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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Window tints

Who's got them?

Was planning on doing a dark smoke on the rear sides, but a light on the rear screen, so I can still see out of it.

Also planning to do it myself. I know, you must be thinking
But I have done it before on another car, and managed to avoid it looking like a bin liner stuck to the window with bluetack.

My main issue when I breifly considered this, would be the connector to the aerial on the window. How have people managed to make that look OK?
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FSTIs have limo dark tint on all the rear windows, including the rear screen...no problems seeing out in the slightest.

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I was all set to do this but the "few warm dry days" I needed never materialised! My plan was dark smoke on everything behind the B pillar, as that complies with the relevant laws and should avoid any hassle from Police or VOSA.

The only way to do the aerial and heater rear screen connectors would be to remove them, cut an accurate slot in the tint film to fit over the spade connector, and plug the wire back on. The connectors need you to squeeze them to release an internal clip, they don't just pull off like normal spade connectors. If you look closely you can see a thin strip in the plastic cover moulding, this needs to be pressed down after which the connector will slip off easily. If you find yourself pulling hard stop and try squeezing harder or elsewhere - it really doesn't need that much force.
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I have them on my sti as that's how they are. My personal preference would be no tint as it looks a bit naff I think and is a nightmare when you have dirty windows at night and need to reverse into a gateway with no lights!

I'm not a fan as they only annoy me.

The rear passenger windows are very dark but the back windo only slighly smoked.

I fink yoofs lov em tho. init?
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If you have the fm aerial built in to the glass then make sure the tint you buy will not affect reception, some of the cheap tins have been known to cause very poor reception.
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I've just tinted mine again as after 3 years the first lot started to loose the tint.

Dark smoke from the B pillar back. I have tried twice with the rear screen but it's just too difficult. Been quoted 160 for the lot done by a pro or 60 just for the rear screen.

The trick is to add a very small drop of washing up liquid to the water you spray on to help the tint slide. Youtube it. Lots of help on there as well.

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I think appearance depends on the vehicle TBH. The Foz looks a bit van-like to begin with, so tinting the back windows suits. On a normal car (especially a small hatchback) it just looks Max Flower fodder.
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Thanks for the advice.

What I should have said is, I want a light tint on the rear, so I can see out at night, when reversing.

My forester is black, and already looks like a hearse. I don't usually have tints, but it just annoys me how open it appears to be. If I don't like them I'll take them off.
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Before and after photos of my SH if it helps show the difference:







Tint film is Llumar brand, film color is "charcoal", sides are 20%

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Before and after photos of my SH if it helps show the difference:




Tint film is Llumar brand, film color is "charcoal", sides are 20%
That would be illegal in the UK

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If you post up a good size photo of a side view of your motor, and providing i get enough time, i can always photoshop some tints in at different depths for you to have a look at.
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FSTi with limo tints:




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Tint? That's not tint.

THIS is tint:





5% all around, lighter on the windshield. Guess it's a Florida thing.

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And once again, illegal in the UK.


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It's illegal here too, we just don't care.

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