3M Window Tint - Opinions - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Detailing & Appearance Discuss washing, waxing and detailing information as well as interior/exterior cosmetic modifications. This includes neons, body, cosmetic wheels, etc. Even under the hood detailing.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-31-2006, 01:28 PM   #1
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 36
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nuclearxp is on a distinguished road
Default 3M Window Tint - Opinions

Planning on going to Auto Ameristar (Southeast Michigan company) to get my windows tinted. They advertise that they use 3M brand window tint, I've seen other people comment on other brands, but not 3M. Just curious as to what people think about the quality, and if anyone lives nearby if they've had experience with Ameristar. From the work i've seen them do they appear fairly top notch. Thanks.
nuclearxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 02:53 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 7,030
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
lash is on a distinguished road
Default

I am not familiar with 3M tint. Have you picked up and read any literature?
lash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2006, 09:52 PM   #3
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 97
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
kristie_jeff is on a distinguished road
Default

10 years ago when I had my last car tinted, 3M was one of the better films. It has faded and turned purple, but almost all film will after that long. It looked great and really cut down on the heat when it was new(er).
kristie_jeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 12:48 PM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 7,030
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
lash is on a distinguished road
Default

That is why I suggested doing some research....

The better tints now are guaranteed to not turn purple. Llumar is one of those, which is why I chose that. Plus it was the one high performance tint I could get installed locally without special ordering.
lash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 01:10 PM   #5
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 38
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
gatechguy is on a distinguished road
Default

Make sure you ask about the rear window, as I am going through problems with mine (not 3M, but just a general concern). Have them explain how they will do it and ask questions.
gatechguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 01:39 PM   #6
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 36
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
nuclearxp is on a distinguished road
Default

I just got an e-mail quote from then a day ago. They quoted $345 for all windows except the windsheild, but theyre offering a $50 off coupon online. $295 seems awful high to me so I e-mailed them about the major price difference between all other shops. From what I know 3M themselves offer a 10 year warranty against fadign or bubbling etc. But their site says theres a $25 copay to get it reapplied. I'm awaiting an email back from Ameristar to see what they have to pay. I've only heard good things about the quality of their work but I've been quoted $180$225 by many other shops.
nuclearxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 01:44 PM   #7
Senior Member
Certified Car Nut
 
dbeast420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My reclining computer chair
Posts: 11,269
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
dbeast420 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lash
That is why I suggested doing some research....

The better tints now are guaranteed to not turn purple. Llumar is one of those, which is why I chose that. Plus it was the one high performance tint I could get installed locally without special ordering.
I've got Llumar on mine also. Make sure that you pull the seat and the rear deck so they tint the entire rear window and don't cut around the 3rd brake light,it'll look better

I wish I had pulled mine :(
dbeast420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 01:44 PM   #8
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 7,030
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
lash is on a distinguished road
Default

That seems pretty steep to me too, but there'* a lot of price play in that market. It depends on the local competition and sometimes on how familiar they are with the Bonneville, lol. Our cars are not an easy install when done right.

And then there'* the peace of mind from knowing that you are getting it done by a quality shop who backs up their work.
lash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2006, 04:27 PM   #9
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

$180 to $225 seems right. My 2004 Bonneville cost $170.

LLumar is a quality tint. So is Johnson Tint. The modern tints do not turn purple.

I would spend some time poking around www.tintdude.com
95SLE is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Removing old window tint off back window silversurfer Detailing & Appearance 10 09-27-2011 10:20 PM
hopefully no more tint tickets...new tint (10-1024x768 pics) harofreak00 Your Ride: GM Pictures & Videos 19 05-06-2008 01:00 PM
to tint or not to tint: the 95's taillights harofreak00 Detailing & Appearance 14 03-18-2008 06:55 PM
OPINIONS! OPINIONS! wjcollier07 Lounge 28 01-22-2007 09:22 PM
Rear window tint. merlin General GM Chat 18 05-27-2003 05:06 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:07 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.