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Old 06-12-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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window tinting question

Do you guys use certain brand of window tinting films on your car?

Does it really matter what brand?

I know Rs sponser uses something called Solarguard or sunguard, but i think they are on the pricier side.

I am just wondering if the extra buck is worth it.
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ofc the brand matters. Solargaurd and sungaurd are both well known companies tat make good products for window tinting.

You get what you pay for. Cheap tint wont last long because they will fade, peel and wrinkle.

A lot of well known tinting services offer lifetime warranty
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Depends if you want a lasting tint in terms of fading. Also with price comes different qualities of temperature consistencies. My dad works with a window film company called HuperOptik which uses nano ceramic technology in their tints which are quite pricey, but i defiantly notice a HUGE difference in the temperature in the car compared to non tinted/other cheaper tints.
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ofc the brand matters. Solargaurd and sungaurd are both well known companies tat make good products for window tinting.

You get what you pay for. Cheap tint wont last long because they will fade, peel and wrinkle.

A lot of well known tinting services offer lifetime warranty
What percentage darkness is good? I dont want gangster look , Looking for a classsy clean ride, but still get some privacy and heat blocking property
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What percentage darkness is good? I dont want gangster look , Looking for a classsy clean ride, but still get some privacy and heat blocking property
I recommend you getting from 40% to 25% because during the winter season, you will be able to see out from your rear window. Anything lower than 20%, you will have a hard time parking, etc unless you have a backup cam.

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yes there's a difference between cheap tint and higher priced tint.

One thing is the quality of the dye, I'm sure we've all seen cars where the tint has gone purple. That's due to poorer quality dye.

Then there's the actual material the tint if made from. Some are better for actual heat rejection.

There's also metallic based tint which tends to interfere with cellular reception.

You can't really go based on the brand. Most brands have entry level and higher end films.
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Depends if you want a lasting tint in terms of fading. Also with price comes different qualities of temperature consistencies. My dad works with a window film company called HuperOptik which uses nano ceramic technology in their tints which are quite pricey, but i defiantly notice a HUGE difference in the temperature in the car compared to non tinted/other cheaper tints.
I used to have HuperOptik on my old car. Awesome stuff. I have 80% on the fronts, basically went on clear but rejected lots of heat.

Cop eventually pulled me over and wasted $300. That stuff is SUPER expensive and not usually used for the automotive industry.
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+ for HuperOptik. The quality is amazing.
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I used to have HuperOptik on my old car. Awesome stuff. I have 80% on the fronts, basically went on clear but rejected lots of heat.

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I have a tint question...is there anyway to tint the back window of a caravan that doesn't look like shit? I know, square film, with a concave shaped window causes the bubbles, but EVERY caravan I see has more bubbles than actual tint...like, why you trying?

Can it be done properly and just every single caravan owner is too cheap to pay the extra money?
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I have a tint question...is there anyway to tint the back window of a caravan that doesn't look like shit? I know, square film, with a concave shaped window causes the bubbles, but EVERY caravan I see has more bubbles than actual tint...like, why you trying?

Can it be done properly and just every single caravan owner is too cheap to pay the extra money?

ofc it is possible. Get it done by a professional, tint can be easily applied to any glass surface.
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I have a tint question...is there anyway to tint the back window of a caravan that doesn't look like shit? I know, square film, with a concave shaped window causes the bubbles, but EVERY caravan I see has more bubbles than actual tint...like, why you trying?

Can it be done properly and just every single caravan owner is too cheap to pay the extra money?
Poor quality tint is probably the reason. We've done many vans (Caravans also) with zero issues with bubbling.

I would assume it was probably a dealership that hired a tinter to do it using the lowest quality film. It looks fine to start, but after 1-2 years it's gone.

Worst film is probably the stuff they sell at Canadian tire.
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Cheap tints also have bad glue, which is a pain in the ass to remove, and it smells terrible.
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Poor quality tint is probably the reason. We've done many vans (Caravans also) with zero issues with bubbling.

I would assume it was probably a dealership that hired a tinter to do it using the lowest quality film. It looks fine to start, but after 1-2 years it's gone.

Worst film is probably the stuff they sell at Canadian tire.
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I've used N-motion on 3 different cars. No complaints. They also have (or used to have?) a lifetime warranty against peeling, bubbling, discolouration, etc.

I wouldnt go lower than 20%. 20% is enough to look black from the outside, but any lower, and backing up at night will be a pain.

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I recommend you getting from 40% to 25% because during the winter season, you will be able to see out from your rear window. Anything lower than 20%, you will have a hard time parking, etc unless you have a backup cam.

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Is 50% tint not dark at all I cant decide between 35% or 50% . These are the only option tint shops have other than 20
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50% isnt that dark, 35% should be perfect for you.
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