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I've been staying at a hotel with limited parking for the past few days and have a little green card on my window stating that I am a guest. Anyway, in less than 4 days the fading on that card blew my mind. I became concerned as I park on the street, and in SoCal we get bright sun year round. I have been wanting window tint anyway because I have very sun sensitive eyes. I figured you just called a place with good reviews and that was it it, but I'm seeing there are options, materials, prices, etc. It's a 17' GT with premium package(black nappa leather) with 6k miles, I certainly want to care for it but don't want to be sold into spending more than necessary. The sun here is intense but it's not a super hot area. Mostly, I want protection for the interior and my eyes, although a little cooling would be nice it's not a top concern. I plan to get all the windows, including full windshield (legal or not, I'll risk the ticket) but I am not looking for super dark, obvious tint anyway, so it's generally overlooked unless you break other laws.

I would appreciate any advice anyone can give. Thanks in advance!

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I have 40% sides/rear and 55% windshield carbon tint. It's like 98% uv and heat rejection. Dark enough without hindering nighttime driving.

I'm in NC, so I highly doubt my prices are valid for you, but I paid $350 +$140 for the windshield.

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I'm running 35% everywhere but front windshield and it was about $300 to get it done in my area. Darkest legally allowed here and it does a great job keeping the car (relatively) cool.

Also, using proper leather care products regularly will go a LONG way in preserving your leather.
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I'm running 35% everywhere but front windshield and it was about $300 to get it done in my area. Darkest legally allowed here and it does a great job keeping the car (relatively) cool.

Also, using proper leather care products regularly will go a LONG way in preserving your leather.
May I ask what particular product you're using to maintain your leather seats?
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May I ask what particular product you're using to maintain your leather seats?
Yup! I was always partial to Griot's until the last few years where they've seemed to reduce their quality ever-so-slightly in order to get into the big name stores like Walmart and Amazon. https://www.griotsgarage.com/product/leather+care.do

In recent years I've been swaying more towards these guys because they seem like they put more effort into making a higher-quality product: https://www.chemicalguys.com/interio.../leather-care/ - Though I haven't tried that specific one yet.

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Somehwat similar but different, I personally use CarGuys super cleaner followed by 303 UV protectant, though i havent owned the car for even a year yet so i can't really speak for the results.
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Hi All,

I've been staying at a hotel with limited parking for the past few days and have a little green card on my window stating that I am a guest. Anyway, in less than 4 days the fading on that card blew my mind. I became concerned as I park on the street, and in SoCal we get bright sun year round. I have been wanting window tint anyway because I have very sun sensitive eyes. I figured you just called a place with good reviews and that was it it, but I'm seeing there are options, materials, prices, etc. It's a 17' GT with premium package(black nappa leather) with 6k miles, I certainly want to care for it but don't want to be sold into spending more than necessary. The sun here is intense but it's not a super hot area. Mostly, I want protection for the interior and my eyes, although a little cooling would be nice it's not a top concern. I plan to get all the windows, including full windshield (legal or not, I'll risk the ticket) but I am not looking for super dark, obvious tint anyway, so it's generally overlooked unless you break other laws.

I would appreciate any advice anyone can give. Thanks in advance! <img src="http://forum.mazda6club.com/images/Mazda6Club_2014/smilies/tango_face_smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
Since you mentioned you're in CA:

I believe as of 2018, tint law in CA states that you must maintain a 70% Varible Light Transmission at the front, rear side and glass can go as dark as you want, and you can only tint the top 3 inches of the front windshield. However, medical exceptions are allowed, but colors other than black are prohibited.

I am currently running a 90% 3M crystalline at the front, and 20% 3M color stable at the rear to maintain that OEMness, also, bear in mind that the darker you go, the less you see at night too.
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I have a white 2017 GT Premium. I had Madico Black Pearl Nano Ceramic 35% installed on side and back Windows, and Madico Black Pearl Nano Ceramic 75% on the front. This is the 4th car that we've had done with nano-ceramic and have been very happy with the results which are lack of interior fading, cracking, or other damage. We are currently living in Kansas City but 2 of the cars were in Phoenix without covered parking at work. Basically full Phoenix Sunblast 300 days a year for 5 years and no interior damage. Other cars without tint would all have interior damage long term.

We also have Nano Ceramic on our RV. We use a lot of 303 on the RV and cars to help protect rubber, vinyl, and plastic sun rot. I'm a big believer in 303.
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Whatever you do, don't cheap out on the tint. I put some Huper Optik Ceramic on my 2009 when the car was new. 10 years later and the tint still looks new.

I chose the specific ceramic due to the IR rejection vs visible. Not really dark but rejects most of the IR (heat). UV protection will always be there with most tints. I have 40% VLT all around to stay well within the 35% VLT of our local laws.
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Whatever you do, don't cheap out on the tint. I put some Huper Optik Ceramic on my 2009 when the car was new. 10 years later and the tint still looks new.

I chose the specific ceramic due to the IR rejection vs visible. Not really dark but rejects most of the IR (heat). UV protection will always be there with most tints. I have 40% VLT all around to stay well within the 35% VLT of our local laws.
So this brand is also available in your place. Don't you have any RFID installed on your windshield? The one that is used for toll fee?
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