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Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by JETZ, September 15, 2011.

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      JETZ Active Member

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      Got the tint done on the car today, and picked up my Weathertech mats. Friday, I'm getting the 3M Venture Shield installed.

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      what % tint is that? does it look the same as the factory back windows? My previous car I had them match the back windows, hard to tell a difference, but ended up being too dark for my liking
       
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      Seriously anyone know the %tage of the Stock tint? I'm thinking its time I do the fronts, cuz Lord knows if I end up going to Texas I will need it!
       
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      I've always thought the factory rear tint on most SUVs, minivans, etc is around 20%. Unfortunately, the legal limit for front driver/passenger in most states is 35% (not sure how tightly enforced state by state). Even when you go 20% on the fronts, it doesn't always look as dark since the windshield isn't tinted and allows lots of light. I'm getting mine done soon and will likely go 35% for legal reasons (though I've typically gone 20% in the past with no problems).
       
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      I tinted my fronts to 20% and they're a pretty good match to the rears. I'll get a couple pictures tomorrow when I pull it out of the garage.
       
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      Nice!! Looking forward to your pics too.
       
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      i think the rears are closer to 35%. when i had my windows done last week, he put the tint on the front windows first (35%) to see if i'd want the rears tinted, and with the fronts tinted, the back didn't look so dark anymore. so he added 40% to the back windows and now the backs are closer to 20%. and my tint guy mentioned that the factory darkened windows don't have UV protection.
       
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      Privacy glass does have UV properties BUT it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and further from window to window. For example, rear passenger privacy glass windows might offer say a 70% UV reduction whilst the cargo windows and rear screen might only offer a 20% reduction. Is this both UVA and UVB? I honestly don't know. I think the Tacoma is 80% on the rear cargo, ans 15% on the rear/bed glass.

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      I would imagine (wishful thinking) that our Dual Sunroof would atleast have it!

      Too bad Cory doesn't come on this side of the house to confirm the Privacy Glass on the Explorer.
       
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      I can't imagine that the vista doesn't have something, I had read somewhere that they have a nickel coating to reflect rays, otherwise it would be unbearable in there during the summer.
       
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      Took a quick pic.

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      Had all the windows done in 20%. I'll see how I like the fronts, maybe go darker.
       
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      Your tint looks good. I had the dealer install 20% on the rear and 30% up front. I do not like the blue hue on the windshield at the top. Any idea if there is a remedy for that or just get a new windshield? I use my 12 Ex for emergency responses and I have an interior lightbar which dims the light thus looking how to have a clear eyebrow up top. Per Safelite and another local glass dealer there is no glass without the tint up top. I find that hard to believe. Thoughts?
       
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      It's true most come with the hue.
       
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      What level of tint best matches the rear Windows? I have seen pictures of 20&30%.
       
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      20% matches closest on most SUVs.
       
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      I have my fronts tinted to 20% and it's a perfect match to the rears. I bought my tint on eBay pre-cut from elite tint and did them myself.
       
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      Are you happy with them, I would get charged about $200.00 to do them here in Canada. They aren't legal, so you get charged an arm and a leg to have it installed. *Edited, I didn't read before i posted!
      Thanks a bunch!
       
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      This was my first attempt at window tinting and I am pretty pleased with the results. I watched the local tint guy do our 2010 Fusion and it didn't look hard at all. I have a couple little dust specs in the tint, but so does the job I paid $275 for on the Fusion. As soon as the weather warms up some, I'm going to order a full window kit for my '12 Mustang and give that a go.
       
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      Tint Law for Alberta is the same as for B.C. according to what I found on the Internet.
      No film is allowed on the driver's or front passenger's side windows. The side windows behind the driver may have any kind of film applied and that also applies to the rear window as long as the vehicle is equipped with two exterior rear view mirrors.

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      Yes Peter, I know! I have lived here for 30+ years (LOL). You remind of my dad in the '90's, HaHa. I guess I am still a rebel without a cause, and my wife and three kids too
      If you get pulled over for the tint, the five O, will usually give you 48 hours to remove it (without a fine), as long as you don't get cheeky with them about it. That is why I want to go the cheap route, if I have to remove it, then I am not out $200+!
      I have only tinted the front windows once on an all black '89 Daytona and I loved the look of it (my dad didn't like the fact that I was purposely breaking the law);).

      Thanks for the reply, I may order some tint soon!
       
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      Had my front windows done today 20% and it's the exact match.
       
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      Tints. What did you get (CA-ON responses appreciated!)

      In Ontario no maximum percentage applies. It's the officer's discretion (actual regulation seems contradict this position) that will set a fine or not.

      What are the rear tints on a 2014 Explorer? (I've searched, not much comes up re. tints)

      I ask as I've had tints before, but went lighter in the front, which to me, looked dumb.

      Can you post pics of your tint job making note of percentage applied? Any problems (for Ontarions)?

      Thanks!
       
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      I believe the rears are tinted at 20% VLT (Visible Light Transmission). If you need, I can pull my tint meter out and read it.

      I got my front windows tinted at 20% and they are about dead even.
       
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      The Motor Vehicle Regulations (MVR)on tint vary between Provinces in Canada, so your right to check the Ontario MVR

      The issue is a lot of new vehicle front OEM glass is coming tinted already and there's nothing Law Enforcement can do about OEM tinting.

      Usually its no tint allowed from the drivers shoulder forward, but that's discretionary depending on who pulls you over.

      I put 28% tint on the fronts and you can still see the driver so it draws less heat but you can always get what I like to refer to as a "Traffic Knob" who wants to ticket you.

      One of the keys to not having an issue is to have the installer make sure the tint goes right to the top of the glass. The officer usually rolls the wind down exposing the top edge of the glass to see if they can feel the "lip" of a tint material. If its all the way up it will appear OEM.
       

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