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Got the front windows tinted yesterday. Couldn't find a thread floating around, so here we go.

Tint %: 40
Tint Brand: Formula One Pinnacle Ceramic Film with no dyes. Blocks 53% heat and glare.

I have the gray seats. Black would've looked darker.
I will edit this and post better pictures once I detail the car on weekend.



 

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This is something I'd be fine with my dealer doing to my ID.4 before I buy it. I've been driving without front window tinting for so long after having to remove it when I was in NH that I probably don't even remember how nice it is.

It does look like the rear windows are a bit more tinted than your 40%? I know there are always rules (see above) about how much is allowable, I just wonder what percentage that means the other windows are if it can be matched.
 

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btw: The rear tint is so good that I removed the privacy screen (aka parcel shelf), which always gets in my way. (y)
 

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I think somewhere it said that the rear windows are 20% factory privacy glass.

I think a question for someone with a tint shop with testing tools. I want to know if there's IR rejection from the factory. If there is, I really only need to tint the front windshield, front windows, and add a extra to the roof. But if they're just privacy, then I would tint some ceramic IR in the rears.

Climate controls kills battery especially here in So Cal in the summer time.
 

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Just got mine done today. As always, Scott Krout at Tint Specialists West 904-772-6700 did an outstanding job. BTW, he is also an excellent VW TDI mechanic.
Nice job Javi! Great pics too. I really like the front plate. May I ask what % tint you used on the side fronts?
 

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Javi, Thanks for sharing this. I would never have considered tinting over the factory tint in the rear. What a great idea for those in warmer climates (or for people that are way cooler than I am). I really want to get the front windows tinted, but I was cited last year in my GTI (going 26 in a 25) and forced to remove the front window tint or pay the fine. The officer let me know that he would continue to cite me if I didn't remove it... nice guy. I really miss the tint... especially in summer.
 

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Just wanted to ask a question to make sure I'm clear before picking up my FE later today. Which glass comes tinted from the factory? Is it the roof, back window, rear passenger windows? Which would only leave the driver/front passenger and windshield untinted?

Asking because the only thing my EV specialist brought up last night was tinting for $299, and I want to make sure I know what that would cover. I expect that would be for the front windows only if everything else arrived tinted.
 

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Just wanted to ask a question to make sure I'm clear before picking up my FE later today. Which glass comes tinted from the factory? Is it the roof, back window, rear passenger windows? Which would only leave the driver/front passenger and windshield untinted?

Asking because the only thing my EV specialist brought up last night was tinting for $299, and I want to make sure I know what that would cover. I expect that would be for the front windows only if everything else arrived tinted.
Factory tint for any SUV type vehicle is rear glass and rear passenger windows only per whatever regulation governs (FMVSS I think). I don’t think the roof is tinted. So yes only the front windows need tinting which should be way less than 299 for a regular film. I’ve not done the performance ceramic films to know that pricing.
 

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My wife took the ID.4 over to a local tinting place this morning for an appointment that took me 10 days to get. I just wanted the front windows (including the little front portion) tinted the same as the back windows. They told her they couldn't tint the small little front portions because they consider that part of the windshield ? How absurd. I told her to tell them we didn't want any of it done and to leave. I am going to take it to the place I had my BMW done but we have moved since then and it is over 30 miles away. What a pain in the ass.
 

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They told her they couldn't tint the small little front portions because they consider that part of the windshield ?
Do you mind mentioning the state? Virginia has some really strict laws on tinting, especially applying anything at all to a windshield. I can almost imagine something like this, although I thought read the entire set of regulations on tinting.
 

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Do you mind mentioning the state? Virginia has some really strict laws on tinting, especially applying anything at all to a windshield. I can almost imagine something like this, although I thought read the entire set of regulations on tinting.
Florida. I think the issue was the skill (or lack thereof) of the installers. They cut all the window tint to size via computers and it only has a program to cut the large piece and don't have the skill to hand cut the small piece. I am sure the place I had my other car done will do this with no problem.
 

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I haven’t tinted my last few vehicles but I definitely want this one done. Soooo much glass the sun in Vegas is killing me. Last car I did was an Altima Coupe I had done from a guy with a tent next to a local gas station.
He did an amazing job and wasn’t worried about where the tint went or how dark. I wouldn’t have thought of tinting the windshield and NV doesn’t really allow much up there. The ID4 windshield is massive an the whole front of the car is in direct light most of the day.
The front windows had a dark limo tint that also wasn’t legal but isn’t really enforced here. It was great everywhere except inside my neighborhood which has dim street lights. I needed to drop the windows to see at intersections. I think it was 10% sides and 50% windshield. I probably wouldn’t go below 15% again. 20% is a good conservative side tint.
 

