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just after this morning's bath and wax. Please note the 20% tint to the front door windows, of course I am biased but i think it really enhances the look. The tint doesn't exactly match the factory tint, but you can tell in the pics a lot more than you can with the naked eye. I sure do like the Havasu Blue color, after it's washed and waxed it just glows...pics don't do it justice.



 

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casdas said:
just after this morning's bath and wax. Please note the 20% tint to the front door windows, of course I am biased but i think it really enhances the look. The tint doesn't exactly match the factory tint, but you can tell in the pics a lot more than you can with the naked eye. I sure do like the Havasu Blue color, after it's washed and waxed it just glows...pics don't do it justice.
Nice pics, casdas! I was just wondering, how did youtint the front side windows or what did you use? Also, if you did it yourself, was it hard to do?

Also, I think the Havasu Blue is a very nice color indeed. My wife picked the color and I didn't want it, but after the delivery of our Pilot, I don't regret it a bit. Many people commented on how nice and unique the color is as well.
 

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Hey casdas,

Your pilot looks great and the tinting job definatly makes it look cool. I've seen a couple havasu blues at the dealership the day we picked up our pilot. It is a very pleasing color. We might have went with that color if we saw it before ordering the sandstone.
 

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Casdas, very nice. I tinted my silver Pilot two days ago. It makes the Pilot nicier looking. The tint matches almost perfectly. Costed $50 (25 per window)
 

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Hey y'all (that's what we say here in Okla), thanks for the nice comments. RipRocK, the only thing I know about window tinting is not to roll down the windows for a week or so after it's done; the part I did myself was give the tint shop dude $60 (which was pretty easy). It only took him about 40 minutes though, so it can't be that tough. They used 3M plastic automotive window tint, it's supposed to cut uv transmission by 99% and reduce heat by 27%.

Tony, the funny thing is we probably would have bought the sandstone if it had been available...I still haven't seen one in person. We bought the Pilot off the lot, and that happened to be the color they had, but as I said I'm very pleased with the Havasu.

hoppy, that silver's looking good. Is that a pinstripe? Looks like your tint match is nearly perfect! You should getcha a pair of the rear mudguards and put them on yourself, it's very simple (tip: take a finishing nail and punch a hole thru the bodywork plastic where the bottom screw goes)...they sure keep a lot of road crap off your lower rear fender.
 

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I like the tint in both cases. Here in WI I don't believe we can tint to that "darkness". Looking good on both counts! :31:
 

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i havent taken pics of our tint... but we tinted over the factory tint. Medium all around. It looks really really good and it does not get too hot at all now. I like the fact that people cant see into the back windows & it blends in nicely with the front windows.
 

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Looks great ... I just got my 20% tint done on Saturday .... You're correct ... It's not exactly the same as the rear, but it makes a difference ... Also, with the UV protection and added shade the interior is noticeably cooler ...

Again, great looking Havasu ... you should take off the dealer stickers on the back under the PILOT emblem ...

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Is tiniting on the front windows thats something easy to do ourselves ? I read someone mentioning it costing around $25 per window. Can someone post the procedure or should I just to go the local auto-store and get everything i need from them and the installation-procedures are included ?

I am definitely interested in getting the front windows tinted to match the rear windows. Am not sure what the tint-level-laws are here in California.

Thanks in advance.
 

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hey 03pilot

Here's the way I look at do-it-yourself tinting...for the $ you would spend on the supplies and material at your auto parts store, and then the time it would take you to do it yourself as opposed to the 40 minutes it took the pro to fix up my Pilot (how much is your time worth?), I just felt like I came out way ahead dollar-wise by having mine done for me. Then I also got a 3-year warranty if it bubbles or peels or discolors or whatever. Plus I imagine that they used a better tint in the first place than what is available to you or I from Pep Boys. it just seemed like $60 was very reasonable to have this done.

Now there are places on the web where you can order pre-cut kits for doing it yourself, like this one ...but there's no real dollar savings by the time you figure shipping in, and you probably still need some tools to do it right.

As for the laws, here is a website that lists the state-by-state laws for allowable tint, but I'd follow up with your local police and/or highway patrol. They might also give you a hint as to how diligently the laws are enforced in your local area.
 

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Re: hey 03pilot

Thanks casdas. Thats what I thought. Getting it done from a professional might be a better alternative for me.

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Here's the way I look at do-it-yourself tinting...for the $ you would spend on the supplies and material at your auto parts store, and then the time it would take you to do it yourself as opposed to the 40 minutes it took the pro to fix up my Pilot (how much is your time worth?), I just felt like I came out way ahead dollar-wise by having mine done for me. Then I also got a 3-year warranty if it bubbles or peels or discolors or whatever. Plus I imagine that they used a better tint in the first place than what is available to you or I from Pep Boys. it just seemed like $60 was very reasonable to have this done.

Now there are places on the web where you can order pre-cut kits for doing it yourself, like this one ...but there's no real dollar savings by the time you figure shipping in, and you probably still need some tools to do it right.

As for the laws, here is a website that lists the state-by-state laws for allowable tint, but I'd follow up with your local police and/or highway patrol. They might also give you a hint as to how diligently the laws are enforced in your local area.
 

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It's an easy process if you have the knowhow and right tools ... but a pain if not ... I just got mine done ... The cost/benefit for me to do it is not enough for me to try ... I paid $80 ... professionally done and a lifetime warranty on the tint ... easy 40 minutes as compared to several hours fumbling around with tint ...

