I had the 35/20 combo on my previous IS. 35% on all side windows, 20% on rear window. Honestly, there isn't a huge difference between the transition, unless you inspect it closely from different angles. My interior was black.
If you don't have a sunshield, I'd definitely recommend going darker on the rear tint. Like I said, my 2IS had 20% on the rear window, but I still had my sunshield up almost all the time (except when I drove at night).
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Why in the world do people mix up tint? I get some areas are more about the laws, but we all remove our front tags so its just about the same. Personally, I have 20% all around on my obsidian 350 fsport. What people fail to realize is the film makes all the difference. I went with llumar ceramic since its a nice combo of mirror and smoke. Not total " limo " tint. As well I tinted my sunroof. With black on black, it's not too dark.
Everyone is talking a lot about the xx% of tint but what about brand/model/quality of the tint. Which brand/model is the best value with great quality?
My current installer I'm talking to wants to install 3M FX Premium but that seems to be middle of the road quality. Since I'm getting Suntek self healing PPF I'm thinking of also going with Suntek CXP™ - Non-Metal, Nano-Hybrid, Carbon Construction. Is this any good? LLumar? FormulaOne? 3M?
Thanks for everyone’s insight, guidance and photos! Went with the 42% film today. I’m not sure of the manufacturer, though; sorry. Looked perfect in the shop, but a little concerned I should’ve gone with the 50% film after I left. Raining a whole day, but some quick pictures below. Looked the job up and down and seems good! Just some haziness on the rear glass, which I hope to clean once the film is cured. Was recommended to the shop by two people and the owner and an assistant did the work in under 45 minutes. If anyone on Long Island needs a recommendation, feel free to PM me.