Anyone got their Prime tinted

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  1. fusion

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    I think that's the going price for this tint. At least they have a price chart that is consistent everywhere vs.... hum... I think I'll charge this today and tomorrow it might be different.
     
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    If looking to do this job in the Bay Area, Black Out Tint In Petaluma is who I use and Jon does a great job:).

    The Prime was the second car he did for us, and it turned out well ;).

    Good luck if Tint is in your future (y).
     
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    Has anyone had their lower hatch window tinted (yes - I know it has factory tint on it). I had the car done in ceramic and the tint above is darker than below from the inside. Annoying! The tint guy said he would not do it - thought the window was plexiglass and it would scratch - during cutting - is that true? Anyone had theirs done?
     
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    I had mine done with no problem.
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    No it too dark already
     
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    Does the Prius prime have a as1 line on the windshield? I didn't see one unlike my Prius gen 2 that does.

    Also during tinting the rear window it seems like some odd ink came off the rear. Guessing there is some odd dye on the edges. Anyone have the same?
     
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    llumar CTX 15 on rear windows, 35 on the lower hatch (w/ factory tint) and Air 80 on front. No tint on windshield. $325 in ZIP 93436 (only llumar dealer around and $120+ cheaper than 3m etc dealers)

    This installer does not offer CTX 20 or 30, just 5, 15, 35 and maybe 50 or something. I have 35 on my VW, and we wanted a bit darker this time. The 15 is great - does not affect visibility looking out, which is what we were worried about. I do believe that llumar CTX is the best bang for the buck in ceramic tints. The Air 80 combined with a sunshade also does a great job at keeping the vehicle cool when parked in the sun. Very noticeable difference (my VW is a wagon and having a quality tint helps so much - same for a Prius with that huge hatchback glass)

    These pics were more to show the wax job I just did, but are the only tint photos we have.

     
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    Anyone get theirs done with 3m chrystalline? I did mine with suntek cir and although nice its a step lower than llumar Pinnacle one. I assume same at the ctx. Well the guy I used in San Diego only did the front 2s with cir and tried scamming the rest with a lower end suntek tint which figured out through doing irr tests and solar radiation tests so going to redo it with higher end tint. Even though it's only a 7% difference in stats between the formula one and the suntek cir real world difference is very noticeable. So I imagine the next step up will be even more so.
     
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    Many here have, and others still haven't. But going forward it would be great if people who've had tint installed could post informative comments that include things like :
    • The name of the shop, location, and person who installed the tint
    • The chosen tint(s), and on how many windows
    • The total out the door price paid for the work
    • Product expectations or disappointments, customer service and warranty care (if needed or used)
    Doing the above will help others find quality tint at affordable pricing, while supporting local shops in your area.

    The tint data listed below is a bit dated, please help by adding to this knowledge base whenever possible.

    ** NOT MY POST(S) - copy and pasted from another forum ** :

    After visiting several tint shops in my area, I returned home very confused, having heard differing story lines from the sales people. So I took the time to research this issue. Thought I would share the comparative list I generated in the process.

    • TSER stands for Total Solar Energy Rejected. TSER includes visible light, infrared radiation and ultraviolet energy. The higher the percentage, the higher the percentage of solar energy deflected. Some companies use Infra Red Rejection (IRR) as a guide to the level of heat rejection. However, IRR only covers a fraction of TSER. Internationally, TSER is used as a guide as it is a more accurate method of measurement.

    • VLT is Visible Light Transmission. It is the amount of visible light that passes directly through filmed glass. The darker the tint, the lower the VLT.

    • List sorted in descending order, most effective heat reduction technology at top. Ranking determined by comparing the spread or ratio between the TSER (Total Solar Energy Rejection) to VLT (Visible Light Transmitted).

    Example : 3M Crystalline 90, (3M’s lightest tint shade) has a TSER of 34. You could find similar heat rejection in 3M’s cheaper film, 3M Color Stable Series of tints, but you’d have to go with the darkest (50 tint) in that series. Tinting laws vary by state, and the darker tints may not be legal in your area, or even desirable for that matter. Notice also that some of the lighter tint shades can do a much better job of blocking heat than even the darkest limo tints.

