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Don't tint your windshield

Discussion in 'Model X' started by ToddS, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. ToddS

    ToddS Member

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    I just got off the phone with our Tesla service person and he warned against tinting your windshield. Apparently it could affect AP as it analyzes colors, etc. This is the case even if the tint doesn't cover the cameras.

    Anyway, I thought I would pass on the info (don't shoot the messenger).
     
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  2. Romand

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    I have tint on my windshield it doesent affect anything for me
     
  3. Cosmacelf

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    Likewise. I have tint, AP v1 works great.
     
  4. bak_phy

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    Why would the tint matter if doesn't cover the camera?

    I wonder if the Tesla Service Person walks around nude in order to see better.
     
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  5. ssrajputev

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    I have 3M Crystalline 70% on my front windshield with AP/HW1 with no issues.

    Maybe he was talking about traditional, cheaper metallic tints that can interfere with auto signals?
     
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  6. Jimmy 1

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    This should not be an issue. I would say he was misinformed.
     
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  7. MikeNewhouse

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    Ditto - AP1 and tinted, no issues
     
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  8. Peteybabes

    Peteybabes redneck drivin' a tesla...

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    probably just covering tesls's ass since people seem to love suing tesla...

    BTW, what are y'all paying to get the windshield tinted? i'm going 15% on the front 2 windows on saturday...
     
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  9. ToddS

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    The way he described it, it would not affect AP1. It is about how the cameras (which are not online yet) see stop signs, other road signs (colors), etc. And no, it wasn't because the tint was cheap. It was the Spectra Photosync.

    Again, just to add the complete picture (and I'm sure another round of "he's crazy"), but he also said there are sensors near the FWD moonroof windows that could get damaged (and cost $4K to replace) if they are exposed to any heat source (involved in tinting them).

    Again, just providing the group with what I learned. I'm not tinting any of them. PAYOR
     
  10. Cosmacelf

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    OK, so that's info about cars with AP2. I think everyone responding here has AP1...
     
  11. Romand

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    $60-$80
     
  12. Peteybabes

    Peteybabes redneck drivin' a tesla...

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    wow...i would have expected $200.
     
  13. ToddS

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    It depends on whether you have it done as one piece or not. I suspect that $60-$80 is two pieces. I got several quotes around $300 for one piece.
     
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    One of the tint dealer in Hong Kong told me the same thing but didn't have this full explanation. He said that Tesla advised the industry to not to tint the windows as it an affect the sensors. I asked the DS, but he said he has not heard of this. Heat damaging outside senors near the FWD would make more sense than blocking the front camera..
     
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    The only thing I can think of is because the tint will add extra reflection and glare and it will mess with the front camera system.
     
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  16. hill

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    tesla service critter says it? Heck ... must be true then!
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    yea - I began rethinking service critter veracity once their stock ghosting alibi became, "all of the windshields are like that" - when in fact they're not. don't get me wrong, they are very nice, gracious & sympathetic folks - & I don't doubt them that much, only when their lips are moving.
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  17. rjdoc74

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    Curious why you guys chose to tint windshield. Is this for ghosting or to stop stone chips/damage? I can live with ghosting in my car, but would certainly want to decrease chances of it cracking with stones.
     
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    In AZ it is to keep the UV and heat out of the car. Already been in the 90's here this year. Summer right around the corner.
    Have had no issues with AP1
     
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    has nothing to do with rock chips. Our photosync application is installed on the inside of the car - just like when people install darker tint on side and rear windows..
     
  20. Cosmacelf

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    I don't wear sunglasses in the car and I'm not a sun lover, yet live in San Diego. Especially in the Model X, heat and glare from the sun is way too strong for me.
     

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