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#1 ukphillad

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Alright guys,

I have been thinking about this for a while now, but actually coming to a conclusion that might do it very soon. Talking about window tinting here. I got a Silver MK2 Focus Style, 5 door. Was thinking about getting the back windows fully tinted (barely any visibility!) and then the passenger and driver side up to the legal Irish limit, which I believe is 70% visibility. Just want to find out what you guys think about it, how will it look and all..


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:42 PM

It will look really good, just bear in mind your reversing visibility.
Yes - 70% is your legal minimum for windscreen and front side windows.
I know for a fact that the Garda Síochána and PSNI definitely use Tintmaster tint testing kits and are very strict on the limit.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:51 PM

Cheers Stony,
you even put the Fada in on Siochana ;)

ive been thinking of getting mine done too, and the same idea 70%
but i was thinking of putting 50% in the back and 70% in the front because i had 90% in the back on my last car a toyota starlet and it was very difficult to see out the back window, using the rear view mirror because the light coming through the windscreen was making it brighter around the mirror leaving the reflection in the mirror hard to make out,

as for night driving it was great, because the tint would darken people driving behind you with their full lights on, unless they have HID's which seem to shine through the tint regardless B)

so when you get it done mate, please upload some pictures because im very interested to see the results. ;)

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:53 PM

I tinted the rears on my last Focus Estate which was also Silver. I used Limo Black which looked great against the silver paint. Reversing at night was a right pain though, and absolutely no chance where there were no street lights. I fitted a reversing camera and sensors in the end to help.

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:21 PM

Cheers Stony,
you even put the Fada in on Siochana ;)


ha well impressed with that ;) I am definately getting it done, found this company in Dublin that does it, they are called Vision fx or something along those lines. Read a few reviews of them and most other users share the same view that they always get the job done, however at a price. Think tinting for the Focus, 3 windows in the back and 2 in the front comes in at E290. But still at least you will have the peace of mind that you will get it done right.


absolutely no chance where there were no street lights. I fitted a reversing camera and sensors in the end to help.


Hopefully i will be able to get away with it, or just tell the missus to get out and shout ;P

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:40 PM

Cheers Stony,
you even put the Fada in on Siochana ;)

I've done the occasional exchange posting and i had the pleasure of working in the Republic for 4 weeks.
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:49 PM

I've done the occasional exchange posting and i had the pleasure of working in the Republic for 4 weeks.
The Garda Síochána are a great force and i learned a lot from them. Posted Image

Sorry to be taking this thread on window tinting off tipic,
but i cant help but vision, your 4 week stay over here being very much like the move ''The Guard'' :D
since you have been over here with them stoney, its well worth a watch mate you will see the funny side of it.

Now back to the topic of tinting. B)

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:53 PM

Sorry to be taking this thread on window tinting off tipic,
but i cant help but vision, your 4 week stay over here being very much like the move ''The Guard'' :D
since you have been over here with them stoney, its well worth a watch mate you will see the funny side of it.

Now back to the topic of tinting. B)

Seen film, thoroughly enjoyed.
Anyway - tint - thought about it myself but instead saw this and thought that it may be useful as it's totally removable in winter or night.
http://www.vanstyle...._3045_3046.html

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:20 PM

Seen film, thoroughly enjoyed.
Anyway - tint - thought about it myself but instead saw this and thought that it may be useful as it's totally removable in winter or night.
http://www.vanstyle...._3045_3046.html



Yeah the car shades are a cool idea, but I just want to get the tint on and am not planning on taking it off!! :D but great idea nevertheless :P

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 11:52 PM

Yeah the car shades are a cool idea, but I just want to get the tint on and am not planning on taking it off!! :D but great idea nevertheless :P

I think they will be very handy for when the dogs are in the back.
Also it means if anyone gets too close to my car when stopped and they get nosey, they don't see the dogs until they're too close and get a nasty shock when they suddenly see 3 sets of sharp teeth rushing towards them accompanied by loads of barking.
(Stops nosey sods in their tracks)
I had one the other day outside my house looking in my car 6 inches from the window, even had his hand up shading the reflection.
I just happened to be outside and walked up to him and asked what he was doing.
He jumps like a stabbed rat and swears blind he was looking at himself in my mirrors (except they were folded in).
I invited him to depart and engage in self love.
Thieving necky scum.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:42 AM

I invited him to depart and engage in self love.


