In Reply to: Tint Etiquette/Aesthetics posted by Tint on December 21, 1999 at 11:14:22:
I've worked for a couple window tint/car stereo/mobile phone shops in and after high school ('94..man I feel old). I can tell you from experience that dark tint saved my interior and my face (tint in general at least).
My sophomore year in high school I had a '90 Pontiac Sunbird GT with 2 (count them, two) layers of 5% dark limo tint all the way around with a 12" visor on the front (half the window). At the time, Arkansas wasn't big on window film laws so I got away with it (no way in hell now). Anyways, you couldn't see in if your life depended on it. The privacy was nice although now that I look back, rolling down the windows at night to make turns on dark roads was a sign. Probably 6 months after owning it, I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma at a red light inside lane. Light turns green, I go. Boom. 20-something year old high (literally) lady took out the complete passenger side (as well as crumpling the drivers side from sheer force) of my car going 50+ mpg with a 1978 Pontiac Bonneville. To make a longer story short, she did $8000 damage to my $6000-booking-for car. There was NO glass anywhere. Everything spidered on front and rear windows, and the passenger glass just layed over into the car.
This is why I would recommend any tint, whether it be safety (clear) film or even regular tint. Of course now I'm a good citizen (50% came on my E34, looking to do rear passenger/back window in 20% come Spring). I would seriously consider local laws before doing any tinting though. Here in Missouri you are not allowed to have tint on the front side windows (50% looks like factory tint to me and haven't been stopped once yet *knock on wood*).
Bottom line, use your head. Don't get it too dark in the front where you can't hardly see, but do get something for safety in the event there is some driver on crack waiting to smash you in the future.
'92 Talon TSI AWD+T (20% on rear 3..50% going on in Spring too)
: What is everyone's opinion on TINT? I have a black E34 with a light tint but think I want to go darker....As in NOONE being able to see inside...
: Any thoughts/suggestions?