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Really bad glare from windshield

Discussion in 'Model X' started by chloedog, May 25, 2016.

  1. chloedog

    chloedog Member

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    so I don't know if this is the same issue as the double vision thing going on but I noticed when driving in the day time on a sunny day that there's incredibly bad glare all across the windshield. It's especially bad because the vents on the top of the dashboard just reflect those little holes onto the windshield so all I see is a reflection of a bunch of dots. It's really distracting.

    And then then there's also a reflection of the line where the vents on the dash meet the solid part of the dash. That line is exactly in my line of sight so I can't not see it.

    Anybody else have this problem? Is it possible that there are different glass manufacturers for the X and some glass is better or worse than others?

    I have the black headliner with tan leather interior if that somehow matters.

    Anybody else suffering from this? Any solutions that people have come up with? I wonder if there's some anti-glare tint that might help or some rainX type of product I can wipe on the windshield that would help reduce glare?
     
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  2. DuplexDianne

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    Try wearing polarized sunglasses...seems to have worked for some people in mitigating the glare and reflection of the speaker holes...I noticed the reflection within the first 30 seconds of my test drive...the specialist I was with said nobody ever pointed that out until now. Hard to believe though...it's so noticeable.
     
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  3. K-MTG

    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    I haven't got this issue but that could be the result of me getting aftermarket tint as soon as I picked up my X. The top of the windshield is tinted, I don't have any double vision issue
     
  4. chloedog

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    What kind of tint did you get? When you say the top of the windshield is tinted do you mean you only applied the aftermarket to the top half of the windshield that was already tinted?
     
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    I just noticed the double headlights for the first time today as it was rainy and people had their headlights on. I put on my polarized sunglasses and it went away.
     
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    To the OP: I note you are in Seattle, a location with a lot of overcast days. Do you see the reflections on overcast days, or only when the sun is out?

    Almost every car I have owned has had such windshield reflections on sunny days at certain angles relative to the sun. Which is why I prefer polarized sunglasses. They eliminate or reduce such reflections and make driving much safer and more relaxing.
     
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    I'm just wondering if wearing these polarized sunglasses at night is comfortable, or would it be too dark? Can somebody try that and report back please?? I know we shouldn't have to do that, but it's a temporary fix for night-time driving for those that have the issue.
     
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    It only bothers me during the day, so I wear polarized sunglasses. If it bothers you at night, I guess you could get clear polarized glasses made; there are polarized lens filters made for photography use, so I don't think it's impossible.
     
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    K-MTG Sunshade Captain of TMC

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    Yup!
    Check out this video for a closeup:

    Also, I have some photos on my site: Tesla Model X – Photos | Mac Tech Genius

    I still haven't seen double vision, I don't where sunglasses while driving just regular glasses.
     
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    The OP stated that the reflection problem occurs during sunny days. No mention of having the problem at night. He didn't mention if it occurred on overcast days, I asked because I was curious.

    I don't wear sunglasses when driving at night. That sounds unwise.
     
  13. chloedog

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    Unfortunately it's just as bad on overcast days.
     
  14. aaron0k

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    The Model S has this problem too; some of them....

    Early "classics" had a matte black metal screen concealing the vents; these produced no reflective glare. Tesla then removed the screen in later models with reflective plastic vents, which cause quite a bit of glare. When I get a chance, I'll post pictures of both and difference in glare.

    It bothers me everyday, don't know why they removed the screen. I'm tempted to see if I can pop out the plastic vents and spray paint them with a flat matte black.
     
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  15. aesculus

    aesculus Still Trying to Figure this All Out

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    Forget the video. This got me :)

     
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    I'm a REALTOR that specializes in investment properties, e.g. duplexes...
     
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    Having a vehicle with a light gray dashboard, I need polarized sunglasses for daytime driving, but no need at night.

    It depends on how dark the polarized lenses are tinted. I suspect getting some really inexpensive ones with minimal tinting may work for nighttime driving, but hope you have good night vision.
     
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    Do you use your Tesla as your everyday car? I am also a REALTOR. I am looking at a Model S. It will be my every day car.
     
  19. gjunky

    gjunky Waiting for the Model ☰

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    My wife is a Realtor. We are taking possesion of our model X tomorrow and taking one of her clients out in the afternoon. Interesting to see what their reaction will be.

    IMHO, I think the backseat in the Model S is not ideal for having passengers getting in and out.
     
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    Does changing seat height or distance front to back get rid of or reduce the reflection?
     

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