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Old 12-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #15
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By the most remarkable coincidence, I learned something about my home state this week, courtesy of a city police person

Iowa has the most stringent anti-tint statutes of any state in the union. I've been driving my pickup, bought used, for a year when I was pulled over by a local PD. Being an innocent person I inquired what had brought me to his attention. Whereupon he said that under Iowa Code, tinted windows on the driver and passenger sides of any motor vehicle must pass 70% of light: essentially they can be no darker than any OEM tinted windshield. "Eyebrow" tints darker than that are not allowed, and effective 7/3/2012, no new medical exemption for eye photosensitivity will be allowed Existing medical exemptions will be honored until such time as the individual with the doctor statement sells/trades the vehicle, at which time the vehicle must be brought into compliance (ie: strip the tinting from the side windows).
WA has had the 70% tint law since at least 1988 when we bought a new 1988 Honda that the windows were tinted. I took the car down to the State Patrol office where they took a meter and checked it. It passed bu not by much!
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:30 AM   #16
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I support enforcing a reasonable limit on window tinting for driver and passenger windows. How many times have you encountered a car at an intersection or stop sign, wondered if the driver sees you, and can't see into their side window?. I really like the driver in the other vehicle to be visible and to see if he/she is looking at me as I approach. Just sayin'

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By the most remarkable coincidence, I learned something about my home state this week, courtesy of a city police person

Iowa has the most stringent anti-tint statutes of any state in the union. I've been driving my pickup, bought used, for a year when I was pulled over by a local PD. Being an innocent person I inquired what had brought me to his attention. Whereupon he said that under Iowa Code, tinted windows on the driver and passenger sides of any motor vehicle must pass 70% of light: essentially they can be no darker than any OEM tinted windshield. "Eyebrow" tints darker than that are not allowed, and effective 7/3/2012, no new medical exemption for eye photosensitivity will be allowed Existing medical exemptions will be honored until such time as the individual with the doctor statement sells/trades the vehicle, at which time the vehicle must be brought into compliance (ie: strip the tinting from the side windows).

I had actually thought I wouldn't lose any sleep over it as I'd driven the vehicle for a year and never been stopped and thought maybe it was just one of the local enforcement "favorites". And I thought (being a retired LEO myself) that if push came to shove and it went to court, how could an officer determine whether 70% of light was passing through the tint without some light meter?

But when I spoke with my car dealership, it turned out the service manager had an unpleasant encounter with an Iowa highway patrolman who gave him 48 hours to get the vehicle in compliance. Further research showed that NO aftermarket tint supplier makes a tint that passes 70% of light. So all any officer would have to prove in court was that the vehicle had aftermarket window tint on the driver and/or passenger windows (rear seat and rear windows are exempt from the statute). Each tinted window constitutes a violation.

What does this cautionary tale have to do with non-Iowans? Simply this: out of state registered vehicles are NOT EXEMPT from enforcement action

So three days ago I contributed $164.37 to my Chevy dealer's body shop in return for the 2 hours it took them to remove the aftermarket tint and associated adhesive from the driver and passenger windows. But hey, it's Christmas....

So if you're traveling the fair state of Iowa...
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:18 AM   #17
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In DFW area 70 percent is correct the police have a hand held meter been there I would watch the windshield look for the marks on upper left and right that is how low you can go but I did go a little more
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I don't want to steal this thread, but I have window tinting on my dual pane
motorhome windows. I would like to remove the tint. What is the best way to
remove the tint ? I will do the work myself.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:59 AM   #20
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We had ours done while in AZ with a 'Huper Optic' tint. It is ceramic and not metal and is advertised as safe for dual pane windows.
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I support enforcing a reasonable limit on window tinting for driver and passenger windows. How many times have you encountered a car at an intersection or stop sign, wondered if the driver sees you, and can't see into their side window?. I really like the driver in the other vehicle to be visible and to see if he/she is looking at me as I approach. Just sayin'
I also support reasonable limitations for the safety of law enforcement.
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My guess is that they will soon have the hand held meters in Iowa. When I was transferred to Ohio from Texas I was pulled over for tint about 2 weeks after putting Ohio plates on the car. Even though I mentioned that it was a company car I had 2 weeks to remove the tint and bring the car back to the PD department for inspection. This incident did not upset me however one in OK did. While driving through OK on my way to visit friends in MO we were pulled over late at night for driving with the factory driving lights on. These are the lights that many SUVs and mini-vans have that are only on when the low beams are on. Well even though our mini-van is registered in Ohio and we were just driving through (4 lane divided highway at 2:00 am) the officer said that it was illegal to have the driving lights on when it was not raining and/or no fog in the area in that particular county. I asked how someone from another state passing through is supposed to know the law in that county. He did not have an answer and answered no when I asked if there was signage when entering the county that I missed (similar to hands-free laws). Ended up paying the ticket because flying back to OK to attend traffic court was not worth the $50 ticket.
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We're opting for MCD Dual Shades in lieu of tinting...
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Typically, the rule of thumb is that if you can look through the driver's window and see out the passenger's window from outside of the vehicel, the tint is okay.

