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« on: March 03, 2004, 03:11:12 PM »
My name is Roland. I'm a new member, and I have also joined edition 719 and superchargedaudi.com.  I need some recommendations on window tinting shops in the Denver area, and what type of film and light transmission value to use. Also, does anyone have any feel for how dark you can go on the driver's side without getting ticketed/hasseled by CSP? :)

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2004, 03:20:55 PM »
The limit I believe is 30%, though about 10 years ago on my old Fox I had it done at 28% (legally) and it was no hassle.

I have no recommendation on shops, but I know others do, they should respond soon.

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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2004, 03:20:55 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2004, 03:35:06 PM »
Thanks for responding. Someone on the edition 719 forum said 27%, but didn't know the source. I found a summary of state laws at http://www.dhc.net/~blair/state.htm but I'm not sure it's up to date. That site says no driver's side tinting allowed in Colorado. I'd like to meet up w/ some members sometime if in Denver area. For last several months, I've been busy with mods, but am nearing the end for now. Also, my wife and I are redecorating our house, so that kinda wipes out weekends for a while. What do you drive? Your pic looks like hibiscus, which is the color of mine.

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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2004, 03:39:16 PM »
In Colorado the driver window can be tinted, and there are some deals where you cna have the rear windows tinted darker than the fronts.

27% may be the limit. I talked to a few tint shops last year when i was thinking about doing it and they both said 30%, thats the limit.  I think some shops will do all the way to 25%, but really you run into the potential of being asked to scrape it with a razor blade byt he CSP.

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2004, 03:41:41 PM »
I just found this:

http://www.iwfa.com/iwfa/Law_Chart/State%20Law%20Chart.htm

EDIT:  Looks like 2 entries for Colorado.  So there might be certain areas where one takes precident over the other.

EDIT EDIT:  Looks like the "no driver  front windows" one is for Limos since it allows for any tint on the back windows.

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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2004, 03:44:29 PM »
I got mine done recently and at Denver window tint (either location).  I have 30% on my fronts and 25% on the rears (sides and rear window).  Not really "legit" but I don't live in Aurora or the city of Denver where most of the problems arise with the poilce cracking down on them.

Of course I had to pay cash and tehre's no paper trail but the shop did warranty the job.  They gave me a biz card with my vehicle, license plate and date of the install, that's the only paper trail that exists.

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2004, 04:13:53 PM »
Well, someone on the edition 719 site just sent me a link to the actual Colorado statutes, which is the straight skinny.  It says 27% max on windows, 70% windshield, no requirement for rear sides and back except that if those are less than 27%, then the front side can't be less than 70%. The way the statutes are written, you have to be a fvkin lawyer to interpret them though!  :? Here's the text:
 
42-4-227. Windows unobstructed - certain materials prohibited - windshield wiper requirements.
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(1) (a) Except as provided in this paragraph (a), no person shall operate any motor vehicle registered in Colorado on which any window, except the windshield, is composed of, covered by, or treated with any material or component which presents an opaque, nontransparent, or metallic or mirrored appearance in such a way that it allows less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance. The windshield shall allow seventy percent light transmittance. The provisions of this paragraph (a) shall not apply to the windows to the rear of the driver, including the rear window, on any motor vehicle; however, if such windows allow less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance, then the front side windows and the windshield on such vehicles shall allow seventy percent light transmittance.

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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2004, 04:15:15 PM »
I have 30% 3M black panther on mine and I'm happy with it (I normally keep my rear window sun shade up which makes the tint look darker from the outside).
In Colorado the legal limit is 27% for all side and rear glass, and red and amber colored tints are illegal.
For more detailed auto tint laws you could check out the Llumar's tint law page:
http://www.llumar.com/na-eng/Automotive/auto-tint-laws.html#

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2004, 04:21:55 PM »
Thanks. Between all the responses and links from this group and edition 719, the answer certainly appears to be 27%, with some restriction. So, off I go for probably 30~35% all around except windshield.

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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2004, 04:24:35 PM »
Hey Roland! Nice to meet you. I got mine done 27% all around at Jazz it Up on Arapahoe. It was done about a year ago and I ripped one window about a month and they just redid the window for free (I had the paperwork).
Great shop. Check them out. Jazz it Up.
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2004, 04:34:29 PM »
Thanks for the recommendation, and nice to hear from you as well  :) I'll check them out.

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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2004, 11:06:09 PM »
Quote from: "rolsmi1"
Well, someone on the edition 719 site just sent me a link to the actual Colorado statutes, which is the straight skinny.  It says 27% max on windows, 70% windshield, no requirement for rear sides and back except that if those are less than 27%, then the front side can't be less than 70%. The way the statutes are written, you have to be a fvkin lawyer to interpret them though!  :? Here's the text:
 
42-4-227. Windows unobstructed - certain materials prohibited - windshield wiper requirements.
Statute text
(1) (a) Except as provided in this paragraph (a), no person shall operate any motor vehicle registered in Colorado on which any window, except the windshield, is composed of, covered by, or treated with any material or component which presents an opaque, nontransparent, or metallic or mirrored appearance in such a way that it allows less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance. The windshield shall allow seventy percent light transmittance. The provisions of this paragraph (a) shall not apply to the windows to the rear of the driver, including the rear window, on any motor vehicle; however, if such windows allow less than twenty-seven percent light transmittance, then the front side windows and the windshield on such vehicles shall allow seventy percent light transmittance.


The big news here is that you can tint your front windshield, which I had no idea about!  That has to be new!

I'm going to do my new front windshield!
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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2004, 01:45:38 PM »
I don't think I'm going to do the windshield, as they are so likely to be broken/chipped by rocks. I'm having the remainder done tomorrow, probably 30% Diamond Brilliant or Marquise. Diamond has a lifetime warranty against fading, delamination, cracking, peeling. I've read that it will fade somewhat, but it won't go purple or bubble which is most important to me. I'm not familiar w/ metalized film, so this is all subject to change when I actually see it on glass. Will post pics later.  :)

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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2004, 02:06:33 PM »
The metallic tints are pretty cool, I went with a partial  metallic tint, it adds a little more privacy without going over the legal tint limit. The brighter it is out, the more reflective it is, when the sun goes down it looks just like regular tint. IMO I get the best of both worlds and it has a lifetime guarantee.
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