Ok to tint the sunroof? I recall a post somewhere on here that there was risk of excessive heat build-up with the cover closed, potentially building enough heat to crack the glass (if I recall the post correctly). I'm interested in tinting the sunroof as well, but have been avoiding it thus far.and 20% on the sunroof..
Wondering the same along with - I also thought that the rear windows (behind driver and passenger) were factory to around 20% on the premium and touring. Did you add tint over the factory tint?So the sunroof already comes tinted. So why tint it and risk it failing?
Crystalline is great for heat protection. I went 20 all the way around including the sunroof. 70% on the windshield. Looks great and great in the back seat for my daughter.Had the Ascent tinted yesterday with 3M Crystalline 40% all around and 20% on the sunroof.
Very happy with this product. Have it on the S90 and the Forester.
Will get better pictures...
I am doing 15% on all side windows (including going over the rear window privacy glass). It will mean the rear windows are slightly darker than the front, but it should be difficult to detect. I will post pics when I get it back later this week.I also thought that the rear windows (behind driver and passenger) were factory to around 20% on the premium and touring. Did you add tint over the factory tint?
Next up the factory "tint"...Shattering
OK, let’s look at the big one. The common belief is that tinting a sunroof will cause it to shatter. This is a myth.
All the windows around you, sides, windshield, and rear window or hatch, are made of laminated glass. This is a shatterproof glass designed to web on impact, creating rounded edges to prevent injury in the event of a crash. The glass that sunroofs are made of is tempered glass that will shatter. It is designed to be more rigid than laminated, dispersing heat over its surface, thereby holding its shape in extreme climate conditions.
The problems occur not when it is tinted, but when pressure is applied to it. A good example is a recent recall by two major manufacturers, why? The sunroofs were shattering when stressed. The natural flex of the frame of the car taking a sharp curve or a sudden stop was putting enough stress on the sunroof to shatter the glass, tinted or not.
The final verdict is that sunroof tinting is not the culprit, the manufacturer’s choice of glass is.
I’ve gone 2 years with it on my Forester and no issues with it. It’s been discussed on here before. I realize it says not to use it in the manual but I have had no issues. Maybe the next person would but I tinted the Ascent based on the success I had on my Forester. So far no issues and I use cruise a lot.Won't the windshield tint mess with the eyesight system?
So... first regarding the sunroof. I've spoken with several tint professionals and they hear this common misconception all the time.
In short it comes down to the type of glass that is used in sunroofs and not the tint...
here's a snippet from a tinter's website https://www.teamacme.com/tints/is-sunroof-tinting-safe-learn-all-the-risks-how-to-avoid-them/
Next up the factory "tint"...
The factory tint does not have the same properties as a film. These films have the added bonus of UV and IR transmission blocking and reducing the total thermal energy. The factory 'tint' is just coloring to make the window darker. So, there is still an added benefit to using a film on top of the factory tint. If you are worried about going to dark, go with a 70-90% film.
As always, your best resource is your local tint professional. I highly recommend Hot Spot Tinting in Marietta, GA. https://hotspottinting.com/index.html
Or.... dive head first into the tintdude.com forums.
Sunroof was only $80 for me because I was already there... plus it’s flat. Shouldn’t be that much... as for the windshield... yea. That’s $$$. Local shop is great so I’m happy to pay for the work.Wow, that's a great price.
My local tint shop quoted me $495 for 5 windows. Windshield and moonroof were extra by a lot. Like $500 per.
Any particular reason you picked 3M Crystalline? On my 2015 Odyssey, I went with Suntek. On our previously owned 2012 MDX, I went 3M. I haven't notice a big difference. but the 12MDX was not Crystalline.Sunroof was only $80 for me because I was already there... plus it’s flat. Shouldn’t be that much... as for the windshield... yea. That’s $$$. Local shop is great so I’m happy to pay for the work.
Are you saying they want $900 plus another $625 for everything? That’s wild.Got another quote from a different shop, which is just down the street from my home.
$900 for all the windows (4 doors + rear window). Windshield is $425. Pano-moonroof is $200.
Dang, California is too expensive.