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Photo Sync Tint - Front Windshield

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Len, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Len

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    My scheduled delivery is in three weeks :biggrin:; I want to get all my windows tinted with PhotoSync (45), including the front windshield (75). Has anyone tinted the windshield with Photo Sync? If you have, do you get a “halo effect” at night with headlights of oncoming traffic or have you experienced any issues?


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  2. nkohlimd

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    I have mine tinted identical to your specs....no issues at all, love it.......
     
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    No halo effect on the front at all.

    The halo is in back window is because there is a very small air gap between the tint film and the glass when it goes up and over each defrost wire.

    I don't think that has anything to do with Photosync tint specifically though.
     
  4. Andrew

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    We have the same on our windshield - can't even tell it's tinted (except for the heat reduction!). Very happy with that choice. :)

    (We have Madico Wincos 60 on the sides and 30 on the back... Although the price was much better, I wish I had done Photosync on all the windows...the Wincos sometimes looks a little hazy.)
     
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    I have Photo Sync 75 on my front windshield and get the halo effect only when wearing polaroid sunglasses (Jim Maui), otherwise no halo effect night or day. I had 3M Crystalline on my front windshield and switched to Photo Sync as the Crystalline gave the appearance of looking through a film of plastic and had a haziness to it when driving directly into the sun. Maybe the Crystalline was installed incorrectly; in any case I am happy I made the switch.
     
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    I have PhotoSync 35 on the side and rear windows, PhotoSync 75 on the windshield and pano roof. When wearing polarized sunglasses I would notice some other cars windshield showed a halo effect, but it didn't bother me. With non-polarized glasses, it just looks clear.
     
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    Thank you for the information, it was very useful. I decided to get the windshield tinted based on the input.
     
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    I too have 75 on the front windshield. Day or night, we cannot tell it's there. Makes a dramatic difference in keeping the car cool. During summer, before we had Photosync installed, we constantly had the AC level set to 10-11. After it was put on, we were typically between 1-2.
     

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    FWIW: I was quoted a cost of about $600 to do a MS, how does that sound?
     
  10. Andrew

    Andrew Model S #6151, Model 3 #1576

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    For all the windows with Photosync? That's a screaming deal. If it's just the front windshield, that's really high.

    I paid $350 for Photosync just on the front windshield...
     
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    when I get the MS at the end of the month and bring it in for the tinting we'll see if they deliver
     
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    $600 is normal for all the windows except the front. The front adds $350.
     
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    Everything here in Cali costs more. Gas, real estate, you name it. That said, Photosynch's premium is well worth its admission. I also have 75 on the windshield and wouldn't use anything else going forward on all my new cars.
     
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    Heres my photosynch 75 on the front. Haven't washed the car in about a month because of the rain so the windshield's pretty dirty. Looks and feels much better than the Huper tint on my other cars.
     

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    Looks great, I'm definitely going to tint the windshield.

    Thank you
     
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    I have PhotoSync 35 on the side and rear windows, PhotoSync 75 on the windshield. Day or night I can't tell it's there unless 1) I'm wearing polarized sunglasses; or 2) it's very hot outside but the car inside stays cool, it's very noticeable then.
     
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    what happens when you wear polarized glasses? I am planning on getting my windshield done and all my sunglasses are polarized, will this be a problem?
     
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    I too am curious about the polarized glasses with the photosync
     
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    Actually it does because high quality film such as Photosync is thicker than the inexpensive films. Thicker film isn't as conforming as the thinner films.

    I prefer the better quality film and consider the small gaps as a reasonable compromise.

    I have Photosync 75 on the windshield of my Model S and on my 2012 Volt and am quite satisfied. I don't think there is a competitive product that will perform as well as the Photosync 75 for the windshield. Huper Optic is a good competitor for the other windows. I opted for Photosync on all my Model S windows and Huper Optic on the other windows on the Volt. I am pleased with the film on both cars.

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    Polarized glasses work fine in My Model S for viewing through the windshield. I do not like polarized glasses for reading the instruments or monitor. I also have problems reading my Garmin Edge 800 when riding my bicycle with polarized glasses.
     
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    It's not a problem at all. I just see a faint rainbow sometimes. I noticed it happens a bit more with some glasses than others. I have a third pair where I have to tilt my head 45 degrees to see any rainbows at all, so I use those in the MS. So I think it just depends on the glasses.
    As far as the screens, I have no problems with polarized glasses.
     

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