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Old 05-14-2009, 09:11 PM
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How dark is your tint?

Summer is already upon us in the Valley with a vengeance and my MCS will be here in few days. My current car has a paltry 35% tint all around and I still have a wicked left arm farmers tan from my long daily commute.

I know the laws permit 33% in the front side windows and ANY % on the rear side/rear windows. Now, this may be inappropriate to ask as I don't want anyone to admit to violating AZ law, but is it 'safe' (i.e. no LE hassle) to go a bit darker, say around 20%? Aside from the aesthetics, I want as much UV/heat rejection as possible without getting pulled over everyday. What's been your experience?
 

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20% all the way around and then 40% on the windshield
 
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20% all the way around and then 40% on the windshield
I'm aiming for 20% but actually have no desire to tint the front. Looks cool, but that's REALLY asking for a ticket. Plus, it gets pretty dark out in the 'burbs so I don't want to impair nighttime visibility.
 
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:22 PM
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the only time i ever notice the windshield being darker was the first day i had it, other than that im used to it and cant tell anymore.....havent had any trouble with it yet. Been almost a year
 
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:25 PM
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the only time i ever notice the windshield being darker was the first day i had it, other than that im used to it and cant tell anymore.....havent had any trouble with it yet. Been almost a year
Stop tempting me man!
Another factor against: I've only been in Phoenix 8 months and I've already replaced 2 windshields from the countless desert rocks that get kicked up onto my car each day. Fortunately, I have full glass coverage, but retinting everytime would be Cha-Ching$$$$!
 
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:32 PM
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ha ha sorry ya i just had to recently get a chip fixed. Luckily the tint didnt bother it.
 
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:54 AM
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I think tinting the windshield would be great except I agree with Bone. I'm on my second windshield and cha-ching would be right. And I believe it is against the law in AZ. I just sayin'! LOL I went as dark as I can for the all my windows. It makes a big, big difference. I say, go as dark as you can Bud!

 
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I forgot how badass your MINI is Caren.
 
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Stop tempting me man!
Another factor against: I've only been in Phoenix 8 months and I've already replaced 2 windshields from the countless desert rocks that get kicked up onto my car each day. Fortunately, I have full glass coverage, but retinting everytime would be Cha-Ching$$$$!
my windshield costs $40 to tint.

5% all the way down

 
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:57 PM
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^i like!
 
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2% front, rear and hatch
15% windshield

I have gotten one ticket for Tint in AZ and its because a cop was driving side by side with me on the 17. Other than that, been pulled over multiple times for other reasons and havent gotten a ticket for tint. Just make sure you roll your front windows down if they are highly illegal... I would say 15% or less on the front two you have reason to be worried... however I see so many cars out there with illegal tint, i think its basically understood that people just want to block out the sun... this day and age though I think the cops are hurting for money too so watch out Check with some other members of the DMC, some are getting some special tint put on the sunroof
 
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Old 07-28-2009, 06:33 AM
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i work at a tint shop in KY and personley i have 5% on all back and 15% two front sides with a small 5% strip and with the sunroof shades i am very pleased.
 
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2% front, rear and hatch
15% windshield

I have gotten one ticket for Tint in AZ and its because a cop was driving side by side with me on the 17. Other than that, been pulled over multiple times for other reasons and havent gotten a ticket for tint. Just make sure you roll your front windows down if they are highly illegal... I would say 15% or less on the front two you have reason to be worried... however I see so many cars out there with illegal tint, i think its basically understood that people just want to block out the sun... this day and age though I think the cops are hurting for money too so watch out Check with some other members of the DMC, some are getting some special tint put on the sunroof
Looks like my tint, only mines darker :-p
 
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:24 PM
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15 on the windshield is dark enough to get the job done and not to be seen.. are you double layer limo all around as well?
 
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25 percent..... state law here

 
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