Been thinking about it for a while now, and decided that I am going to get my windows tinted. Mainly because if I have to carry loads of camera gear and have any of the back seats down, people can see straight in rear window (if I've needed to remove the load cover) and in through the side windows.
I wanted to have the heaviest tints on the rear windows and rear screen but didn't want to add anything on the front (for the potential legal reasons). My worry with that was that the car would look very odd with heavy rear tints and nothing extra on the front. I've seen vehicles like an XC90 with heavy rear tints and standard front and I think it made the thing look like a pimp mobile!!
After a Google search I came across a company not that far from me who are a specialist glass tinting company - it's all they do. They do cars and commercial/residential buildings - http://www.solar-screen.co.uk
After a long chat with one of the guys there I came away feeling satisfied that they would be good to use. They have recently done a Signum which was encouraging as the rear screen glass is quite a severe curve - and therefore trickier to apply the film to.
We talked about levels of tints etc and this is what I envisage having done.....
To me that sounded a good price for what they are doing. I'll feel happier with the extra security, not to mention the fact that I think the car will look the dog's dangly bits when fully tinted - epecially after adding the Vec C SRi headlights!!!
- All tints will be the Sun-Gard window film. This is non-metallic film. Doesn't last as long as metallic film but doesn't give that slight mirrored finish from the outside (which I really don't like). This film will easily last as long as I will have the car, and is neutrally coloured so it will just darken but not introduce any colour tints.
- They will remove the glass in all the doors, clean them and apply the film. The rear screen thay will obviously do in-situ.
- The tint levels proposed are...... front - 50%, rears - 20% and rear screen - 5%
These are levels of transmission btw. My fronts will fall below the legal limit (50% tranmission instead of 70%) but the guy felt that I wouldn't have to worry too much about it here. Apparantly Sussex Police don't even have light meters yet. But that's the risk that I'll take, especially if I'm travelling around the country. The fronts would only have a 20% darkening so will not be instantly obvious.
- All this for £260+VAT (£305) and I'll claimback the VAT anyway, as it will be classed as a security enhancement to protect my equipment (from being seen in the first place and making the window much harder to be broken through as the film will be on it).
Have I missed any important issues? Any comments/opinions?