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Old 05-31-2012, 02:17 PM   #1
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Window Tint Brands?

I'm going to put window tint on my new camaro soon, no doubt about it. However, there are so many different types and brands I'm kind of lost. Anyone know which would be the best at providing a dark look while blocking out a lot of heat? I live in Houston so preventing heat would be a huuuuuge plus. Thanks guys
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
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i went with the 3m. It has color fade lifetime guarantee and blocks something like 60% heat compared to 15-20% for standard 3m. I went 20% transparency all windows but windshield.
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...omotive_Films/
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Old 05-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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If you want to block heat, go with a ceramic tint. I've used Formula One Pinnacle series tint on both my Camaros and would do it again in a heartbeat, especially in Houston. The difference between cheap tint and ceramic tint is about $200-$300. The difference in heat transfer is definitely noticeable.

http://www.formulaone.com/en/pinnacle.aspx

If you opt to go with this, I had mine done at X-Pert Tint and Alarm (http://www.houstontint.com/). They are located off of 59 just before BW8 on the SW side of Houston.
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Old 05-31-2012, 05:04 PM   #4
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i went with the 3m. It has color fade lifetime guarantee and blocks something like 60% heat compared to 15-20% for standard 3m. I went 20% transparency all windows but windshield.
http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...omotive_Films/
This. Its expensive though.
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:19 AM   #5
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So ceramic tint provides the best heat reduction? I saw TX has 25% visible light transmission on front driver and passenger with no restrictions elsewhere...25% seems like it will be very dark...is that correct?
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:22 AM   #6
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went with MAXPRO new line of tint thats being promoted and a life time warranty
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Old 06-01-2012, 04:42 AM   #7
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I went with SolarGard after talking with 4-5 window tinting companies and asking them what they would recommend. 2 actually went to the big Las Vegas car convention or car expo thing that happens once a year, and have said out of all the brands SolarGard is HIGHLY recommended. I was looking into Huper Optix because a lot of BMW Mercedes Lexus Ferraris etc etc owners get it installed on their car. Biggest thing, go ceramic and pay the extra bucks.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:48 AM   #8
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I have 3M tint on my car. It came with a lifetime warranty against fading, tearing, and any damage. I got 20% on my windows and I think it turned out great.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:51 AM   #9
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I have Formula 1 Pinnacle as well from Llumar and it is 30%.
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So ceramic tint provides the best heat reduction? I saw TX has 25% visible light transmission on front driver and passenger with no restrictions elsewhere...25% seems like it will be very dark...is that correct?
I wouldn't exactly call 25% dark. It's kind of hard to tell but the factory glass already cuts light transmission down to 70% due to the built in tinting in the glass itself. You'll have to factor that in when putting another layer of tint on as well - some state inspection shops will actually measure light transmission on the door glass as part of your annual inspection. I run 30% tint on the doors and 15% on the sides and back. Still doesn't seem too dark to me compared to other vehicles I've seen but it does keep me legal.
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Old 06-01-2012, 12:31 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the help here! I'll let everyone know what I end up getting in a week or two...it's brutal, I'm on a business trip and my car just arrived at the dealership the day after I left...5 more days before I can pick her up...being patient....
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This. Its expensive though.
I think i pd $300
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I have Formula 1 Pinnacle as well from Llumar and it is 30%.
I too am going this route with the same percentage. Quoted $300.

What color is your ride and do you have any pictures?

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:12 PM   #14
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If you want to block heat, go with a ceramic tint. I've used Formula One Pinnacle series tint on both my Camaros and would do it again in a heartbeat, especially in Houston. The difference between cheap tint and ceramic tint is about $200-$300. The difference in heat transfer is definitely noticeable.

http://www.formulaone.com/en/pinnacle.aspx

If you opt to go with this, I had mine done at X-Pert Tint and Alarm (http://www.houstontint.com/). They are located off of 59 just before BW8 on the SW side of Houston.
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I have Formula 1 Pinnacle as well from Llumar and it is 30%.
I've got FormulaOne Pinnacle Ceramic tint on my car and like it for what it's worth. I had Llumar metallic tint on my 1995 Dodge Ram pickup and it lasted all the way until I sold it in 2009 - I'm sure it's still looking good for the new owner!
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Old 06-02-2012, 10:40 PM   #15
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I too am going this route with the same percentage. Quoted $300.

What color is your ride and do you have any pictures?

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It's an ashen gray metallic...2012 2LT. And I don't have any pictures yet...I pick it up from the dealership on Tuesday when I get back in town. I'm traveling for work right now :(
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Ceramic is the way to go this is mine with 30 % there is factory tinting so this nets out to about 25%, it's not too dark but the legal limit here, it does make a difference in the heat in the car when parked and is dark enough for sun glare and a bit of privacy
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I have the Huper Optik tint on my car. Blocks out alot of the heat. They have different levels of it too. The higher one blocks out pretty much all heat, its crazy, haha. They use this stuff on buildings.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:51 PM   #19
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Plus with the 3m warranty if there is a defect they pay to remove and replace anywhere in the country that is an authorized dealer.
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I would suggest Johnson Window Films.

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Old 06-05-2012, 11:41 PM   #21
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Hey guys! The dealership ended up putting on the tint for me before I even picked up the car, so I guess my choice didn't matter. I'm fine with it though because they didn't charge me for it, and it looks great. Here are the photos I took today! Thanks for the help!
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cant beat that price!
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