Car Window Tinting (Pimp My Middle Class Ride Content)
I would like advice on aftermarket window tinting of my car (BMW 320d estate). I have tried, unsuccessfully, to use blinds that are fitted to the shape of the exact car (Vanstyle privacy shades). Currently held in place with duct tape, but even then they fall off. Vanstyle not returning my emails and I am now fed up with the jerry rigged approach. Fell off this morning again and it irks me. 🙄
I was thinking of getting the windows tinted (mainly for keeping light out of eyes child, security for bike when left in back, keeping the car a bit cooler).
-Anyone know a good reputable tinter in the Guildford/South Surrey area?Posted 4 years ago
-What level of tint is dark enough (but not gangster image)? 65%? Will this look similar to factory tinting from the likes of VW/BMW etc?
-I presume having a go yourself is a nightmare?LiftmanMember
Dont do it yourself, its a mare of a job and it will look diy.
We got our rear passenger windows and back windows done on three vehicles and it came in at £150 per vehicle.
We are in Scotland and it was a local guy we used, look for firms that do vehicle wrapping and that type of stuff.Posted 4 years ago
We got our Skoda
pimpedtinted for about £130..
I got 15% tine (I.e. only lets in 15% light).
It’s pretty ‘limo black’ from the outside, but makes the rear seats a much more pleasant place for the lad/bikes etc.
I’m waiting for my drug running and arms dealing business to pick up before I get the fronts (including the screen) done…
DrPPosted 4 years ago
ir_bandito. Wish I had gone for tinting in the first place. Blinds are well made, but attachments are not good for my model of car (plastic clips with adhesive that does not stay on in the heat or the cold). Have heard someone on here with a Passat saying he has no problems, but for me it has been a pain.Posted 4 years ago
And you still got it wrong.
(Rear windscreen can be completely blacked out)
Dammit, rumbled… 😳
That said, I still don’t think it’s a good idea. My MR2 has a tint film in the rear screen which I keep threatening to take out. I can’t see much out of it at the best of times because of the spoiler and the tint really doesn’t help especially at night.Posted 4 years agoJasonMember
I just had the rear windows in my wife’s mini clubman tinted, by Fleet Auto Shades, (as you would guess they are in Fleet) very pleased with the results. We had Dark Smoke tints, which I think are 85%, they look darker than factory. It is only a one man company, but a very professional set up.
It could have been me who mentioned the sun blinds in my Passat Estate. I have been, and still am pleased with them. On my Passat, they have metal clips that tuck into the window trip, the shade panels are then held in place by these, I have had no problems with mine at all.Posted 4 years agobigGMember
You don’t know what suffering is until you’ve leapt onto the vinyl back seat of an Austin maxi that’s been baking in the Dordogne heat of a 30c+ summer day. Between that and the home made nylon safari suit that my mum made me wear on holiday I’m surprised I made it to adulthood without permanent scarring.
On the ops point, I’ve found that tinting makes little difference to be honest, the same effect can be had with a decent window blind without making your car look like you’ve got something to hide in the back of it.Posted 4 years ago
bigG – thanks. I remember the good old days of vinyl seats stuck to my bare legs, obviously wearing very short shorts in those days. Oh the joys of the mid 80s cars. Lucky to get a car with a wireless, let alone some fresh dolby cassette action.
Although it isn’t a problem at this time of year, in my experience I find it does help keep the car cooler with tinting (when I have been in other cars that do have it in place). Black seats in my car don’t help though.Posted 4 years ago
makes the rear seats a much more pleasant place for the lad
Yes, indeed. It was soooo hellishly uncomfortable when I were a child. While sitting there in such intolerable conditions, I found that the pain would induce a trance-like state where I would dream of the day when people could apply tinting to the rear, side windows of their cars. Oh !, the journeys endured, on that seat, While I sat there, sizzling in my own body fat, under that merciless sun (are we discussing the UK ?). Oh, the horror. Still, I was distracted from my impending need to visit the local ICU, by being able to observe the passing scenery. In light of seeing how children are imprisoned in dark, gloomy, second row seats of a vehicle, today. I feel quite lucky to have been permitted to use my eyes to see further than the LCD screen mounted on the seat head restraint of the seat in front of me. Not to mention that I was allowed, to have the window wound down, Health n Safteyeeeeee !Posted 4 years ago
Your certificate’s in the post…..
Not at all, Doc. Its just that I don’t buy the ‘keep the nippers cool‘ story, esp in light of the wide proliferation of A/C in cars today and for the last 10 plus yrs. And where as some (shudders) think cars look better for having tinting applied. I for one, hate the sight of it.
Put simply, it looks shyte and I’ve worked in the car industry long enough to have earned my opinion.
Carry on.Posted 4 years ago
Its just that I don’t buy the ‘keep the nippers cool’ story, esp in light of the wide proliferation of A/C in cars today and for the last 10 plus yrs
Yes, but the A/C won’t have to work as hard to cool the inside of the car if its not as hot as it could be, therefore its cheaper to run.Posted 4 years agoHopscotchMember
Just bought a van so i’m not scuffying up the leather seats in the estate but want to tint the back windows and i’m sure theres things on the market such as film etc that I can apply myself, can you advise?
Where do you get Limo tint from?
Also as the back is open to the front i’ll have to put up a curtain blind for the front window, does anyone else have any other suggestions?
Luckily the sides have wooden panals, however the roof doesnt, does anyone have any ideas on how to insulate the roof area? Perhaps, cut a MDF board to the size of the roof and use self tapping screws into the C sections?
Thanks, S.Posted 4 years agocoatesyMember
Hopscotch- after watching a professional spend best part of an hour doing the rear windows of my van, I wouldn’t even attempt to do it myself despite being pretty competent with the tools. He also pointed out that the materials available from most motor factors aren’t the same as those he used, and are pretty difficult to get a decent result with.Posted 4 years ago
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