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Company had been around for awhile and was just bought out per a local tint shop I spoke to during my research. I considered this or Huper Optik for my flat glass in the office. Not sure about their vehicle applications. $350 is high for carbon tint. Solargard has ceramic too.
The $350 includes the removal of existing tint which is about $100 in our market so it's really $250 for tint itself. The quotes I've been getting for CXP are about $295 without removal.



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The $350 includes the removal of existing tint which is about $100 in our market so it's really $250 for tint itself. The quotes I've been getting for CXP are about $295 without removal.
Got it. Not bad then. Have you researched reviews on the Solargard?
 

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Got it. Not bad then. Have you researched reviews on the Solargard?
Looking into it now. Looks like a much lower TSER compared to CXP.

Ultra Performance 20 VLT 20 TSER 49
Suntek CXP18 VLT 16 TSER 56
 

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I finally got mine done last week. 3M Color Stable (nano-carbon) at 35% all the way around so the cops are less likely to give tickets here in Ontario where there is no fixed maximum tint amount for the front side glass. The law leaves it up to the officer's discretion so if you piss him off during a routine traffic stop, he can ticket you if he says he can't see you well enough.

I wish I picked a better location but with all the water and sand on the roads, I couldn't even get from the carwash to the house without it getting all dirty again.
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35% Front Windows & 25% Back Windows using 3M Film. I originally wanted the same tint all around, but front tints are illegal in CA. And the cops around my area are always bored and pulling people over for their tints so I decided to play it safe. Paid $280. Most places in SF charge $300+

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35% front (legal in Ontario)...
Re-read the Ontario law, there is no prescribed amount of aftermarket tint that is "legal". You are at the mercy of the officer and if he thinks he can't see you properly then you may get a ticket. Federal law mandates "factory" tint and provincial law mandates each province individually.

Also keep in mind that your 35% VLT tint x factory 70% VLT tint is equal to about 25% visual light transmission (.35 x .70 = .25).

Pulled from a secret internet source: article on Quebec VS Ontario window tint rules as I couldn't find the act again,

"Window tinting is addressed in sections 73 and 74 of the (Highway Traffic Act) whereby the surface of the windshield or any side window to the left or right of the driver cannot be coated with any colour spray or other colour coating in such a manner as to obstruct the driver's view of the roadway, or obscure the view from outside to the interior of the motor vehicle," says Ministry of Transportation spokesman Bob Nichols in an email.

Translation: you have to be able to see outside, and other people, especially police, have to be able to see you.

Ontario's law doesn't
specify a percentage of tint - it's up to police to decide whether your windows are too dark.

If they decide they can't see you, you could be fined anywhere from $85, plus surcharges and fees, to $500.
 

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Re-read the Ontario law, there is no prescribed amount of aftermarket tint that is "legal". You are at the mercy of the officer and if he thinks he can't see you properly then you may get a ticket. Federal law mandates "factory" tint and provincial law mandates each province individually.

Also keep in mind that your 35% VLT tint x factory 70% VLT tint is equal to about 25% visual light transmission (.35 x .70 = .25).

Pulled from a secret internet source: article on Quebec VS Ontario window tint rules as I couldn't find the act again,

"Window tinting is addressed in sections 73 and 74 of the (Highway Traffic Act) whereby the surface of the windshield or any side window to the left or right of the driver cannot be coated with any colour spray or other colour coating in such a manner as to obstruct the driver's view of the roadway, or obscure the view from outside to the interior of the motor vehicle," says Ministry of Transportation spokesman Bob Nichols in an email.

Translation: you have to be able to see outside, and other people, especially police, have to be able to see you.

Ontario's law doesn't
specify a percentage of tint - it's up to police to decide whether your windows are too dark.

If they decide they can't see you, you could be fined anywhere from $85, plus surcharges and fees, to $500.
Our cars meter at 74% VLT front and 77% VLT back.
 

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35% Front Windows & 25% Back Windows using 3M Film. I originally wanted the same tint all around, but front tints are illegal in CA. And the cops around my area are always bored and pulling people over for their tints so I decided to play it safe. Paid $280. Most places in SF charge $300+

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Which 3M film did you get? Your picture looks like the Mission area...
 

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I finally got mine done last week. 3M Color Stable (nano-carbon) at 35% all the way around so the cops are less likely to give tickets here in Ontario where there is no fixed maximum tint amount for the front side glass. The law leaves it up to the officer's discretion so if you piss him off during a routine traffic stop, he can ticket you if he says he can't see you well enough.

I wish I picked a better location but with all the water and sand on the roads, I couldn't even get from the carwash to the house without it getting all dirty again.
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Looks good. The guy that did my tints was saying that tickets for dark tints are what he calls "attitude tickets". If a cop sees some kid driving around in a low riding Lancer with big rims and a loud fart can exhaust, he's a lot more likely to give them a ticket than a guy driving a stock Civic with the same tint. I find the ivory interior makes it a lot easier to see inside the car anyways so I don't think we have to worry about it.
 

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Looks good. The guy that did my tints was saying that tickets for dark tints are what he calls "attitude tickets". If a cop sees some kid driving around in a low riding Lancer with big rims and a loud fart can exhaust, he's a lot more likely to give them a ticket than a guy driving a stock Civic with the same tint. I find the ivory interior makes it a lot easier to see inside the car anyways so I don't think we have to worry about it.
Yup, a buddy is an OPP officer and he called it a "don't piss me off" ticket. If he pulls someone over for another infraction and they get belligerent then he may tack on the "tint is too dark" fine as well.
 

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The shark fin is for the navi and XM radio i think. The am/fm antenna is in the glass I think. Here's some info from www.thespokaneshop.com:
  • Metallized film, like dyed film, keeps heat away from interior space by reflecting it away; in the case of metallized film, this is done by very small metallic particles – invisible to the eye – embedded in the film. This metallic content strengthens the window as well; in the case of a vehicle, the window will be that much more shatter-resistant when metallized film is used. Metallized window-tinting film creates a shiny appearance from the outside. It is more resistant to scratches than dyed film. When used in a vehicle, however, one drawback of metallized film is the fact that its metallic content has a tendency to interfere with cell phone and GPS transmission, not to mention radio reception.

This is my reception on both phone and GPS. Looks like no issues here.

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I think it's color stable. I went to King Tint in San Bruno and they only had one kind. Nope, Daly City.
Got it....grew up in the area...Color Stable is good tint. I have it on my 14 Civic. How much did they charge you?
 

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