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Inexpensive window tint shop in Bay Area (SF)

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by RyanS, May 11, 2018.

  1. RyanS

    RyanS Ka-chow

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    Well... not exactly Bay Area. Vacaville.
    Found a pretty inexpensive shop w pretty good workmanship near my work . High Yelp rating. Shop is called Protective Window Films. Got mine done with one piece rear, front and back sides for around $380. Back three would have been low $300. Also got my wife's MS for less than $200. They use Suntek carbon. They do offer premium materials but I didn't want to spend extra for IR. Seems unnecessary. Instead, I did every windows except front windshield. Definitely makes car look sharp. Very sharp. Bottom pic is before tint.
    Anyways, if you don't want to spend crazy amount of money on tint, check them out.

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    Very nice; and fantastic price. My kind of shop. Unfortunately too far away.
     
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    Vacaville is about 90 minutes away for me. So this could be a possible place for me to get tinted when I start calling around for quotes. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Fusion

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    FYI... it's $600 if you want Ceramic based tint for better heat rejection. So overall he is pretty reasonable.
     
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    yeah, the OP just chose a cheaper film. labor is gonna be the same. its the nicer films that drive up the cost
     
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    What % tint did you get OP?
     
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    i think it was 35%
     
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    If I understand correctly, the white car got the windshield tinted and the Red car did not tint the windshield. But the Manteca shop charged about the same as the Vacaville shop? In short, the Manteca shop charged about the same as the Vacaville shop, but included tinting the windshield? My apologies if I misunderstood.
     
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    Sorry for the confusion. About the same price to get all the sides and one piece rear window. Roughly $380. Windshield alone was about $150 in addition to the $380
     
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    Your's was actually cheaper because you got Ceramic tint. Do you know what brand they used?
     
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    Gave this guy a call this morning-- they're booked for a week and a half, but gave me a similar quote ($380) for the rear windshield and side windows. He mentioned $700-720 for ceramic, however.

    Going to confirm what % of tint, as he needs to order the film for the rear. He seemed very knowledgeable about the gradient on the TM3 and how it's already pretty dark, so he warned me against darker levels of tint. I was already thinking of going 35% or 40% on the rears, and 70% for the front side windows.
     
  15. SouthBayGuy

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    Just to confirm. Did that $700-720 quote include the pano roof and front windshield?
     
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    I don't think it included either (pano/front windshield)-- just the rear windshield and side windows.
     
  17. Fusion

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    Hum... I was quoted $600 for the sides and back for Ceramic. Maybe he decided to raise his prices.
     
  18. ProtonSF

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    I would go to A Shade Darker in Santa Rosa. I didn't get mine done there because the waiting list was so long (almost a month wait) but they're pretty much the best north of San Francisco.
     
  19. GregRF

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    Just wanted to add a shout out to Transparent Glass Coatings in Soquel (Santa Cruz County). Tint was very affordable, they do Llumar film and I was quoted for the Sides and Rear glass:

    FormulaOne Pinnacle $369 (their mid-level ceramic)

    They did the tint as well as PPF for me. Unfortunately they didn't have the large roll for the 50% tint I wanted on the rear so I'll be stopping back in later this month.
     
  20. ProtonSF

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    Are you fricking kidding?? $369 for FormulaOne Pinacle on a Model 3?
     

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