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I think the weather in CA will be getting warmer..... B)

Any recommendation(store/specialist) for window tint? Can anyone tell me the regulations in CA? How dark I can go? I saw the tint on Lexus RX330(factory), they have some kind of reflection from certain angle, like a miror..... what are those tint?

Thank you for the advise. :cheers:

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Thank you, Kirby. The tint looks really nice on your car.

Does your Ceramic tint have that kind of mirror-like reflectivity like those they put on Lexus SUV(rear)?

I heard about they do the window tint a store in Mountain View called "California ........(I can't remember)". They take off the widnows and put it on. They claim by doing this way, it is a better job and you can roll the window down right after you get your car back without waiting for overnight or days to fully cured.

Is this a good way?


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I have the Lexus SUV and I can say that my tint has a slight reflection, but not like the Lexus. I think the back of the Lexus has a darker % tint on the window.

I don't know if taking the window out is any better or worse. I would worry about window rattle sounds though since it could be looser on the hinges after being removed. I only had to leave the windows up for a day and parked it in the sun to speed up the drying process.

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I got a 35% tint which is darker than the 50% on Kirby's car. I didn't want to go for 20% as it is too dark for my liking. I am happy with the 35%. I waited 2 days to let it dry.


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From the California Highway Patrol:

Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?

The main requirements for legal window tinting in California are:

The windshield and front driver's side and passenger's side windows cannot receive any aftermarket tinting.

If the rear window of a vehicle is tinted, the vehicle must have outside rearview mirrors on both sides.

The law prohibits any person from driving any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows, with certain limited exceptions.

The CA Vehicle Code:

Transparent Materials

26708.5.   (a) No person shall place, install, affix, or apply any transparent material upon the windshield, or side or rear windows, of any motor vehicle if the material alters the color or reduces the light transmittance of the windshield or side or rear windows, except as provided in subdivision (B), ©, or (d) of Section 26708.

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The Tint I have, Huper Optik, is a ceramic Tint and is said to be better for V1, Cell Phones and whatever else you might have since it contains no metals.

With that said on my older car I had normal tint and didn't notice a difference in performance.

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  • 1 year later...

This is from a Post from Don..


That Said...

I had my windows tinted at Automall Tint Factory in Fremont.  I had 50% Huper Optik Ceramic tint done on all windows. 

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I was wondering how the tint is on your car has held up. It has been a year since your post and I am deciding on whether to get my tint done at automall or rocky mountain.

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Window tinting may seem innocuous, but it will result in a ticket if you are in a small town or have already captured the badge's attention. Fortunately it is a "fix-it" ticket as far as insurance is concerned.

Having consulted with more reasonable law enforcement types, I recommend the following:

1. If you are going to tint the front windows, tint the windshield, and make sure all windows match. It looks more "natural" - whatever that means.

2. If you are not going to tint the windshield, but want to tint the fronts, go lighter than the rear and not much darker than the windshield. Again a more "natural" appearance, and plausible tint deniability.

My car has option 1 and has had no problem with 37% all around. It is also a black car. I always drive as if the car was stolen.

My wife has option 2 and was hassled after being pulled over for speeding in her SUV. She denied any aftermarket tinting on her part, and was "only" ticketed for speeding.

Drive carefully out there, especially in the Peoples Republic of California

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From the California Highway Patrol:

Can I put after-market tinting on the windows of my vehicle?

The main requirements for legal window tinting in California .... except as provided in subdivision (B), ©, or (d) of Section 26708.

I think that's what you need to look at. I'd bet that there is a loophole for people with a vision "issue". Also, I'd bet that you could do a *very* light tint all the way around and no one would notice. It'd just have to be even and very light. I've been told by more than one tint place on more than one occasion that the lowest level tints filter UV as well as the darkest stuff.

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