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    Hi there,

    I currently have factory tints on my car (can anyone confirm what percentage they are?).

    I would like to move to something darker (50%-70% range, with the percentage denoting the amount of light let through), on all the windows except for the windscreen. I don't want it too dark, and am thinking the 50-70 range will be just about right.

    I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good company in the London area? I'm willing to travel a bit for a good service but I want something that is high quality and retains that oem factory look.

    The factory tint appears to have a slight hue to it, either green or blue, it's hard to tell, but I know that many factory tinted windows from the german carmakers don't come just plain black, but do tend to have a hue to them. Do aftermarket tinting companies also offer this?

    Does anyone know how I can find out what colour hue and percentage my factory tints are? What was the spec of the factory tint for M sport coupes in 2001?

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    You can't go that dark on the front windows...Has to let in 75% of available light...With factory tints I believe its about 85%

    Rear you can go as dark as you want
     
     

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    Has anyone heard of autoshades? They offer a 70% tint (legal for fronts) all the way round or a 55% tint for £200inc vat. Sounds like a decent price but was wondering if anyone had ever used them?
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    Where about are you, because majority of the tinters only charge £150 in Nottinghamshire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scorched soul View Post
    Has anyone heard of autoshades? They offer a 70% tint (legal for fronts) all the way round or a 55% tint for £200inc vat. Sounds like a decent price but was wondering if anyone had ever used them?
    70% won't be legal....i'm pretty sure the fronts have to pass through 83% of light.
     
     

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    I'm in West London - so you think 200 quid is a little steep?

    This is the place - http://www.autoshades.co.uk/

    Seems like a pretty high quality place - If I do get my windows tinted, I want something that looks very high quality, so that it could be mistaken for a factory option. I think nothing ruins a car like bad quality tints.

    According to them, they offer a 70% level tint, that once applied to my car with the factory tint will end up with a level just below 70%. Apparently the bmw factory level tint is around 80-85%, does this sound about right?

    They also offer a 55% level, which they advised would be like 40% if applied over a car with factory tints. I'm actually quited tempted by that, but am afraid it would be too far past the legal theshold...
     
     

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    Marytn -I've checked - legal is down to 70%. Maybe it's the windscreen that is limited to 83%? I always assumed the windscreen was not allowed ANY level of tint at all, not sure if this is true...

    What level do you currently have your car at, the pic in your avvy looks the kind of level i would want, but not sure if that's just the angle...
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorched soul View Post
    Marytn -I've checked - legal is down to 70%. Maybe it's the windscreen that is limited to 83%? I always assumed the windscreen was not allowed ANY level of tint at all, not sure if this is true...

    What level do you currently have your car at, the pic in your avvy looks the kind of level i would want, but not sure if that's just the angle...
    Cheers scorched....i wan't 100% sure, looks like you have done your research which is the way to go
     
     

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    If it London then i guess the price is right.TBH it all depends on the copper.. I have had police stop me before and i have had no problems regarding my tints and mine was dark. Had it one for about a year or so..and then one night while out with some lads i got pulled by a T5. It was at a well know place for Boy racers to race up and down and i was just coming off the junction to go home. Plenty of people racing about, as i approach a junction, the police asked me to pull over! So i did, he said did you know its illegel to tint your front windows!!!! (plenty of chavs there with tints) apparently according to him that all car when it comes out of the factory are already 70% any film or tint will be illegel.

    Well he set a good example of me,in front of all the chavs! either peel the film off now or he will impound the car as its not road worthy. Spent 15 mins peeling away and after he didnt even check!!!
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