Well said there Stoney :D Hate when you get those chavs. If it was up to me, I'd batter every single one of them! The cars are our pride and joy, and the feeling is never gonna be the same when you walk up to the car in the morning and find out that your front window has been smashed or CD Player nicked :/
Actually a friend of mine who drives a very unique car, woke up at 3am just to find 3 lads trying to break into his car. When he confronted them outside they stabbed at him with screwdrivers. The chap ended up in hospital and the knackers wrote off the car.

Thought i'd share that story there and just make aware that you should never try to confront those thieves unless you know u gonna win :)

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:08 AM

i was also thinking of doing the same thing dark tinits on the back and legal tints on the front, but i didnt know if the cold weather would effect the quality of the tints???
And reversing shouldnt be a problem with the new TWIN cree Q5 reverse lights B)

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:14 AM

Well said there Stoney :D Hate when you get those chavs. If it was up to me, I'd batter every single one of them! The cars are our pride and joy, and the feeling is never gonna be the same when you walk up to the car in the morning and find out that your front window has been smashed or CD Player nicked :/
Actually a friend of mine who drives a very unique car, woke up at 3am just to find 3 lads trying to break into his car. When he confronted them outside they stabbed at him with screwdrivers. The chap ended up in hospital and the knackers wrote off the car.

Thought i'd share that story there and just make aware that you should never try to confront those thieves unless you know u gonna win :)


I'd win as i have my baton and cuffs in my go bag in the hall and my warrant card and powers of arrest with me at all times B) and a PAT (patrol arm true) Police dog in her bed beside me. (the other 2 i have are a AES search dog and a former AES search dog, not PAT trained but still likely to remove lumps)

Incidentally, i had cause to talk to a young woman a couple of weeks ago that stupidly left her satnav on display in a car park.
She has a brand new Fiesta and a !Removed! actually pulled out her front corner window and reached in.
Warning to all Fiesta owners - apparently this is easy to do.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:02 AM

I had one the other day outside my house looking in my car 6 inches from the window, even had his hand up shading the reflection.
I just happened to be outside and walked up to him and asked what he was doing.
He jumps like a stabbed rat and swears blind he was looking at himself in my mirrors (except they were folded in).
I invited him to depart and engage in self love.
Thieving necky scum.


Wow, Devon was supposed to be such a quiet, peaceful place to live. How naive me and my wife were........

Regarding tinting - I used to have tinted windows in all my previous cars. Now I'm obviously older and I don't like the look of fully tinted windows any more. In my opinion brighter tinted windows look better, they are more stylish, tasteful and elegant. But what do I know after all :P

By the way - aren't focus windows factory tinted? All my recent cars had factory tinted windows and there was no possibility to additionally tint front windows and keep legally required percentage of visibility. I even asked a friend to apply a piece of brightest tint film and have it checked with police tint testing kit - no way, instead of 70% I got 62% as far as I remember. Different country, but regulations regarding tinting are the same.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:31 AM

Wow, Devon was supposed to be such a quiet, peaceful place to live. How naive me and my wife were........

Regarding tinting - I used to have tinted windows in all my previous cars. Now I'm obviously older and I don't like the look of fully tinted windows any more. In my opinion brighter tinted windows look better, they are more stylish, tasteful and elegant. But what do I know after all :P

By the way - aren't focus windows factory tinted? All my recent cars had factory tinted windows and there was no possibility to additionally tint front windows and keep legally required percentage of visibility. I even asked a friend to apply a piece of brightest tint film and have it checked with police tint testing kit - no way, instead of 70% I got 62% as far as I remember. Different country, but regulations regarding tinting are the same.


Devon is a pretty safe place to live thanks to my co-workers and i.

And yes, the windows are factory tinted to legal levels but tinting regulations apply to the windows that the driver can see within his peripheral view without the use of mirrors (i.e. windscreen and front side windows), not rear / rear side windows.

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