For a while now I've been saying I want darker tint. I originally went with 5% in the rear and 12% up front. It looked good, but wasn't as dark as I had hoped.
1st Tint Job (Before): (Click for larger pics)
With the addition of a new DVD head unit, amp, subs and more, I've decided to upgrade. This will help keep prying eyes out. I figure if people can't see in the vehicle, they won't bother breaking in to see what's in there.
So today I went to have 5% done on all windows. But the guy told me he literally just got some new tint in that uses aluminum metallic. He said it's darker than 5%. It's called "Presidential". So I said, cool, let's do it. So it has presidential on all windows and 70% on the windshield. The results were orgasmic....
After: (Click for larger pics)
Now I know a lot of you might think it's too dark. However, I can see just fine through all windows. I can parallel park at night with the windows up (not easy, but can be done), I can see just fine at night through the windshield. You can barely tell it's tinted when driving. It doesn't hinder my sight at all.
As for those on the outside.....they can't see me from the side or rear. It's too dark to see anyone in there. At night, it's impossible to see inside. The windshield is the only place you can really see me. Even then, it's not all that great because the tint reflects and makes the window look super clean.
It keeps out so much heat because of the aluminum metallic in the tint, it's awesome. My truck stays cools in the hot sun and it takes less AC to cool it now. The only negative I've experience so far is the my outside temp sensor on the back window reads about 20 degrees off. That's because the tint reflects so much heat, it can't get an accurate reading. No big deal for me.
Overall, I like it. It definitely gives you that "VIP" feeling when driving around. People look at you and you just know they're saying "who's in there?". LOL. And yes, it is 100% illegal to have any tint on the front 2 windows and windshield in Cali. However, most cops don't care as long as you're not being stupid.