I've been doing a lot of research, but it seems like there are a ton of options and personal preferences, so I was hoping to shortcut this by asking what I am sure are questions that have already been asked a million times. (Some I have found answers to, but the answers vary wildly, others the answers are 9 years old and may have changed, etc.) With that said, Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and respond.
I have a 2004 BMW M3 Coupe that I am looking to get the windows tinted on. First and foremost, for me - this is purely about trying to keep the sun from damaging the interior of the car and keep me from baking while I am driving. I don't really want to change the looks of the car. So, I am looking for something that is only as dark as it needs to be to get the job done.
#1) I live in VT, and it is not legal to tint the front windows here at all. (Exemption for doctors notes, which to my understanding, are easy to get). I plan on tinting them anyway.
#2) I believe I am looking for Ceramic tint. I have a radar detector in my car, and I don't want tint that will hinder its performance.
#3) The closer to a black hue, the better. purple, blue, green, or red hues drive me crazy.
#4) I think I'm looking for either 50% or 70% tint. I don't want my car to look different or stand out. I just don't want to bake on summer days.
In all of the reading I have done, I was pretty much settled on 3M Crystalline. We only have one tint shop in this state (that I am aware of), so I took a trip up to see him on Saturday. He has been tinting for 20+ years, and he does amazing work.
I spoke with him about what I was looking for, and ran my idea past him about the 3M. He can get 3M, but he definitely is not a fan. He was talking about how easily it scratches, and how much warranty work his shop has had to cover because of it. He was also telling me that the 70% has kind of a greenish hue to it.
What he recommended was Wintech FEELM series. (I would be after the 450 or 470). I had never heard of it before, so i came home and started researching, and Wintech seems to be the epitome of mixed reviews. Some people love it, some people think its flea market tint. The only common factor is that any review I could find (especially on this forum) was from 2010 or 2011 at its newest. I've read where some people say the color degrades over just a couple of years. But hey... It has been 6 years or more since those reviews, and I've seen companies turn everything around (in both directions) in a far shorter time.
So my question is... Is Wintech worth giving a shot? Or should I stick with 3M... or is there another option I should be looking at instead?