Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to do window tinting for my Model S in Los Angeles?
I would also be interested
I just made my appointment with "California Tint Shop" in Northridge. They've tinted my last 7-8 cars. Never had an issue with any car. I take delivery of my MS on friday, my appt is saturday.
They charge $220 for the MS.
(I'm in no way affiliated with them)
Try Eclipse in Santa Monica, 310-980-3590, owner is Chris but the guy doing the work is Marcelino. He's done my Tesla, 2 others for friends, and my Audis. Great quality, will come to your home or work.
Most of the Model S owners that I know down here in SoCal recommend Rob's Glass Tinting.
Aside from the amazing quality of work they do, they were very attentive to our needs (we asked them to remove the baby seats in the rear and reinstall them after work was done) and even took the time to educate us on the various types of tints available.
We ended up going with the 3M Crystalline all around although it cost a bit more.
I'm not affiliated with them at all. Just a happy customer.
+1 for Rob's. He does great work. Does all of the Clippers and the Lakers cars, literally. He is very close to their practice facilities. My fiance got her Audi S5 tinted there and it was flawless.
I just went with these guys (they had the most 5 stars on yelp) and got Suntek - CXP (competes with 3M crystalline w/ the only main difference is that it blocks about 5-10% less than sun but allows tints as dark as 18%).
18% back door windows, back window
45% front door windows
windshield - nothing
Suntek carbon was $200 and CXP was $290. 3M Crystalline was about twic as much. Both have a lifetime warranty.
Rob's for sure
Signature Tinting in Costa Mesa. They've done a whole lot o' Teslas - I had all around tint, including front windshield expertly finished while I waited - (set up an appointment and you're in and out in around a couple hours).
What would folks recommend for window tint on a Multi Coat Red Model S?
Here is a photo of my Red ms85 with 3M Crystalline 40% all around.
I use Ricky @ G5 Tint in Alhambra for all of my cars.
You can see a few more photos at http://s1007.photobucket.com/user/thekkdude/media/IMG_0352_zpsd7aaacf4.j...
Great. What did he charge?
I used G5 as well for Crystalline (much lighter though). They were great. I've had the tint for about a year and it's held up excellent.
They also have a shop in Pasadena (though I think they contractually have to install 3M in Alhambra because of 3M territory restrictions).
list price was $750, but of course you can get a big cash discount, they are very flexible. If you have a TMC username I'll PM you the price I paid.
Yes, I just looked at your photos of the car. Basically the same config. We got the S85, red, black leather interior, carbon fiber inside.
My TMC is Snarky Marky
I've had many cars done at Sunshield in Van Nuys. They do the cars of almost all the dealerships in the Valley. Always a good experience.
I fixed my TMC name and it now aligns with here. It is Runs Kwh.
If you could please share the cash price you paid in Pasadena, that would be great.
Sunshield in Van Nuys. Been taking my cars to him for 20 years. Hamid is a great guy & will get you and your MS whip squared away nicely.
I only tinted for heat reduction during road trips. Photosync and 3M Christalline seemed too pricey for my needs. I used Dwayne Wycoff of Futurity Glass Tinting whom my husband has been using for years. He came to my house in the South Bay, was polite and efficient, and I couldn't be happier. Huge difference during the drive up to Berkeley. 818 266-9546 or 818 609-6951
Just got my windows tinted at Rob's Glass Tinting with 3M Crystalline 50.
Here is a comparisson between 3M Crystalline 40 and 50. Note that the legal tinting limit for front windows in California is 70%.
And here are the photos after the tint:
ANy recommendations for Orange County, Ca.?
Thank you very much
what's with the triple paste? Palsy?
Isn't it hard to see through the tinted windows at night? especially in L.A where random peeps forget to turn on their headlights at night and they could be right beside you...
Not at all a problem to see through tinted glass from the inside at night. In fact, it's much easier on the eyes.
Photosync (35 sides and rear, 75 windshield) worked for me. Blocked the most stuff while not having to be obnoxiously dark. Solid installation from Extreme Autowerks, Cerritos. Ask for Derek or Bing. See their Yelp page or website for plenty of pictures.
Become familiar with what is being blocked and to what degree by the different tints/materials. Juxtapose that knowledge with whether your chariot will be garaged 90% of the time, spend months in the desert sun, or some combination thereof.
I was primarily interested in heat reduction, as the car is somewhat of a fishbowl (reminiscent of the AMC Pacer in terms of relative glass surface area. Yep, I said it.). The glare reduction was a bonus.
I have had installers decline to do a front windshield tint, because of fear of water/humidity damage tthrough the process, to the subjacent electronics. ANyone else have any comment on that?
Absolutely a valid concern. Most of what one is paying for with window tint, even Photosync, is installation quality.
Has anyone been aware of damage sustained because of front window tint installation? The installer I was referring to is in the stage of "career" that liability concerns trump need for work.
Tjank you very much
srgtfury - yeah, it can happen, but from what I've heard it's not common (but very costly when it does happen). I also have the photosync all the way around, it toppled Pinnacle as having the highest heat rejection. Photosync is also nice because it darkens a bit with bright light, avoiding some of the gasgta' look when it's not that bright out.