BMW Window Tinting

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BMW 5 Series Window Tint

The owner of this BMW 5 Series came by enquiring about getting his windows tinted. His main concerns included protecting the leather interior and reducing the temperature inside. He also wanted a film that wouldn’t decrease his visibility, or darken his glass too much. We recommended our premier product: 3M Crystalline.


3M Crystalline

3M Crystalline checks all of the boxes listed by our customer. Because of its incredible, patented technology, it is able to reject 97% of the Sun’s heat causing Infrared heat. Most window films that approach this level of performance incorporate nano particles of ceramics, metals, or carbon. While these are effective ways of producing high performance window films, they also reduce clarity. Crystalline is constructed using their exclusive Multi-Layer Optical Film technology. This allows for there to be no compromises, extreme performance and high-definition level clarity.

Crystalline 40% Installation

Performance Results

Crystalline 40 Specifications

  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 97% IR Heat Rejection
  • 60% Total Solar Energy Rejection
  • SPF 1000+

Installation Process

As you may have noticed, not many window tint shops offer 3M Crystalline. This is primarily due to 3M’s high standards regarding dealer selection,  cost, and workability. Due to Crystalline consisting of over 200 layers, it has to be handled and installed with special care and technique. Proper installation involves proper training and years of experience. We are 3M Crystalline Certified, guaranteeing the highest standard of installation quality. We start with our 5-step prep process. Then, using our plotter and state of the art design software, the film is pre-cut to manufacturer specs. This eliminates any use of razor blades on the vehicle and any risk of damage to the vehicle. From there the film is applied to all windows after using the proper heat shrinking technique.



Curing Time

After installation, there is a curing period. During this time it is normal for the window film to look hazy and watery. The time it takes to fully cure depends on the weather and how much sun the glass is exposed to. Usually the film is fully cured after 1-2 weeks.



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Hidden Costs of Cheap Tint

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$99 window tint any car!

You may have seen advertisements for very cheap tint jobs around. Or maybe you are shopping for your next tint job on your new vehicle, gathering prices from some different businesses. You soon will realize that prices of window tinting services can vary anywhere from $99 to $799. The immediate thought process, understandably, is to find the best deal; the cheapest price. However you may be surprised to find out that the cheapest price is not actually cheaper, and certainly is not a better deal.

There are a few main reasons that the price of window tinting can vary so greatly.

Quality and Experience. 

First consider quality. The saying “you get what you pay for” absolutely applies to your choice of window film and installer. What happens when you choose a poor quality tint, or don’t know exactly what kind of film it is you are having installed? See below:


There is a lot going on in that photo above. This was the rear windshield of a BMW we had to remove old, failing tint from. The tint installed on this BMW was of a very poor quality, and was destroyed by the sun.

The first thing you no doubt will notice is the bubbles scattered throughout the window tint.

The second thing you might notice is the hazy and rippled texture looking through the window.

The Problem: poor adhesive.

Window tint is installed much like a giant screen protector for your cell phone. It has a clear adhesive backing. This backing is the first layer of defense after the sun penetrates the car’s glass. Once the adhesive begins to fail, the film will begin separating from the glass, causing bubbles. The tint will lose its optical clarity, making it difficult (sometimes impossible) to see out of, especially during night time driving. (see image below) This can be very dangerous.

The Solution: Choose a tint manufacturer which has a solid reputation for long lasting, quality tints.

Something else to look for: Insure that the film you choose offers a lifetime warranty for no bubbling or peeling. This is a crucial step in making a good decision regarding window tint for your car. That is why we trust 3M window films. 3M has a long long repuation for their adhesives. i.e. post it notes, wrap vinyl, scotch tape, painter tape, command strips, the list goes on and on. 3M knows adhesives, perhaps better than anyone. When you have 3M on your car, you can rest easy knowing it will never ever bubble and fail.



Another thing you probably notice in this BMW’s tint is that it doesn’t look dark, like it hasn’t been tinted. This is a result of choosing a poor quality dyed window tint. Dyed films will eventually change color to purple, or in the case of this BMW fade completely clear. (see picture below)



The Problem: Poor dyes used in manufacturing cannot keep color or darkness.

As seen in the photo above, this tint at one point in it’s life was black. You can see where it has been exposed to the Sun, it has been totally bleached out to clear. This is common with Dyed window films.

The Solution: Choose a product with proven color stability. We proudly offer 3M’s Color Stable window film. This was one of the very first window films on the market that had true color stability, backed with 3M’s comprehensive warranty; NO PURPLE WINDOWS, EVER! The film gets its color and darkness from Carbon dispersed through the thickness of the film’s polyester.

Experience: Lets say you get a great price with a quality window film. What can go wrong?

A poor installation on your vehicle can not only be unsightly, it can cause permanent damage to your vehicles glass or interior. Poor installations can lead to excessive dust contamination, poor cut lines, creases, splice lines, and bubbles. Things to check for: Online reviews, examples of workmanship, years of experience, and years established as a business

Hidden Costs

So you are probably wondering, how can a cheaper tint job cost more than a premium priced tint job? The answer lies in the removal of old window tint. Removing window tint is not a pleasant, or an easy task. The process can take several hours to complete, and has to be done very thoroughly and carefully to insure a good installation when being re-tinted. Removing window tint from an entire car can cost anywhere from $150-250.


SEE ABOVE: After window tint removal; Optical clarity restored.

Example of how the cheapest isn’t always the cheapest


Tint shop A: $100 (cheap product, bubbles and fades rapidly and eventually needs retinted)

Removal : $150

Retint at premium shop : $250

Shop A total : $500

Tint shop B: $160 (Average Window film quality, but poor workmanship)

Removal : $150

Retint at premium shop : $250

Stop B total – $560

Shop C: $250 ( Authorized 3m dealer; great reputation for quality work. )

Shop C total – $250

So as you can see that even though Shop C was the most expensive at first glance, in the long run it ended up being much cheaper than the other options available. Much goes into choosing a window film for your vehicle. Make sure you do your research, because it could end up saving you not only a headache, but hundreds of dollars in the long run.