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      08-27-2019, 11:19 PM   #1
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Can't decide on whether to go 20% on all windows (no windshield) or 35% all around and 50% on the windshield (windshield at 50% just to darken the entire a little bit)

I'm running no front plate in Westchester NY, so don't want to give cops too many reason to pull me over.

20% looks so good though, and I'm told there is no option between 20% and 35%

Interior is cognac. Anyone have any suggestions or pics??

Thanks.
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Can't decide on whether to go 20% on all windows (no windshield) or 35% all around and 50% on the windshield (windshield at 50% just to darken the entire a little bit)

I'm running no front plate in Westchester NY, so don't want to give cops too many reason to pull me over.

20% looks so good though, and I'm told there is no option between 20% and 35%

Interior is cognac. Anyone have any suggestions or pics??

Thanks.
What film are you considering?

The terms 20% and 35% don't always translate to the actual amount of VLT that will be transferred. Some 20% films have 19%VLT and others are 25%. At 35% you have the same variation between films.

As far as the windshield is concerned, I recommend you stick with 70-80% films. 50% might be noticeable by law enforcement and you may regret it when trying to see on dark streets. Again, which film are you considering?
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I did XPel Prime XR Plus 45% on the windshield and XPel Prime XR 20% everywhere else. Very happy with it so far but have thought I should have gone darker than 20.
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I did XPel Prime XR Plus 45% on the windshield and XPel Prime XR 20% everywhere else. Very happy with it so far but have thought I should have gone darker than 20.
Any pics?? I'm running no front plate, which is illegal here in NY, so don't want to draw too much attention.
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I did XPel Prime XR Plus 45% on the windshield and XPel Prime XR 20% everywhere else. Very happy with it so far but have thought I should have gone darker than 20.
You must have built in night vision, like a tiger. .

Or maybe still in your 20s or 30s before your eyes go south. I used to be just like you, but 50s brought on a new vision standard that just doesn't work with 20% tint and 45% windshield tint. Sadly.... Ho hum.
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You must have built in night vision, like a tiger. .

Or maybe still in your 20s or 30s before your eyes go south. I used to be just like you, but 50s brought on a new vision standard that just doesn't work with 20% tint and 45% windshield tint. Sadly.... Ho hum.
Nah, just added the night vision option to the car . Thought I had some new pics online somewhere to show you but I can't find any. Need to find some nice spots to update my pictures.
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You must have built in night vision, like a tiger. .

Or maybe still in your 20s or 30s before your eyes go south. I used to be just like you, but 50s brought on a new vision standard that just doesn't work with 20% tint and 45% windshield tint. Sadly.... Ho hum.
Nah, just added the night vision option to the car . Thought I had some new pics online somewhere to show you but I can't find any. Need to find some nice spots to update my pictures.
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Does anyone have a pic of 35% all around?

Would 20% on the rear windshield make the sides look slightly darker?

I'd go 20% if I wasn't not running with a front plate...

Thanks
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Can't decide on whether to go 20% on all windows (no windshield) or 35% all around and 50% on the windshield (windshield at 50% just to darken the entire a little bit)

I'm running no front plate in Westchester NY, so don't want to give cops too many reason to pull me over.

20% looks so good though, and I'm told there is no option between 20% and 35%

Interior is cognac. Anyone have any suggestions or pics??

Thanks.
A few people have referenced 30% - is that a common option?

Was not offered at my local tint shop...
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I just traded in my m3 with 35% all around and 70% windshield. The car was black exterior and black interior with black wheels. If I was to do it again, I'd go 20% all around and 70% windshield, or would not tint windshield at all.
My recommendation is not to do 35%. Either 20 or much much lighter film. 35 is not here not there.
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Blacked out windows and no front plate in Westchester NY? Consider yourself caught and fined especially if you drive into the city.
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Looks awesome. The 688M rims are game changing for this car.
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