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Window Tinting

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by tarheelfan_08, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:00 PM
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    tarheelfan_08

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    So i have a 96 Toyota Tacoma with no window tinting at all. It is completely factory. I have wanted for a long time to have them tinted though. Mostly for looks and so people can not see what I have in the car. But a lot of my friends have had problems with their tints! They have went to get their car inspected and was told that the only way it would pass inspection was to take off the tints! I was wondering if this is true? And I was also wondering if anyone else has them and what tint % they used and all of the details. I live in North Carolina so everyone in the state please help me out! I also would like to know how much it cost you!
     
  2. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:02 PM
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    it is not illegal to have window tint. but there are laws on how dark you can have it. I think 30% on the front side windows is the darkest you can go for most states.
     
  3. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:14 PM
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    Can they not pass you on a car inspection even if it is legal???
     
  4. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM
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    Laws vary state to state.
    Go here to see your state's laws.
    http://www.tintdude.com/laws.html

    Most shops will do whatever you want, especially if you go in person and/or pay in cash...

    Depending on your tastes/ needs anywhere from 20% to 35% is sufficient.
     
  5. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:33 PM
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    Yea all I want to do right now is get the front windows tinted! That way it will be even with the back! I mean the back windows are pretty dark at just the stock so it would be nice to have the fronts even!
     
  6. Nov 9, 2008 at 8:44 PM
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    Factory Toyota is ~20%. In NC i see the legal limit is 35% all around. I wouldn't worry about any window that can't be rolled down b/c their laser measuring tools have to be able to reach on both sides of the glass.

    You should be able to get the fronts done for $50-$65 from a decent shop, after the inspection if you're wanting to match the fronts.

    Good luck!
     
  7. Nov 10, 2008 at 5:18 AM
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    in pa it is illegal unless it is from the factory!! It really sucks!!
     
  8. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:03 PM
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    Ok so I found a professional in my town today! It just so happens a buddy of mine is really good friends with him so he is going to give me a major discount! I will let you all know soon what the final price is, and what i plan on doing!!
     
  9. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:07 PM
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    It is illegal in CA to have any tint on the 2 front windows, or windshield. period. Everyone still does it tho. I drove around for years in my old jetta with all the windows done, next to cops @ stop lights and all. I got pulled over for registration one day and he decided to write me for the windows too. I now have my taco tinted all around. looks much better
     
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    The fine in CA is just $10 though right??
     
  11. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:12 PM
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    It's called a "fix-it" ticket and yah it costs $10 + whatever it costs to have the tint removed (if you dont do it yourself)

    this is why everyone still does it :cool:
     
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    I read that NC laws say you can have 35% all around! Does that mean that 20% is legal or illegal???
     
  13. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:15 PM
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    Illegal - lower the number, darker the tint - i believe..
     
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    I would contact yourt local PD to verify that law if you are worried about it. The website above isn't accurate for CA..
     
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    Just know that the lower the percentage is, the darker the tint will be
     
  17. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:25 PM
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    Not as many as the 98..
    Yep, the percentage is the light "allowed" through...
     
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    Well is the back window stock at 20 or 35??
     
  19. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:29 PM
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    i thought factory tint is 20, but that may vary by state if NC only allows 35...?
     
  20. Nov 10, 2008 at 4:31 PM
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    Thats what I thought! I planned on going to the tint shop and telling them I want to match it! and if it is illegal and i get pulled i will tell the cops its factory
     
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