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    I have a question that the local tint places can't really answer. I want to get my windows tinted and I want to be legal. I know the legal limit is 50% +/- 3%.

    However, almost every single vehicle I know of comes from the factory with at least some slight tinting of the glass. My concern is that although the window film may be 50%, when it is applied to the already slightly tinted factory glass that the net effect will put me over the legal limit.

    What is your interpretation of the law?

  • #2
    Yep. That's why the shop should test the existing tint and apply new tint to equal 50%.
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    • #3
      Total tint (factory + aftermarket) may not exceed 50%.

      However that combination works out for you.
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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies, that is what I was thinking. Although I have seen cars with 50% tint applied to the modest factory tint and there is no issue at all with seeing into the vehicle (which is what I am guessing is the reason for the law and why select officer choose to enforce it).

        I spend a lot of time down south and down there almost everyone has their windows tinted dark as heck. I mean so dark that you can't tell if the person on the other side of the glass is holding a sub sandwhich or a sub machine gun.

        I do like the look of a moderate tint but am more interested in the safety aspects of a tint job. Also, the tint does not have to be dark to block out a ton of UV rays and reduce heat, glare, and damage to upholstery.

        I do see a fair amount of cars around here with obviously much darker than legal tint. It must not be a big deal for most cops.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Long Relief View Post
          It must not be a big deal for most cops.
          Must be the ones who don't make traffic stops.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Glock31 View Post
            Must be the ones who don't make traffic stops.
            Not sure about what the cause is. Just sure that I see vehicles all the time with tint that is obviously darker than legal. Perhaps cops are using it as PC for stops but just not writing for it.

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            • #7
              Maybe all those people have perceptions from their doctors. Yes, it's a real thing (at least in SC), learned it the other day!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by SkyBehind View Post
                Maybe all those people have perceptions from their doctors. Yes, it's a real thing (at least in SC), learned it the other day!
                Yes, if you can get a prescription from your doc you can have darker than legal tint. I doubt that all the people I see have prescriptions though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Long Relief View Post
                  Yes, if you can get a prescription from your doc you can have darker than legal tint. I doubt that all the people I see have prescriptions though.
                  Yeah man, thats why I put the rolleyes face, lol.

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