Tinting with GPS/Satellite Radio
June 01 2004 - 11:55 PM
Just took delivery of a '04 Accord EX 2 DR Coupe w/Navigation system.
In the handbook, it warns against using window tint that contains metallic substances, because that can block or interfere with the GPS and XM radio satellite. It says the antenna is mounted inside above the rear window shelf.
I checked with a local window tinter, and he says that he doesn't even use any window tinting film that does NOT have metallic in it, because the non-metallic films are cheap, wear poorly, fade, and do not provide as good heat and light resistance. Is that true?
Has anyone tinted a rear window on a car like the EX V6 2DR Coupe with metallic-based window film? If so, did it cause any kind of problem with the GPS or XM radio? What other kinds of material can I hope to find that won't interfere?
June 02 2004 - 12:02 AM
June 02 2004 - 03:56 AM
First 2 are cheap, last one will cost you
June 02 2004 - 04:39 AM
:tts However..and I'm not endorsing this ..I'll say again "I'm NOT endorsing this", but I had a customer just like you having the same concern with the same car..I tinted it with ATR Llumstar (metal components) with lifetime warranty with the understanding if it messed up his system, HE paysto have it removed...that was 5 months ago..never heard back from him (he's either too embarassed and went somewhere else to have it removed...or it really did never affect it
yeah, honda really screwed up on that design didn't they? go get you a cheapo tint job, one of those $89 deals. you won't have any problems with the navigation and XM. but in 6 months, you'll have a whole new problem.
June 02 2004 - 04:39 AM
June 02 2004 - 05:59 AM
June 02 2004 - 02:48 PM
June 02 2004 - 02:57 PM
June 02 2004 - 05:48 PM
June 02 2004 - 05:58 PM
Most major film manufatures carry and extruded line of film.
June 04 2004 - 04:24 AM
my antenna for the xm is on the roof and it works fine, I dont know where the navigation antenna is though. I can say DEFINITELY it WILL NOT mess with xm radio if its like my accord.
Most likely both units use the same antenna since they both receive signal from satellite.
Metallized film will disrupt radio, cell, gps, radar detector, etc. signals on a varying basis... one can never know whether the metal deposition in a film is sufficient to achieve this disruptive phenomenon.
You could always attempt an invisi-seam above the last defrost line before stripping to redo because someone has lost their signal. This breaks the conducting connection between film on the antenna and film on the defrost (signals seem to ground to chassis through the defrost unit.
Edited by metint, June 04 2004 - 04:25 AM.
June 04 2004 - 04:45 AM
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