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I'm looking to get my windows tinted. Local shop wants $450 to install ceramic tint on the 4 doors and rear window. The front windshield is an additional $275. They are trying to sell me on graphene tint for $750 for the 4 doors and rear window, and an additional $350 for the front windshield.

All I want is my front door windows to halfway match the rear doors, and help reduce the temperature inside the cab. My question is, if I just do plain jane window tint will that accomplish the same thing? I understand ceramic and graphene probably has better heat reduction, but we are talking a couple hundred bucks versus pushing a grand and I'm not sure if it's worth it or not.

Any thoughts?
 
Yes it will.
I only had my front window's done to match the rears and have noticed a big difference in temp.
I'd have to look at my receipt to see what the percentage was...but it matches the rear perfectly.
Also was cheapish.....lifetime warranty and was about $125
Note: No sunroof on this truck.
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I'm looking to get my windows tinted. Local shop wants $450 to install ceramic tint on the 4 doors and rear window. The front windshield is an additional $275. They are trying to sell me on graphene tint for $750 for the 4 doors and rear window, and an additional $350 for the front windshield.

All I want is my front door windows to halfway match the rear doors, and help reduce the temperature inside the cab. My question is, if I just do plain jane window tint will that accomplish the same thing? I understand ceramic and graphene probably has better heat reduction, but we are talking a couple hundred bucks versus pushing a grand and I'm not sure if it's worth it or not.

Any thoughts?
Normal tint is fine. Go 5% on the rears and 20% on the fronts. Skip the windshield..BUT...drop some $$$$ on the sunroof if you have it. Most of the heat that comes in is from the sunroof.
 
I paid 280 for 15% ceramic on the 2 fronts to match the rear and 30% on the windshield and id say it's almost to dark for me.
 
Its worth it. Your cab will still get warm but not as hot and your AC will be working in 1-2 minutes vs a 5-10 minutes. Also if you want to understand the reduction of heat, XPEL at some stores has lights setup so you can feel the difference between regular tint, ceramic and the top of the line ceramic. The UV that it blocks is also a plus to the heat reduction.

My wife would get pissed every time I got in her car and said, damn its way too hot in here. After she got the same tint, she then agreed and hated having to drive a loaner car while the dealership was making some repairs to her car.

For xrplus (nano ceramic) on my truck:
Windshield: 350
Doors and back window: 585

I will never own another truck without ceramic tint on all windows.
 
Is there much of a difference between brands of window tint??

Looking at doing a matching 20% on all 4 windows and the back once the Tremor arrives

Have a local shop that uses Llumar tint & another one that uses 3m and the 3m is more expensive while the Llumar ceramic has a lifetime nationwide warranty & I’m waffling between shops with the Llumar one having better customer service
 
Xpel Prime XR Plus here. 4th truck with it.
70% windshield with a 5% Brow.
5% on all other windows. I don’t do sunroof’s . I live in Texas. 😂 ceramic Tint is worth every. Single. Penny.
I was thinking about doing 5 up front, can you see the lanes at night with that tint?
 
I had Xpel XR plus put on yesterday, 70% windshield, 5% rear and sunroof and 35% front windows, seems to make big difference, cost a little less than a grand all in. Doing wifes car next week.

I have noticed after the windshield install the auto headlights come on if not in direct sunlight, i.e. they come on more often as the senor thinks it darker than it is, its a little annoying but still well worth it.
 
Is there much of a difference between brands of window tint??

Looking at doing a matching 20% on all 4 windows and the back once the Tremor arrives

Have a local shop that uses Llumar tint & another one that uses 3m and the 3m is more expensive while the Llumar ceramic has a lifetime nationwide warranty & I’m waffling between shops with the Llumar one having better customer service

I can't compare to 3M but I went with Llumar IRX 30% front sides, rear sides, and back window along with IRX 20% on moonroof, and air80 on the windshield. It has definitely made the summer much better. The truck will still get extremely hot if sitting in the sun too long at 105 degrees, but overall it is noticeable and worth it. I also debated on not doing a brow because I am not too keen on the looks but it has been nice too. I notice I don't need my sunglasses on as much either.
 
For the rear side windows, do they need to remove the factory to add ceramic, or just leave them and ceramic the front, windshield, and pano roof? Camper shell, so nothing extra on the rear.
 
For the rear side windows, do they need to remove the factory to add ceramic, or just leave them and ceramic the front, windshield, and pano roof? Camper shell, so nothing extra on the rear.
I added over which is why I only went 30. I could have gone darker but I didn't want to go too dark because I didn't want to lose too much visibility when towing. I believe the factory tint is 20% so a 30% over it would drop it to 6% I believe.
 
I had Xpel XR plus put on yesterday, 70% windshield, 5% rear and sunroof and 35% front windows, seems to make big difference, cost a little less than a grand all in. Doing wifes car next week.

I have noticed after the windshield install the auto headlights come on if not in direct sunlight, i.e. they come on more often as the senor thinks it darker than it is, its a little annoying but still well worth it.
The auto dim will get better after it cures...my only doesn't now like an hour before sunset. I have same tint on my windshield.

I have 25% on my sides...still trying to find time to do the rest...its hunting season...
 
I just had all mine tinted. The shop had a demo set up. A small halogen bulb that burns really hot and 1/4" thick glass pieces with different tint on them. They told me the feel the heat of the bulb with me hand 1 - without any covering, 2 - plain glass, 3 - cheap tint, 4 - midgrade ceramic tint, and 4 - premium ceramic tint. I went with the midgrade. They even admitted you won't really notice the difference between the midgrade and the most expensive tint.

I did 20% on the front windows and 70% on the back 3 windows so it's not too dark as to make it difficult to see at night. I made the mistake of doing all 20% on my last truck. Never again. Now the fronts look like the rears used to (their meter said 18% is stock on the back) and the rears are just a touch darker than the front, which is exactly what I wanted.

I HIGHLY recommend this place if you're near Reno. Best tint work I've ever seen, and this is my 10th vehicle being tinted. https://www.battlebornautoelectronics.com/
 
For the rear side windows, do they need to remove the factory to add ceramic, or just leave them and ceramic the front, windshield, and pano roof? Camper shell, so nothing extra on the rear.
The factory glass does not have a layer of tint on it. The glass itself is colored.
 
Yes you can- it is pretty dark when it rains. Otherwise it’s awesome. If you’re worried about it stick with 20%. It will match the rears
 
The auto dim will get better after it cures...my only doesn't now like an hour before sunset. I have same tint on my windshield.

I have 25% on my sides...still trying to find time to do the rest...its hunting season...
That is good to know, thanks for the info!
 
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