    #1
    VLT = 32 | TSER = 79 … TSER = Spectra Photosync SPH35
    VLT = 44 | TSER = 71 … TSER = Spectra Photosync SPH45
    VLT = 55 | TSER = 67 … TSER = Spectra Photosync SPH55
    VLT = 66 | TSER = 64 … TSER = Spectra Photosync SPH65
    VLT = 75 | TSER = 58 … TSER = Spectra Photosync SPH75
    Composition : Solar Adaptive Nano Technology, Signal Safe
    PhotoSync® - Prestige Film Technologies

    #2
    VLT = 39 | TSER = 60 … 3M Crystalline 40
    VLT = 60 | TSER = 53 … 3M Crystalline 60
    VLT = 69 | TSER = 50 … 3M Crystalline 70
    VLT = 86 | TSER = 34 … 3M Crystalline 90
    Composition : 200+ Nano Layers, Signal Safe
    http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/6...s-brochure.pdf

    #3
    VLT = 06 | TSER = 75 … Huper Optik Ceramic 05
    VLT = 15 | TSER = 73 … Huper Optik Ceramic 15
    VLT = 21 | TSER = 68 … Huper Optik Ceramic 20
    VLT = 30 | TSER = 63 … Huper Optik Ceramic 30
    VLT = 34 | TSER = 61 … Huper Optik Ceramic 35
    VLT = 40 | TSER = 55 … Huper Optik Ceramic 40
    VLT = 52 | TSER = 50 … Huper Optik Ceramic 50
    VLT = 60 | TSER = 43 … Huper Optik Ceramic 60
    VLT = 71 | TSER = 48 … Huper Optik Ceramic 70
    Composition : Nano Ceramic, Signal Safe
    https://huperoptikusa.com/wp-content...s_Ceramics.pdf

    #4
    VLT = 05 | TSER = 65 … Formula One Pinnacle 05
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 61 … Formula One Pinnacle 15
    VLT = 33 | TSER = 57 … Formula One Pinnacle 30
    VLT = 43 | TSER = 53 … Formula One Pinnacle 40
    VLT = 54 | TSER = 49 … Formula One Pinnacle 50
    Composition : Nano Ceramic, Signal Safe
    Press Releases | News & Events | LLumar Window Films -

    #5
    VLT = 10 | TSER = 63 … Madico Wincos 10
    VLT = 23 | TSER = 59 … Madico Wincos 20
    VLT = 33 | TSER = 57 … Madico Wincos 30
    VLT = 50 | TSER = 51 … Madico Wincos 45
    VLT = 66 | TSER = 49 … Madico Wincos 60
    VLT = 75 | TSER = 45 … Madico Wincos 70
    VLT = 89 | TSER = 23 … Madico Wincos 90
    Composition : Madico's website isn't clear, but does specify it is signal safe.
    http://www.madico.com/wp-content/upl...Spec-Sheet.pdf

    #6
    VLT = 04 | TSER = 66 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 05
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 62 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 20
    VLT = 32 | TSER = 58 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 30
    VLT = 38 | TSER = 56 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 38
    VLT = 42 | TSER = 53 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 42
    VLT = 46 | TSER = 52 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 46
    VLT = 51 | TSER = 51 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 50
    VLT = 70 | TSER = 49 … Global QDP Ceramic Charcoal 70
    Composition : Nano Ceramic, Signal Safe
    http://www.globalwindowfilms.com/pdf...ifications.pdf

    #7
    VLT = 06 | TSER = 59 … SunTek CarbonXP 5
    VLT = 16 | TSER = 56 … SunTek CarbonXP 18
    VLT = 33 | TSER = 53 … SunTek CarbonXP 35
    VLT = 40 | TSER = 50 … SunTek CarbonXP 45
    VLT = 53 | TSER = 48 … SunTek CarbonXP 55
    VLT = 64 | TSER = 44 … SunTek CarbonXP 70
    VLT = 80 | TSER = 44 … SunTek CarbonXP 80
    Composition : Non Metallized Nano-Hybrid, Signal Safe
    http://www.suntekfilms.com/files/Sun...-specsheet.pdf

    #8
    VLT = 17 | TSER = 54 … Johnson InsulatR 20
    VLT = 33 | TSER = 50 … Johnson InsulatR 35
    VLT = 43 | TSER = 46 … Johnson InsulatR 45
    VLT = 65 | TSER = 50 … Johnson InsulatR 70
    VLT = 76 | TSER = 42 … Johnson InsulatR 80
    VLT = 82 | TSER = 18 … Johnson InsulatR 85
    Composition : Nano Ceramic, Signal Safe
    Insulatir - AUTOMOTIVE | Johnson Window Films

    #9
    VLT = 05 | TSER = 60 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 05
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 55 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 15
    VLT = 33 | TSER = 51 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 30
    VLT = 38 | TSER = 50 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 35
    VLT = 43 | TSER = 43 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 40
    VLT = 54 | TSER = 40 … Llumar Charcoal CTX 50
    Composition : Website Isn't Clear, But Is Described As Signal Safe
    http://w3.llumar.com/pdf/en/LLumarAutoSpecsUS.pdf

    #10
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 64 … Sun-Gard GP Max 05
    VLT = 40 | TSER = 44 … Sun-Gard GP Max 20
    VLT = 47 | TSER = 40 … Sun-Gard GP Max 35
    VLT = 68 | TSER = 24 … Sun-Gard GP Max 50
    Composition : Website isn't clear
    http://www.madico.com/wp-content/upl...Spec-Sheet.pdf