We had what I thought was a very funny incident at work. Several deputies from one of our stations were citing for tinted windows and no front plates as they usually do. A local citizen who was cited, drove to the station and took photos of about 25 vehicles (deputy's personal cars) whose windows were tinted and had no front plates. They took the photos to the Watch Commander who immediately dismissed the ticket and then wrote a memo requiring everyone to remove their tint and put their front plates back on.
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Going to tint my MH windows too

I have the following headed my way:

Gila PB78 Privacy Residential Window Film, Black, 36-Inch by 6-1/2-Feet - Amazon.com

I am tired of looking at the foil panels I put in the MH windows, they look kind of frumpy to me now. The foil panels do work very well in the heat, but the tint will look a whole lot better, and hopefully will provide almost the same benefits.

I hope this works, the tint is a static cling instead of an adhesive based tint. Whem2fish told me about the static cling in lieu of the adhesive, so I'll keep y'all posted with pictures and progress as/when it happens.....
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Wehave Ceramic Tint which keeps the heat from penetrating through the glass! I know, I didn't beleive it either but it works. Once the heat is inside the only thing to keep you cool is the AC. This is the second one we have had done with this.
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I have researched the Iowa Law regarding window tints and found no law within, that includes the tint law to "out of State" vehicles.
I have contacted the Iowa department of MV regarding an answer and no reply as yet. If it is a law then I personally would never set foot in Iowa with our RV or toad as both are tinted.
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I have the following headed my way:

Gila PB78 Privacy Residential Window Film, Black, 36-Inch by 6-1/2-Feet - Amazon.com

I am tired of looking at the foil panels I put in the MH windows, they look kind of frumpy to me now. The foil panels do work very well in the heat, but the tint will look a whole lot better, and hopefully will provide almost the same benefits.

I hope this works, the tint is a static cling instead of an adhesive based tint. Whem2fish told me about the static cling in lieu of the adhesive, so I'll keep y'all posted with pictures and progress as/when it happens.....
This is exactly what I used on my motorhome. I have a privacy limo tint on all windows from the driver back and a much lighter tint on the entry door and drivers window. I really cuts down on the heat. It cost me about $89 to do the entire motorhome but was a LOT of work.

It's not perfect. Be very careful with lint and the glass must be SUPER clean. Buy some lint free cloths for cleaning the windows. Get LOTS of razor blades as they dull quickly. As I said, mine look GREAT from 5 feet. If you get close, you can see some imperfections, but not many. It was well worth it for me although it took me nearly 3 days to do all of the windows. Also, the method of spraying the glass, applying the tint THEN cutting around the edge does not work well. What I finally ended up doing was measuring each pane, then using a square to cut the tint with the backing in place. Then, I found a drinking cup (a red SOLO) that was exactly the same circumferance as the corners of my windows to cut the radius cut. I cut a few of them a bit short, but you can't really see that with the valances installed and it doesn't show from the outside.

After about a year, it's held up really well. It's not coming loose and looks the same as when I originally installed it. If I had the cash, I'd probably pay a pro, but I have no idea how much that could cost.

Here's a few pics I took during the install. The first pic shows the difference between no tint and the tinted windows. The third pic is the difference from the inside between the front tint and the limo tint on the back windows (from the inside).
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