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I saw a beautiful white truck the other day with a dark window tint all around (except for the front windshield) and it looked great.

Never had post OEM tint done - do they last - are they practical at night - any thoughts?
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Does anyone know the OEM window tint %?

I live in New Mexico and the laws allow for a 20% tint front and back.

I was curious to know how much darker this is from the factory tint when shipped.
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I had my front windows done to 20% which matches the factory tint on the rear windows. As for lasting, it really depends on the quality of the product used. I went with solar max and had it professionally installed. Four years later and it still looks fantastic.
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I had my front ones tinted to 20% and my rear ones to 5%(limo tint), you cant see into the rear windows. Had mine professionally done so warrantied for as long as I own vehicle. ASWF Performer series film.
I will post some pics when I am off work.
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I have 3m 20% up front and they are SLIGHTLY lighter than factory. Different companies have different shades at the same percentage- For example, Solar max 20% might be darker than 3m 20%.

With that being said... I can see out of the 3m just as clear as before, no issues seeing at night. Different brands also have different transparencies.

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the way i set mine up is factory is 20% in the back i believe. Since the windshield is in the front it lets more light in which makes them look lighter if you get the same shade as back. I got 15% in front and kept 20% in back and they match up perfectly. I had 20% in front and like BlkXpress25 said its slightly lighter which may not bother some people but it bothered me.
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I order all mine pre-cut from tintpro on ebay. 20% matches the rears almost perfectly. Did 15% initially and got pulled over the next day. Two fronts for precut tint will cost you like 13 bucks shipped. My 08 was white and had 5% all the way around.. never had an issue with inspection or cops, but had to roll the windows down at night if I wanted to back up using the mirrors..
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I got my windows tinted a few weeks ago.. the guy did a shitty job. I did not notice the shitty work until after I got home and cleaned up the truck.. I called the shop back and they took it off and re-tinted. I pointed out another mistake, ripped off the tint in front of the guy, got my money back, then bought some tint on ebay and tinted myself.

I had no clue what I was doing so I took the side door windows out, layed the tint on, then cut with a razor.. looks like it came from the factory! I watched a few youtube videos.. piece of cake!
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I used to live in Yuma, AZ. Never had tint before living there but will always have tint from now on. Bottom line, tint is one of those things that you get what you pay for. Chose an experienced, reputable shop and spend the few extra dollars for the ceramic or new high tech carbon tint material. Some of the older cheap stuff turns purple over time. The new materials keep out in excess of 99 percent of the UV rays and keep hour interior looking new. It will also prevent a high percentage of heat from entering the vehicle. Ive had tint down to 20 percent and never had any problem with the view at night. When cleaning the tint, never use Windex or other household cleaner that has amonia as an ingrediant. It will damage the film over time. Mild soap and water will do. It looks good and offers a bit of privasy as well. Its a whole different feeling driving a vehicle with properly tinted windows.
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Not allowed to tint front side windows here. In fact I've been told the eyebrow tint I've installed is illegal too because it's not factory. I guess if I am ever stopped for it, I'll have to have a good discussion with the cop and see if I can get out of the fine.
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