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Old 06-25-2010, 05:06 PM
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I just got back from a reputable tint shop in Danbury with an estimate to do a tint on my windows. I'm not even considering their $190 economy package (the guy said its more for the look, I want function), so my only other options at this place are 1) the $250 SunTek tint, and 2) the Huper Optik ceramic tint ($420). My friend who recommended the shop chose the more expensive tint for his BMW and I must say I'm impressed with the quality of the film and the work. Both have a lifetime warranty. But there is such a significant price difference that I have to ask, is it worth getting the more expensive film?

I'm getting a tint because I'm moving to Texas in a month, and its gonna get pretty hot in the car while I'm at work during the day so I'm trying to keep the heat out as much as possible. The SunTek seems like a decent film, but the guy told me that it sometimes affects radio and electronic reception (possibly because its a metal film). The Huper Optik has no such problems.

Anyone have any experience with these films? Do these seem like fair prices for quality work/film?

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Had 3M film in my '02 Protege5 (still like new after 8 years)...went with 3M film for the Speed3. Both places I had them tinted offer a lifetime warranty. Paid $180 for the Protege5 and $220 for the Speed3.

I've had no experience with the other brands thatyou've mentioned...but I haven't really needed to look elsewhere either.
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I have not had experience with Huper Optik tint but that is funny you ask. It's decently new at my 3M dealer. I was wondering the same thing. 3m Color Stable is never a bad decision. The metallic based tint makes a portable GPS unit worthless in my 2nd gen MS3. I have some dealer installed tint on mine and I cant get a signal. I'm getting it stripped off and getting some 20% 3M put on.
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Yeah I'm looking into getting non-metallic tint because I use a GPS unit in my 3, and I would rather not have cell phone or toll tag reception compromised either. I was lurking around on the 3M site and found they too make ceramic tints (the same as the Huper Optik film at the place I went to today) so I'm gonna call up some shops to see if I can get some sight-unseen quotes (I'd rather not drive my car all over the freakin' county)
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I would love to hear thoughts from anyone else too. It seems the cheaper tints are more for looks and the more expensive tints actually block heat and UV - but the metal tint seems to hit the sweet spot for price and causes radio interference; so you have to move up to the most expensive.

What is everyone else paying for a tint job and what products are the using? I wonder what 3M ceramic cost?
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If you use the Suntek, inquire with the shop you use about using a carbon film on the rear window. The local shop I am leaning towards using confirmed this morning that for cars with antennas built into the rear glass they use a carbon film which will not interfere with reception and cost is same. The tech was not 100% sure but thought the carbon film was also a Suntek product. He also told me that the Suntek brand blocks 95% of the UV rays.....so for $200 vs $4?? for the Huper Optik, I'll go with the Suntek.
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I paid $180 (w/ tax) for 3M film including a front windshield visor strip with a lifetime warranty...those quotes seem way overpriced to me.
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3M makes a bunch of different films too - all with different features - some block UV, others don't. Some are metallic, which interferes with GPS and cell phones. Ceramic is the best of all, but costs money.

I doubt you got ceramic film for $180.
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3M makes a bunch of different films too - all with different features - some block UV, others don't. Some are metallic, which interferes with GPS and cell phones. Ceramic is the best of all, but costs money.

I doubt you got ceramic film for $180.
I see.....my invoice says 3M Color-Stable Auto Window Film...this one doesn't interfere with anything, so probably not the metallic one.....but it is definitely functional. I noticed a huge difference after installing it with regards to interior temp.

I'm thinking the guy gave me a good price because I also had my 3M clear film bra purchased and installed through him...for around $545....but who knows.
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It doesn't matter how good your tint it, The car will still bake in the Texas sun. I have Lumminar 18% metallic all the way around except the front windshield, and haven't seen any GPS or radio issues, but it really blocked a lot of heat.
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