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Try as i might, I am having a problem with this decision. WI law only allows for 50% tint on the front windows and 20% on back. I'm very sure I want to do the same on all windows rather than darker in back. But I'm a little concerned that spending $200 on getting it done with 50% and not see much of a diff.

Has anyone tinted with 50% and if so were you satisfied with the change?
 

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Heres the thing: 50% is really not that much at all. Although you'll be able to notice your tint, it won't really make the sun any less painful or nightbrights any less annoying. Here's a car with 50% on all 4:



As you can see, the tint is apparent but does not do much. Heres the good news, though: putting really dark tint on the back windows will make the front windows look darker than they actually are. Your choice.
 

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50% is like nothing, trust me. I had 53% on the windshield and compared to the 5% rears and 35% front sides it wasnt even noticeable. If you cant go darker than 50% on the fronts then get a doctors note or just risk it. I have 35% fronts and 5% rears and havent gotten any tickets in awhile. I also have mirror/reflective tint that is alot more attention grabbing than regular tint is. My gf's Maxima has 26% on the all the side windows, 5% on the rear window, and 50% on the windshield. Its still not as dark as I like, but she hasnt been hassled for it yet and she's had it for almost a year.
 

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I have 20 on driver/passenger door and 5 on all the rest of the glass. A friend of mine tinted is 01 Focus ZX3 with 5 on all the glass including windshield. Now that was dark. I would still get the 50 for the simply reason of cutting out the UV's.
 

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Thanks for the input. I think I'll just take the deviant route and go 35% all the way around.
The more I've been paying attention, the more and more cars I've been seeing with dark tint all the way around. And it seems every SUV and minivan is tinted even darker, so I shouldn't stick out too much in my unassuming Sable.
 

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Here is the bottom line on this. Once you put 50% on a factory glass you are going to be illegal. All factory glass has a slight tint to it, making it darker than 50% when the tint is added. I did 35% on mine all the way around and I have never been looked at twice. Just don't drive like an idiot, or give the police a reason to look at you and you will be fine. I drive about 40,000 miles a year for work, so I have tested this theory.
 

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i HAD 20% tint on my front windows. but in michigan ANYTHING on the front is illegal. i had it less than a year, and got 3 $90 tint tickets. finally the hubbie made me take it off on the front. it looks so dumb now with 5% on the back and nothing on the front. but it was getting too expensive. it proabably stuck out a lot more than other peoples cars though cause my car is white. and the windows were pitch black. i wish i could have 50% on the front now. anything is better than nothing. but i agree if the back is really dark it will make the front seem like its darker even if you only have a 50% on it. just think of the future, do u wanna keep paying tickets? they are expensive! or just do it right the first time and not have to worry about it? i tried gettin a note from the eye doctor cause the hubbie always gets headaches from the sun, but they wouldn't give us one. good luck on whatever you choose though!
 
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i'd go with Jtkz13 if you were glasses or contacts you can get a doctor's note saying that you have to have all windows tinted..and then u can get the 20 all over...and everytime you get pulled over, just give the officer your doctors note!
works for a lot of my friends...in michigan at least.
 

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You can get a "doctor's note" just because you wear glasses or contacts?? What kind of medical board to they have in your state?

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And tinting the windshield?? How many states allow that?

Except perhaps in the Arizona sun, window tinting is a matter of style and rationalization, and certainly not safety.

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It's a little time, trouble, and money, should one get a ticket and not have had a phony doctor's note.

Nobody can stop you not to do something illegal, but please don't whine should you be held accountable for actions of your own choice.
 

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Although, the law veries from state to state.

Iowa allows 35% percent on the front and 5% on the back.

Of course, my car is coming to England, and they don't have any specifications for window tint, that I'm aware of.

My car is 35% front 2 15% on back 3
 

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Originally posted by RAMdrd@Mar 17 2004, 10:37 AM
You can get a "doctor's note" just because you wear glasses or contacts?? What kind of medical board to they have in your state?

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i live in michigan to and we've been to 3 different eye doctors and they won't give us a note. and we both wear glasses/contacts. and my hubbie gets major headaches from the sun and they still won't give us a note. so i don't know where in michigan they are having that easy of a time getting a note.
 

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Originally posted by detroit_raver+Mar 17 2004, 12:44 PM-->QUOTE (detroit_raver @ Mar 17 2004, 12:44 PM)
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You can get a "doctor's note" just because you wear glasses or contacts??  What kind of medical board to they have in your state? 

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i live in michigan to and we've been to 3 different eye doctors and they won't give us a note. and we both wear glasses/contacts. and my hubbie gets major headaches from the sun and they still won't give us a note. so i don't know where in michigan they are having that easy of a time getting a note. [/b]
I think its age discrimination.. if you were 75 years old theyd be like awww sure heres a notebut nope they think you are some punkass kid and are being beatches.
 

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Just so you can see the diff on my car. THis is 50% on the front and 35% on the back. 50% DOES make a big difference in regards to driving pleasure. However, it doesnt block people from seeing in really very well.. I have charcaol tint and it darkens more from an angle, but looking straight at the window, people can see right in.. I didnt want that big diff from front to back so I went with 35% in the back. Its a nice transition.
 

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I think its age discrimination.. if you were 75 years old theyd be like awww sure heres a notebut nope they think you are some punkass kid and are being beatches.

