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bamabonners

pic request, tinted windows

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bamabonners

I am looking at tinting the window, or is it windows, on my LSV. I don't know how dark to go. Can the crew please some pics and darkness, if you know it.

thanks all.

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Viper_007

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If you are going to do it, I'd say go 5%. It doesn't show up as dark as you think, May depend on your boat color to what you want to do.

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wakebrdr94

If you do a lot of night driving, I'd say go 15% or 20%. Still looks dark

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wakesetter8796

Keep in mind it will look darker on lighter colors, like white.

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bamabonners

Mine is black and tan so I am hoping it will look pretty good and bring out the black. I was thinking 30% like my truck, but wasn't sure if that was too much - i didn't realize some folks were running 5!

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wakedncsu

30% isn't a very dark tint in my opinion. I will try to remeber to post a pic of the 30% on my truck tomorrow. My old car had 20%. That was awesome. 20% is dark enough that the black starts to mirror and not allow visibility through the window. 30%, you will see through with no trouble.

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WakingMeHappy

Search the forums. There's a few threads on this already with lots of pics.

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MPDS13

you also have to remember that your vehicle is going to be darker because it's an enclosed space with much more material getting in the way of sunlight. Here in TN the state legal limit for front window tinting is 35% which is right at the edge of being able to see someone clearly and just being able to make out a figure. I would go with 15-20% for a boat, it should be dark enough to look good and give a nice contrast to the boat, but light enough that its still visible and not completely dark.

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Bradley Thornton

Sorry, no pics my boat is black I went with 15% and am very happy with it. When I get home in a week I will get you one. With and with out.

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bcoppess23

Here are pics of 20% from inside the boat and from what it looks like on the outside. I like it.

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Fman

+1 for 20%. Im doing it again on my '13. I feel 5% is too dark.

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Rcraighughes

Plus one for 20. Done it on last two boats and love it

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built2rev

I went with limo on mine and love it!!!

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tinman10

This might be a dumb question but is the tint the same as auto tint? I want to tint my windows but when I asked a tint shop they said there's a different type of marine tint and that they do not tint boat windows.

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bamabonners

good question tinman. i haven't asked if my shop does boats. just ASSUmed that they would do it.

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wakedncsu

good question tinman. i haven't asked if my shop does boats. just ASSUmed that they would do it.

I see what you did there.

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Durty_Curt

I did 20% and i think that's the perfect number. I do allot of dusk and dawn riding which it only sucks around those times. My friend had his Tigé tinted to 5%. Although it looked nice it practically made his windshield useless. Here's a few of mine.

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water_junky

Mine is 35% and I think it is perfect:

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Huelsmma

Another for 20%

No way Id do 5% in a car or boat if you're driving at night

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wakesk8playa69

here's 5% ill try and find better pics, i wouldnt go any lighter, IMO

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TheHardWay

5% for me as well. The white interior doesn't make it seem as dark as it is. I don't do much night time driving either. With the dark tint and the bimini top up, it makes for a darker, cooler spot in the boat to get out of the direct sun light if need be.

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GullLakeMarine

We just had the windows tinted today on our 24 MXZ. We went with 20% and I think it looks sweet.

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CaptCooksRide

Both tint jobs look amazing!!! I want to tint mine as well. On the darker boat the 20% looks like 5%. Have you noticed any problems with visibility with either 5% or 20%? daylight, dusk or night?

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nyryan2001

highly recommended.... ive done 20% on 2 of my boats, and would do so again.

Couple considerations:

You need a GOOD window tint guy. I would estimate only 20-30% of tint places have the experience and talent to do tint on our windows.... its very difficult on the scale of things to be tinted with that glass curve and limited/tight work area. They had to completely remove the windshield on my current boat to do it. rather difficult jobs to get right. Have it done by someone not in that top 30% and you"ll end up with a hack job and maybe even damage to your boat. I had some scratches on my windshield from their razor during fitting and their steam gun touched and melted my vinyl on my last boat. The glass on our windhshields is softer than that of auto glass.

Go medium tint... at the darkest. both of mine are meduim. Go darker and its too dark at night.... and when you have the windshield folded over that area is completely blacked out. Medium is plenty to keep the dash area cooler and reduce glare off the water. i love it.

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