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White interior M3 - need help with choosing tint %

fortunex

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Mar 19, 2021
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Thanks for all the input! I think I'm going to go with 20% for side windows + rear windshield! In the future I might tint the front windshield 70% as well if the 20% tint looks too light.
Get 70 on the windshield no matter what. It's the most important one to tint, at that percentage it won't darken the car much at all.
 

Star Platinum

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Mar 20, 2019
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Philadelphia
I used to be a dark tint guy 20% and 15% on my old cars but once I pick up my M3P I’m going for lighter tint this time around. I have 20% on my current model 3 I’m trading in and it’s too dark. With the white interior the glare and reflection on the windows is ridiculous. I think non tinted windows don’t get enough attention so I’m going for practicality and not aesthetic this time with 50 or 60% tint.

edit: this is 20% with white seats. Not dark looking out from the inside but sucks at night with auto dim mirrors.
 

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TJ2K

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Jun 18, 2021
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I got Llumar Formula One Pinnacle 25% on all sides and rear windshield on my MSM with white interior Model 3, but if I were to do it again I would definitely go darker to 15% or lower.

The white seats and interior accents just reflect too much light IMO. On white interior, it looks more like 35% and not quite what I expected in terms of privacy and esthetics. So if that's important to you, go darker, no hesitations. At some point I might get the front windshield tinted 50% to see if it can darken up a bit, but that might even be wishful thinking...
 

Eddie509

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Jun 12, 2021
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Chicago
I live in Illinois and worried about getting pulled over…35% is legal here. I’m debating getting 30% in hopes that they won’t notice but would give me a slightly darker tint. Still waiting on my M3 so lots of time to decide.
 

fortunex

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Mar 19, 2021
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Arizona
I got Llumar Formula One Pinnacle 25% on all sides and rear windshield on my MSM with white interior Model 3, but if I were to do it again I would definitely go darker to 15% or lower.

The white seats and interior accents just reflect too much light IMO. On white interior, it looks more like 35% and not quite what I expected in terms of privacy and esthetics. So if that's important to you, go darker, no hesitations. At some point I might get the front windshield tinted 50% to see if it can darken up a bit, but that might even be wishful thinking...
50% on front windshield won't darken it up much at all.
 

Eddie509

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Jun 12, 2021
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Chicago
Found this link in another thread here

Tesla Model 3 window tint

Found it very useful, hope this helps
Definitely helped! I (will) have a black interior so using 35% on them will help them look darker than they really are.

On a separate note, ive read in a couple posts that allude to the tints not being dark enough to block enough of the heat. I found this great video that shows the heat protection on different kinds of XPEL window films:
. If Im understading this correctly, the shade of the film isnt as important of a factor than the quality/kind of the film when it comes to heat rejection. In theory, if I chose the XPEL XR Plus at any shade, it would offer more heat rejection than the other 2 kinds of film even at their darkest shade.
 

Needsdecaf

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if the tint is even then you dont get this effect as it will either be seethrough or not so it matches.

20% tint is too dangerous on the front as after the sun has gone down your face cant be seen and even in sunlight it will be extremely hard to impossible. 30% is the lowest id go on front windows so id go 30-35% all around. And definetely not i.e. 30% on front and 20% on rear as it looks stupid due to what I have written above. Rear windshield I'd go 20% as this seems to match the roof tint.

LOL, what? Dangerous?

I had 20% all around in Houston on my first Model 3 and it was fine. On my second I got 30% and feel it's a little light.

Granted this is Houston and the sun is quite strong here. But it never looked "too dark" or "dangerous".
 

jackie.mp3

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May 20, 2021
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Honest question but how do you guys with windshield tint get away with state inspection. No shops will pass you and risk losing their license.
Generally some shops you use for tint (generally small businesses) know a guy or ask around people who were able to pass inspection. Usually performance shops for ICE cars if you own/owned one can help with that. Obviously no one is obligated to tell you their guy but it doesn’t hurt to try.
 

Candleflame

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Mar 9, 2015
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LOL, what? Dangerous?

I had 20% all around in Houston on my first Model 3 and it was fine. On my second I got 30% and feel it's a little light.

Granted this is Houston and the sun is quite strong here. But it never looked "too dark" or "dangerous".

it wasnt fine for reasons i wrote above.
it is also illegal in many parts of the world for exactly that reason to tint the windshield or the sidewindows too dark.
 

anguyeno

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Mar 18, 2021
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Colorado
I currently have 3% on my side windows, 30% on my windshield; and 3% on my rear glass. Personally for me I have no issue seeing; however if you’re not used to driving with darker tint already I would not recommend it.
 

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