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I live in a hot So Cal desert, and (for now) have to park outside. Can anyone tell me which type of tint can help keep my Cross a bit cooler? Also, do I need to put a clear coat or ?? on the paint? I have had paint issues with other Toyotas, so a bit concerned. Thank you!
 

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I live in a hot So Cal desert, and (for now) have to park outside. Can anyone tell me which type of tint can help keep my Cross a bit cooler? Also, do I need to put a clear coat or ?? on the paint? I have had paint issues with other Toyotas, so a bit concerned. Thank you!
You can try ceramic tint. A bit pricier than regular tint but you get what you paid for. I have it and helped out a lot for our family trips to Vegas. Especially with my toddler and dog. Paint issues, check your manufacturer’s warranty. Toyota updated and enhanced their coverage due to this ongoing issues. You can always do a paint protection film to get that peace of mind. It really depends on how long you are willing to keep your car.
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The Toyota warranty covers paint defects such as flaking or peeling for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, it will not cover certain types of paint damage, specifically, if it's the result of wear and tear and not a manufacturer's defect.
 

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I live in a hot So Cal desert, and (for now) have to park outside. Can anyone tell me which type of tint can help keep my Cross a bit cooler? Also, do I need to put a clear coat or ?? on the paint? I have had paint issues with other Toyotas, so a bit concerned. Thank you!
If you want to block the most heat coming through vehicle glass, you will need a specialized, ultra-premium film like Spectra PhotoSync IRD Window Film, not a ceramic film (which has mediocre heat rejection really in comparison). You will also need to put that film on the inside of your front windshield, in addition to all the side/back windows. I live in Phoenix, AZ have been doing that for my last 3 vehicles. Even when it is 120F out here & blazing sunlight, my A/C is always running on the lower fan settings & keeping inside very cool without any strain, & you can't feel the heat coming through the glass the same as when it is still cooking your skin through a regular ceramic film. Expect to pay more though for that type of specialized, ultra-high performance window film.

Newer cars these days use more fragile paint blends/processes. If you want to really lock in the factory paint/clearcoat then you will need a professionally-applied top-grade "lifetime" ceramic coating applied to vehicle. It is many times thicker & more dense than a factory clearcoat & helps prevent scratches, swirls, paint chips, UV damage, etc. - & gives the paint a lot more lustrous appearance as a bonus. It is also applied to the black plastics (among other things) & helps prevent premature fading, etc. If you drive a lot on roads with flying rocks/pebbles, a full-frontal PPF (paint protection film) might also be warranted. Those options are likely to cost $1500-2000 each though, if you are getting top-shelf product.
 
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So much wonderful information!!! Does the Spectra Photo Finish distort only visibility?
No, I never had any issues with Spectra PhotoSync IRD films - they are top-shelf premium in all regards & a lot better than any ceramic film. No negative effect on visibility whatsoever that I have ever noticed. I have the lighter 70% version on the front windshield & the 30% version on the rest of the windows (including sunroof glass). I don't think it comes any darker than the moderate 30% (just available in 70%, 50% & 30%). 3M Crystalline Series films would be my 2nd choice behind Spectra PhotoSync IRD films for quality/performance, and it is a bit less pricey than the Photosync IRD.
 
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No, I never had any issues with Spectra PhotoSync IRD films - they are top-shelf premium in all regards & a lot better than any ceramic film. No negative effect on visibility whatsoever that I have ever noticed. I have the lighter 70% version on the front windshield & the 30% version on the rest of the windows (including sunroof glass). I don't think it comes any darker than the moderate 30% (just available in 70%, 50% & 30%). 3M Crystalline Series films would be my 2nd choice behind Spectra PhotoSync IRD films for quality/performance, and it is a bit less pricey than the Photosync IRD.
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The specifications for Prestige Spectra PhotoSync IRD are excellent. Ceramic tints vary by manufacturer, some are very good especially when considering the cost. Find a trusted tinter or three and ask them. I live in the north-east US, Spectra is overkill for me. Southern states, yeah, I'd be checking it out but the cost will pop your eyeballs. Ditto for paint protection. If you garage your car at home and work, the paint will age slowly but those pesky stone chips don't discriminate. A microscopic coating is not going to help much, don't get your hopes up. A body wrap is again expensive. SDH-65 hit the mark.
 

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The specifications for Prestige Spectra PhotoSync IRD are excellent. Ceramic tints vary by manufacturer, some are very good especially when considering the cost. Find a trusted tinter or three and ask them. I live in the north-east US, Spectra is overkill for me. Southern states, yeah, I'd be checking it out but the cost will pop your eyeballs. Ditto for paint protection. If you garage your car at home and work, the paint will age slowly but those pesky stone chips don't discriminate. A microscopic coating is not going to help much, don't get your hopes up. A body wrap is again expensive. SDH-65 hit the mark.
Thank you!! Yes, I most definitely do not want to spend a ton of money. I will ask in my area/work for a trusted tinter, and see what they recommend and charge. A trusted tinter is key! thank you for your input. No one around me is interested in these topics, so everyone's thoughts are much appreciated.
 
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