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OK its time to tint.
? is,
Car=300c
Color=Magnesium Pearl
I'm thinking of using the mirror style tint, with the factory chrome trim, I think it might look good.
What do you guys & gals think??
 

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I have a magnesium colored car myself and here my 2 cents.

I don't think the current chrome trim set looks as good on magnesium as well as it does on darker colors, esp since there is so much more chrome on the top half of the car. Now that I see there are wheel well chrome trim kits I think that would bring more balance to the chrome on the car. On the other hand I think the mirror tint would look better on our color than on black, actually.

Pls post pics of what you do - I'm curious how that mirror trim would look if you go that way.
 

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Hey crhemi... here's my thoughts.
Firstly, be sure whatever tint you use is non-metallic as there have been reports of radio and NAV interference with metallic-based film.

Secondly, I'm not a fan of the chrome pillars on any color as I feel they detract from the lines and magnify the fact that it's a 4-door. One thing that attracted me to this car, is the long, low chopped-top look. Tinting the windows helps them blend in with the black pillars and enhances the look of one long expansive piece of glass and makes the chopped-top look even more pronounced as the verticle lines all but disappear...


Be sure to post back and let us see which way you decide to go... it's your baby, there is no wrong way! :wink1:
 

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Your choices with window tint are cheap dyed film, which is the stuff that turns purple after a few years, or a metalic film, which will interfere with radio, cell phone, Nav reception, or ceramic film, which is expensive but has terrific performance.

There is really only one ceramic film - "Pinnacle" by Formula One. It's hard to find, but it won't interfere with reception and it has better numbers that even metalic films. My 300C cost me $300 to have done with this, and I eventually had to contact Formula One directly and the shipped the film to a dealer just for my car. Same story with a friend of mine - "Brewdude" on the board.

Don't let anyone talk you into Huper Optik. It is a ceramic film, but it's an architectual film - for buildings, not cars. It doesn't shrink when heated, so it can't be formed to curves. There are unscrupulous Huper dealers that lie and install Huper on the side windows, but then put dyed tint on the rear window. If your installed is ethical and actually installs Huper on the rear window, it will have darts and not be in a single piece.


The pic below is of my cool vanilla, tinted with 35% Pinnacle for the front and 50% for the rear.
 

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Good job speaking my words, too, Hemee!

crhemi, check out the ceramic window tint from FormulaOne Pinnacle Series if you want great quality w/o some of the interference presented by metallic tints. I have not had any issues with my AM/FM/Satellite Radio/Navigational.

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Hey there, i have the magnesium with a gray mirror tint and love it. on this color, limo tint looks to ghetto, the mirror looks sweet.
 

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pics of my 300 with the gray mirror tint

RAVEN said:
Hey there, i have the magnesium with a gray mirror tint and love it. on this color, limo tint looks to ghetto, the mirror looks sweet.
Here is a pic...hopefully it uploaded correctly and the size is ok, i had to resize it so small.
 

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man that is sweeeeet.

I love those wheels too.

that thing ride like a slot car on a track?

Are you getting a sway bar and stabilizer kit?

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Thanks for posting information on Formulaone.
I was able to locate a company not to far from me. Now to call them and get it setup. I have heard the ceramic is the only way to go. I have talked with folks that have had there trucks and SUV's done and they did not know about ceramic tint.
My buddy had his 300c done and it was a local company, that I know does not remove the windows like I want done and also does not use ceramic.
I am also checking with a local company here in San Jose, that in fact removes all the windows and does the tinting. Most of the other companies I have found just lay it out and cut it. I like the idea of removing the windows.

Do the folks that have tinted there windows know if there companies removed there windows? I am just trying to find out how all the other installs were done.

Fritz :wave:
 

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zenhog said:
man that is sweeeeet.

I love those wheels too.

that thing ride like a slot car on a track?

Are you getting a sway bar and stabilizer kit?

c
thanks. it is interesting to drive, i will admit. It handles great, but it is such a big car and the huge wheels make it even more complicated to corner at higher speeds...maybe its me and not the car..lol. are u serious about the stabilizer kit? is that something that will help or are u kidding? i never heard of it before.
thanks.
 

