TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC

Deciding on rear window tint with/without forward roof tint. Any pics/opinions?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by ehacke, Dec 16, 2020.

?

How did you tint your roof?

  1. Front and rear roof

    4 vote(s)
    17.4%
  2. Front only

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Rear only

    12 vote(s)
    52.2%
  4. Neither front or rear, only sides

    6 vote(s)
    26.1%
  5. No tint

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Getting tinted tomorrow, so probably too late for this, but any pics looking up from the inside where the rear glass is tinted but the forward roof is not?

    My worry is that it'll look weird that the forward roof is lighter than the rear. So I was considering just skipping the rear entirely and doing only the sides.

    Was only able to find this example, and it doesn't look great IMO:

    roof-tint.jpg
     
  2. Kimmi

    Kimmi Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2020
    Messages:
    107
    Location:
    West Covina California
    How often do you look up? I would do the top first and see if you like it. I have been told the rear is difficult and expensive to do?
     
  3. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    It's a bit pricey. I got quoted I think $400-500 CDN for 4 sides and a full piece in the rear. Very reputable place from what I can see.

    Less worried about the price. More that the difference will bug me over time. Might just get all of the roof done, or none of it.
     
  4. elptxjc

    elptxjc Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2019
    Messages:
    706
    Location:
    El Paso, TX
    Is the glass roof 2 pieces, or just one, but separated inside the car??? Don't remember seeing 2 pieces of glass outside, but didn't scrutinize the car close enough. Maybe it's 2 pieces; it'd make sense. Debating if buying those sun shields from Tesla ($80 each), so they can be removed in winter. And probably cheaper than tint. And no spraying freaking water everywhere.
     
  5. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Decided for the moment to skip tinting the rear. The stock tint is already mostly covering it, and I'm worried it'll look basically black-out the rear roof area if you add more tint on top of factory tint.

    So just doing the sides for the moment. I'll take it back and get the rear done later if I change my mind once I see it in person.
     
    • Like x 1
  6. arie21014

    arie21014 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2020
    Messages:
    26
    Location:
    Las Vegas
  7. joebruin77

    joebruin77 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2018
    Messages:
    954
    Location:
    Encino, CA
    I shared your concerns about how tinting the rear or roof might darken the area too much. But I wanted the heat rejection benefit of the tint, so I had the entire rear window done in a 55% ceramic tint. The lighter tint means that the rear area remains light and bright, but you still get the heat rejection benefit from the ceramic tint.
     
    • Like x 1
  8. Tres_Azul

    Tres_Azul Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2019
    Messages:
    68
    Location:
    Arizona
    Answered “rear only”

    I did the darkest spectra photosync ird (30%) on rear doors, plus the 1pc rear glass. On the front doors I went as close to AZ legal limit as possible (45%). On the windshield, I used the lightest shade they offer (70%).
    The roof glass was left untouched, with factory tint only.

    Very happy with the results.
     
  9. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    The guy at the shop recommended 20% on the sides, which I went with. The other primary option being 35% which seemed light.

    Wonder if 20% on the sides is going to be too dark. Guess we'll see.
     
  10. elptxjc

    elptxjc Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2019
    Messages:
    706
    Location:
    El Paso, TX
    Yeah, please. I want the best possible fit and benefit. If I can get that with less money, perfect. If not, I'd pay for the Teslas then.

    Hey guys, what's the deal with the rear window??? Is it the same color as the roof? I'd MUCH prefer not having to tint the rear window. Being so deep and steep, installers always make a mess, scuff seats, spray a ton of water over the speakers, etc. It'd be great just having to do the side windows, and I'd do 35%, like always. It's light, but no issues at night, and it still protects against UV rays the same as darker tint.
     
  11. Gbee

    Gbee Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2020
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    Lake Worth FL

    Did you ever get it tinted and if so how did it come out? Can you post pics.
     
  12. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    #12 ehacke, Dec 23, 2020
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2020
    In the end I went with 20% on the sides, and no tint on the rear window. And after seeing the result it was definitely the right call for me.

    The side windows are dark enough that from the outside they look to be close to the same tint as the roof. Not quite as dark but the feeling is consistent as you walk around it. This photo is not the greatest, lots of cloud reflections in the side windows. That ceramic coat is super-shiny.

    Would definitely go with 20% on the sides again. It's on the edge of being too dark at night, but still fine; and perfect during the day.

    tint.jpg

    With the rear window not tinted, looking up through the ceiling is still consistent between the front and back roof. And you still have good visibility directly out the back at night when reversing. (Compared to my previous car which had no backup-cam, and a rear window so tinted you basically couldn't back up at night.)

    In the photo below you can see the contrast between the sides, roof and rear.

    PXL_20201223_185716991.jpg

    I'll take some more in full sun if that ever happens again here in Toronto.

    I did try to take a photo of the back from the outside, but it's so shiny and the sky is so overcast that you can't see that it isn't tinted in the photos. You just see reflections of the sky.
     
    • Like x 2
  13. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    The only other option that would still look nice IMO would be to put 35% tint on the front and rear roof along with the 20% on the sides.

    That would preserve some visibility out the rear, while still tinting a bit and keeping the look consistent across the roof.

    But after the horror stories about installers messing up the rear tint and damaging the car, as well as the high cost, and how much I'm fine with the rear as stock; I don't think it's worth it for me.
     
  14. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    After driving it around in strong sunlight for awhile and seeing it externally in that light, I definitely think I'm going to fully tint the rear window to 35%.

    IMO it looks too transparent compared to the sides now and not weird, but could be better.
     
    • Informative x 1
  15. XLR82XS

    XLR82XS D M C

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2019
    Messages:
    3,069
    Location:
    SWFL | Vegas
    I was wondering why you DIDNT tint all the windows to begin with. Illogical since the most light/UV is coming into the cabin from the front and rear glass. The point is to block the UV and getting maximum benefit.

    My advice would be to utilize the same % as your other windows or it won't match and look weird.
     
  16. ehacke

    ehacke Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2020
    Messages:
    148
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    For me it's much less about minimizing light/UV and more about privacy and the look of it.

    I would be interested in the seeing the photo you referenced, though it seems to be private. I just get a permissions error.
     
  17. Dilpickle

    Dilpickle Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2020
    Messages:
    90
    Location:
    Fresno, CA
    I have an appointment scheduled for next week, I chose 35 on the front windows, and 5 on the back windows. Also went with 5% on the visor/tint strip and the full rear glass panel 5%. Will post pictures next week. I wanted to go 20% on the front, but in California 70% is the limit, 35% usually you can get away with.
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC