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Old 06-26-06, 07:40 AM   #1
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Default Official 3rd Gen IS Tint Thread - add your pics here!

3IS Members,

This thread is a single point of reference for all the tint questions that will come. If you've had your 3IS tinted, please attach or upload pictures to the Club Lexus gallery and link them in this thread (Click here to get to the gallery upload and Method B in this link will tell you how to add pictures if you don't know how).

Please list:
- % tint
- color of your interior (does make a big difference in how dark tint appears)
- type of tint if you know it (smoke, dyed, metalized, etc)
- brand of tint if you know it (3M, Solarguard, Lumaster, etc)

There are a number of good "I got tint" threads, but I'd like to make one master thread with pictures of each percentage and pictures of different color 3IS/different interiors with tint to answer questions about what tint to get. Tint questions will often be merged into this thread.

Laws for tint in your state:
I can't vouch that all of these are correct, but Tintdude has a good summary of the max allowed in each state Link here
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Old 07-08-13, 06:09 AM   #2
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Just purchased a new 2014 is350 Fsport white exterior red interior what tint percentage looks
Best with that combination thought? Will post picture soon from what I see
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Old 07-08-13, 06:27 AM   #3
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Just purchased a new 2014 is350 Fsport white exterior red interior what tint percentage looks
Best with that combination thought? Will post picture soon from what I see
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I would go with 15% all around . Protects your interior a bit from the sun and keeps the car little cooler .
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I don't think 15% is legal in CA -- not that I ever see anyone pulled over with dark tints.
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I don't think 15% is legal in CA -- not that I ever see anyone pulled over with dark tints.
Uh oh, not another what's legal/illegal tint thread. I'll say it right now - CA law is you can get any level tint on the 2 backs and rear window but nothing on the 2 fronts. How many people obey that law though? It's your call if you want to risk it.

I'd get a gradient - like 15% on the rear, 25% on the 2 backs, and maybe 50% on the fronts. Or 18 on the rear, 35 on the back, and nothing in the front. You get the idea.
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You're right about the rears etc.
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I'm going with 20% on the rear and backs, and 35% on the fronts. I've done this set-up before on two previous cars, and I think it always looks great. I live in Cali, and would be hesitant to go any darker on the front windows. My 3IS is obsidian/rioja red.. I will post pics next week after the tint is installed :-)
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No tint is the best way to go lol, clear, see through. So people out there can see who's driving the car, you know what I'm saying?
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I have an Obsidian IS250 and I have 5% in the rear 3 windows and 15% in the front 2. I've had it for almost half a year now and I never had a run in with the law. On top of all that it looks awesome.
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Mine is in the shop now getting 18 percent rear 35 percent front.
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This is mine with 15% all around
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This is mine with 15% all around
I like the 15% all-around on the Obsidian - it gives off a truly sinister look.

I am wondering though if it would be just as nice seeing the Rioja Red interior contrasting against the black exterior if a lighter 35 - 50% tint was used instead.
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Does anyone know what the factory tint % is on the 2014 IS250/350 ?
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I did 18 percent rear and I wish I would have done 35. The windows are already tinted around 95 percent so the 18 looks like limo tint.

Even with the 35 percent in the front you can not tell the car has red interior.
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I did 18 percent rear and I wish I would have done 35. The windows are already tinted around 95 percent so the 18 looks like limo tint.

Even with the 35 percent in the front you can not tell the car has red interior.
The factory tint has to be darker than 95% - my first Gen IS300 had a lighter tint than my 2014 IS -- I'm guessing 80% for the 2014 IS models
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