I live in South Florida. Had some hot days recently and for those of you who tinted, are you happy you did?
I have never had a car without tinted windows but the car's UV protection seems to work pretty well. Plus I do like the look of the car with clear windows.
IMHO the car is incomplete without tinting. Need it for the kids to keep them cool, need it for the look (looks badass if tinted all around), and gives lots more privacy since people are staring as if a supermodel walked in a Mcdonalds...
I tinted my pearl white. I'm very happy with the look and performance of the darker windows.
Yes you need it. You can pick a lighter shade for the front windows, but definitely needed IMHO. It really makes a difference. Now, the top pano roof has enough tint to not need it there, and while I got a very clear film for the front windshield, that isn't needed either as Tesla does have a clear film protection for the front windshield as well.
Yes, tint all around. I disagree with some folks in that I tinted the pano with limo tint...and love it. If you do not tint the pano, it lets in a lot of heat.
You can get excellent UV blocking tinting that can barely be noticed. However if you are happy with it stock I wouldn't waste the money.
I have heard that getting UV tinting is mandatory on the back if you plan on putting kids in the third row jumpseats.
The side windows have such unique curved look, but the factory glass is too light IMHO and those windows look so much cooler with a little tint. More importantly, in hot climates the giant front windshield, the pano and the hatch will absorb a ton of heat. There are separate threads on the heat issues in the far back with un-tinted hatch glass. I tinted windshield, all windows, pano and hatch with PhotoSync (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4JnCBP8tKA). The product is rather expensive, but I'm extremely happy with it.
I am right now at a tinting place in Santa Clara. 3M on all including front windshield.
This car has large glass area. Tinting is highly recommended.
Am I crazy, or do the side windows already have a tiny degree of tint?
Yes, tint. my silver looks great with 20 tint on the back (illegal to tint front windows in CA).
Always had all my cars tinted except for my two '70 mustangs. Night and day on how great a car looks with tint IMO aside from the other positives like keeping it cooler insider.
Anyone with rear tint see reduced visibility at night?
Skymaster, can you post a pic of your tinted pano?
@Sean B, I live in North Carolina for many years but never tinted any of my cars before until the MS. I had all windows tinted CR40 and windshield in AIR 80 (along with paint armor) and is glad I had it done. It is definitely worth the money. They used my car for their showcase car on their gallery page, if interested..
@Redshift. Where are you tinting in Santa Clara?
Quality auto tint.
90% windshield , 70% front sides, 50% back sides and rear window.
3M crystalline. It's a good job, but car got a bit water stained outside during the job. (Had just detailed it yesterday!)
However, after this, my car is zen. And wild.
Thanks for all the feedback. More people tinting than I expected. Time to stare at some of the different tint options that others have posted.
Sean, hope this helps:
I chose 3M crystalline specifically for its lighter color. It has better (far better) heat rejection than others at the same % level. Yes, it's twice as expensive, but worth it on this car. Why? My reason is that the car has lower visibility as it is, due to this being a steeply raked hatch. So I didn't want too dark a tint.
While visibility itself is lower, glass area is quite large! Therefore, there is a lot of solar heat gain.
I am thinking of tinting to create a sun visor on the front and side windows. CA recommendations?
Call me crazy, but I want the police to see inside my car.
I put SAT (Solar Adaptive Tiransition) tint all the way around. It's also known as PhotoSync.
It has the highest heat rejection of all window films.
It darkens in the Sun then lightens for better night visibility.
I got SAT 35 but you can get it in almost clear too.
My concern with tinting is my ability to see out, especially when backing out and in the evening/night.
How has your tinting affected your visibility, particularly in the evening and night?
To those concerned about visibility: I chose the 3M specifically because it is much lighter tan others in shade, but equal or better solar energy blocking ability. This car presents unique challenges: poor visibility, but large glass area thanks to steep raking of the windshields.
Thus, the choice is clear.
I shall be posting a few pix tomorrow, was busy driving the Tesla roadster I got as loaner today at nearly 10/10ths. ;-)
I was going to get Huper Optik Ceramic but stretched a bit more for the SAT (Solar Adaptive Transition) tint.
SAT tint info
It's the most advanced window film.
Watch these videos;
SAT tint (AKA spectra photosync) vs Limo tint
>SAT tint (AKA spectra photosync) vs Ceramic tint
In the end get what suits you best and is within your budget. :)
I actually can see better with the tint as it reduces glare. The SAT tint becomes 5% lighter at night. I liken it to wearing cheap sunglasses vs expensive sunglasses. They may look the same but they don't work the same. You get what you pay for.
I was going to get the 3M Crystaline until I saw this video;
3M Crystalline vs Huper Optik Automotive Window Tint.
Here's a good link on the Photosync. Claims higher heat (IR) rejection than visible light, unlike all others.
@S-Car-Go Those demostrations are pretty impressive. What level are you getting?
I live in CA but want my front and rear side windows to match. Considering 55% or 45%. What's the likelihood of getting pulled over and what are the consequences?
SAT tint info
We have been getting a lot of Teslas in at the shop! They must be doing well in sales! This one gets the best tint on the market from EVS!
Isn't she just beautiful! I love my Model S!
For California, Premier installs the Photosync tint.
As I recall, you can't tint the front 2 windows in CA but I may be wrong.
I'd get the 45s in the back and 65s in the front if I lived in CA.
You may want to contact them.
@S-Car-Go | JUNE 15, 2013: SAT tint info
Hmm, this stuff looks like the Prestige Films Spectra PhotoSync™: http://www.prestige-films.com/docs/Photosync_DataSheet.pdf
They are just rebranding it under their own name.
I had the Prestige Films Spectra PhotoSync™ installed a little while ago. I did the 65% all around and it's hard to tell at night that there is any tinting. In the daytime, visibility is still great, but there is dramatic heat rejection.
Nice car and tint! It blends in so well!
Yes, That's what I've been trying to say all along.
It's the same stuff just different trademark names.
SAT (Solar Adaptive Transition) tint is AKA (also known as) Spectra Photosync tint.
Admittedly, I'm going for the Bad Boy look vs the Rich Guy look.
Please don't shoot me but IMO dark is cool and light is classic.
Get what suits you best. (I think that's becoming my tag line here, LOL)
Here's another picture that shows what it looks like from the inside vs what it looks like from the outside.
Look through the front windshield and see how clear it is on the passenger side as opposed to how dark it looks from the outside of the drivers side.
SAT (aka Photosync) 35
@S-Car-Go did you want to post a photo from the inside of the car?
I am wondering what temperature you have experienced on the inside when it is hot out?