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Anyone tint the windsheild to the AS-1 line. I'd like to see pics on any 3 with this tint option. I am considering doing this but the AS-1 line seems pretty far down the windsheild and it might look look funny with a stripe anyway. Any help will be appreciated...
 

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A universal line that legally you are NOT supposed to tint below. Usually, it's about 6-8 inches from the top of your windshield.

My windshield tint is about a half inch from the line. Due to the baked-in tint in front of the rear-view mirror already, I had two stripes placed on both sides of the already-present tinted box so it looks like just one strip all the way across.

Depending on weather, I'll try to grab some pics this weekend.
 

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i have this area tinted as well.. i'll see if i can get pics.
 

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Thanks pics are much appreciated since tint will be done shortly down the road. It turns out that my dealer does it in their service department. I'm sure it would be cheaper to go elsewhere, but at least I know that their shop is clean and dust free. What are your thoughts on this?
 

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Your right about the different in price. A dealer will charge you probably $250+ to tint the MZ3 for ya. Whereas, a private tint business will be around $100-$200.00.

Myself, I paid $150.00 for all the windows and the windshield piece.

The professional, recommended private tint shops will be just as clean (if not cleaner) than the dealer. Also, what type of tint does your dealer utilize?

I'd go with either 3m or llumar. Don't know much about the others.

Hopes this helps.
 

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yea here in cali, i got quoted at 140 for tint, all windows and the visor strip....any color...
 

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hahaa its on Oxnard Blvd here in Oxnard....its a small tinting place. im going to see how much it is at Total Eclipse tinting too and ill post my quote as soon as i get it...
 

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I'm thinking of tinting, but I want the metallic, not the smoke tint, because it blocks out the heat, but not light. I like my visibility, just not the SoCal heat that comes with untinted windows. And with my black interior, it's gonna get warm this summer. Would you do me the favor of asking about metallic tint as well as smoke tint?
 

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because it blocks out the heat, but not light. I like my visibility, just not the SoCal heat that comes with untinted windows.
yeah me too. my old car was tinted and i got pretty tired of having the perpetual sunglasses on. That's why i was interested in getting V-Kool tint
http://www.v-kool.com/QuickCars.asp
http://www.v-kool-usa.com/

i've heard it's a little expensive though. if you happen to find out what they are charging for v-kool on all windows, lemme know.
 

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Wow, that's exactly what I need. V-Kool it is, if I can find it anywhere nearby. I'd spend an extra c-note to have tint that nice.
 

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yeah the only 2 drawbacks that i've heard of from others is:

1) cost
2) blocks IR transmission (may interfere with fastpass or similar devices that transmit through winshield?)

I just came accross this while searching online. I guess Huper Optic is very similar to v-kool as far as light transmission and heat rejection, and may be better.
http://www.huperoptikusa.com/consumer_auto.cfm

this discussion suggests that huper might have better heat rejection: visible light ratio.
http://www.tintdude.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5748&st=0&#entry99484

This discussion here, suggests that v-kool is better b/c it's metallic based while huper is ceramic, and therefore absorbs instead of reflects and so has shorter lifespan.
http://finalfantasy.sgforums.com/? action=thread_display&thread_id=63862
 

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SBTanMan said:
I'm thinking of tinting, but I want the metallic, not the smoke tint, because it blocks out the heat, but not light. I like my visibility, just not the SoCal heat that comes with untinted windows. And with my black interior, it's gonna get warm this summer. Would you do me the favor of asking about metallic tint as well as smoke tint?

metallic and smoke roger that...for that kind of tinting i would think total eclipse would do better, go ahead and check out their site...totaleclipsetinting.com phone: 805 483 TINT
 

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so.. that total eclipse is just a plug for a specific tinting shop, not a recommendation for a particular material that would suit his needs?
 

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well that one and the other tinting shop i mentioned are the only ones around in my area....i was just giving him that info for the total eclipse tinting becuz that is the one out of the two i was talking about that does what he specifically wants :). so no, not a plug rather giving him information about the one i know does the tint he wants...im not going to give him the other one *unless he wants it* becuz they dont do that kind of tinting...
 

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It'll run you about $250 for the whole car (which it should, you cheapo guys are nuts), but I'd recommend this:

http://www.formulaone.com

You can locate a dealer there.
 

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lol shizz i honestly didnt know there were differnt types of brands for tints up until like last year...
 

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$250 for formula one? any estimate on prices for v-kool and huper?

Yeah i wish there was a comprehensive site that compared all the different tints.
 

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Actually, FormulaOne has a parent company that owns three different brands. Unless you go premium on the FormulaOne, you won't get the mirror effect (subtle with the F1 brand). More Smoke/Black with the standard. I've have both films on two different cars. Both help up nice.

You also get a lifetime warranty with it (as any dealer should). That way if you get bubbles or it starts to peel away, you just take it back to ANY FormulaOne authorized dealer and they fix it - for free.

The parent company is CP Films. The also make:
- Lumar @ http://www.llumar.com/
- Gila @ http://www.gilafilms.com/auto/car_tint.html
- UV Shield @ http://www.uv-shield.com/

I recommend the Lumar if you want a mirrored effect and FormulaOne if you want a smoke effect. I had the Lumar on my Black Mica Protege5. I'll try and find the pics tonight and post them.
 
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