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Tinted windows recommendations. Good place in Austin?

Discussion in 'Texas' started by totem, Aug 26, 2015.

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  1. totem

    totem Member

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    Hello all,

    I've been reading and learning about Tesla and the Model S for the last couple of years and I finally went ahead and ordered the Model S85. Delivery is being set for Friday! Very excited!

    It's been a while since I've gotten tinted windows and it looks like there's a lot of types to go with. I was wondering if you could point me to some good types and brands from your experience. The car has pano, and I was thinking of getting it tinted as well, not so much for the darkness, but for making the car less hot. Any recommendations for this?

    For those in Austin, Texas, where did you take your car to get it tinted? I heard that Tesla owners have been happy with Sun Busters tint on 183.
    Did you get pano done too?

    Many thanks!
     
  2. tstafford

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    Do know anything about Austin.

    I just had Llumar/Formula One done on my P85D. You can see the pictures in another thread.

    Things I considered:

    • The Shop - got lucky. A highly reputable shop with excellent reviews and a 40 year history was right near me. They offered both 3M and Llumar so that narrowed things down for me.
    • Film - you can do some research but I think you'll find that for a high end car like a MS you will want ceramic based film. This is the high end stuff that claims to have the least interference with electronics. I don't think this is much of a decision - you want ceramic
    • Brand - they all seemed pretty good to me. Sort of like tires - people have opinions that differ. I think once you are in to the ceramic tint you will find they all are fairly good and have proponents based on past experiences
    • Percentage - of course the 64K question is how dark do you want it. Obviously the darker you go the more heat rejection you'll have but the more likely you are to get a ticket, not be able to see at night, etc. I debated b/w 50% and 35% (note the lower the number the darker the tint). I ultimately ended up going with the darker (35%) which is legal in TN and I'm very happy with it. You should do a google search to see the laws in your state - of course the tint shop will know them too
    • Shade - The tints don't all look exactly the same. I ultimately split the difference b/w 3M and Formula One because to my eye the 3M had a brownish tint to it that I didn't care for. I'm sure others would disagree. I'd try to see the tint on a window - from the inside and outside - if you can. My shop had a window with samples of each film they offer that I visited three or four times (different times of day) to see how they compared. That was really nice

    Lastly - as a price point Llumar/Formula One Pinnacle-35 installed on all windows except windshield ran me $329+tx. Lifetime transferable warranty
     
  3. totem

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    Thanks for those details tstafford.
    I called the place today and it looks like they do ~3 Teslas a day (give or take he said), and recommended the F1 Pinnacle (ceramic) one as well.
    The verbal quote was close to what you provided. I see that you have Pano, you got that done as well? you also got 35% on it? They charge $100 extra for the pano - I'll see if I can get them to lower that.

    In Texas, you can get the back windows as dark as you want, but the front windows must allow more than 25% of light, so maybe 50% would be good here (I worry about 25% or 35% being too dark for the front), and go with 35% on the back...not sure. I'll swing by this weekend to check the samples out.

    Cheers
     
  4. tstafford

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    I didn't do the pano. Doesn't seem to need it.
     
  5. KidDoc

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    I went to Sunbusters and very happy with the work they did.

    Here is the email from back in 2/2014.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. We have done quite a few of the Teslas, they are amazing cars.


    With all the modern electronics in that car you will definitely want to stay away from any tint that has metal in it. We recommend the Formula One Pinnacle ceramic which has the most heat block of all of our films but will not interfere with the electronics. The Pinnacle on a sedan runs $399 installed (also tax included). It will only take a couple hours to do the job so it will not be a big inconvenience for you to wait here while we do the work. There are several places around here to grab lunch, also I do provide wifi and cable TV in my lobby if that helps. I make the commute in from Bastrop myself so I understand you not wanting to back and forth. The only issue with you wanting to come in the afternoon is we will have a full bay when you get here, so finishing something else up to make room for your car may add a little to the wait.


    Let me know if you have further questions or would like me to go ahead and set up the appointment.


    Thanks Again


    Paul
     

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