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Re: tint recommendations (archive)

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Posted by Edward Hong on December 21, 1998 at 21:32:14:

In Reply to: tint recommendations posted by Jackson on December 21, 1998 at 18:42:38:

I just bought a 1999 323i and going through the same decision making process...but I live in Toronto, Canada. There are a few things to look out for when getting your car tinted.

1) Make sure you get a lifetime warrantee on the window tint (against fading, peeling, adhesive problems, bubbling...) and a lifetime warrantee on labour (just in case something does go wrong).
2) Make sure the tinter agrees to tint the back window in ONE PIECE! If he/she can't then go to another tinter.
3) When tinting the back window, make sure he/she agrees to remove the 3rd brake light before tinting and puts it back when finished. You don't want the tinter to tint around the brake light....looks dumb.
4) Get a pure metallic or metallic/dye hybrid tint. These usually have a lifetime warrantee and do not fade (turn purple) over time. Also, they have the best heat rejection.
5) Go to to see what your state laws are for auto tinting.
6) Go with either Solargard ( or Llumar ( brand tints. Solargard being the better one. I heard these are the best on the market. Llumar is a bigger company though.
I'm going with Solargard High Performance Charcoal (sputtered aluminum) with 32% transmittance. This tint is a hybrid metallic/dye but it has a lifetime warrantee. The Solargard Quantum is their only pure metallic tint but it has a fairly reflective which a lot of people don't like.

I hope this answers a lot of your questions...


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