ceramic tint due to the fact that the metallic tint will mess with my gps/xm reception

so anyone have the metallic tint have this problem or are the just trying to get some extra cash out of me?
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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He is right if the GPS/XM antenna is located inside of the car. I'm pretty sure it is the shark fin on the roof so you are probably good with Metallic.

You might have problems with your TPMS sensors with metallic. The antenna for the sensors is in the headliner. If the metallic tint blocks the frequency of the TMPS sensors then you might have some trouble.

I would personally choose ceramic over metallic for other reasons though...
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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I agree. I was just hoping Agent WD-40 would respond to this... surprise! haha. His advice is good, I got ceramic on mine and love it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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I have metallic tint and it looks great, but it does effect reception (FM not XM). I sure you will get some posts that will say it doesn't, but don't believe it! You will still receive strong signals with no affect, but weak stations won't come in, whereas, without the metallic tint, they would.
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Old 02-14-2011, 03:03 PM   #5
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ok guys thanks for the input looks like im gona go ceramic
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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metallic will give you no issues......now if you are using a radar detector and have your windshield done.....the radar can reflect off the metal flake.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:27 PM   #7
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metallic will give you no issues......now if you are using a radar detector and have your windshield done.....the radar can reflect off the metal flake.
You are correct. Metallic will not interfere in the FM radio.

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Old 03-02-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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You are correct. Metallic will not interfere in the FM radio.

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Wrong!!! Read the notice in your manual on page 6-13!!!!
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:08 PM   #9
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Wrong!!! Read the notice in your manual on page 6-14!!!!
I can tell you first hand it will not....i always use metal flake tint......zero problems with any reception
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:34 PM   #10
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I have ceramic on mine and TPMS works great along with my GPS unit.
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Does anyone have pictures of the different tints for comparison?
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:54 PM   #12
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Does anyone have pictures of the different tints for comparison?
Here is a pic of my car with ceramic 30 on the front and 15 on the small and back. Ceramic does a excellent job blocking heat, and I can really tell a difference in the middle of August in Texas. I will be trading this car in soon for my convertible and plan to get the same tint on it.
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Wrong!!! Read the notice in your manual on page 6-14!!!!
Your right but its 6-13
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Here is a pic of my car with ceramic 30 on the front and 15 on the small and back. Ceramic does a excellent job blocking heat, and I can really tell a difference in the middle of August in Texas. I will be trading this car in soon for my convertible and plan to get the same tint on it.
Looks great! How much more pricey is the ceramic over standard film tint?
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:11 PM   #15
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Does anyone have pictures of the different tints for comparison?
Look in my profile page, I have pictures of my car with metallic tint that is 20% on the sides and back.
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