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Old 05-01-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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Hello all,
Anyone know a reputable place in Northern VA to get my car windows tinted?
Also, I was wondering how strict they are in NOVA on window tinting. I know the law is 50 front and 35 rear but was wondering how much it is enforced. I don't want extremely dark tint but 50 is almost non existent. Just wanted to get 35 all the way around. Thanks for any input!
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Old 05-03-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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LA tint in Woodbridge and Springfield do good work. 50% is almost nothing, so it's easy to pick out a tint violation. Having said that, most cops cite the REAL bad tint. Some cars have 5%-20% all around, it's really hard to see in. The law used to be 35% all around, which was a pretty fair law in my opinion. 50% isn't even worth getting the tint.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Make sure the tint darkness will pass the Va. State Safety Inspection guidelines--if not--they (St. Cops) will stop and ticket you!
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:34 AM
 
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HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN VIRGINIA?Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Virginia, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window. Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed along the top of the windshield above the manufacturer's AS-1 line. Front Side Windows Must allow more than 50% of light in. Back Side Windows Must allow more than 35% of light in. Rear Window Must allow more than 35% of light in.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:36 AM
 
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Restricted ColorsThe tint color(s) of RED AMBER YELLOW are not legal by state law. Side MirrorsDual side mirrors are required if back window is tinted. Certificate RequirementsManufacturers of film do NOT need to certify the film they sell in the state. Medical ExemptionState allows medical exemptions for special tint. For more details about the specific terms of the exemption, consult your state law.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:17 AM
 
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I got my tint *barely legal* at Underground Audio in Springfield. They did a great job and the price was right. Cops are pretty strict on this - be warned!
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Loudoun Cty, Virginia
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I had my tint done by Quality Tire in Woodbridge. They did an excellent job on the tint, and have a lifetime warranty for their work against bubbling, peeling, and cracking. They've done a number of my friends cars as well with great workmanship.

I must also add a warning about getting it too dark - you will get ticketed for it at some point, it's just a matter of when. My car is 20% all-around because I had a few friends do similar darkness without troubles. Well, I've had roughly 4 tickets now for it being too dark, non-points tickets but still around $100 each. While the car looks great, I'm removing the tint on mine because it's just caused too much hassle for me anymore. Northern Va, especially the state troopers, are pretty strict on the tint laws. I guess I wasn't as lucky as some of my friends, but it's not worth going too dark. You may have better luck at 35%, but be prepared for some hassling if you go much darker.
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Broadlands, VA
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I moved from MD to VA and had gotten my car tinted in MD when I lived there, within 4 months of living in NOVA I was pulled over, got a warning, got a second warning then finally a ticket in Fairfax county, had to get it removed and go to court.. it sucks but I would get the legal limits. VA is HARDcore
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