Age discrimination. Riiiiiiight.

It's not like there might be some difference between the eyes of somebody in the "punkass kid" ages (whatever those are) and a 75yo (?!) driver.

What reason did they give you for not giving you a "note", besides being a punkass?

I'm going to get my windows tinted, but CA doesn't allow for any aftermarket tinting of the front windows or windshield. I'm tempted to go 50% or a little lighter anyway (not on the windshield) anyway, but I really don't like the idea of getting a ticket and having to have the tint removed.

The only real reason for me tinting them is to blend the transition. But the driver should be able to glance out the window (for those few who actually turn their heads instead of relying on mirrors) and see clearly. During the day in good weather that's not a problem. But very few people have a "day car" and a "night car".

Ultimately, while I like the way some tinted windows look, I'm more concerned about safety than style.

It's good to know that there are some doctors who think the same way instead of passing out notes for tinting and parking placards like aspirin samples.
 

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I'm going this afternoon to get both of my cars tinted. I'm going with 35% all around because that's all I'm allowed in MD. I know the factory tint skews the outcome, but I'll take my chances. I don't know what other people are paying, but I will pay $95 for the sedan and $125 for the wagon. I saw some of their work on an H2 and it looked good. The other shops I looked into wanted $220 just for the wagon. I'll post pics when it's done.
 
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Originally posted by RAMdrd@Mar 31 2004, 10:58 AM
I think its age discrimination.. if you were 75 years old theyd be like awww sure heres a notebut nope they think you are some punkass kid and are being beatches.

Age discrimination.  Riiiiiiight. 

It's not like there might be some difference between the eyes of somebody in the "punkass kid" ages (whatever those are) and a 75yo (?!) driver.

What reason did they give you for not giving you a "note",  besides being a punkass?
relax hun, he was just giving his opinion.

But i can see where he's coming from, my best friend has tried to get a note from a doctor, and the doctor turned him away, cause, "he didn't want to contribute to giving a kid permission to tint his windows legally" But my grandma can get her note with no problem..cause she wanted her Ion to be tinted... It just depends on how you look at it. And one of my friends that's 28 got a note with no problem. You win some, you lose some. Age or not.
 

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If you read my post, rather than read into it, you'd know your admonition is unneccessary, unless it's some kind of ego thing.

My original question still remains unanwered by anybody- why are the "punkasses" being turned down, and the old folks getting the note, if there is no difference in their eyes?

If it's discrimination, then the eyes of both categories must be the same. Yet to me, that seems pretty unlikely.

There has been no explanation as to why, contrary to some medical doctors, anybody needs to have tinted windows.

In fact, it seems that the anecdotes offered as evidence so far, indicate that people know they don't deserve tinted windows. They imply that they know that others are getting consideration only because of their age, and not because of any attendant physical conditions.

Some doctors will in fact give notes to those totally undeserving, just because the "patient" wants something. But by and large, I'd bet most doctors do not. And expecting them to do so is just so much whining.

Again, I wonder what is the medical basis that so many expect to get notes for tinted windows? "The sun's too bright!" "It hurts my eyes!" Really. I don't get it.

It seems to me to be more of a case of "They got away with it, what about me?"

I had no idea image was so important.

Relax, it's just my opinion.
 

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Originally posted by RAMdrd@Mar 31 2004, 02:34 PM
If you read my post, rather than read into it, you'd know your admonition is unneccessary, unless it's some kind of ego thing.

My original question still remains unanwered by anybody- why are the "punkasses" being turned down, and the old folks getting the note, if there is no difference in their eyes?

If it's discrimination, then the eyes of both categories must be the same. Yet to me, that seems pretty unlikely.

There has been no explanation as to why, contrary to some medical doctors, anybody needs to have tinted windows.

In fact, it seems that the anecdotes offered as evidence so far, indicate that people know they don't deserve tinted windows. They imply that they know that others are getting consideration only because of their age, and not because of any attendant physical conditions.

Some doctors will in fact give notes to those totally undeserving, just because the "patient" wants something. But by and large, I'd bet most doctors do not. And expecting them to do so is just so much whining.

Again, I wonder what is the medical basis that so many expect to get notes for tinted windows? "The sun's too bright!" "It hurts my eyes!" Really. I don't get it.

It seems to me to be more of a case of "They got away with it, what about me?"

I had no idea image was so important.

Relax, it's just my opinion.
Well my opinion...


If you take a teenager, or someone in their 20s... with an eye problem...

and you take a senior citizen with the same eye problem...

Im saying the eye doctor will be less hesitant to give a note to the senior rather than the teenager...



If you don't see things like this happening frequently, either A you aren't our age, or a senior... or B you aren't very observant. kthnxbye
 

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Originally posted by saltlakedave@Mar 30 2004, 11:51 AM
Just so you can see the diff on my car. THis is 50% on the front and 35% on the back. 50% DOES make a big difference in regards to driving pleasure. However, it doesnt block people from seeing in really very well.. I have charcaol tint and it darkens more from an angle, but looking straight at the window, people can see right in.. I didnt want that big diff from front to back so I went with 35% in the back. Its a nice transition.
You know, I am looking into getting the same exact tint job you have on your car.. do you have anymore pictures that are up closer, and/or larger? thanks a bunch man!
 
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