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Is the factory tint same as the aftermarket tint? Is the factory tint also achieved by coating ... or is the color blended in the glass?
 

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It's in the glass ...

Legally though the driver and passenger side windows in all states that allow it, tint should not exceed 20%. Regardless, you won't perfectly match the rear tint if you opt to stay within the confines of the law. Tinters will ask if you want to add tint all the way around the vehicle instead of just the two windows. The justification being that the factory tint does not provide UV protection. Not sure if this is a valid point, but those with kids, it could be a possible consideration.

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PrG,

I thought I read somehwere that the Pilot's factory tint DID include UV protection and that even the front side windows and possibly the windshield itself had this feature.
 

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Again, I'm not sure how valid the point is ... I don't know if the glass offers UV protection or not ... It didn't persuade me to get the whole thing tinted, just did the front two windows.

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My dealer told me they ARE UV shielded.

Same thing on our new Odyssey. I was able to verify that information on the web.
 

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Legal Tint

I had mine tint from the dealer for $96. Dealer only tint according to the law of Massachusetts. In Mass you can't tint windows equal to the factory rear windows, it has to be lighter than the rear.
 

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I thought glass in general had a certain level of UV protection? I was once looking at some self-tinting eyeglass lenses, and the optometrist told me they don't work when driving because the car windows block the UV rays.
 

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CA Vehicle Code re: Tint

26708. (a) (1) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any
object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied
upon the windshield or side or rear windows.
(2) No person shall drive any motor vehicle with any object or
material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon
the vehicle which obstructs or reduces the driver's clear view
through the windshield or side windows.
(3) This subdivision applies to a person driving a motor vehicle
with the driver's clear vision through the windshield, or side or
rear windows, obstructed by snow or ice.
(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:
(1) Rearview mirrors.
(2) Adjustable nontransparent sunvisors which are mounted forward
of the side windows and are not attached to the glass.
(3) Signs, stickers, or other materials which are displayed in a
7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed
from the driver, signs, stickers, or other materials which are
displayed in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the rear window
farthest removed from the driver, or signs, stickers, or other
materials which are displayed in a 5-inch square in the lower corner
of the windshield nearest the driver.
(4) Side windows which are to the rear of the driver.
(5) Direction, destination, or termini signs upon a passenger
common carrier motor vehicle or a schoolbus, if those signs do not
interfere with the driver's clear view of approaching traffic.
(6) Rear window wiper motor.
(7) Rear trunk lid handle or hinges.
(8) The rear window or windows, when the motor vehicle is equipped
with outside mirrors on both the left- and right-hand sides of the
vehicle that are so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the
highway through each mirror for a distance of at least 200 feet to
the rear of the vehicle.
(9) A clear, transparent lens affixed to the side window opposite
the driver on a vehicle greater than 80 inches in width and which
occupies an area not exceeding 50 square inches of the lowest corner
toward the rear of that window and which provides the driver with a
wide-angle view through the lens.
(10) Sun screening devices meeting the requirements of Section
26708.2 installed on the side windows on either side of the vehicle's
front seat, if the driver or a passenger in the front seat has in
his or her possession a letter or other document signed by a licensed
physician and surgeon certifying that the person must be shaded from
the sun due to a medical condition, or has in his or her possession
a letter or other document signed by a licensed optometrist
certifying that the person must be shaded from the sun due to a
visual condition. The devices authorized by this paragraph shall not
be used during darkness.
(11) An electronic communication device affixed to the center
uppermost portion of the interior of a windshield within an area that
is not greater than 5 inches square, if the device provides either
of the following:
(A) The capability for enforcement facilities of the Department of
the California Highway Patrol to communicate with a vehicle equipped
with the device.
(B) The capability for electronic toll and traffic management on
public or private roads or facilities.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), transparent material may be
installed, affixed, or applied to the topmost portion of the
windshield if the following conditions apply:
(1) The bottom edge of the material is at least 29 inches above
the undepressed driver's seat when measured from a point 5 inches in
front of the bottom of the backrest with the driver's seat in its
rearmost and lowermost position with the vehicle on a level surface.

(2) The material is not red or amber in color.
(3) There is no opaque lettering on the material and any other
lettering does not affect primary colors or distort vision through
the windshield.
(4) The material does not reflect sunlight or headlight glare into
the eyes of occupants of oncoming or following vehicles to any
greater extent than the windshield without the material.
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), clear, colorless, and
transparent material may be installed, affixed, or applied to the
front side windows, located to the immediate left and right of the
front seat if the following conditions are met:
(1) The material has a minimum visible light transmittance of 88
percent.
(2) The window glazing with the material applied meets all
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205 (49
C.F.R. 571.205), including the specified minimum light transmittance
of 70 percent and the abrasion resistance of AS-14 glazing, as
specified in that federal standard.
(3) The material is designed and manufactured to enhance the
ability of the existing window glass to block the sun's harmful
ultraviolet A rays.
(4) The driver has in his or her possession, or within the
vehicle, a certificate signed by the installing company certifying
that the windows with the material installed meet the requirements of
this subdivision and identifies the installing company and the
material's manufacturer by full name and street address, or, if the
material was installed by the vehicle owner, a certificate signed by
the material's manufacturer certifying that the windows with the
material installed according to manufacturer's instructions meets the
requirements of this subdivision and identifies the material's
manufacturer by full name and street address.
(5) If the material described in this subdivision tears or
bubbles, or is otherwise worn to prohibit clear vision, it shall be
removed or replaced.
 
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