The Master thread for ES350 window Tint (merged threads)!
I've got a Starfire Pearl (white) ES300h. Live in the Arizona desert so heat is always an issue. Thinking about tinting the windows in the car, but I don't know much about tint.
Dealer offered to tint the car with ceramic tint. Is that what you would use? Any advantage to that?
For me it isn't as much about looks as it is the heat and protecting the interior of the car. But I also don't want turn my car over to some tint guy who might install something that takes away from what makes a Lexus classy.
Be sure to check your state's laws on the % tint that is legal. Ceramic tint is very good, it costs more, but there is less risk of interferring with the cars radio and navigation reception. Finally, any reputable installer will do a good job. Your dealer most likely farms out the work to a local installer. If you can find out who they use, go there yourself and save some money. Good luck.
I went with 50% all around except windshield.The brake light illuminates fine.I'll admit I went more for the look than function but the 50% does work well when driving with A/C and keeps less sun on the interior and maybe a few degrees cooler when parked.
Tint is illegal in my state but I'm taking a chance like many others.I know a few cops and most don't bother with tint.Just open windows quickly if stopped helps.No motor vehicle inspection for 5 years on a new vehicle in NJ.
The 50% isn't very dark.Although I think with my black interior it looks a bit darker..
50% in AZ may not be enough.Maybe go 35%.20% may be too dark for night driving,IMO.
My car is registered in Texas where the law is 25 for all the front and rear passenger windows. The rear window can be as dark as you choose. I got Solar Gard Ultra Performance 30 all around and 20 on the rear window. In addition to the heat benefits, the car looks so much cleaner with them done.
Last edited by raul0365; 09-09-12 at 06:58 PM.
I like it a lot, it keeps the car cooler, in addition to added privacy. They maxed out at 35%, which is what I understand to be the legal limit here too. This was not an option I would normally ask for... Now it is. I think you'd be OK at 35%.