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Old 08-20-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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New Texas law about tinted windows!

I was thinking about tinting my windows and should do it before the September 1st law goes into effect. I don't want a window sticker included in the tint job!!


SB 589 requires that a vehicle equipment safety compliance label be placed on a windshield, side or rear window stating that the window tinting complies with the appropriate provisions of the Transportation Code. Failing to place the required label on the vehicle could lead to a $1,000 fine.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:59 AM   #3
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Hmmm. my guy was gonna do it "under the table" and do 5% all the way aorund...
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:01 AM   #4
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I TOUGHT THAT HAD AREADY PASSED
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:02 AM   #5
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I don't think there has been any kind of passage on this?
http://www.statesurge.com/bills/453512-sb-589-texas
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:05 AM   #6
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They have had those stickers forever and are supposed to use them but will not if you ask.. They are the postage stamp sized ones that go in the corners of the windows. They are placed in between the tint and the glass.

They say something like VSC comlpiant and usually have the tint places logo and phone number.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:19 AM   #7
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The tint shop I used showed me the sticker and asked if I wanted it on or not. I said no, he said ok.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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I know up in Tyler, TX the cops are VERY HARD on vehicles with illegal tint because of what happened a few years back...

Two LEO's pulled up on blacked out cadillac-style car, talking to driver, passengers in back seat opened fire thru blacked out back windows and killed both officers...was very saD!
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:26 AM   #9
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its passed and goes in affect 9/1.. question will become is who will be liable if the sticker is not there
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:02 PM   #10
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Is it really that big of a deal? The sticker will be barely visible.
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Here's a link to the actual text that goes into effect on 9/1: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs...f/SB00589F.pdf

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLoo...81R&Bill=SB589

I'm just glad these people listened back in March and amended the bill before it passed. The original text actually changed the legal limit on the door windows from 25% to 35% Net VLT. To hit 35% Net VLT, you would have to go with 45 to 50% tint on the door windows.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:45 PM   #12
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So then what's the darkest tint we can use now on the sides / quarters / rear ?
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I don't know how big the stickers are, please show me one! I don't like stickers on my car.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:51 PM   #14
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20% All the way around has never caused my any issues with the law. No stickers
ever. And I have had tinted windows since 1980. Just keep the "eyebrow" tint above the AS1 line. That has got me 2 times on two different vehicles this year alone.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:53 PM   #15
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I think I'll do 25% on sides and 20% in the rear.
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Old 08-20-2009, 12:56 PM   #16
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The way I'm reading that "act" it appears as though you don't need a sticker unless the tint on the windshield or front side windows is beyond what's allowed in the act.

I'm going to draw up a chart and see if I'm making correct sense of their negatives and double-negatives...

EDIT: Okay, here's how I read it:

Section 1 describes what passes as a label.

Section 2 a-1 says an installer that breaks this law is punishable by a fine of up to 1k if he does any window tinting without placing a label.

However, Section 2b Subsection (a) states that the above fine DOES NOT apply to:

1) windshield tint that is:
Light Transmission of 25% or greater
Luminous Reflectivity of 25% or less
NOT red, blue, or amber
does NOT go below 5" from the top of the windshield or below the manufacturer's AS-1 line, whichever is closer to the top of the windshield

2)front side window tint that is:
Light Transmission of 25% or greater
Luminous Reflectivity of 25% or less

2-a)rear side windows with any tint

3)rear window with any tint as long as the vehicle has outside rearview mirrors

4)rearview mirror tint

and everything below 5) doesn't apply to passenger cars.


Am I misreading this?

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Old 08-20-2009, 01:22 PM   #17
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So then what's the darkest tint we can use now on the sides / quarters / rear ?
Here's a good reference to use: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/Misc/faq/tint.htm

There are actually two sets of rules you need to be aware of in Texas. First is the actual law and the second is what is checked during the annual inspection. Both are covered in the link above.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:29 PM   #18
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So, the installer can get in trouble if he's not putting labels on cars, however, nothing will happen to the end-user. Unless you installed the tint yourself
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:17 PM   #20
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My cars have the sticker on the driver's window. Has been that way for years. You don't even notice them. They are small and for the most part, blend into the tint.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #21
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I don't know how big the stickers are, please show me one! I don't like stickers on my car.
Take a look at your thumbnail. That's about the size of the sticker.
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i just got my windows tinted and the shop said nothing about the sticker. as far as the law goes, we all know that it is "interpreted" by the officer. i put 35% on the front two and 5% on the rear and sides. with the 5% the front looks darker and with the black leather interior, you can't see much inside any way. he would have made it darker for me if i asked. but i am in a beautiful piece of fine-art machinery that can go faster than the cops.....how many problems do i want with them??????lol

the 5% on the back really shows how wide the rear end is
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Is it really that big of a deal? The sticker will be barely visible.
True. Both my vehicles have the stickers and you can hardly notice them. If the tint is illegal you can fall back on the tint shop since they indicated it was compliant.
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Anybody realize that they tinted their windows to dark when they drove at night? I'm thinking of doing 25% on the sides and 20% on the rear; I'm just concerned about whether or not I'll be able to see anything at night!! Any thoughts from folks who actually have windows tinted this dark?
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even with 5% on the rear windows you can see just fine and it helps with those who do not know how to turn off their BRIGHTS the sides are 35% so i don't have to worry about some cop thinking they are too dark. you can tell the contrast between the two.
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