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Tint shop in the Howard County area?

bro1999

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Can anyone recommend a tint shop in the Hoco area (or one in one of the surrounding counties)? I'm not looking for the cheapest price, but a place that does quality work and is very familiar with Teslas. I'm supposed to pick up a Model 3 later this week and pretty much want to drop it off at a tint place right after to get that out of the way off the bat. Thanks in advance!
 
Can anyone recommend a tint shop in the Hoco area (or one in one of the surrounding counties)? I'm not looking for the cheapest price, but a place that does quality work and is very familiar with Teslas. I'm supposed to pick up a Model 3 later this week and pretty much want to drop it off at a tint place right after to get that out of the way off the bat. Thanks in advance!

A recent poster here had a bad experience at a shop in Columbia, MD.

I have an appt in two weeks at A Plus Auto Styling in Forest Hill, MD. (Just a bit north of Baltimore.). This shop does a lot of Tesla's. They post a lot of pictures on their Instagram account. I did a lot of research, and this shop answered every question as expected. Look for the Tesla page on their web site...all the prices are there. They did quote a lower price for one option (ceramic coating), saying the price had gone down since the web site was updated.

I doubt you'll be able to just drop your car off when you take delivery. Busy shop...we had to book about 6 weeks out.

We have a four month old Model 3. Getting PPF (full frontal, rockers, back bumper), window tint (45%, side windows and back window), and ceramic coating over-all. Process can take up to ten business days...I'm hoping they finish in seven or eight days. I'll miss my Tesla...
 
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bro1999

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A recent poster here had a bad experience at a shop in Columbia, MD.

I have an appt in two weeks at A Plus Auto Styling in Forest Hill, MD. (Just a bit north of Baltimore.). This shop does a lot of Tesla's. They post a lot of pictures on their Instagram account. I did a lot of research, and this shop answered every question as expected. Look for the Tesla page on their web site...all the prices are there. They did quote a lower price for one option (ceramic coating), saying the price had gone down since the web site was updated.

I doubt you'll be able to just drop your car off when you take delivery. Busy shop...we had to book about 6 weeks out.

We have a four month old Model 3. Getting PPF (full frontal, rockers, back bumper), window tint (45%, side windows and back window), and ceramic coating over-all. Process can take up to ten business days...I'm hoping they finish in seven or eight days. I'll miss my Tesla...
I'll have to check them out. Didn't know about a 6 week lead time!
I'm just interested in getting ceramic all the way round (4 passenger windows, hatch, and windshield). Debating on if I want 30% or 45% (gonna go 70% on the windshield). I know 30% isn't technically legal, but I've had as low as 20% on previous cars and never had an issue so...
 
I'll have to check them out. Didn't know about a 6 week lead time!
I'm just interested in getting ceramic all the way round (4 passenger windows, hatch, and windshield). Debating on if I want 30% or 45% (gonna go 70% on the windshield). I know 30% isn't technically legal, but I've had as low as 20% on previous cars and never had an issue so...

Here's a link to the other thread I mentioned: Acceptable XPEL XR Plus Install?

The poster originally posted the city in MD, but it was redacted because he was still negotiating with them to get a refund. Last post I remember said they grudgingly offered a refund of $675 on the price paid of $975.

Yeah, state law is 30% I think but this shop said they often install darker...even have police asking for lower than state law.
 

bro1999

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Here's a link to the other thread I mentioned: Acceptable XPEL XR Plus Install?

The poster originally posted the city in MD, but it was redacted because he was still negotiating with them to get a refund. Last post I remember said they grudgingly offered a refund of $675 on the price paid of $975.

Yeah, state law is 30% I think but this shop said they often install darker...even have police asking for lower than state law.
Yikes, what a nightmare. Swapping in a different brand tint without even mentioning it to the owner? That's bush league.
I put in a request to A Plus. A bit out of the way, but if they do the job right the first time I'm fine with that.
 
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bro1999

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Apr 26, 2016
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A recent poster here had a bad experience at a shop in Columbia, MD.

I have an appt in two weeks at A Plus Auto Styling in Forest Hill, MD. (Just a bit north of Baltimore.). This shop does a lot of Tesla's. They post a lot of pictures on their Instagram account. I did a lot of research, and this shop answered every question as expected. Look for the Tesla page on their web site...all the prices are there. They did quote a lower price for one option (ceramic coating), saying the price had gone down since the web site was updated.

I doubt you'll be able to just drop your car off when you take delivery. Busy shop...we had to book about 6 weeks out.

We have a four month old Model 3. Getting PPF (full frontal, rockers, back bumper), window tint (45%, side windows and back window), and ceramic coating over-all. Process can take up to ten business days...I'm hoping they finish in seven or eight days. I'll miss my Tesla...
They quoted me $700 for their color stable tint (cheapest one) for everything except roof glass, and $950 for the ceramic. Yowza!
 
They quoted me $700 for their color stable tint (cheapest one) for everything except roof glass, and $950 for the ceramic. Yowza!

I'm new to this stuff...but quite sure you can find it cheaper at another shop. I won't be able to tell how they did on my car until later in August, but my visit to their shop convinced me that they seem to do things the right way. So the extra cost is worth the piece of mind.

Let us know if you go with A Plus or another shop.
 

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