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Hi Guys!

This is my first post here, but I've been lurking for some time. Some great info to be found here.

I own a 2010 Nissan Rogue S 360. All of the rear windows came with "privacy glass" which seems to be about 20%. I have decided to have my 2 front windows tinted as I think it would make my car look better, since all of the other windows are dark. I've researched all of the tint brands and have decided on Llumar. All of the shops around here that are Llumar dealers use Llumar ATR. To be legal here in Louisiana, the tint has to allow 40% light transmission. While on Llumar's website I saw that they carry Llumar ATR 40, which according to the site allows 45% light transmission. I thought great, this is the tint I want. I'm still legal, but slightly darker than 50%, which I've had on my old car and it wasn't very noticeable at all. Hardly seemed worth it IMO....well the shop I was going to use doesn't have ATR40 and told me that ATR50 is the lowest I can go and still be legal. I questioned the guy some more and stated what I read on Llumar's site and was told that with the light coming through the windshield, it doesn't matter how dark I go, it's all going to look light. Well this is when I decided to NOT use this place. His logic seems flawed as I've seen cars with 35% and 20% and it looks NOTHING LIKE 50% IMO.

So, I'm here to ask you all. Is my logic flawed? I should be able to get the ATR40 right and still be legal since it allows 45% light transmission right? Even if I'm at about 39% or so, it's still not that big of a deal as I think most people around here have 20% and don't seem to get stopped, so I hardly think the cops would notice 1%.

Side note: What's a good price for this? I've been quoted anywhere from $60 to $125 for the front 2 windows. I'm not looking for the cheapest necessarily, I want a good, professional job, but I don't want to be ripped off either.

Thanks everyone!

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It depends on how much variance the state will allow. Keep in mind your two front windows are already about 70%, even though nothing is on it. With a 45% VLT film, it will NET about 35%-38%, which by law is illegal. The shop owner is correct. Go back to him and let him do it with the 50.

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It depends on how much variance the state will allow. Keep in mind your two front windows are already about 70%, even though nothing is on it. With a 45% VLT film, it will NET about 35%-38%, which by law is illegal. The shop owner is correct. Go back to him and let him do it with the 50.

If my front windows are 70%, putting 50 on will really be closer to 45% your saying? I'm sorry, not trying to be a pain, but this is all very confusing for me.

I had 50% on my old car. It was 3M, not sure what level of 3M, and I have to say, it was not very dark at all. In fact, compared to the 35% I had on the rear windows. it was barely noticeable in the daylight and only looked slightly darker at night. I'd love to put 35% on my front windows, but I'm not willing to pay the price if I get stopped....even though I see TONS of cars with 35 and 20% everyday.

If 40% is the La legal limit....what is the best tint(brand, etc) that will appear the darkest while still remaining legal? What are my options?

Another shop owner I've contacted told me he has the ATR40 and that that is the lowest I can go and still be legal.....apparently this guy is full of crap?

Can anyone recommend a good shop in Metairie/Kenner area? Suburbs of New Orleans. I feel like since b/c I'm a female, I get a lot of B.S. answers to my questions b/c they think I don't know anything.

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'Clear' automotive glass is NOT all the same. Some clear glass is slightly darker than others.... If you are trying to hit a legal number there is no '1' magic film percentage.

The only way to really know is to have the shop put a small piece of film on your glass and test it with a meter. On some cars the 50% will meter legal and on others it will take a different film % to get there :thumb

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'Clear' automotive glass is NOT all the same. Some clear glass is slightly darker than others.... If you are trying to hit a legal number there is no '1' magic film percentage.

The only way to really know is to have the shop put a small piece of film on your glass and test it with a meter. On some cars the 50% will meter legal and on others it will take a different film % to get there :thumb

Thanks....I'll discuss this with the shop on Saturday. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the ATR40 will be ok. If not, not sure I'll even bother to get the windows tinted. 50% is so light. I wish the state of La. would lighten up a bit with the law. Texas' limit is 25%.

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First shop was right, with the film actually installed, the difference between ATR50 and ATR40 would be almost nothing you could notice. You should look in to some of the ceramics in a VLT that would get you close to legal as that will a very noticeable difference over un-tinted windows.

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First shop was right, with the film actually installed, the difference between ATR50 and ATR40 would be almost nothing you could notice. You should look in to some of the ceramics in a VLT that would get you close to legal as that will a very noticeable difference over un-tinted windows.

So, if I get to choose between 40 and 50, I should choose 50 b/c I wouldn't be able to notice the difference? The 40 wouldn't be noticeably darker at all? Also, what is VLT? I don't know anything at all about ceramics....who makes them? Are they much more expensive? If we're talking a $50 difference, fine, but $200+ wouldn't really be worth it to me.

Speaking of price....first shop charges $--- for Llumar ATR on 2 front windows...second shop quoted me $-- for the ATR. Both shops have been in business 10+ years and have good reviews. In fact, 2nd shop gets Infiniti/Lexus dealership referrals. Just wondering why the big price difference. Another shop, also Llumar ATR, quoted me $--, but I don't know much about them. Am willing to pay more for a good job, but is $-- a rip off?

Thanks again for all of the advice!

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Talking about price is usually frowned upon in this forum, so you probably won't get much help on that subject. It a subject with too many variables. Research the shops, use others opinions, and if there is a big price difference between 2 shops, ask them why. If they have a sensible answer, then factor that into your decision. :spit

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First shop was right, with the film actually installed, the difference between ATR50 and ATR40 would be almost nothing you could notice. You should look in to some of the ceramics in a VLT that would get you close to legal as that will a very noticeable difference over un-tinted windows.

So, if I get to choose between 40 and 50, I should choose 50 b/c I wouldn't be able to notice the difference? The 40 wouldn't be noticeably darker at all? Also, what is VLT? I don't know anything at all about ceramics....who makes them? Are they much more expensive? If we're talking a $50 difference, fine, but $200+ wouldn't really be worth it to me.

Speaking of price....first shop charges $--- for Llumar ATR on 2 front windows...second shop quoted me $-- for the ATR. Both shops have been in business 10+ years and have good reviews. In fact, 2nd shop gets Infiniti/Lexus dealership referrals. Just wondering why the big price difference. Another shop, also Llumar ATR, quoted me $--, but I don't know much about them. Am willing to pay more for a good job, but is $-- a rip off?

Thanks again for all of the advice!

I would google both company names, look for what if any negative reviews and then pick who you like more. You might ask the 2nd shopif they install ctx, might be able to get a fair price on that given their atr price.

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