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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Aug-17-2017, 11:00:10 PM   #1
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Default Help with tint options

I purchased an e90 M3 recently and it does not have any tint right now. I am burning up here in TX!

I plan on doing all windows including windshield. No sunroof. I am trying to find a solution that achieves the following:

1. Very high translucency (don't want it to look like tint is present)
2. High heat rejection
3. High UVA/UVB rejection

Spectre Photo Sync, Wincos, Llumar, and Suntek have been recommended to me. Apparently the Spectre has 99% UVA/UVB rejection, 88% infrared rejection and appears clear.

I am not familiar with these options. Anyone here have experience with these or others?

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Old Thu, Aug-17-2017, 11:13:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Help with tint options

Crystalline from 3M is pretty good. A lot of tesla owners use it to not stress the a/c so much and help extend their range.
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Old Thu, Aug-17-2017, 11:18:12 PM   #3
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Default Re: Help with tint options

I have 75% on the entire windshield and it's Awesome!
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Old Thu, Aug-17-2017, 11:33:14 PM   #4
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Default Re: Help with tint options

Ceramic tint tends to have a charcoal hue to it, Crystalline tends to have a blueish hue to it. Depending on the color of your car, and how picky you are, you may want to take that into consideration. On my F80 I went with Crystalline on the windshield and ceramic on side and rear windows (forgot percentage). Crystalline is pretty pricey but seemed to help tremendously reducing the heat, where as the ceramic is a little bit cheaper but also does a fair job. It doesn't sound like it will be an issue for you but I believe the lowest percentage for Crystalline is 40% as well. It just really all depends on what you are looking for.
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Default Re: Help with tint options

From my research, Crystalline has 20% all the way up to 90%. If you're looking for higher percentage so you cannot tell there's thin there, Crystalline is the way to go. It's just really pricey which is why I haven't done it myself.

http://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-u...2716668&rt=rud

Other high percentage options from my personal notes are:
FormulaOne Stratos 70%
Huper Optik Klar 85%
Huper Optik Ceramic 70%
Llumar CTX 50%
SunTek CIR 70%
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I have 75% on the entire windshield and it's Awesome!


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Default Re: Help with tint options

I am currently planning on Spectra Photosync to replace my huper. The only thing I'm not sure about is the bluish hue it has. I prefer a charcoal but it seems like all the highest end stuff is bluish. Lots of the Tesla people in SoCal love it. I plan on doing a 75% windshield as well.
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I am currently planning on Spectra Photosync to replace my huper. The only thing I'm not sure about is the bluish hue it has. I prefer a charcoal but it seems like all the highest end stuff is bluish. Lots of the Tesla people in SoCal love it. I plan on doing a 75% windshield as well.
i was quoted about $1k for all windows and windshield.... seem in line with your quotes?
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Default Re: Help with tint options

How will they work around the dot matrix in the rear?

I plan to go super light (75%), so they can trim off the tint right before it gets to the dot matrix.
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Default Re: Help with tint options

I'll put in my vote for Llumar CTX. Mine is quite a bit darker than what you're looking for (no mistaking that I have deep-tinted glass), but the UV rejection is at or above 99% per their specs.
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