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Tint recommendations and chrome delete in Bay Area?

Mrbayarea

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May 1, 2018
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Bay Area
Hi Everyone,

I finally have a VIN for my model 3 and want to get my tint and chrome delete scheduled. For the tint, I’m looking for a shop who will do the full top glass (to avoid lines). Chrome delete as well but I’m okay going to two places.

Any recommendations? Please list what you got done, shop name and price (if you are okay with sharing).

I hope this thread will save someone going through 20 pages of post like I did.
 

DOCAL

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May 5, 2016
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878
San Jose, CA

Mrbayarea

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May 1, 2018
15
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Bay Area
OC Detailing is the local go-to place for all things Tesla. OCDetailing - Bay Area Coating & Clear Bra Specialist You can see videos of their previous work on youtube OCDetailing

OC Detailing did my paint protection film and dash cam install.

Another option, especially if you want Spectra Photosync tint is Premier Protective Films International (aka Premier Mobile) clear bra, paint protection film, tint, auto tint, safety film, chip paint, kits, custom, car

Super helpful! Thanks!
 

Extreme Autowerks

Former Vendor
Jul 12, 2018
17
15
LA/Orange County
Hi Everyone,

I finally have a VIN for my model 3 and want to get my tint and chrome delete scheduled. For the tint, I’m looking for a shop who will do the full top glass (to avoid lines). Chrome delete as well but I’m okay going to two places.

Any recommendations? Please list what you got done, shop name and price (if you are okay with sharing).

I hope this thread will save someone going through 20 pages of post like I did.

Premier Protective Films in Fremont! They've probably worked on more Teslas than any other shop in California and carry Spectra Photosync which the highest performing tint currently available in the market.
 

JPP

Active Member
Feb 4, 2013
3,073
1,319
SF Bay Area, CA
Premier Protective Films in Fremont! They've probably worked on more Teslas than any other shop in California and carry Spectra Photosync which the highest performing tint currently available in the market.

I would be curious to know the total number of all Tesla models that Extreme Autowerks has done vs. the number Joe @ OCD has done....maybe you can post the numbers of each (Roadster/S/X/3) and Joe can reply. Just curious...this should not be mud slinging....just the facts, ma'am.
 

Extreme Autowerks

Former Vendor
Jul 12, 2018
17
15
LA/Orange County
We've had a steady flow of them come though our shop for quite awhile now. A roadster was a rare occasion ;) I don't know who Joe is, but if you're mentioning him, I'm sure he works on a good amount as well! We're not here to compete with the other vendors! We're here to offer advice and input for the TMC community! Promotion is always helpful, but our Tesla clients seek us out for quality of service and the products they prefer like ClearGuard Nano and Spectra Photosync! Not necessarily because of how many Teslas we have worked on ;)
 

JPP

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Feb 4, 2013
3,073
1,319
SF Bay Area, CA
We've had a steady flow of them come though our shop for quite awhile now. A roadster was a rare occasion ;) I don't know who Joe is, but if you're mentioning him, I'm sure he works on a good amount as well! We're not here to compete with the other vendors! We're here to offer advice and input for the TMC community! Promotion is always helpful, but our Tesla clients seek us out for quality of service and the products they prefer like ClearGuard Nano and Spectra Photosync! Not necessarily because of how many Teslas we have worked on ;)

Agree--quality is a big issue. It always amazes me that folks will pay $60 - $150k on a Tesla, and then engage in a chase to the bottom to find a discount detailer. Sort of like the fact that anyone can paint their home, but in reality it is the prep. Same with doing any kind of wrap or coating. if the underlying paint is not fully corrected, you are just sealing in the defects. Let your trusted pro go over the paint, do the necessary (and not too excessive) prep, and then do the wrap and/or coating the customer desires (based upon the customers driving habits, needs, wants).

I assume that you professionals have some kind of association or organization to meet and share ideas. The Premier folks in Fremont probably know Joe Torbaiti at OCD quite well. You might look him up when you are up in the SF Bay Area.
 
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Duffer

TSLA Long
Oct 19, 2017
453
1,514
NorCal
Hi Everyone,

I finally have a VIN for my model 3 and want to get my tint and chrome delete scheduled. For the tint, I’m looking for a shop who will do the full top glass (to avoid lines). Chrome delete as well but I’m okay going to two places.

Any recommendations? Please list what you got done, shop name and price (if you are okay with sharing).

I hope this thread will save someone going through 20 pages of post like I did.
Another vote for Premier. We had Spectra Photosync tinting on all of the windows, except the windshield ;) and Clearguard Nano paint protection film applied to the front clip and mirrors.

The Photosync has definitely been worth it while sitting in the valley traffic during the 100° days.

Regarding the PPF. We stopped at the Dublin Store/Supercharger after the film was installed. One of the Tesla employees (proud M3 owner) and I were talking and I mentioned that we just had the film applied. He looked at our MS and then asked "where is the film?' I told him the front clip, including the lights and mirrors. He still couldn't tell and then asked me for their card.
 

O Dub

Member
Aug 27, 2018
42
17
SF Bay Area, CA
Premier Protective Films in Fremont! They've probably worked on more Teslas than any other shop in California and carry Spectra Photosync which the highest performing tint currently available in the market.
IMO paying extra for Photosync is not worth it. Sure it has the highest TSER rating but keep in mind the tesla has cabin control so you can remotely turn on the AC before you even get to your car. I did this last month when it was 95 outside and 115 in the car. Turned on the AC to 65 about 10 minutes before getting in the car and it was perfect when I got in.

I ended up getting Llumar CTX 20% all around and rear, and 50% on windshield. Got it done at 68 Auto Detail in Milpitas. $722 for everything (including 1 piece rear) with discount. Highly recommend them. My brother in law, aunt, and dad got theirs done there as well. Shawn is the owner and a friendly, knowledgeable guy, He won't try to upsell you at all. He was recommended from a Tesla service technician in Fremont. They also do chrome delete as well for under $800, which is a lot less than OCD who charges $1,000.

So my recommendation is save your money. You don't need photosync or 3M crystalline unless they have a tint you absolutely love. Other than that, disregard the TSER because it's a moot issue with remote cabin control.
 
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Need

Active Member
Nov 22, 2017
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Rancho Cucamonga
So my recommendation is save your money. You don't need photosync or 3M crystalline unless they have a tint you absolutely love. Other than that, disregard the TSER because it's a moot issue with remote cabin control.

The tint shop that tinted my cars for the last 12 years used Solargard film (relatively inexpensive film). I think it has like 45 to 50% TSER. When I get a new car, I can feel the difference between tinted and non tinted car immediately. The difference is HUGE under the sun. So when we got the Model X, I thought, hey if 45% TSER made such a huge difference, maybe I should try the best in the market which is Spectra Photosync. And it is listed as like 79% TSER.. almost double! I was shocked at the pricing ... but I tried it anyway. Guess what? I can't tell the difference except at the wallet. There is virtually no difference I could feel between 45% TSER and 79% TSER when I am sitting inside the car after a hot day. The cabin is already cooled to 105 or 104 because of cabin overheat protection, so the only difference I could feel is heat on the skin and I don't see any difference.
 
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