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    You might not consider it an aftermarket item, but Living in Vegas...Tinting IMHO is! I will tint the front windshield, side windows at 25% and match the backseat windows. Might tint the glass roof depending on how it looks stock.
     
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      I plan to tint sides and rear window as well. My other car has 20% and like it - so will probably do something similar.
      I wonder how tint shops will handle the large rear window... What other vehicles have a piece of glass that is that large?
       
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        Since they tint front windows and are just as wide as rear windows, I would assume there will be no issue with tinting It. I've heard the tinting guys talk about having rolls of large tint available. For you and I it will be one expensive tint job!
         
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          it wasn't the width, but the length from trunk to mid-roof line that will be larger than any windshield (even Model X's huge windshield) and vastly larger than any hatchback glass I can think of...img_4898-e1495074141482.jpg

          I also considered with such a small section of the rear window being clear, maybe just doing the side windows and leaving the rear as-is.
           
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          That's my first stop on the way home with the car. Is it legal to tiny the windshield in Vegas? It's not in Florida.
           
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          It is legal to Tint in Nevada up to a certain % for the front side windows. Most people in Vegas that I know, go beyond what is allowed.
          The back seat windows you can go as dark as you want. You will usually only get pulled over for it if its obnoxious.
           
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          Florida lets you do 28% front sides, 18% rear sides, and rear window. For the windshield you can do a tint strip down to the marking on the windshield. I would say it's similar here. You can go darker without having an issue. I think with each next car I get I seem to be going lighter :)
           
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            #8 SSonnentag, Jun 20, 2017
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            I think Arizona allows windshield tint above the manufacturer's AS-1 line. Front side windows can be darkened down to 33% light transmission.
             
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            Actually, CA allows the top 4" of the windshield to be tinted, as well as the front side windows as long as 70% of the light transmission is retained. Anything goes on the rear and back side windows.
             
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            Nevada's tint laws for sedans:
            Windshield: Non-reflective tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 line.
            Front Side windows: Must allow more than 35% of light in.
            Back Side windows: Any darkness can be used.
            Rear Window: Any darkness can be used.

            I will be "adding" tint to the entire front window, very light. I will go 20% rear seat windows, 25-30 front seat windows. Rear windows at 20-25%.
             
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            in the hot sunny places (not really an issue here...) I've seen people installing a UV film on the windsheild that may be something around 78% light transmittence (which would be similar to standard front side windows out of the factory. A slight color change, but nothing you would notice as 'tint' on the windsheild.
             
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              I posted these pictures the other day...

              But it does make me think about it some more. When I go to tint the windows how are they going to tint the "back window". The whole thing or just the part that isn't treated. It may look funny...

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                IMO, you have to add film to the entire piece of glass or skip the rear all together and just do the side windows. having a line of film stop somewhere mid-glass would be weird, even behind the darker factory glass.
                 
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                  IMO the whole thing is the way to go.

                  Do Tesla offer (dark) tinted rear windows as a factory option on any of their models?

                  Not a huge fan of window film due to it getting micro scratches and the fact the heated rear window elements stand out, but I would want the rear windows tinted darker than the front.
                   
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                  only the Model X (falls under different rules being an SUV). Otherwise no, you will not get the window completely tinted from the factory - they are spec'ing it to be legal across all jurisdictions and (at least here in the states) that changes from state to state on what is permitted - but most places require a car (not SUV/van) to have the side and rear windows visible.
                   
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                    I agree with no cross beam there, it will be the only way to go. That's a big piece of tint!
                     
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                      I've been thinking about how to apply tint to my Model 3 after delivery. I live in SoCal so additional tint is nice and I like the way it looks. I wanted everyones thoughts on how to handle the rear window factory tint transition (see photo below). If electing to go with a 20% or 35% tint, would it be best to use a solid piece of tint for the entire back window (so the tint will overlap the factor tint on the roof part) or should one switch to a lighter tint at the transition line (so lighter part overlapping the factory tint)? i think the line might look obvious but i'm not sure. Also, what do you guys think about tinting the "roof glass" part above the driver? My goal is for the tint to match from the outside of the car so that it looks like a solid piece of tinted glass from front to back (see alpha car). I strongly considering Huper Optik Ceramic but also wanted everyones opinion on which brand of tint matches best with Tesla's factory tint. Each tint brand tends to have a slightly different color.
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                      Great question.....as I've had the same concerns on how to approach this with the factory tint shade change on the the back portion of the roof glass. I'd like the mono tone 'even' look as well for uniformity. Open to suggestions and recommendations as well!

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                      I already posted this :)

                      It's going to be a challenge for sure. If you do one solid piece the top will still look darker since it will double tinted. If you just do the rear portion, it may look funny with a hard line of tint floating.
                       
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                      #20 MelindaV, Aug 20, 2017
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                      I will either be tinting the sides and entire rear window (but skipping the over driver roof section) or just the side windows. But would not be doing just a portion of the rear window glass. I took eclipse monday off (because traffic is anticipated to be horrific around here) so may stop by a local shop with some Model 3 photos and get their opinion as well.
                      my current tinted car is at 20% (35% legal here in OR/WA) and plan to do the same again. Especially with the amount of windows the Model 3 has; it'll feel like sitting in a fishbowl! (my solstice is not tinted, but it has tiny windows)

                      ETA: OH! maybe in addition to pix, I'll take my VR Model 3 model!!
                       
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