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Will tint cure my windshield glare?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by NikeWings, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. NikeWings

    NikeWings Member

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    Hi guys, I've not tinted my prior cars' windows, but I am now experiencing severe windshield glare. Its most often 1 or 2 light beams and difficult to describe how it robs your focus from the road....but its quite hypnotic. The beam appears to terminate on the hood, but I was so transfixed I could be wrong. It does not come through the windshield and cast light inside the car. During a 200 mile drive last week, the intensity of the light beams (at one time 3 of them) became dangerous enough to pull aside 2x for eye breaks. BTW, I was ever grateful for my AP as a driving aid during this time!

    I've not experienced this before and wondering if windshield tint would cure this problem or tone it down? Other suggestions?


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  2. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    I found windshield tint (Photosync 75) to significantly reduce glare. The tint is just about invisible. Be sure to use the best installer you can find and ensure that they have done Teslas before.

    I would recommend Extreme Autowerks in Cerritos, given that you are in Los Angeles. Ask for Derek or Bing.

    The only thing I would do differently is to invest in an exterior windshield coating as my windshield started micropitting almost immediately.

    Consider as well tinting the front pano panel. Glare as well as heat through that has been a chronic problem. I use a low-tech solution (baseball cap) but when I get around to making an appointment, that panel will get done.
     
  3. msnow

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    I've never seen this before. Is it possible the windshield is defective?
     
  4. NikeWings

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    Thanks TJ......you offer great tips and a good reference.

    Hi MS, that's an interesting thought.........I didn't know windshields could be defective. Felt like it was burning my eyeballs out whatever it is. I'll drop a note to my SvC. Thanks!
     
  5. msnow

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    I remember reading in the MX forums about distortion in some of X front windows so its a possibility.
     
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  6. Tdriver

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    Have you tried polarized sun glasses?
     
  7. NikeWings

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    Hi Td, yes my glasses are polarized. Originally I thought they might be the problem until I took them off and found no difference, as captured in the photos. The beams occur when heading south and west. No issue with the sun behind me.
     

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