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Abhunter said:
....Do the folks that have tinted there windows know if there companies removed there windows? I am just trying to find out how all the other installs were done.
Fritz :wave:
Hiya Fritz, I've never known anyone that had theirs done this way, and it seems extreme. I would be very concerned about having the glass removed; there is just too much that can go wrong, the worst of which for me would be wind noise after reinstall, as this car has such a wonderfully quiet cabin. I would think any good, experienced, professional shop should be able to do an excellent job without taking such measures.
 

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Abhunter,

I agree with Hemee. Removing windows seems rather extreme and pointless if you have a quality shop installing your window tint, and, it would probably add more to the labor cost. I would not want to risk having something go wrong such as a new rattle that wasn't there before window removal. I believe my FormulaONE shop removed the rear deck (not window) before installing the window film which does cover over the rear brake light. All windows are thoroughly covered.

The reason most tint shops have not heard about ceramic tint is because the brand names they install do NOT make ceramic tint. I remember calling various local tint shops once I read about ceramic tint and all said they never heard of it but would be happy to sell me their 'best' tint. Little did I know at the time it was FormulaONE who was making it...the same brand name tint company I have used for my 3 previous vehicle tints.

Your local FormulaONE tint shop will be happy to give you the total cost for what you want over the phone.

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Go Ceramic

I put Huper Optik (Drei) Ceramic tint on my Black '06 SRT-8. It looks great and the heat rejection is fantastic. Big difference from Titanium etc...

God awful expensive, but wtf.

Dan
 

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Thanks all,
For the information. I got to thinking about more that night when I got to bed and you are both right on the noise, and god knows many other things can go wrong.
I will be calling the folks out in Livermore and seeing what they do and cost. They are the closest Formulaone tint shop to me.
I will also ask them what % is good to use on the sides so I keep the CHP, and local guys from wanting autograph.

Thanks,
Fritz
 

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Sorry top hijack, but just wanted to know where you saw the wheel well chrome kit.
Does it look good, or is it as ugly as the "Would you buy these" thread?

zenhog said:
I have a magnesium colored car myself and here my 2 cents.

I don't think the current chrome trim set looks as good on magnesium as well as it does on darker colors, esp since there is so much more chrome on the top half of the car. Now that I see there are wheel well chrome trim kits I think that would bring more balance to the chrome on the car. On the other hand I think the mirror tint would look better on our color than on black, actually.

Pls post pics of what you do - I'm curious how that mirror trim would look if you go that way.
 

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NautcaSprt6 said:
Sorry top hijack, but just wanted to know where you saw the wheel well chrome kit.
Does it look good, or is it as ugly as the "Would you buy these" thread?
So far I've seen two. The first is a sponsor of this place - Avon wheels. That kit did not span the entire well area - only about half and it as around $75.

I can't remember where I saw the other but it had a piece that ran the entire circumfrence of the well opening. If I remember where I saw it I'll post again.

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Thanx,
Im gonna take a look at it now and see how it looks.
After looking, i thought it was soemthing else.
I thought that it was a chrome trim that goes in the wheel well and covers the skirt, i didnt know it was that chrome trim that goes just over the tire.
Thanx, now back to the original thread.
:wave:

zenhog said:
So far I've seen two. The first is a sponsor of this place - Avon wheels. That kit did not span the entire well area - only about half and it as around $75.

I can't remember where I saw the other but it had a piece that ran the entire circumfrence of the well opening. If I remember where I saw it I'll post again.

c
 

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Abhunter said:
Thread jacking LOL

It is ok, on my cigar site thread jacking is a big mess sometimes but people here seem to be much nicer. :)
Yes most are very considerate about that here... sometimes with a little encouragement :wink1:

Fritz, my tint is 35% which I feel gives the 'look' and some additional protection, but without the unwanted attention from the guys in uniform. I've never had a problem. To take a look at some pics, just click on my name in my sig. Let us know what you end up doing and post some before/after pics.
 
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