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Old 07-05-2008, 08:16 PM
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holy **** im in PA with 20 all around and a 6inch net. I dont think they care about 20 in PA. Someone I know has 5% and gets no tickets.
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i live in pa and i was thinking on getting 20% but i can easily get a doctors note saying im sensitive to light...which i am i cannot have glasses without the self tinting or i wouldn't be able to see much cause of glare
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If your going to get a doctors note then do 5%..
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Originally Posted by 2.2AVC View Post
If your going to get a doctors note then do 5%..
hmmm.....
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maybe i dont uderstand but higher the precent the lighter the tint?..if thats the case..i live in PA and u cannot see into my car with my tint..at night..i need to roll my windows down to see my rearview mirrors and what not..its impossable to see its black glass...witch with a hott car like a cobalt that gets tons of a attention by the ladies maybe aint sucha bad thing
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so, sorry, noob qustion. i'm not really fimiliar with tints. what do the percentages stand for exactly??
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so, sorry, noob qustion. i'm not really fimiliar with tints. what do the percentages stand for exactly??
The percent of sun light transmitted to the inside of vehicle. the lower the percentage, the darker the tint, and the less light that gets into your car.

example: limo tint= 2%

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Originally Posted by zetterbergfan1 View Post
michigan there really is no law aaginst the amount the state police will haze about it but nothing really against the law my windows are all pitch black and i have never been pulled yet. and i got it done about 6 months ago and 2 days after i got my tintt pulled over for speeding and the sheriff didnt say anything just handed me the 105 dollar ticket and said have a nice day! (*****)
Dudes, I have had every vehicle I owned tinted to 20% front and back sides with 5% on rear windshield, and never once have I gotten a ticket. I have been driving for about 7 years now. No MICHIGAN cop gives a **** about window tint. Our state is such a shithole and in poor shape, cops don't tax people on window tint. Hell, in Flint, most cops don't give a **** about having a bit of ganja on you. When the crime/murder rate is through the roof in your area/state, cops tend to not waste time on window tint violations.

All my buddies have their rides tinted to 20%, never heard of ANYONE saying they got a ticket for window tint.

If it did happen, you wouldn't be pulled over for the tint. You would be pulled over for something else and the cop, depending on where you are, might ticket you additionally if he/she notices tint.

Originally Posted by drop-n-destroy View Post
The percent of sun light transmitted to the inside of vehicle. the lower the percentage, the darker the tint, and the less light that gets into your car.

example: limo tint= 2%



EDIT: limo tint=5%


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Old 10-19-2008, 01:59 AM
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I didnt read all the posts fully so if someone already asked sry... but what part of OH?... cuz if you're close i will bring my balt in to get re-tinted.. the original is bubbled around the edge..
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What about for Canadian laws for Tint?
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when a cop pulls u over tell them you have skin cancer and be on your way. it's quite common now so they more then likely wont question it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:45 AM
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when a cop pulls u over tell them you have skin cancer and be on your way. it's quite common now so they more then likely wont question it.
interesting theory...
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:19 AM
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when a cop pulls u over tell them you have skin cancer and be on your way. it's quite common now so they more then likely wont question it.
also i was thinking if the car is registered with dual owners could say that the other person has it... that would work in my case because A. Im not even the registered owner, my wife and father-in-law are and B. father-in-law does have skin cancer. So i do belive i have just found a loop hole. only considering if your state allows medical waiver of the tint law. I will have to look into it further for PA because i'm sure they would have a limit also for the waiver.
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Originally Posted by shortyhend2004 View Post
Well I work for a tint shop here in Ohio and there have been tons of questions about tint shade and laws. This was takin from TINTDUDE.COM......

STATE FRONT

SIDES REAR

BACK

WINDOW VISOR NET/FILM

AL 32%| 32% 32% 6" NET
AK 70%| 40% 40% 5" NET
AZ 33%| ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
AR 25% |25% 10% 5" NET
CA 70% |ANY% ANY% 4" NET
CO* 27%| 27% 27% 4" NET
CO* NO% |ANY% ANY% 4" NET
CT 35% |35% ANY% AS1 NET
DE 70% |ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
FL 28% |15% 15% AS1 NET
GA 32% |32% 32% 6" NET
HI 35% |35% 35% 4" NET
ID 35% |20% 35% AS1 FILM
IL NO |ANY% ANY% 6" NET
IN 30%| 30% 30% AS1 ?
IA 70%| ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
KS 35% |35% 35% AS1 NET
KY 35% |18% 18% AS1 FILM
LA 40% |25% 12% AS1 NET
MA 35% |35% 35% 6" NET
ME 50% |50% 50% 4" FILM
MD 35% |35% 35% 5" NET
MI ? ANY%| ANY% 4" NET
MN 50% |50% 50% NO ?
MO 35% |ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
MS 35% |35% 35% AS1 NET
MT 35% |20% 20% AS1 FILM
NE 35% |20% 20% AS1 OR 5" FILM
NV 35% |ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
NH NO |35% 35% 6" NET
NJ NO |ANY% ANY% NO NET
NM 20% |20% 20% AS1 OR 5" NET
NY 70%| 70% ANY% 6" NET
NC 35%| 35% 35% AS1 NET
ND 50% |ANY% ANY% 70% NET
OH 50% |ANY% ANY% 70% NET
OK 25% |25% 25% AS1 OR 5" NET
OR 35% |35% 35% 6" NET
PA 70% |70% 70% NO NET
RI 70% |70% 70% AS1 NET
SC 27% |27% 27% AS1 NET
SD 35% |20% 20% AS1 NET
TN 35% |35% 35% AS1 NET
TX 25% |25% ANY% AS1 OR 5" NET
UT 43% |ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VT NO |ANY% ANY% AS1 NET
VA 50%| 35% 35% AS1 NET
WA 35% |35% 35% 6" FILM
WV 35% |35% 35% 5" NET
WI 50% |35% 35% AS1 NET
WY 28% |28% 28% AS1 OR 5" NET
Updated: Jan 16 2007
These laws may not be current and are often enforced differently by different PD's. In all cases, refer to you local authority for enforcement policies, current laws, rules or regulations. Your current state law is the final authority, not this website! The numbers represent the percentage of light transmitted through the tinted glass, so the lower the number, the darker the film allowed. Generally the films are sold as 5%(limo), 20%(dark), 35%(medium), 50%(light).
S.U.V.s often have different regulations, which are not listed here.

