Kia Forte Forum banner
1 - 20 of 45 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm going to get my windows tinted hopefully this week and I'm still unsure what % I'm going to go with. Could somebody post some pics of their tint % I'm looking at going 20% 25% and 30%. I would like to go with the 25% if the guy had it. Any pictures would help.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,728 Posts
If you look at my garage you can see my silver koup with 20% all around
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I got 35% all around. I like the hue when it gets darker, I find it a bit too light during the day. If I had to do it again, I would go 25% all around instead.
This is what makes me really want to get 30% it won't be too dark so I'll be abused by the cops, but it will be just dark enough so I can be happy with it. Still looking for 25% though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
I've been pulled over three times with it. The first time was on my way home from buying the car. I went from the dealership to the tinting company so my tint was two hours old and I had to roll my window down. The tint was what he pulled me over for and gave me a $57 ticket. He said it was for my safety - that if I needed to break my window in am emergency my tint would keep it from shattering. He didn't say it was too dark and actually gave a compliment on the tint and my new shiny Koup.

The other two times they didn't say anything about the tint. My 35% does look fairly good, and it is a little safer with grabbing attention from the rednblue
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
536 Posts
Do you know what your local laws are where your live? Here is a example of Ohio's tint law.

The windshield of a vehicle may not be tinted, aside from the top five inches. The top is permitted in order to help protect drivers from the sun, which can obstruct the view of the road during certain times of day. However, the tint used cannot be reflective. I will say that in all my previous cars I went down as far as 10" and never had a problem with a cop.

The front windows on both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle must allow at least 50 percent of light to pass through both the film and the window. However, like the windshield the windows may not have any reflective tint. So the front windows can be 50%. I have gone mostly 35% in the past and had once occurrence which was just recently with my Dodge of a cop using his light spectrum tool to see how dark my window was and it was 100% accurate. In my opinion 35% is dark enough on the front if you go darker on the rears (See Ohio back window laws below) which is legal. I also went 20% once on my very first car and to me this is way too dark. It looked awesome but once it was dusk out it was very hard for me to see. I always had problems with the State Boys but usually never a problem with city or Sheriff. I just got smart and started rolling down my windows if I had to to catch a sneaky cop on the side of the road shooting his radar.

Back windows on the rear passenger doors have no tint restrictions in the state of Ohio. This allows vehicle owners to customize them and make them as dark as they would like and make up for abiding by the lighter front windows laws. Once again you cannot use reflective tint of any kind. Okay for the back windows I once went 20% and the rest of the time went 30%. I liked the look of the 30% because there wasn't such a difference between the front and back windows. However it isn't completely blacked out. Never had problems with cops since both of these applications were completely legal.

The rear window, the window located above the trunk can be of any darkness the vehicle owner desires. Again, no reflective tint of any kind. I always went as dark on the rear window that I went with the back windows on the rear passenger doors and it always looked fine. One time I had a cop try to tell me it was too dark and after explaining to him that I knew the Ohio laws which stated it could be as dark as I wanted. He acted as if he didn't know this was the law and moved onto other "PROBLEM" areas, i.e. my tinted license plate cover.

Lastly your interior will always be a aid in how dark your tint looks as well so take that into consideration. My last car (Dodge Stratus) had a light gray interior so it didn't make the tint quite as dark during the day, whereas my other cars with black interior always looked darker during the day.

Hope this helps....Check out your laws...I found that it was better to just abide by the laws because once the cop pulled me over for one thing he just moved onto the other areas of my car that might be illegal too...I once had 4 violations in one traffic stop. Di%k cop!!! You'd think by his attitude I was a drug dealer and not just a enthusiast trying to have fun with my car.


http://www.ehow.com/about_6558969_ohio-state-law-window-tint.html#ixzz16IsCLDDm
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
I've been pulled over three times with it. The first time was on my way home from buying the car. I went from the dealership to the tinting company so my tint was two hours old and I had to roll my window down. The tint was what he pulled me over for and gave me a $57 ticket. He said it was for my safety - that if I needed to break my window in am emergency my tint would keep it from shattering. He didn't say it was too dark and actually gave a compliment on the tint and my new shiny Koup.

The other two times they didn't say anything about the tint. My 35% does look fairly good, and it is a little safer with grabbing attention from the rednblue
My local laws for me and this is nothing is allowed on the front windows: 2 next to the driver or windshield
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Well the law in West Virginia is 35% so i figured 25-30% wouldn't be that far off so I shouldn't get hounded by the cops. Plus my car has a sunroof that I can keep the sliding door open so it will let more light into my car so it won't appear so dark.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,249 Posts
the law in texas is 35% on the front and whatever you want on the rear. and no windshield tint, even though ppl do it all the time anyways. nevertheless, i bought 20% on the front and 5% on the rear. here's pics. the first is before when my car was a fish bowl :rolleyes: and the second is when i got the tint :cool:
 

Attachments

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
976 Posts
Look in my garage: I have 5% in the back 20% on the side and 70% on door windows (max by laws here) and mine is also copperhead!

5% in the back is a little to dark IMO, by night you won't see shit while backing up!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
144 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
This is why im not going with 5 %. I would like to at least be able to somewhat see out my back window at night when I'm trying to back up, but I was thinking about adding brighter reverse bulbs so it would help.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
536 Posts
the law in texas is 35% on the front and whatever you want on the rear. and no windshield tint, even though ppl do it all the time anyways. nevertheless, i bought 20% on the front and 5% on the rear. here's pics. the first is before when my car was a fish bowl :rolleyes: and the second is when i got the tint :cool:
That dark tint on the white looks great! Can't wait to get mine done. I always thought the dark tint on White and silver cars looks really sharp.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
656 Posts
I decided on 35% all around. I prefer having the same percentage on all the glass.

 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
656 Posts
Koup SXR whats the darkest legal tint I can get on my car?
I believe 35% along the sides is legal and you can go darker at the rear rear window.
I've had 20% all around on another car without issues/hassles from law enforcement. IMO, it was a bit darker than I preferred during night time driving though. That's why I went with 35% and I find it perfect for my needs.

Keep in mind that the interior is black so it will appear darker than it actually is.

Here's another angle. You see how much darker it appears!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
656 Posts
on a side note, where the hell can i get one of those license plate holders SXR?
I modified a Cadillac lic. plate holder we made for GM. Unfortunately you can't buy them from GM as they were only added to our brush guard kit. I do have some in my possession though...but they have to be trimmed to fit.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
203 Posts
dont go with a light tint because its legal, idk if the cops here (northern maryland) dont care, but i have 20% all over and cops stare at me with my windows up and dont do anything. So idk if its because they dont care or what, but get what you want, i didnt want to settle for light because i didnt want it :p
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,249 Posts
dont go with a light tint because its legal, idk if the cops here (northern maryland) dont care, but i have 20% all over and cops stare at me with my windows up and dont do anything. So idk if its because they dont care or what, but get what you want, i didnt want to settle for light because i didnt want it :p
couldnt have said it better.

and SXR, darn. i really like that a lot. it looks real professional and clean. i guess i can look into doing something like that myself
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
646 Posts
:) I was investigating his build thread yesterday too. I wish I could easily find prices for the parts. Or maybe even have a kit price.
 
1 - 20 of 45 Posts
Top