That looks great. Where'd you get it done? About how much did you pay (if you don't mind sharing that)? Has it helped keep the interior cooler?kspidel said:thought i would post one my my first mods... the darkest tint allowed in California (Limo Tint)
Insighter said:I'm also having my windows tinted.
I think the heat rejection factor is pretty important to everyone who tints, and I've looked into it a lot. Ceramic tint is the way to go.
I think anybody who is tinting their Insight should look into ceramic tint. The shop I go to has a setup with a heatlamp. You put one hand under the lamp and slide different types and darknesses of regular tint between the lamp and your hand. The regular tints block some heat, but the difference with even a light ceramic is amazing. And, since it isn't metallic, like most films, it won't corrode. This is important in coastal areas.
I'm going to have Huber Optik ceramic film installed on my car--38% in the back, 60% up front. I live in California, so the front windows have to be light.
California only allows 88% film up front (and that only recently). Lumar makes an 88% film, and I have it on my 280zx. It blocks UV light, and helps a small amount with heat, but I want more. The Huber Optik films offer greater transparency at the lighter levels, but still reject heat VERY well. Their 60% film offers 45% heat rejection, which is similar to Lumar's 38% film. The darker films offer really high heat rejection. It is a very noticeable difference.
The owner of the shop I go to is serious about not wanting to violate the tint law. Usually he will not install anything but the Lumar 88% up front. However, he thinks the Huber Optik 60% may be a good option that law enforcement will not object to given its greater transparency. This may be a good option for California Insight owners.
The shop that is installing the Huber Optik for me has been in business in the same location for 20 years, and offers a lifetime warranty on all films, including Huber Optik. They have had great success with it.
Finding a good, long-lived shop with a lifetime warranty is really important. And you have to have top-quality film installed. A bad tint job will ruin your ownership experience like few things can. Just try to find someone who can get the tint off the back window without destroying the defogger lines.