PA is pretty straightforward:Picking up my Cosmic Blue EX in 2 weeks. I'm interested in tinting the windows but know nothing about it. What is the process? What are the laws (PA), can I choose how dark and what is normal? Which windows?
To start with some definitions... the tint percentage represents the amount of visible light transmission (VLT) through the windows.I’m new to aftermarket window tinting. Do they take into account that the factory windows are already tinted when figuring out how much additional tint to add and still be legal?
With my experience with tinting my EX, no they don't take into account what the factory window tint is. Tint companies are not liable for if you get pulled over for violating your state's laws since you chose what % tint for your car. Understand, factory tint is not removable and is within the glass.I’m new to aftermarket window tinting. Do they take into account that the factory windows are already tinted when figuring out how much additional tint to add and still be legal?
^I found the above article informative when I was deciding on if I should tint my car and how dark of a tint.How Tints Too Dark Can Hinder Police or Rescue Operations
In the unfortunate event that you are in a car accident, rescue and medical personnel rely on looking into your vehicle to assess your condition. But if your windows are too dark, they may not be able to see inside. Rescue workers determine how to move you based on your impairments and whether you have head trauma, minor cuts and bruises or broken bones.
The police can also get caught off-guard when hunting for a suspect if they come across your vehicle. If they can’t see through the dark tints and your vehicle matches the description they are after, police authorities may check your ID and ask questions. While tints help keep your windows from shattering during an accident or impact, a too-dark tint can sometimes put lives in jeopardy or cause inconvenience.
Drawing Attention to Your Car: The Opposite of What You Want
While specific levels of tint provide protection and privacy from people seeing you and peering inside your car, extremely dark tints can actually attract more onlookers. Your vehicle’s tints may draw more attention to curious bystanders or law enforcement. When you tint more than the usual level, the film becomes the opposite of what you want. Even thieves may be more likely to check out your car because it seems like it’s hiding more valuables.
Knowing you can’t see something makes you more curious, right? Keep that in mind when determining the right level of tint for your car.
Here is a pic of how it came out.I had 25% all around because I was concerned about night visibility. My previous Civic had 5% in the rear and I bumped something reversing at night. I had them put on another 25% over the rear and back windows to have more privacy in the rear.(so valuables could not be seen in the back seat or changing at the beach, etc.) I found that it didn't matter because the backup Cam takes care of the problem.