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Old 08-04-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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Tint shop

Anyone tint their windows? I'm looking for a quality shop in the Tri-state area to get my Camaro tinted. Any recommendations?
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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I was recommended Top Edge in Smithtown. I'm going today to have it done. I'll get back to you with the details. Stay tuned.
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Had mine do at Movin on Sound in W. Hempstead. Great job.
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:13 AM   #4
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I was recommended Top Edge in Smithtown. I'm going today to have it done. I'll get back to you with the details. Stay tuned.
Cool. Let me know how it goes.

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Had mine do at Movin on Sound in W. Hempstead. Great job.
How much did they charge you? Did you get metallic or ceramic?
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Cool. Let me know how it goes.


How much did they charge you? Did you get metallic or ceramic?
It was 170. I got 20% all around and I am not sure if its ceramic or metallic. Whats the difference?? And How can I tell?? Their # is 516-489-2380.
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It was 170. I got 20% all around and I am not sure if its ceramic or metallic. Whats the difference?? And How can I tell?? Their # is 516-489-2380.
You probably have a metallic tint since you paid $170. Ceramic tint installation costs between $300-$400. I got this explanation of metallic vs ceramic from another thread:





There are a couple of differences between metallic and ceramic window tint.

1. Ceramic is not supposed to interfere with radio signals (GPS/Cell/AMFM) like metallic films do.

From the owner's manual:

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Notice: Do not apply aftermarket
glass tinting with metallic film.
The metallic film in some tinting
materials will interfere with or
distort the incoming radio
reception. Any damage caused to
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not be covered by the vehicle
warranty.
2. Ceramic tint does a slightly better job at blocking UV and infrared heat so your interior will stay cooler. In my car, I definitely could feel the heat coming through the glass before I had the tint put on. After the install, I can barely feel any heat, even when it's 95 and the sun is hitting the window directly.

3. The last difference is that ceramic is supposed to be slightly clearer (optically). I'm sure that comparison could be argued for any low vs. high quality window film, metallic or ceramic.
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Destroyer, how does the 20% look with CGM? I've been trying to decide between 20% and 35%. Does it match the CGM or is it darker?
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[QUOTE=Ctrain24;763077]You probably have a metallic tint since you paid $170. Ceramic tint installation costs between $300-$400. I got this explanation of metallic vs ceramic from another thread:





There are a couple of differences between metallic and ceramic window tint.

Thanks, that was helpful. The good news is I have not listened to a radio in years with XM. Havnt had cell issues at all.
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Destroyer, how does the 20% look with CGM? I've been trying to decide between 20% and 35%. Does it match the CGM or is it darker?
My opinion is it was made for this color. 35 seemed a little to light. Ill post some pics tomorrow when I get her back. I have 2 but they really did not come out good at all.
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My opinion is it was made for this color. 35 seemed a little to light. Ill post some pics tomorrow when I get her back. I have 2 but they really did not come out good at all.


Post up those pics when you get a chance tomorrow. Thanks.
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Post up those pics when you get a chance tomorrow. Thanks.
Here are the 2 bad ones. Might give you an Idea.

The top one is a little better
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Old 08-06-2009, 06:49 AM   #12
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Top Edge in Smithtown, I had Carbon 20% done for $225, metallic is $199,
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• No metal layers that may interfere with cell phones, radio, or navigation system signals
• Provides excellent optical clarity while reducing day and nighttime glare
• Up to 44% Heat Reduction, 80% Glare Reduction and 99% UV Protection

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and while ther have a digital tilt sensor installed for $90, to prevent anyone from jacking up your car and taking those 20 inchers...
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Old 08-06-2009, 05:52 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=Ctrain24;760987]Cool. Let me know how it goes.


Here are some pix. its tough to get a good shot because of the sun and reflections. Check out the one with the side window and the windshield. there not too big a difference. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Good Luck
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Thanks for the pics. They did a great job. Looks awesome with the hockey stripes!
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Here are the slightly better ones I promised.
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hmm that 20% looks perfect I was thinking of going with 35% just for laws sake but argh I just may have to go with 20% and just bring the windows down around cops. The dealer said they would tint my car for free but learning about metallic, carbon and ceramic tint (I had no idea about b4) I'm rethinking it.

anybody think of getting a strip on the windshield? I was thinking about it until I realized how small the windshield is. A strip would cover about half of it.
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hmm that 20% looks perfect I was thinking of going with 35% just for laws sake but argh I just may have to go with 20% and just bring the windows down around cops. The dealer said they would tint my car for free but learning about metallic, carbon and ceramic tint (I had no idea about b4) I'm rethinking it.

anybody think of getting a strip on the windshield? I was thinking about it until I realized how small the windshield is. A strip would cover about half of it.
Same ticket for 35% and 20%. The legal limit is 70%
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hmm that 20% looks perfect I was thinking of going with 35% just for laws sake but argh I just may have to go with 20% and just bring the windows down around cops. The dealer said they would tint my car for free but learning about metallic, carbon and ceramic tint (I had no idea about b4) I'm rethinking it.

anybody think of getting a strip on the windshield? I was thinking about it until I realized how small the windshield is. A strip would cover about half of it.
70% is the legal limit in NY not 35%. I'm thinking about doing the strip on the windshield as well, but like you said, it'll cover a good portion of the windshield. If I do tint the strip I'll probably use a lighter shade.
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That's what a cop told me once with my Caprice (I had 20%). But really whats the point of 70% tint . Guess if your going to do it go all the way right...hmm 20% is calling me.

Yea man I hear that about the strip.The windshield would look good with a full tint too but light like 50%.
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hey guys I got my car tinted 35% all around. I just have an issue with the windows coming up and down a little when the doors open and close. This made the bottom of the tint come up a little. I'm getting them redone for free so its ok but did you guys have this issue?
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hey guys I got my car tinted 35% all around. I just have an issue with the windows coming up and down a little when the doors open and close. This made the bottom of the tint come up a little. I'm getting them redone for free so its ok but did you guys have this issue?
Nope, none at all. Did he put the tint below where the top of the door meets the bottom of the window??
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hey guys I got my car tinted 35% all around. I just have an issue with the windows coming up and down a little when the doors open and close. This made the bottom of the tint come up a little. I'm getting them redone for free so its ok but did you guys have this issue?
RAFA, what shop did you go to? This is why I started this thread. To find a quality shop and avoid issues like that. Like Destroyer said, they were supposed to install the tint on the window into the door panel so the bottom edge wouldn't rub everytime the windows rolled up and down.
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why go anywhere else?

i tint for MANY dealerships.i have a mobile tinting service for over 20yrs.i do many shops in longisland.deal directly with me ,cut out these shop owners that add $100 for there pocket.i have a private garage in howardbeach queens.look me up,im EVERYWHERE!
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If you don mind the drive check us out! we are also right next to Race Proven Motorsports.net

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I used Top Edge in Smithtown, 18% Carbon tinting. It lookes awesome.
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