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August 1, 2012 5:50 AM Subscribe
Where is the best place to research / purchase moderate to high quality automotive window tint and what brands are reliable and quality products? Other tint installation related input likely appreciated as well...
posted by RolandOfEld to travel & transportation (2 answers total)
Not to pre-moderate the question too much but I've talked to a few people I trust about putting on automotive window tint myself and have heard the whole "don't do it" vs. "go slow and you'll be fine" so this isn't the place where I want to hear that sort of response. If you do have horror stories and can't resist asking me to take a pass on this job then feel free to memail me of course but I'd rather just focus on the supply / DIY side of things in this askme. If I had to deal with the back window of a sedan/4-door I think I'd pass and give a pro installler a call but honestly the Yaris's windows are pretty accessible and simple AND I'm already planning on replacing the driver and passenger window's rain seal at the bottom where it's finally given up the ghost.
Me - moderately to quite handy, very patient person.
Target Vehicle - Toyota Yaris Hatchback
Tint requirements - does not need to turn heads and wow people in parking lots, just needs to keep the sun out, not turn purple, and not have an abundance of bubbles/creases or whatever. Functional and longevity are the buzzwords here. We plan on keeping the Yaris until the wheels fall off and, even though she's a 2007 model, that means quite a few years.
I've done a fair bit of research already but was surprised at how little clarity I could get out of my product searches and at how hard it is to find simple information on what products are good for a consumer in my situation. Kits (precut pieces) are ok but I'm not exactly scared to do that part myself as a small waver here and there is ok, plus I might feel up to doing a tint job on our '62 Beetle, which also has VERY simple/small windows.
I'm on the fence regarding a tint strip at the top of the windshield, there's a crack in my windshield at the moment so I don't want to throw alot of money into something that's going to be replaced before too long but I'm open to input here.
Regarding colors/style of tint. I'm not picky at all. Probably the most forgiving tint that retains a decent heat/UV block rate is fine. I'm in FL so I think limo/darker tint is legal but I'd rather not make the car into something that cops in other states are going to red-flag and/or ticket immediately either. Increased privacy isn't even on the priority list at all for this purchase.
tl;dr - I'm not Snoop Dogg/Lion, I'm a boring person that prefers to DIY and not do a bad job. It's hot. My car isn't tinted. Please hope me to research/procure/install/maintain something that will make MrsEld happier when we get into the car.