Man, that is almost impossible to answer for you as the prices are
going to swing greatly from city/state to city/state. You honest best
bet is to pick up a phone and call some of your wutomotive glass
repair shops or look up tint in the Yellow pages.
OR, drive to Sierra Vista, AZ and there are a few places here where
you can get the fronts and rear done for about a buck twenty five.
There are several different styles and quality levels, all costing
different rates. We recently had our '07 Maxima tinted all the way
around with non-metallic and spent over $600.00.(Oregon) Call or
visit a shop and get an estimate. Good stuff isn't cheap.
I'll hafta pull the receipt outta the maxie in the AM so I'll lknow
exactly what we're talking about. The stuff I could'a put on for
$200.00 range was garbage. We're real happy with the results and the
lifetime warranty. In fact we'll be taking it back for some clear
film on the front of the car this spring. The stuff they sand the
roads around here kills a new paint job. This film prevents the
chipping, even in the most exposed areas. But it isn't cheap,
OK, here we are. It's fro Formula One Performance Automotive Film,
http://www.formulaone.com/ their Pinnacle Series, which is, as I
said, non-metallic, non-conductive ceramic technology. I apologize
for my poor memory...it says we paid $515.00 for the job, I don't know
where I got $600+. But this stuff was $150.00 for the windshield
piece alone. So it doesn't take long to add up.
You had the windshield tinted??????
I always try to get a top quality film. Being in Arizona I'm more
interested in blocking out heat and UV than light. I'm not sure but I
thought the metallic tints are better at blocking UV and heat.
My initial post states that very clearly. My second post reiterates,
with an emphasis on the cost. Judging from your use of a few extra
question marks it is my guess that you didn't misunderstand what I
said but that: A. I am the first person in your life that has ever
tinted a windshield, or B. You have an opinion you're just dying to
express. (my money's on B)
I see. Well, I did what research I could on the subject and found the
non-metallic products to be very appealing in features and
durability. The studies will show the relative reductions in UV and
heat and they are very similar, as you will see. And we are not faced
with the type of sunlight conditions in southern Oregon that exist in
Arizona so there's a good possibility we might not arrive at the same
conclusion. You'll just have to try to take my word for it when I
tell you I put what I felt was the best product on a brand new car. I
can't imagine doing otherwise.
But the point of my post is not to convince you or anyone else of what
to use. I was merely responding the best way I could, based upon my
own experiences, to the OP.
The laws vary from state to state but are very concise with respect to
the areas allowable and the minimum percentage of allowed light
through each area. And that is a gradient on the windshield, as
opposed to a continuous degree of darkness on any of the other
windows. http://www.tintcenter.com/laws/AZ /
The shop that we take our stuff to is the same one used by the State
Police and local Sheriff's Dept. and we have always stipulated that we
are not interested in exceeding the legal limits. What I find
interesting is that it was law enforcement, through their use of
surveillance vans and the need for darkened glass, that first promoted
the use of extreme window tinting on cars. But I *want* a LEO to be
able to see into my car at night if they need to so it's not that
extreme. Far less than is allowable in your state.
In AZ the law allows one to limo tint the back doors and rear window.
The limitations are on the front doors. I'm not much for the ultra dark
limo tint anyways. It blocks light but doesn't do much for heat and UV.
No tinting is allowed on the windshield except a small strip across
the upper part. The normal field of vision area can't be tinted at all.
I expect I'll use the same product on my '99 QC as we did on the
Maxie. And I expect, for the back window, 2 front doors and
windshield, it'll cost close to $3 to 400.00. I do like the finished
First off you're dang argumentative for no reason aren't ya?? Second,
you'd be wrong. I've never seen anyone tint a windshield other than a
small strip across the top to cut glare. Most newer cars already have
some tinting there from the factory.
Not as a rule. No offense intended. I've been waiting for my tranny
to get done for too many days now.
> Second, you'd be wrong.
Fortunately, I'm not a betting man. Even more fortunately, I'm
accustomed to being wrong.
All the glass in the new Maxie had some tint to it. Not enough to
suit me, though. And to hear that I've been the first to do something
is simply astonishing to me. Thank you. ;-]
The film is cut to fit the entire glass. I'm not sure I understand
your concern. We have some big, long white sticks with red tips that
we've taped along each side of the car...really gets the attention at
crosswalks. And we can always roll down the window and stick our head
out if we need a real good look. Hell, we're almost too old to be
driving anyway so may as well enjoy it while we can; eh?
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