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Tint 3M Color Stable vs Ceramic Series vs Crystalline

Discussion in 'Model S' started by evalst2018, Jul 17, 2019.

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Which 3M film do you recommend?

  1. 3M Color Stable

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. 3M Ceramic

    2 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. 3M Crystalline

    4 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. evalst2018

    evalst2018 Member

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    A local installer with a good reputation is willing to do the following options on all windows minus the roof and the windshield:

    All have a lifetime warranty
    Option #1 : 3M Color Stable
    Option #2 : 3M Ceramic - 10% more $ than #1 , reflects 12% less heat than #3
    Option #3 : 3M Crystalline - 250% more $ #1

    I am thinking of doing 35-40% on all windows, 50% on the back window, 50% on the roof

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    Crystalline seems to be very popular, however, it is substantially more.

    I am leaning towards Option #2, Ceramic.
    Can you share your experience, post any photos?
    Recommend percentages?
     
  2. Ole Capt

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    I have 50% ceramic and I think it’s looks the classiest on higher end cars. To me going super dark screams after market and young kid (you may be one). I’m 38 and not wanting to look like a college student.

    Tinting the roof is not necessary unless you just prefer it. There’s a YouTube video where an installer says it’s a waste of money.
     
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  3. evalst2018

    evalst2018 Member

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    Most of the heat is coming through the roof, why would you not cover it?
     
  4. Ole Capt

    Ole Capt Member

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    No that’s incorrect. Watch this. Skip ahead to 3:50 and watch until 6:00.

     
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  5. jzafra88

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    I tinted my roof 5% ceramic on my 2015 S and has TREMENDOUSLY helped in regards to heat and keeping everyone comfortable
     
  6. Simon21

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    I was tempted to do the roof. I got something like crystalline and I was sure it will perform better than the factory Tesla tint. When I hold my hand next to the roof, I feel very similar heat compared to when I hold my hand against the window. I can feel considerably more heat from the windshield.

    But all these anecdotal stories don't mean much because these days it's very easy to check and know for sure, like the video posted above. There are too many variables just to go by what someone says
     

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