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Anybody have any experience with these products? These are the "ceramic" window tints. I read about this on some other car forum when searching for info to decide what to do with my C. I want a really GOOD tint for this car, since I plan on keeping it for 10+ years.

Got a quote today for their "DREI" tint, which is supposed to have fabulous heat rejection. They claim 70% of total solar energy rejected, along with 98% of the infrared and >99% of the UV. The question is, is this stuff actually WORTH the $550 price??? THAT'S A TON OF MONEY FOR WINDOW TINT!!!!

http://huperoptikusa.com/pdf_docs/HOUSA_PRODUCT_RECAP.pdf


I'm a little leary of their corporate sales tactics - they give an "exclusive" right to sell the product to a single vendor. Here, it's one tinter for the entire STATE of Arizona. And it's a car wash outfit! But, they answered a lot of the questions right from this thing I found... But DAMN, half-a-grand is a load of coin for window tint!!!

Is it worth it?
 

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The the fact that you have to ask says a ton. Thats ludicrous for tint. I don't care if it has LCD panels in it that display flames and dancing girls, I would never pay that much. I paid $200 for lifetime warranty and 30% reflective Platinum Llumar film. I thought this was somewhat expensive, but the tinter came highly recommended.

Sounds like corporate snake oil to me. Is heat rejection worth $300 more than normal tint? FWIW my car rarely gets hot sitting in the sun. Standard tint works fine....
 

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$195 for mine installed - I have 20% all around and it looks AWESOME, and it keeps the car much cooler thank without the tint. Personally - I would not pay $550 for tint...save your money.
 

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If it's as good as folks say it is, yes - it would be worth $300 for heat rejection. I'm in Phoenix!

5.7 - did you get Huper Optik for those prices? Or something else.

They speak very highly of Hper Optik over on tintdude.com - tho I gather they don't like installing it! :)
 

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Waayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much $$$. I got a 38% ceramic tint for $325 in Southern California. I think the UV, Solar, and Infared ratings were the same as you posted. I did have some AM reception degradation, but FM reception is unchanged. Metal film will impact FM reception (search for other Tint threads for more discussion).
 

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CottyGee,

Touch base with the folks over at Scottsdale Airpark Tint. I used them to replace the poor tint job I had installed the first week I had the car. They did an excellent job and Airpark Chrysler Jeep uses them for all of its tinting needs.

I considered Huper Optik as well but had a bad experience with one tint shop that I knew nothing about so I was not about to use the local car wash place to redo the job. (I might be wrong, but I think that the chain car wash shop is the only one in town carrying that product). And as many say on tintdude.com, your tint is only as good as your installer.

By the way, I went with SolarGuard Charcoal HP 15 all around with something non-metallic of a similar shade on the sunroof.
 

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The only advantage may be in that metallized film (thin layer of stainless steel) on the rear glass affects the AM terribly and somewhat the FM signal for the radio. The ceramic film might not effect it at all. I have Solargard on two vehicles, 300M and 300C, and both I can barely pickup strong AM stations that were fine hours before the install. That's the downside with metallized film.

The normal alternative is dyed film, but that fades after a couple of years, where the metallized has a lifetime guarantee/warrenty against fade. This ceramic may be a happy medium/solution to those with this problem. For me, I'm listening to Sirius Sat Radio and don't miss FM much less AM.
 

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D - Tints Plus here in California suggested the film made of a ceramic material instead of the metal materials becuase of the potential impact on antenna reception in the rear window. That's why I went with the ceramic...the numbers for protection are slightly lower than those of the metallic base, but my radio reception is as good as day one and the tint looks great (38%). These guys offer to remove the tint if I you get a ticket...I chose 38% so I get the protection AND the look without drawing too much attention from a badge.
 
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