I'm scheduled to get my windows tinted tomorrow morning. I think I'm going to get 20% all around with a 20% windshield strip..I like the look of dark windows.. How hard is it to see with 20% at night. I had 35% on the fronts of my grand prix and 5% on the rears. I didn't have any problems using my side mirrors with the 35%. I'm just trying to make sure it's the right decision before I spend the cash
2010 MALIBU LTZ 3.6
MODS SO FAR.. 20% TINT, 6000K HID'S(LOWS AND REVERSE LIGHTS), 60 60 SWITCHBACK LED'S(FRONT PARKING/BLINKERS),LED LICENSE PLATE BULB, TINTED SIDE MARKER AND TAIL LIGHTS, BLACK OUT EMBLEMS, PLASTI DIP WHEELS BLACK, AIRAID THROTTLE BODY SPACER, K&N COLD AIR INTAKE
HOW DARK CAN WINDOW TINT BE IN OHIO?
Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%). In Ohio, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.
• Windshield Non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 5 inches of the windshield.
• Front Side Windows Must allow more than 50% of light in.
• Back Side Windows Any darkness can be used.
• Rear Window Any darkness can be used.
Virginia also has the 50% restriction on the front windows which I wish allowed you at least 35% since our back windows are restricted to 35%
It would look a little nicer if the windows matched but I guess it doesn't look too bad with 50/35
Now remember, if you are trying to keep it perfectly legal, that if your windows already have a little factory tint on them and you lay legal tint over it then they will become a little darker thus you won't be legal anymore.
For instance say your windows have 80% tint from factory and on the front windows you have 50% tint put on it, you will end up with 40% tint. (layer1 x layer2= final percentage)
Don't know how they would be able to tell what % you have on your windows. I know 5% is easy to tell that it is darker than legal, but if you have 35% or 20%, I'm pretty sure no one could tell which is which without a side by side comparison. Even then, depending on the color of your interior, it would be hard to tell. The darker your interior, the darker the tint appears to be. No one would ever be able to see the difference between 40% or 50%. I have the light interior in my car, and I would challenge anyone to tell me what the percentage is on my window tint. You have to look hard to see the difference between the fronts and rears. Anything darker than 25% is tough for me to see out of at night. Don't like that.
Has anyone ever been harrassed about their tint and have to prove what shade it is? How does that process work?
18" Chrome Tech Wheels
They have a device to measure the light percentage. The closer you are to legal the less chance they would pull you over and use the device if they have one with them. I believe they could also have you go get it tested somewhere if they suspect it is illegal.
I want to be legal for no hassles but ours is actually illegal since the car originally had a slight tint before they put the 50/35 on. I'm not worried though since it is pretty close so I doubt they will ever ticket us for it. Especially with the much darker tinted cars I see around.
The AutoGuide.com network consists of the largest network of enthusiast-owned enthusiast-operated automotive communities.
AutoGuide.com provides the latest car reviews, auto show coverage, new car prices, and automotive news. The AutoGuide network operates more than 100 automotive forums where our users consult peers for shopping information and advice, and share opinions as a community.