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Old 06-12-2009, 03:40 PM   #1
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Ceramic window tint - anyone used it?

I talked to a local tint place today after seeing a piece on TV about ceramic window tint and how it's better at heat rejection than the typical metallic window films.

Seems as though there are two players in this area right now:

http://www.formulaone.com/pinnacle.htm

http://www.huperoptikusa.com/consumer_auto.cfm

This stuff is pricey but I'm only going to tint my windows once. I'll probably do 35% on the doors and 15% on the rear & quarter windows. The shop I talked to charges $299 for the metallic tint and $499 for the ceramic tint, before the, ahem, cash discount.

Anyone used this type of tint yet or have anything good or bad to say about it?
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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Never even heard of it, if you do it let everyone know how it turns out! sounds interesting
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When I worked in aftermarket for a dealership, I sold this stuff from Formula One. It turns out very nice and resists fading better than anything Ive seen. It is pretty pricey tho...but I like it a lot....
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:55 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info SilverBulletSS. I'm definitely looking for something that resists fading and I want something that is closer to black instead of bronze/green'ish in color.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:01 PM   #6
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Look for pix of my car. Search vinylgraphics, autotrim, or just my ID. I love the ceramic.
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Windshield=10" vertical
mirror= 3 7/8" (that's almost 4") vertical
that means that the mirror is 38.75% the size of the vertical windshield...
it sure seems like the ratio could be better... just sayin....

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Old 06-12-2009, 06:08 PM   #7
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LDGn63 - What % tint did you get and do you know if it is FormulaOne or HuperOptik?

That's dark and look awesome but is it legal in TX?

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Old 06-12-2009, 06:57 PM   #8
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I went to LATint. They use a Pinnacle series. I believe this is what you are inquiring about.

My car cost 285 w/ 35% all around. He had me put my hand under this sun lamp, and he turned a dial with all the different tint shades. This cust the heat almost to nothing. I went with it. With the slants of the windows it only made since to stop the sun from beaming in the car. I did a medical waiver for VA, to get the tint to 35%. Still waiting on final paperwork. They will not give you a receipt until you are legal with it.

They take CC, but wont give a receipt. Not sure what that is about. Like I can't show they did the work?

Pinnacle Series - Designed to work with today's advanced automotive electronics.

The unique technology utilized to produce the Pinnacle Series of films makes it the most state-of-the-art automotive film today. With the advanced electronic systems in today's vehicles, it is imperative that a window film allow optimum performance at all frequencies. The advanced technology utilized in manufacturing the Pinnacle Series provides a proprietary non-metallized, non-conductive, ceramic technology film with maximum heat reduction, maximum ultraviolet rejection, excellent optical clarity and blockage of infrared rays.

Features:

•National manufacturer's lifetime warranty against color change

•Scratch-resistant surface

•Maximum ultraviolet protection

•No hindrance to vehicle electronic systems

•Will not interfere with radio frequencies

•Maximum heat rejection in a non-metallized film

Product
UV Protection
Heat Rejection
Glare Reduction

Pinnacle 50
Pinnacle 35
Pinnacle 15
99.5%
99.5%
99.5%
43%
50%
59%
44%
60%
81%



*NOTE: These values are intended for design use only, and would be typical of production runs, subject to normal manufacturing tolerances.
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Thanks edog. So this is with the 35% Pinnacle tint on it?



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It's Lumar ceramic.
Tx legal all around.
If memory serves it is 35% on the sides and 20% on the back.
The black interior and light exterior makes it look darker I love it.
I did the heat lamp test as well and was so impressed I postponed my tint job untill I could google it to verify!
My car is in an uncovered lot and does not get super hot like my other cars with normal tint. Could be the tiny windows? But then again that back windowcould double for a solar panel! ;-)
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Windshield=10" vertical
mirror= 3 7/8" (that's almost 4") vertical
that means that the mirror is 38.75% the size of the vertical windshield...
it sure seems like the ratio could be better... just sayin....

our collective MIRROR patch:
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:02 PM   #11
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Old 06-15-2009, 05:33 AM   #12
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Thanks edog. So this is with the 35% Pinnacle tint on it?



