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Running 5% ceramic all around and 35% ceramic full windshield.
I do like my cars shaded but I may be a little on the extreme side of things 🙊
I will be doing a ceramic tint on my new Cross, but I don't like it super dark. The back windows already have the tint. Would the new ceramic tint go over the factory tint, but in clear? I have never tinted a car before, and need to learn. Thank you!
 

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Window tint and full front clear bra ✔
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Beautiful Cross. I will be getting the ceramic
Your post reminds me of an experience I had a few years ago while looking at a RAV4. This dealer was really big on dark tints to pad the sale price. I sat in one that was backed by the shady side of the building. I literally could see nothing out the back window. It was like a big black blanket had been laid over it !
I am getting my windows tinted with the ceramic coating soon, and am sort of second guessing my decision. It's soooo difficult to see out of dark windows, but I hope I can get a super light tint or clear. I am new to all of this. I have to park outside, so am concerned about the UV rays. Do you have any thoughts? Thank you!
 

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The lightest tint for Madico is 75% (oops, I said 70% earlier), and on the windscreen, it's barely noticeable but there is the benefit of additional UV and IR/heat rejection. Somehow it seems a bit more relaxing and peaceful to me. Also the sun is more tolerable without sunglasses. You can put any % tint on top of any % existing glass as far as I know. The two will multiply, so 20% tint on top of 20% glass will net 0.20 * 0.20 equals 0.04 = 4% tint. More or less, because different wavelengths get absorbed differently unless the two tints are identical. Anyway, 4% would be deadly dangerous. I wouldn't go too dark though in a car, unless you have eagle vision and never drive at night. If you want to follow your states laws, check into those. I think 35% is a fairly common added overall tint limit for front/rear doors, and sufficient unless you want limo privacy in the rear which you will get with 20% or greater tint (and likely illegal).

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Thank you!! Today I spoke to a tint shop, and they won't do any illegal tint nor will they tint the windshield at all. I think I will go with the lightest tint as the car already has tint on the back doors, and supposedly a tad on the front. All ceramic. The shop said they will tint over the factory, but it will be a hair darker, but most definitely legal.
 

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The lightest tint for Madico is 75% (oops, I said 70% earlier), and on the windscreen, it's barely noticeable but there is the benefit of additional UV and IR/heat rejection. Somehow it seems a bit more relaxing and peaceful to me. Also the sun is more tolerable without sunglasses. You can put any % tint on top of any % existing glass as far as I know. The two will multiply, so 20% tint on top of 20% glass will net 0.20 * 0.20 equals 0.04 = 4% tint. More or less, because different wavelengths get absorbed differently unless the two tints are identical. Anyway, 4% would be deadly dangerous. I wouldn't go too dark though in a car, unless you have eagle vision and never drive at night. If you want to follow your states laws, check into those. I think 35% is a fairly common added overall tint limit for front/rear doors, and sufficient unless you want limo privacy in the rear which you will get with 20% or greater tint (and likely illegal).

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Thank you!!! I will go over this brochure tonight! Btw, I'm a product from the 70s, and sheepskin seat covers were pretty popular where I live. Also it's blazing hot here in summer. Do you think these would be a good choice? Thank you!
 

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I will post a picture after the tinting is done tomorrow afternoon. Incidentally, as I will be tinting the rear door windows from no tint to 20%, this is not legal in my state and officially I will have no written warranty on the tint. (unofficially, they will take care of me). 35% front door windows is about perfect for me, not too dark that you can't see safely at night, good sun rejection. I am also over 60 years in age, so have about 50% of the night vision of a 20 year old. Youngsters probably see ok with 20% tint.

No opinion on the sheepskin. I did have a car in the 80's with sheepskin and it is comfortable, but nowadays I like the look of leather (or cost effective good quality synthetic that looks like leather). I have had worse wear on real leather than some vinyl seats.
Awesome!! I am looking forward to seeing your Cross tinted. Yep, I of a similar age, and rarely drive at night. About the sheepskin, I will do some google searches, but I get what you mean! :)
 

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Hard to get a good picture outdoors. L model, so no OEM tint. Madico Black Pearl Ceramic 75% front, 35% front doors. 20% rear doors and rear.

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Your Cross looks soooo good!! This is really helpful to me. Mine will be tinted next week, and I will show them your Cross. I sort of feel like an idiot as when I booked the appointment, I didn't remember there is already factory tint in on the back windows. Te company told me they will put a ceramic tint on that will go on top, but it will only darken by a hair. The company also told my my front windows also have a slight factory tint. I wonder what percentage I should percentage I should do? Like you said, it's a bit hard to tell on your Cross, but I really like what what I see! My main concern is the UV rays being here in such a hot/sunny environment. Thank you, and if you have any thoughts, I am all ears.
 

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Ok, thank you so much for explaining this to me. Unfortunately, I had to cancel my appointment for tomorrow, but hope to get it done asap. I will talk to the company about 30% transparency for the front side. The company told me they are not allowed to tint the front windshield. = (. Thank you!
 
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