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Old 03-14-06, 09:15 AM
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Tint strip on windshield, or no?

I just tinted my new '06 Mazda3 with 20% on the back glass and 35% on all the doors. I didn't elect to go with the strip on the windshield, but now I'm having second thoughts. If I'm after the clean, elegant look, should I go with the strip, and if so, what percentage?

Also, I noticed on cars that come straight from the factory with the strip, that the bottom edge of the tint seems to transition very softly into the rest of the windshield that isn't tinted. If I have the tint added somewhere, will it look like this, or will there be a distinct, noticeable edge where the bottom of the tint meets the untinted windshield?

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I think a lot of it depends on what state you live in.
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I'd get the 35% to match the doors. It helps with sunlight. Just don't be one of those numbnuts who gets the tint halfway down the windshield.

And no, you won't be able to reproduce that factory "gradient" tint somewhere else. AFAIK, all tint shops use film which would be impossible to do a fade.
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I believe there are films with the gradient tint on them for just this purpose (though you still get the line where the film ends), but your local shop might not carry it.
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There are fade films out there, but they are hard to find.

Personally, I didn't get the strip when I had my new car tinted with 20%. I had one on my Jeep and just didn't like the look of it.
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Spoiler:
Look! Tinted text.
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Factory gradient looks good. A tint strip at the top of the windshield looks ghetto. I mostly see them on $1000 cars.
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You should just go with "MAZDA" print applied on the glass.

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Skip the windshield strip. Unless you drop some real coin for a faded look the car's "elegant" look you're going for will be pegged as riced up if you go with the standard strip IMO.
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Not unless you can get a quality fade. I'm lucky, mine came with it from the factory. I've never tinted my windows, it just screams 'hiding something' to me.
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Originally Posted by ShallowHal
Not unless you can get a quality fade. I'm lucky, mine came with it from the factory. I've never tinted my windows, it just screams 'hiding something' to me.
Ok, but who needs tinted windows in SEATTLE!!!

Try South Carolina and you'd have a different opinion.

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Originally Posted by Lord Rick
Ok, but who needs tinted windows in SEATTLE!!!

Try South Carolina and you'd have a different opinion.
True dat! I live in FL, and have always had my windows tinted. Just purchased a new car last weekend, and one of the first things I thought as I was driving home was that I needed to get the windows tinted.
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Originally Posted by Lord Rick
Ok, but who needs tinted windows in SEATTLE!!!
No one, we never see the sun.

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