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Thanks for the info all. Looks like this is definitely the route I'm going with my car.
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It's Lumar ceramic.
Tx legal all around.
If memory serves it is 35% on the sides and 20% on the back.
The black interior and light exterior makes it look darker I love it.
I did the heat lamp test as well and was so impressed I postponed my tint job untill I could google it to verify!
My car is in an uncovered lot and does not get super hot like my other cars with normal tint. Could be the tiny windows? But then again that back windowcould double for a solar panel! ;-)
Hey Leo! Didn't you tell me when we talked in Weatherford that the regular tint will interfere with the electronics that are in the back window? But the Ceramic didn't. Seems like we talked about that...not sure???

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I went to LATint. They use a Pinnacle series. I believe this is what you are inquiring about.

My car cost 285 w/ 35% all around. He had me put my hand under this sun lamp, and he turned a dial with all the different tint shades. This cust the heat almost to nothing. I went with it. With the slants of the windows it only made since to stop the sun from beaming in the car. I did a medical waiver for VA, to get the tint to 35%. Still waiting on final paperwork. They will not give you a receipt until you are legal with it.

They take CC, but wont give a receipt. Not sure what that is about. Like I can't show they did the work?

Pinnacle Series - Designed to work with today's advanced automotive electronics.

The unique technology utilized to produce the Pinnacle Series of films makes it the most state-of-the-art automotive film today. With the advanced electronic systems in today's vehicles, it is imperative that a window film allow optimum performance at all frequencies. The advanced technology utilized in manufacturing the Pinnacle Series provides a proprietary non-metallized, non-conductive, ceramic technology film with maximum heat reduction, maximum ultraviolet rejection, excellent optical clarity and blockage of infrared rays.

Features:

•National manufacturer's lifetime warranty against color change

•Scratch-resistant surface

•Maximum ultraviolet protection

•No hindrance to vehicle electronic systems

•Will not interfere with radio frequencies

•Maximum heat rejection in a non-metallized film

Product
UV Protection
Heat Rejection
Glare Reduction

Pinnacle 50
Pinnacle 35
Pinnacle 15
99.5%
99.5%
99.5%
43%
50%
59%
44%
60%
81%



*NOTE: These values are intended for design use only, and would be typical of production runs, subject to normal manufacturing tolerances.
Where is LA tint located? It seems I may have my car by next week so I'd like to get my windows tinted asap.

I was thinking about doing the same, 35% all the way around and dont care about the waiver. I just want all the windows to look the same! Looks sharp!
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http://www.tintlaws.com/

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For those Texans interested, this is straight from the updated DPS website:

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Where is LA tint located? It seems I may have my car by next week so I'd like to get my windows tinted asap.

I was thinking about doing the same, 35% all the way around and dont care about the waiver. I just want all the windows to look the same! Looks sharp!
I only see the four in VA. Woodbridge is the closest I see to you.

http://latint.com/locations.php
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I'm having mine done by LA Tint in Sterling on Friday. They quoted me $329... I wonder why they are charging more in Sterling than Fredricksburg?
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$500!!!! That tint better cook me breakfast!

Here's what the shop I used states about ceramic tint:

Ceramic Automotive Tint

Our top-tier window film for automobiles. This product offers very high heat rejection without being dark or metallic. Ideal for the driver who wants all of the benefits of tinted windows, without the "tinted" look.

A very classy finish for high-end vehicles.


Personally, I prefer the darker windows....here's mine after they finished this afternoon...for $200...

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I'm having mine done by LA Tint in Sterling on Friday. They quoted me $329... I wonder why they are charging more in Sterling than Fredricksburg?
Tell them you know thw Woodbridge shop did it for 289 for a member on this site. Ask if they will match. I am sure they can call the Woodbridge shop and confirm they did a IOM Camaro for 289. about three weeks ago.

They did quote me 329 on the website as well, but the guy changed it when I got there.
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Hey Leo! Didn't you tell me when we talked in Weatherford that the regular tint will interfere with the electronics that are in the back window? But the Ceramic didn't. Seems like we talked about that...not sure???

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Standard (regular) tint should be fine.

Metallic tints are the ones that seem to cause reception issues (from reading)

Ceramics seem to be the top of the line. Very pleased with mine.
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ceramic is only good for people who do not want to go with 20% or 5%. it is good for the lighter shades like 35% and up. now i did mine regular 20% all around and 50% front windsheild and its 3m tint. one of the guys here got ripped off for 285 for some cheap stuff. I was thinking of doing my 5% all around like i did the tc but the car sticks out to much figure i will save my self the time and plus the interior is dark so it makes it look darker then it is and also with it being a big car with blind spots why add more.
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