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Tinted Window?!

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by openwindows, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. openwindows

    openwindows New Member

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    Hi everyone, I have finally gotten my beloved by back from a very slow spray job. Worth it!
    I am tossing up tinting the windows and am pretty convinced for privacy and keeping out heat in summer it is a good option.
    No stock but.......
    Are there any strong opinions here about window tinting and those who have tinted what grade did you go? Legal is 35% on front doors? Did you go darker on the rear windows for added privacy or keep standard?
    Rear is usually 80 or 90 I am told......

    Thanks for your opinions clubbers!

    Alison
     
  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Legal VLT is 35% on the front drivers & passengers side. (Tint level is measured by VLT - “Visible Light Transmission”: The percentage of light the tint still allows to pass through.)

    There is no VLT limit behind the front seats, which is why metal panel kombis are legal, assuming you have a side mirror on both sides of the vehicle.

    I’ve used 10% on the rear, for internal heat reduction. ;)
     
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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Mine is 18% on the rears

    Happy with that
     
  4. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Do it. My full bus is done in darkest legal.
    Windscreens are done in a clear 99%uv and 16%heat film.
    Not legal on the windscreen. But woukd rather have it if i get a shattered windscreen then not.
     
  5. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Like Grant said re 35% legalities front.
    I had I think 15_20% sides and rear on a certain wage n.
    Liked the compromise
    15% i think on daughter's bay .
    Only issue with low numbers is prob less than 20 ish, is it affects seeing out slider window for manouvering in the dark
    Similar reduction on rear but headlights still obvious.
    Running LED reversing lights helps for reversing.
    Think 15 % is point that starts to make it hard to see people in van from outside
    Other may correct that?

    Certainly reduces heat and glare.

    Think most have good UV and infra red reduction regardless of tint.

    Reflective illegal in Qld.
    Prob same most states ?
     
  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Def the same in NSW & ACT for reflective “Mirror” type tint films.
     
  7. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Nothing really to add, except that if you are relying on tint for privacy when camping.......think again!
    As soon as you turn on an interior light, the world has a “television” to watch!
    Nothing beats curtains for privacy when camping....keeps the world guessing....:rolleyes:
    Not sure why anyone would need privacy when driving ? I get the heat reduction benefits but privacy...? you’re not driving a stretch Hummer.....as with all things kombi......your bus, your choices ;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  8. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    That was plenty more to add Mark! :)

    Obvious to some, but not to all, that any tint WON’T add the same privacy as curtains.

    As most Kombi’s are not air-conditioned, the biggest benefit of tint is the solar heat reduction during the day. It’s light and heat sensitive stuff I carry in my THIRD GENERATION KOMBI workhorse.......that makes the tint worthwhile. ;)

    And yes, it’s your bus, so do whatever suits your intended purpose best.
     
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  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Kombi? Kombi you say ?
    Didn’t know you owned a Kombi.......:p
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    “Whoooosh..................” :p
     
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  11. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    I don't have any tint on windows but plenty of insulation in the roof (tin top at the front and pop top, sides also). kombi is not to bad on a 30 deg day (not so around 35)
    The lady of the house originally specified air con but after last Jan and Feb said leave it for a while.
    I'm guessing because the windows are more straight up and down (specially the front wind screen)the sun can't heat up the interior as much.
    Do have block out curtains for privacy.
     
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  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    You only drive in the middle of the day, when the sun is directly overhead? :rolleyes:

    Summer day trip return to Sydney, the sun is streaming in the RH side all morning from the East, and then on the return trip, the sun is also streaming in the RH side from the West.

    Def a few degrees cooler with the tinted windows almost closed, and only open a centimetre or two for cross ventilation, rather than fully open. ;)
     
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  13. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    yes, don't you?
     
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  14. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    My fault Rick. I accidentally hit the “reply” post before I finished.... and then edited the rest as you were posting a reply. :oops:
     
  15. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    I see your point
     
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  16. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Agree.
    When I did the falcoon wagon I noticed the difference even midday ish from it sitting in the carpark while grocery shopping.
    Much more pleasant when driving as well with less heat and glare from side .
    A lot of modern windscreens are on the lower limit for light as well.
    Noticeable when replacing a clear older type.
    Think lower limit is around 84% ish.
    Some Chinese imports don't comply.

    And agree with Mark's comment re once internally lit or strong light other side.
    Becomes ineffective for trying to be incognito to the peeps in blue when transporting passengers in rear with no seatbelts ;)
     
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  17. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Traitor:p.
    Cheers
     
  18. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Should have kept it.
    After years of driving a 71 panel Kombi long trips, often straight surfers to Melbourne , it was nice to have air con and less noise etc in a new XE wagon :cool:
    500k km with only an early fix of the usual soft cam and valves.
     
  19. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Not a VW:(. Still traitor regardless of reliability:oops:. But I get the cool:cool: & less cost!
    Cheers
     
  20. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    When you say 84%, is that the amount of clear lower windscreen area, below the tinted top strip, or are you saying the actual screen is illegally not clear?
     

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