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Old 01-19-2011, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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Hi,

I just purchased a car and needed my windows tinted. Does anybody know of a good place to take my car that doesn't charge an arm and a leg? I called a few places listed Google Maps this morning and the prices were between $155 (cheapest film) to $220 (cheapest film) for the same thing...

Gratzi
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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Hi,

I just purchased a car and needed my windows tinted. Does anybody know of a good place to take my car that doesn't charge an arm and a leg? I called a few places listed Google Maps this morning and the prices were between $155 (cheapest film) to $220 (cheapest film) for the same thing...

Gratzi

tinted windows are illegal in Calif
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Old 01-19-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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tinted windows are illegal in Calif
that's not true, only certain windows aren't supposed to be tinted.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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Getting the cheapest film is a BAD idea. It won't reject that much heat and it'll turn purple and bubble in a few years. The labor's the same whether they're installing great tint or garbage.

As for the legality, I believe the windshield is off-limit and the front two windows are limited to 70% VLT which won't look tinted at all. The rest of the windows can be painted black if you like. I've usually done 35% all around and never had a problem but it depends on what and how you drive.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:53 PM
 
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Getting the cheapest film is a BAD idea. It won't reject that much heat and it'll turn purple and bubble in a few years. The labor's the same whether they're installing great tint or garbage.

As for the legality, I believe the windshield is off-limit and the front two windows are limited to 70% VLT which won't look tinted at all. The rest of the windows can be painted black if you like. I've usually done 35% all around and never had a problem but it depends on what and how you drive.

sorry..yes you are correct..guess I assumed he meant to tint ALL the windows...a google search lists which can and cannot be tinted...

I have known folks stopped and ticketed for tinted windows...not sure which windows..or how dark they were..

somewhere I read that "factory tinted" are more legal than the film this guy was referring to..assuming that the factory ones would be less dark,, thus less likely to fit into the illegal category..tho I also read that those with "medical reasons" with written documentation are put in a different category..
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Many tint installer offer insurance on tint. If you are ticketed, they will remove tint for inspection and reinstall free.

I had to remove tint from a girlfriends car, it is a bear to remove.

The reason factory tint is legal is because it never bubbles or scratches.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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That is correct, in CA the windshield cannot be tinted, and that the front two windows can only be tinted to a certain limit. However, I will run into these concerns when I find a place to tint my car :P
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