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Formula One Stratos Window Tint

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by POLZ, Aug 20, 2018.

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  1. POLZ

    POLZ New Member

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    Black M3...would like to hear personal thoughts on window tinting. I am leaning towards this Formula One Stratos Window Tint for the car, 30% sides; 50% one piece (60") back window; nothing on the front window. Thoughts by everyone?
     
  2. jelly

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    I really liked Pinnacle on my last two cars at 35%. Was plenty dark for me without looking blackout and attracting attention (from the police). Installs were flawless.

    Switched to crystalline 40 for my M3 and I don't like it as much. The color isn't neutral and it's much more transparent. Install seemed harder (the film is thicker and more technique sensitive) and there are more tiny flaws.

    I wish I had gone back to Pinnacle and would have considered Stratos, but most reviews ive read don't think Stratos is worth the premium over Pinnacle.
     
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    I have pinnacle on my prius and stratos on my model 3; there is a noticeable difference between the heat reduction... I opt for it if heat is a concern for you...
     
  4. Mark Soliman

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    I did a ton of research and ended up going with Stratos 15% on my 3... I chose it over Crystalline because it looks as black as possible without a reflective/purple sheen to it.
     
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  6. jelly

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    Looks good
     
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    @Mark Soliman,

    Looks amazing! Which rims are those?

    Ski
     
  8. Lucky13

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    I believe those are the Titan TS-5
     
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    TS-5 is 5 spoke, his has 6.
     
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    Damn son. Good eye. No clue now.
     
  11. Mark Soliman

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    Wheels - Vossen VFS-6 in gloss graphite
    F: 20x9 ET32 245/35R20
    R: 20x10.5 ET45 285/30R20
    Tires - Pilot Sport 4S
    Springs - Tsportline 1” drop
    Caliper covers - Evannex
    Tint - Llumar Stratos 15%
     
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  12. jelly

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    Is the difference in range or wh/mile noticeable?
     
  13. brkaus

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    I'm happy with the Stratos on my S. It did cost more, but they also claimed lifetime warranty on the top tier (high markup) products, so that pushed me into it.
     
  14. nalang

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    I went with F1 Stratos as I prefer dark black tint with excellent heat rejection. Installed yesterday:

    Sides: 15%
    Back: 15% one piece
    Windshield: 70%
    Sunroof: 70%

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    How does the back roof look from the inside? 15% on top of the stock tint. Especially next to the 70% on the sunroof. Big difference?
     
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    There’s a definitive difference. At night it’s hard to see anything directly above if you’re sitting in the back. During the day, you can see fine directly above from the back but it’s much darker than the OEM tint and darker than the sunroof.

    Personally, I’ll never sit in the back so it doesn’t matter to me and everyone who has sat in the back since I got my tint still thinks it’s awesome they can see out of a window above their heads.
     
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  17. RandomCony

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    I want to tint my sunroof but not sure tint percentage yet. Do you mind taking a pic of your sunroof looking up? On the fence with going a little darker than 70% right now.
     
  18. nalang

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    Here you go. first pic is looking up and back towards the rear seats, second is looking directly up from driver seat. These were taken at 5:37pm. Sorry about the glare. Hope this helps.

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  19. RandomCony

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    Thanks. That is quite clear and doesn't look that much different than stock. It feels like 50% would work out since I want it a little bit darker.
     
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  20. gadgetboy

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    What did they charge your for this in SoCal? (I'm in Austin. Just looking for some general costs without being chased by a sales rep...)
     

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