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Old 08-28-2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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Tinting windows and windshield covers

I just finished tinting all the windows in my 2001 Mirada. I used Intersolar automotive tint film. It passes 20% light and reflects 99% IR. What a big difference.

Before I applied the tint to all the windows, I did one of the side windows as a test to see what it looked like and to test optical clearity. A nice side by side comparison. (see below)

I also made covers for the two front windshields using 4ft wide aluminized bubble wrap insulating stuff.

I'll know the results in a couple months when we head south for the winter. I put together a summary on my site.

Window tint and window covers | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Nice job. I'm sure you know not to tint the windows to the front side windows, they must remain minimum tint so authorities can see in. You can tint the upper sections of those windows, but not the lower sections.
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Thank you. Yes, I tinted the upper part of both passenger and driver sides, but left the lower windoes un-tinted.

Here is a photo of the completed tinting. You can see the aluminized bubble wrap I made for the windshield and also the lower drivers and passengers windows

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Nice job. I'm sure you know not to tint the windows to the front side windows, they must remain minimum tint so authorities can see in. You can tint the upper sections of those windows, but not the lower sections.
No longer true in IL, only windshield no tint other than mfg. tint.
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Romer1, Waiter21 is from Ohio. Ohio law for SUV and vans says front side windows: "Must allow more than 50% of light in." His tint blocks 80% of visible light, so he'd be in trouble in his home state.
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Just to keep from getting stopped when I travel across the US, I left the lower portions untinted.

I may look around for some 80 or 90% pass that will block 99% of IR. I seen some 3M tint but it is very, very expensive. But more importantly its supposedly excellent optical clearity.
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When I'm driving west the sun really used to drill me on the left front window. I mounted a roller shade that I can pull down to just above the side mirror, it really helps.
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Romer1, Waiter21 is from Ohio. Ohio law for SUV and vans says front side windows: "Must allow more than 50% of light in." His tint blocks 80% of visible light, so he'd be in trouble in his home state.
Sorry, took it to be a blsnket across US statement.
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If tinting dual pane windows, it requires special tint. Also, if you want a high quality cover for the front windshield, check here: www.magneshade.com
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They now make automotive tint for the windshield that blocks something like 90-99% UV but lets light in. I tinted the windshield of my truck and it was great. It really reduced glare.
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Katie. Yes, I seen some very impressive film from 3M. Very expensive, but optically superior (couldn't even tell the film was on the glass)

Who makes the film your talking about? Did you do it or pay someone to do it?
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I used a place called Tint Tastic and he used Sun Tek window films. He has several different grades. It worked great.
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Katie, where are they located?

Did you do the windshields?
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