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Old 02-18-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Window Tinting - Is this a good deal and the right choice?

Hey guys,

Going to get 20% on the side windows and 15% on the rear window. Its $150 for the whole thing; the guy claims hes been tinting windows for 32 years and his partner for 25 years,

Seems to good to be true? Also, texas state registered car driving in louisiana u think I can get away with the tints?

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Old 02-18-2010, 08:47 PM   #2
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Thats a decent price.. I would just go 20 all around.. its hard enough to see out of the rear window.. Doing 15 on the rear isnt going to make much of a difference. My buddy does tinting for a living. IF he does the rear window in say 15 or 20 its only because he did like 35 or 50 on the sides.. Otherwise its all the same percentage.
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:42 PM   #3
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hmmm. I'll have to ask my tinter about doing 20 around. Idk, whatever looks best haha
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Old 02-21-2010, 01:05 AM   #4
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That's not bad. Before the wreck, I had mine done 30 on the sides, and 20 on the back, for 125 in Georgia. Turned out great. The dealer here in Texas has a guy that is doing 30 all the way around for 200.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:02 PM   #5
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Personally, I wouldn't mix it UNLESS your back window has some factory tint on it and you need to adjust to "even out" the tint all around. I don't think the Camaros have that though. But it's not uncommon on other vehicles.

I have yet to pull the trigger on my 2011 SS1, but the initial plan is to do 5% (limo tint) all around. I've had it on the last few vehicles I've owned and I love it. Of course, my eyes are sensitive to bright lights so that may be why. I will say at night, I normally roll the windows down so I can see better if making a turn or backing up on a non-lighted road.

For the record, I live in OK and have no probs with the po-po.

Oh yeah, as for pricing. My last vehicle to get tinted was a 2007 Nissan Titan crew cab (lots more window space than Camaro) and I only paid $125 for that. The guy I use has his own shop & over 30 years experience. I've used him multiple times as it's good quality and cheap.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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that is an awesome deal, I have 20% on the sides and 5% on the back window, I paid $230.00 for mine.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:32 PM   #7
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i just had 15% back windows and 30% driver's/passenger's for $129.99 this am. i wanted it legal, but it turned out darker than i though it would.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:51 PM   #8
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Thats a decent price.. I would just go 20 all around.. its hard enough to see out of the rear window.. Doing 15 on the rear isnt going to make much of a difference. My buddy does tinting for a living. IF he does the rear window in say 15 or 20 its only because he did like 35 or 50 on the sides.. Otherwise its all the same percentage.
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Old 11-16-2010, 03:26 PM   #9
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:49 PM   #10
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FYI, Texas legal limit is 30 for the sides. With as small as the windows are on a Camaro, there's no need to go super dark. Ours has 30 on the sides and 20 on the back IIRC. We paid around 160, but we got 3M thermal tint - WORTH IT! Keeps the heat out as well as some light, so your car stays even cooler.

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:04 PM   #11
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HAD OUR'S DONE AS DARK AS LEGALLY COULD BE DONE IN LOUISIANA AND PAID $175.00 WITH TAX AND LIFETIME WARRANTY ON TINT AS WELL AS LABOR.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:47 PM   #12
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I've been doing some research on window tinting (this is the first car I've ever had that deserves tinted windows ). To compare prices, you really have to know what type of window tint material is being used. Check out the link here http://www.tintcenter.com/articles/bt_types.html. They also have a link to the legal limits by state. Looks like both TX and LA require dealer certifications on installation to be legal.

I've also found some ceramic window film that 3M has that look good but they aren't available in as dark a tint as I would like.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:47 PM   #13
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It's hard to tell if it's a good price without knowing what type of tint he is planning on using. I have ceramic and it's more expensive as a general rule but it also blocks heat better. I have 30% and it's plenty dark, if it were any darker it would significantly decrease my visibility at night.

The other thing I've noticed is the rear window looks a lot darker than the side windows even though they are the same percentage.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:43 PM   #14
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I live in Cali and I have limo tint on mine all around. It's illegal but so is the speed I'm gonna be doing so screw it. Paid $120
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:56 PM   #15
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Installation prices seem to vary widely by region. I think what you were quoted sounds fair. I paid $300 here in WA but that's fairly normal for the region. I also went with a full ceramic film which increased the price quite a bit. I went with 15% all the way around because the next lighter was over 30% in the film I chose. If I had it to do over I think I would have gone lighter - it still looks dark on our cars from the outside and would make night driving easier.
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