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We had 3M put on our S80 sedan; great... (archive)

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Posted by Bart B. on March 05, 2001 at 18:07:30:

In Reply to: Anyone have opinion of 3M window tint? posted by Jeff on March 05, 2001 at 13:53:24:

...results in the 8 months it's been applied. We got a lighter tint, like only 20-30 percent light reduction because anything darker makes night driving dangerous - hard to see things like pedestrians, dogs and other Z3 owners next to their cars. From what I've heard, 3M stuff is by far the best for durability and staying on if properly applied.

Our '99 Artic Silver Coupe will have the same stuff put on in a few days - summer is nigh in northern Colorado, too.

Best thing I've done over the years to keep car interiors cooler is to put a 100% cotton dash board cover on. Had to make 'em myself 'cause the only material commercially availablw is synthetic stuff. Acrylic and similar stuff heats up way too much for me. I measured dash cover temperatures of several kinds compared to pur cotton. The cotton was about 50 to 60 degrees cooler. Natural fibers don't heat up in the sun near as much as the synthetics.

BMW used to put leather dash covers in their high-end cars, but stopped after too many warranty replacements happened. The local shop replaced the one in a '97 740 three times, then BMW sent a synthetic material one explaining "NO MORE LEATHER DASH MATERIAL" or words to that effect.

Drive cool....

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