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Hey guys, for the benefit of everyone on this forum, and for those who are looking to join, I'm creating an Official thread on window tint, that everyone will be able to use when they decide to tint their TLX.

Please post pictures of your current car or new TLX, along with the tint % for your front and rear windows. This should be interesting....
 

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I think this is a great idea. I know the title says TLX tint but in order to give the members an idea of the different levels of tint would it be worth while to post the pictures of our current or past cars that we know what the percentage of tint is? Just a thought.
 

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Indeed a great idea, it does help to see what different percentage tints look like with specific exterior colors along with what people think of their tints.
 

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I think this is a great idea. I know the title says TLX tint but in order to give the members an idea of the different levels of tint would it be worth while to post the pictures of our current or past cars that we know what the percentage of tint is? Just a thought.
Yes exactly, I'll start. I have a 20% tint all around, here are some pictures in different lighting conditions.


 

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The Tint on my TLX

I decided to get 30% on the sides and 15% on the back window.

The standard request is for 15% on the back passenger windows and back window, with 30% on the front windows. My salesman got 15% all the way around, but he has to roll his windows down at night. :laugh:

I figured that having 30% on the sides looks more balanced. I also figured a lot of heat comes in the back window so 15% is my choice. I should park the back toward the sun.

In Florida, the legal percentage of tint for driver's and front passenger's windows is 30% and no less.

The tech did say he needed to use the 15% on the back window anyway because it was made of a material that didn't cause excessive static on AM radio. (AM radio, is that still around?)

It was sunny today, but I did manage to find some shade. Hopefully you can make sense of these photos. :cool:



30% on the sides




15% on the back window








With the current temperatures, it helps to have tinted windows. A cold front next week will bring temps down to 82F. Fall is here.
 

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The standard request is for 15% on the back passenger windows and back window, with 30% on the front windows. My salesman got 15% all the way around, but he has to roll his windows down at night. :laugh:
LOL!!! Sounds like when I roll around the cops, I put my front windows down too.

Here in Quebec, its 70% allowed only in front, and anything in the rear, I'm super illegal, but unless I get caught, I'll do it anytime, way sexier and keeps the heat out!
 

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I also live in Quebec so I know what you're saying. I just leave the shade open that covers the sunroof. It lets some light in that doesn't make the tint look as dark. Fingers crossed. They've left me alone for all the years that I've had tinted windows. It adds so much to the look of the car and helps with the heat as you said.
 

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Summest, did they not tint the area behind your third brake light?

Here's mine with 35% in the front, 20% on the rear sides, and 5% in the back. Keep in mind that if you have a dark interior, it'll look darker.



Here's one in the shade.



I don't really have a good pic of the back but it's pretty dark from the outside, but fine on the inside. I don't have any problems seeing out the back, even at night.
 

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Summest, did they not tint the area behind your third brake light?

Here's mine with 35% in the front, 20% on the rear sides, and 5% in the back. Keep in mind that if you have a dark interior, it'll look darker.

I don't really have a good pic of the back but it's pretty dark from the outside, but fine on the inside. I don't have any problems seeing out the back, even at night.
willy18, they tinted around the third brake light. It's difficult to see that in the photo.

Wow! 5% in the back. I didn't know they went that dark. I thought 15% was dark, but it is the back window. Wow 5% is so close to 0%. :)
 

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Again, 5% sounds dark, and it is from the outside, especially with a dark interior, but I don't have any visibility issues when I'm driving. My auto dimming rear view mirror still works.

Summest, did you request that they tint around the third brake light or is not removable?
 

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Third Brake Light Tint

Summest, did you request that they tint around the third brake light or is not removable?
After specifying my tint requests, I left everything else to tech's discretion. It hadn't crossed my mind at the time. The guy did 14 other TLXs before he did mine. I believe the back window tint was pre-cut to go around the third brake light.

During the day, I don't see any light shine through the area around the third brake light. Which is a good thing. I wonder how much 5% tint would block the light if you covered it? I will have to get in the back seat and look closer.
 

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I have a general request.. when posting pics of your car with different tints shades. Could you please specify your interior color and tint brand used.

I plan on getting tints tomorrow, but I'm debating on tint % and brand right now. I'm leaning towards 20% all around on a BWP w/espresso.

I got a quote of $249 using llumar atr and $399 for ceramic tint @ www.tropictint.com
Prices seems steep, but the shop has a great rep.
 

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Tinting

I have a general request.. when posting pics of your car with different tints shades. Could you please specify your interior color and tint brand used.

I plan on getting tints tomorrow, but I'm debating on tint % and brand right now. I'm leaning towards 20% all around on a BWP w/espresso.

I got a quote of $249 using llumar atr and $399 for ceramic tint @ www.tropictint.com
Prices seems steep, but the shop has a great rep.
Wow! I paid $125. In Florida, our tint laws limit the front passenger windows to 28% and the back to 15%. Of course, that is if you want to stay legal. I just want to make sure I can see out my windows at night without having to roll them down. I got 30% for the front passengers and rear passengers. I got 15% on the back window.

I don't know what brand the tech used but he did specify that he had to use a certain type of film for the back window so it did not affect my AM reception. I said fine, whatever. Does anybody use AM Radio?
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I am very happy with his results.
 

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now that i have my TLX, guess its time to think about getting the windows tinted, i was wondering if anybody got theirs tinted at the dealership before delivery, and if so, how much do they charge you?

i know its too late for me to get mine tinted at the dealership, but just wanna know the price comparisons

i may think about going to some of the best tint shops in the GTA: audio heaven in richmond hill or auto-links in scarborough. i got my lexus tinted in audio heaven and it's pretty good but its not cheap though: around $300 for premium tints, $330+ for auto-link's pinnacle ceramic tints
 

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I wouldn't take it to a dealership. They just send it out or have a guy come in to do it, and charge a markup. I got mine done at 3M Trimline Metrowest but I don't know if they're there anymore. I think I paid over $300 for mine too but it was a good job.
 

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Car dealer vendor worked for me

now that i have my TLX, guess its time to think about getting the windows tinted, i was wondering if anybody got theirs tinted at the dealership before delivery, and if so, how much do they charge you?

i know its too late for me to get mine tinted at the dealership, but just wanna know the price comparisons

i may think about going to some of the best tint shops in the GTA: audio heaven in richmond hill or auto-links in scarborough. i got my lexus tinted in audio heaven and it's pretty good but its not cheap though: around $300 for premium tints, $330+ for auto-link's pinnacle ceramic tints
I took mine to the dealership when I got my spare tire kit installed. The tint guy did not work directly for Acura, but they let him use their space. He did a great job and said he did 15 TLXs before he did mine. I figured he knew what he was doing.

He offered a couple of different tints. He made sure I had the correct one on the back window in order not to affect the antenna. I got 15% on the back and 30% on the sides. He only charged $125. I wonder why he is so cheap? The tint looks great. No miscuts or bubbles. I am happy. The car is a lot cooler on sunny 90+F degree days. (See my pics earlier in this thread.)

Good luck!
 

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$300+?

I wouldn't take it to a dealership. They just send it out or have a guy come in to do it, and charge a markup. I got mine done at 3M Trimline Metrowest but I don't know if they're there anymore. I think I paid over $300 for mine too but it was a good job.
Wow! I need to learn how to tint and move to Canada.:)

I paid $125.

Is yours bullet proof? :)
 
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