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Last place I went to when they did my BMW also didn't care how dark they went. It is rarely enforced in Florida and if they do you just have to get it removed. I am just going to match what came from the factory on the rear sides, that will be plenty
 

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I took my car in for ceramic tinting: I intended to tint all windows except for the windshield. Turns out they didn't have the software to auto cut pieces for the ID.4. After a frustrating attempt to manually cut the film, they gave up after doing just the driver and passenger windows.

I've never tinted before, so I have a couple of questions:
  • the shop advised me to tint everything to reflect the sun, even though rear windows were factory tinted. they indicated this factory tint simply provides privacy, but does nothing to prevent heat. that seems like it could be true, but I wanted to get some advice from experts!
  • there are a couple of micro bubbles in the drivers film; otherwise it looks great. is this normal, or should it be perfect?
  • I felt the heat pouring in from the sunroof the other day (right through the screen), so I'm leaning towards doing that as well; in my first outing with a tint shop, there seemed to be quite a mess from water and soap on the doors, so I'm a bit concerned about doing a sunroof the size of the ID.4s!
  • the tint shop said they'd call me back when they got the ID.4 software template; seems like others aren't running into this issue - perhaps I should just go elsewhere...
Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

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Factory tint for any SUV type vehicle is rear glass and rear passenger windows only per whatever regulation governs (FMVSS I think). I don’t think the roof is tinted. So yes only the front windows need tinting which should be way less than 299 for a regular film. I’ve not done the performance ceramic films to know that pricing.
The back glass is privacy glass, not tinted glass. It does just that, gives a level of privacy only. I had the shop tint the rear windows to the lowest legal tint (15% in Florida) and then had them do the front to match at 15%. That is lower than the legal limit for fronts but I have never been pulled over even for darker tint jobs
 

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The TL;DR: Get at least the sides tinted with ceramic if you live where the sun shines. It can be perfectly clear if you like, it doesn't have to darken the windows at all. If you're in a warm climate, where the temps often get above 85F or so, get the windshield done in clear ceramic if you can, and get probably get the roof done in ceramic as well. Get the roof done for sure if you often see temps above 90-95F or so.

General comments: The biggest difference you can make in the effectiveness of heat transfer is ensure that you're getting ceramic tint, not the older (carbon?) versions. It's a huge, huge difference. After that, just pick what darkness you're comfortable with seeing out of. Keep in mind that all of the windows behind the driver are already tinted to some degree. Also, your auto-dimming rear view mirror uses a sensor to measure light hitting the mirror from the rear. If you tint the rear window too dark, your rear view mirror might not dim for you. Learned that one the hard way once.

Regarding the below: I live in the Houston area. It's hot and humid here.

This car, vertical windows: If you live anywhere where the sun shines, do yourself a favor and get at least the sides and rear tinted with ceramic, even if you don't darken at all. I've had tinted cars all my life and couldn't believe how much better this is to live with. If it's legal, get the front done with clear ceramic if you're in a warm climate. Yes, it's going to cost you some money, and it's so worth it. I think I paid in the range of $270 for the side windows.

This car, the roof: This deserves its own discussion. I had the roof tinted a couple of months after I had the sides done. It was just a little too hot, even with the sunshade closed. I had it done with ceramic tint, with the lightest tint they had that wasn't clear. Is it worth the $175 just for the roof? I'm going to go with a "probably" here. There is definitely an improvement, but it isn't nearly the difference that you see with the side glass. There are two factors here: the roof glass already has a fair amount of UV protection built into the glass, so by the time the sunlight gets to the tint there's less to reflect back out. And, of course, the sunshade helps immensely when it's closed. In the end, I'm glad I did it. It does make cooling the car much easier on a sunny day - and that's what the tint is for.

If you've never had window tint, make sure when you clean the inside of the car you don't use ammonia! Vinegar and water, or even better just some lightly soapy water on a microfiber cloth will get your windows cleaner than you thought possible.

Unsolicited and unpaid recommendations for those north of Houston:

Tomball Tinters did my side windows, and they've tinted every car I've owned since the 1990's. They refused to do the roof, however. Apparently they had an issue with some water dripping into an Audi's electronics when they did a roof - and they implied that was expensive. No problem; I still recommend them. They're great.

So, I went to Performance Tinters in Conroe, who were happy to do the roof. Also great, very nice to work with.

Either one would be a fine choice.
 
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