I'm not a tinting professional - just an average joe consumer, but I hope to get some insight from some professionals that frequently work with Huper Optik films;
I was just very curious to see I was possibly deceived in what type of film was installed in my vehicle.
Well here's my story; A few years ago, I opted for some Huper Optik "Ceramic" 35 on my vehicle with a tan-colored interior. The heat reduction was truly amazing.
Fast forward, I sold the vehicle and got another, exactly the same except this time with a black / grey interior. It needed to be tinted so of course, I was almost set on going with Huper Optik again. However, this time my vehicle was tinted at another vendor. I was given samples of LLumar CTX 35 and Huper Optik 35 to look over and decide. (The installer pointed out the authenticity of the Huper Optik sample by the logo on the film.) I was already leaning toward the Huper Optik but just out of curiosity wanted to see the shade of Llumar's CTX line.
So anyway, I get back to the guy and asked if HO had anything a little darker. He says HO also made a 30% shade. I told him O.K, and that was that.
Now, because of the many factors influencing a PERCEIVED opinion on a particular window film's real-world performance, (interior color, exterior color, angle of sunlight / time of day, condition of A/C system, feeling like a prick, never got laid last night, etc.) I know that I might just be going crazy and my opinion could just be skewed somehow - but, for some reason I think the HO 35 I had previously outperforms the HO 30 I have now - by a quite a bit. How can that be?
I noticed a few things between the two shades I have though. The HO 35 film itself had a distinctive off-angle purple sheen to it. "Ghosting" was visible on the rear window where there was some extra shrinking involved. (and possibly a bit if rushing by the installer). The current HO 30 I have now though, looks a bit darker of course, but no purple reflection, and IIRC there was no ghosting on the rear hatch window, or anywhere.
With some research, the only thing I can think of is that the HO 35 I had previously was the "X-treme Multilayered Ceramic" line, and the HO 30 I have now is the "X-treme Optiks" line, which actually is available in 35%VLT (32% actual).
I think i'm confused as to what type of tint was actually installed. Does the Ceramic 30 have a purple sheen to it? Also what I don't understand is how the Xtreme Ceramic 30 is specified as having 11% VLR... It seems less than that. I had Suntek InfinityOP 10 and it was pretty dang shiny.
Any help on this matter is greatly appreciated. I've just been pondering about this for a while. I keep telling myself "nahhh, it's probably just me.." but sometimes, it feels like the sun is burning my face more then it's supposed to. LOL.