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Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

If I use an 18% tint on my front side windows, for my '12 Overland, am I going to have any issues at all with the side dimming mirrors?

I'd never heard of this happening before and I want to make sure before I get the tinting finally done next week.

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Also, once windows are tinted, what is the best way to care for them as far as cleaning?
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

Mine are 20% and I do not have a problem. I am actually having it redone at 5% since 20% is too light. The front windshield lets a lot of light in.

Do not use Ammonia based window cleaner on aftermarket tinted windows. Anything else should be fine.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

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Mine are 20% and I do not have a problem. I am actually having it redone at 5% since 20% is too light. The front windshield lets a lot of light in.

Do not use Ammonia based window cleaner on aftermarket tinted windows. Anything else should be fine.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

BlueLodge, do you think the 5% is going to be a better match in neutral light (cloudy, at night, etc?). I would just like it to match but have utility too, like what you are thinking about.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

I had 5% on my old car, and be aware that it is very dark, specially at night time. I wouldnt recommend it for drivers and passenger windows. Rear is fine due to the reverse camera etc.
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5% will get you tickets....... 20% will match perfectly and still let in enough light
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5% will get you tickets....... 20% will match perfectly and still let in enough light
Thanks 20% it is.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

20% should match. But it will still be pretty light.
You shouldnt run into any problems with the police at 20%. 5% might get some looks.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

Lemon Pledge recommended by my tint installer to clean. It's worked great on my last 5 vehicles. The window glides smoothly over the inside seal,thereby reducing the likelyhood of the rubber,felt whatever scratching the tint.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

Tint the windshield with 35% or 50% and the sides at 20%. With the windshield tinted it makes the side windows look a lot darker than what they are because you don't have all the light coming through the windshield.
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Re: Auto dim side mirrors & front side window tinting question

I ended up using Optical Technology OT-Black Series at 20% - so far it appears to be a great factory match. I am waiting for it to dry further before taking pictures.

Here is more information below:



http://opticaltechnologyinc.com/automotive.html
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