    #11
    VLT = 09 | TSER = 57 … 3M Color Stable 5
    VLT = 19 | TSER = 51 … 3M Color Stable 20
    VLT = 39 | TSER = 40 … 3M Color Stable 35
    VLT = 52 | TSER = 35 … 3M Color Stable 50
    Composition : Nano-Carbon Polyester, Signal Safe
    http://multimedia.3m.com/mws/media/6...s-brochure.pdf

    #12
    VLT = 10 | TSER = 51 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 10
    VLT = 20 | TSER = 49 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 20
    VLT = 34 | TSER = 43 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 30
    VLT = 43 | TSER = 40 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 40
    VLT = 64 | TSER = 37 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 60
    VLT = 73 | TSER = 37 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 70
    VLT = 76 | TSER = 40 … Solar Guard Ultra Performace 75
    Composition : Ceramic Nano Tech, Signal Safe
    Ultra Performance - SolarGard

    #13
    VLT = 05 | TSER = 47 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 05
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 44 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 15
    VLT = 23 | TSER = 39 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 20
    VLT = 38 | TSER = 35 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 35
    VLT = 43 | TSER = 33 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 40
    VLT = 59 | TSER = 26 … Llumar Charcoal ATC 50
    Composition : Website Isn't Clear, Or I Missed it.
    http://w3.llumar.com/pdf/en/LLumarAutoSpecsUS.pdf

    #14
    VLT = 08 | TSER = 46 … SunTek Standard Series 05
    VLT = 20 | TSER = 40 … SunTek Standard Series 20
    VLT = 38 | TSER = 38 … SunTek Standard Series 35
    VLT = 41 | TSER = 34 … SunTek Standard Series 40
    VLT = 50 | TSER = 29 … SunTek Standard Series 50
    VLT = 70 | TSER = 26 … SunTek Standard Series 70
    Composition : Dyed Construction. Website isn't declaring signal safe, but also isn't listed
    as metallic, so I assume it is signal safe.
    http://www.suntekfilms.com/files/ind_auto_Standard.pdf

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    One thing to keep in mind is in the more expensive tints, it is the IR Rejection (in both the 780-1700nm and 900-1000nm ranges) that set them apart from the lower tier tints. I only list it here so you can see where the difference is. But most people don't put expensive IR tinting like that on cars, they tend to put them on commercial building windows.

    #15
    Xpel Prime XR Black
    VLT = 05 | TSER = 66 | IR (900-1000nm) = 85 ...XPEL Prime XR Black 5
    VLT = 15 | TSER = 65 | IR (900-1000nm) = 85... XPEL Prime XR Black 15
    VLT = 20 | TSER = 64 | IR (900-1000nm) = 85... XPEL Prime XR Black 20
    VLT = 30 | TSER = 59 | IR (900-1000nm) = 85... XPEL Prime XR Black 30
    VLT = 36 | TSER = 58 | IR (900-1000nm) = 85... XPEL Prime XR Black 35
    VLT = 46 | TSER = 52 | IR (900-1000nm) = 83... XPEL Prime XR Black 45
    VLT = 54 | TSER = 50 | IR (900-1000nm) = 84... XPEL Prime XR Black 55
    VLT = 68 | TSER = 40 | IR (900-1000nm) = 89... XPEL Prime XR Black 70
    Nano-Ceramic, Signal Safe
    http://www.xpel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/XPEL_PRIME.Spec_.Sheet_.USA_V1.7.pdf

    #16
    Xpel Prime XR PLUS
    VLT = 05 | TSER = 71 | IR (900-1000nm) = 98 ...XPEL Prime XR PLUS 5
    VLT = 18 | TSER = 66 | IR (900-1000nm) = 97... XPEL Prime XR PLUS 20
    VLT = 31 | TSER = 61 | IR (900-1000nm) = 97... XPEL Prime XR PLUS 30
    VLT = 38 | TSER = 59 | IR (900-1000nm) = 97... XPEL Prime XR PLUS 35
    VLT = 45 | TSER = 58 | IR (900-1000nm) = 97... XPEL Prime XR PLUS 45
    VLT = 67 | TSER = 52 | IR (900-1000nm) = 94 .. XPEL Prime XR PLUS 70
    Nano-Ceramic, Signal Safe
    http://www.xpel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/XPEL_PRIME.Spec_.Sheet_.USA_V1.7.pdf

    Hope this is helpful
     
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    I had my windshield tinted about a week ago and so far so good!
    I paid total $200 for all windows. The only glass that didn't get tinted was the lower hatch short vertical section which appears to be already darker from the factory.
     
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    Where did you get it tinted and what tint did they use? did you ask? Thanks
     
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    I got tinted at Magic Auto Sound in Long Beach. I don't know what brand I got but I know it's NOT the expensive ceramic type. They gave me 5-year warranty on my tint. I've known the owner since late 90's. If you will be going there, PM me I will give you some info how you can save $$ AND make sure they do the the quality job for you.
     
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