Window tinting

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  1. glennonrp

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    I'm going to get my windows tinted. The back three will get dark tint and light tint on the front side windows. I thought about getting the windshield top four inches tinted, too. But, I thought it could interfere with the technology package. Any one else think so? Any suggestions or things I should know before I get the tinting done?
     
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    I just had them done in my gen3 and didn't get the front window strip because I was worried about whatever is up there. It looked tricky and I didn't want to risk it. If somebody on here can confirm yay or nay I'd get it done. I'm sun blind and need all the help I can get.
     
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    In Ma, state law does not allow any aftermarket tinting on the front window. The other windows are restricted to 35%.

    However, that is for visible light. Films can block UV and IR.

    I went with the llumar Formulaone, pinnacle series, which uses ceramic for IR. The ceramic is transparent for gps, your electronic keys, and cell phone.

    metallized Ir blockers, which do a good job with IR, could reduce all radio signals into the cockpit.

    YMMV
     
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    I ended up getting Suntek standard film. It's not a fancy film, like those "carbon" ones that 3M sells. But, it was more than half as much, too. It isn't metallized. I get cell signals in the car just fine. I didn't get any film on the windshield. I was only going to do that if could get a film that blocked IR but passed 90% of visible light. So I only tinted the side and back windows. It looks pretty good, I think.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    I had mine tinted a few days ago. Formulaone Pinnacle series Ceramic. Looks great. I'll post pics soon.
     
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    Did you get a chance to get some pics? :)
     
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    I got windows tinted today and it looks awesome. I went with 18% all the way around and I did get the top strip. They cut around the sensors and did a great job! IMG_3041.JPG
     
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    Here is a pic of the Formulaone Ceramic. 50% on the drivers and passengers Windows. 30% on the rear doors and hatch.
     

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    Really Nice!
     
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    Formulaone Pinnacle series Ceramic, 25% all round. Front sides are 3% too dark, but its a Prius not a Naviator with chrome rims. ;)

    Floirda law is
    • Front Side windows: Must allow more than 28% of light in.
    • Back Side windows: Must allow more than 15% of light in.
    • Rear Window: Must allow more than 15% of light in.
     

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    Side windows, and back, nothing on the front 2016 Window Tint.jpg
     
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    I just ended up going to the same small local tint/stereo shop that I've been to 3 times before. All Japanese guys. They know Toyota's! :) They've been there for 25 years. Have no idea what "brand" the tint is... and it only cost $170. (It lasted 11 years on my old Camry; then I noticed a few bubbles on the back window.) It's good enough. (34% all around.)


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    Check for light gaps on the front quarter glass, seems like alot of tinters cut the film too short.
     
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    Nice photo composition and I notice you "curbed" your wheels.
     
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    Picture looks good , a somewhat Japanese theme , whatever that means. Shame about the "rim" scuffs. LOL .

    Back on subject got mine tinted $155 all around Inc visor strip. Llumar At c or r 15 version. With gaps.

    LG-H901 ?
     
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    Oopsie. ATC 15 which we got let's in 15% or slightly more I think.

    LG-H901 ?
     
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    Llumar vs 3M ceramic product?

    I've always had 3M (and been happy), but the installers around here all seem to be pushing Llumar. My thought had always been Llumar was a cheaper (less effective product). I think they make more profit for Llumar.

    Any direct experience?
     
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    Our Prius Two ECO comes with a tinted glasses from dealer installed.
    It only applied to rear windows only.
    the California heat wave still penetrates through windshield and front door glasses.
     
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