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I got this question today..... i know - everyone gets that question, that being said i explained that to achieve 35 NET you can only use a film in the 40ish range, which is not a very dark film to start with and everyone wants "dark " .... i told him i would use EWF true black 42 or Classic charcoal 45 on his explorer, i used the 42 (looks darker) and it metered out at 35 when done. Does anyone know of any film that looks darker? i know he could have cared less about the other attributes film has to offer, but told him i would only do what is legal... Anyone use any film that looks great but still meters 35 Net?

Lets hear it!!!

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True- but MA. has no tolerance -/+ at all, of course meters have a -/+ 2 percent. I have used 35% films and they usually meter between 27 -30. I'm just looking for suggestions on what brands some guys are using that looks dark but will meter out at 35.

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Why don't you just go with the 45%. That way, no matter what the factory tint on particular car manufacturers glass is, you will be within the VLT law. Or move to another state where they are not as picky....JK

If they are so strict, then use the ceramic film to bring down the heat in the car(s) and make the customers happy! And make your pocket happy! Else, 35%VLT doesn't offer much privacy anyway.

Where we live, you can have 5% on back doors and back glass on any SUV or station wagon. If someone wants privacy they should buy a different car then. And placing 45% on the fronts will make them seem darker anyway(even though legal) for added privacy....

:yawn

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I have been using 45, but was curious if anyone had any specific brand they thought may be worth trying out, if not i will stay with EWF. BTW the 45 usually meters out at 38%.. so i would like to squeeze that a little.

I will still use EWF anyway because Howard has the best customer service! .. and he is very knowlegable about the industry as a whole. And like i said i know 45 is not at all dark, i am just looking for suggestions on using a different BRAND that may be worth trying.. Global, Suntek,etc...

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Hi MWF,

I really appreciate the kind words.

It seems that ever day we get questions about VLT & Net transmission issues. I will start a thread on "Meter Math" to help bring this into focus. It is possible to come very close to what your state allows, but it may involve keeping a wide range of films due to variances in the VLT of factory glass.

Unfortunately, no database exists that I am aware of so you have to "feel you way" through the issue when confronted with it. If a customer requests the "darkest legal" you want to reply with confidence that you can make that happen.

-Howard

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Howard,

I'm glad to hear you understand exactly what i mean, also, i think that will be a very interesting thread. And i'm hoping there are some folks out there that can share what they use to reach 35 vlt because as you said you want to have a range of films on hand so you can be confident in your reply. I'm sure there are some guys reading here will share some good suggestions...

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Given the wide variety of vlt with different auto glass, I would tell you there is no magic bullet for 35 net on all cars. If you get net 38, Call it a day and move on. Anything else and you are splitting hairs and it is not worth getting to worked up over.

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