Done today: 50% on the sides, 40% in the back, with Llumar ATR
I know, I know...I've heard all the opinions about these percentages being a "waste of money" or "not even noticeable," so no need for repeating :-). PA law paid some role in my decision, but ultimately a very small one. I just didn't want to go any darker.
For those considering tinting their windows, I'll share with you each of the factors I considered in making my decision:
- your state and local laws
- enforcement of said laws
- interior color (tan or black)
- contrast (tint % vs. color of the car)
- whether you want a "sophisticated" or "pimped out" look
- importance of aesthetics relative to other factors
- UV protection
- heat rejection
- brand/manufacturer reputation
- film series of the brand
- reputation of the installer
- pictures of the installer's work
- whether the shop is full-service detail and "just happens to do some tinting" or whether tinting is where 100% of their business comes from
- type of cars they've worked on (I'll give you extra points if you've worked on some exotics. It's an indication of a discerning clientele with the means to take/ship their cars anywhere--but they took them to that particular shop.)
In my research, I found that basically every film/manufacturer offered a full lifetime warranty (a small number had a limited warranty). I think it's more important to find a shop that makes it a point to stand behind their work. Every place will screw up at some point--look for reviews about how they made it right for the customer.
Kudos to the guys at Shades of Gray Tint (http://shadesofgraytint.com/
) outside of Philly for their great work.