michigan is WRONG!!! i got pulled over a few weeks ago for 20% on the front two windows, tried to fight it but the judge actually showed me the law stating its illegal to have on the front two in the state of michigan.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:40 PM
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TX is actually 35% every side window (front two and back two if sedan) and anything on back
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:15 AM
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does anyone know westchester NY's laws on tints because i am told it changes from county to county
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Originally Posted by Jpitts210 View Post
TX is actually 35% every side window (front two and back two if sedan) and anything on back
i was pretty sure it was 25%
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I have 20% all around in WI and have never had any issues. I know for sure cops don't like anything on your front windows in IL!
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:45 AM
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nice info. thanks for posting it up.
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Originally Posted by FiscalFizz View Post
Dudes, I have had every vehicle I owned tinted to 20% front and back sides with 5% on rear windshield, and never once have I gotten a ticket. I have been driving for about 7 years now. No MICHIGAN cop gives a **** about window tint. Our state is such a shithole and in poor shape, cops don't tax people on window tint. Hell, in Flint, most cops don't give a **** about having a bit of ganja on you. When the crime/murder rate is through the roof in your area/state, cops tend to not waste time on window tint violations.

All my buddies have their rides tinted to 20%, never heard of ANYONE saying they got a ticket for window tint.

If it did happen, you wouldn't be pulled over for the tint. You would be pulled over for something else and the cop, depending on where you are, might ticket you additionally if he/she notices tint.

Well, thanks for the advice, but I guess Georgia is a little better off than Michigan, because our law enforcement officers apparently don't have anything better to do BUT pull people over for a 20% tint. I got my first ticket yesterday, and it was the only reason I was pulled over. It's going to cost $60 and I am pissed--Not so much because of the cost, but now every time I see a cop I feel like I need to roll both front windows down...and it's just plain less fun to drive.

But here's the good news: According to Officer Friendly, all I have to do is bring the citation to the tint shop, have them scrape off the (beautiful) work they did and slap some 35% up there--You see, that way, the Judge "almost always" waives the $60 ticket. Never mind that it would cost north of $200 and the better part of an afternoon.

Should I get pulled over again, do I have any recourse at all? Say, some type of impressive-sounding eye disorder to confuse the officer to let me be on my way? According to my market research, police officers are--for the most part--not very bright. At the very least, I would suggestions on how to belittle the cop, making him feel small and petty for my trouble. Something about my tax dollars paying his salary, perhaps...be creative. Help?

Oh, and it's now been at least 5 months since I've ordered "cobaltss.net" decals. I guess you can just keep my four bucks.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:08 PM
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I saw the post about someone saying that in MI its illegal to have any tint on the front windows. The actual legal limit in most cities in Michigan it's 35%, I'm not sure if they changed it or not. I had tint on my Grand Prix and only got pulled over once but I also had 15%. The cop didn't specify, so the rules could have changed.
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Hey does anybody know if the new 2010 Chevy Camaro front grille emblem would fit on a cobalt?
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Originally Posted by shortyhend2004 View Post
Well I work for a tint shop here in Ohio and there have been tons of questions about tint shade and laws. This was takin from TINTDUDE.COM......

STATE FRONT

SIDES REAR

BACK

WINDOW VISOR NET/FILM

FL 28% |15% 15% AS1 NET
That is right.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:28 PM
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Illinois's law blows dick I can't put 35 on fronts cuz back is 4%
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Tint Shade Laws - Canada

Below are the laws as I understand them... please feel free to post your experiences with your local law enforcement.

I live in Ontario and when I was on a road trip to Quebec recently, I got pulled over just for the tint. The officer wanted me to remove the tint as he did not care what Ontario's laws were. "I wasn't in Ontario anymore" as he put it. Long story short... I left Quebec with my window tint still on.


The laws regarding window film vary from province to province. The following are a summation of the laws in each province:

British Columbia - No film is permitted on the driverís compartment, right and left. Any film may be installed on the side windows behind the driver. Any film may be applied to the rear window, provided the vehicle has 2 exterior rear view mirrors.

Alberta - Same as British Columbia.

Saskatchewan - Same as British Columbia.

Manitoba - For driverís compartment, right and left, the minimum visible light transmittance, net, is 50%. The maximum visible light transmittance, net, is 35%. For windows behind the driverís compartment, the minimum Visible Light Transmittance, net, is 35%. Where film is installed behind the driverís compartment, 2 external rear view mirrors are required. The net figures that are allowed are enforced at plus or minus 5%.

Ontario - For the driverís compartment, right and left, no film can be installed that would substantially obscure visibility from the exterior. Behind the driverís compartment, any film can be installed.

Quebec - For the driverís compartment, right and left, the minimum Visible Light Transmittance is 70% on automotive net basis. Any film may be installed behind the driverís compartment, provided the vehicle is outfitted with 2 exterior rear view mirrors.

New Brunswick - Same as Ontario.

Prince Edward Island - Same as British Columbia.

Nova Scotia - No film is permitted on any glazing surface.

Newfoundland - Same as Ontario.
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