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I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
 

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Ross a klein said:
I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
Ross, I just got my car back and tinted with 3M's crystalline product. Is that what you got? Do you know which darkness you got (40, 50, 60 or 70) you got on which windows?
 

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Ross a klein said:
I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
Ross, I just got my car back and tinted with 3M's crystalline product. Is that what you got? Do you know which darkness you got (40, 50, 60 or 70) you got on which windows?
Hi. Yes. I did 40 on sides and rear, there's a non tint uv filter they offered for front windshiekd to protect dash, but I declined for now. I think we made a good choice. Apologies for starting a new thread but my search wasn't working to connect to old thread.
 

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Ross a klein said:
SoCalGuy said:
Ross a klein said:
I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
Ross, I just got my car back and tinted with 3M's crystalline product. Is that what you got? Do you know which darkness you got (40, 50, 60 or 70) you got on which windows?
Hi. Yes. I did 40 on sides and rear, there's a non tint uv filter they offered for front windshiekd to protect dash, but I declined for now. I think we made a good choice. Apologies for starting a new thread but my search wasn't working to connect to old thread.
Cool - I went with the 50 on the sides and rear, since I was worried about it getting too dark from inside the car. I also did the clear on the windshield to protect the leather and reduce cabin temperature. I'll post some before/after pics soon.
 

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Ross a klein said:
I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
Do the darkness of the tint 20,35,40,50 play a role in the radio reception or any other possible issues or is it only the ceramic or metallic based tint?
 

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Ross a klein said:
I had my karma tinted this week w 3m, the tech said its key to use a ceramic based tint, not a metallic based product in our cars for optimum Bluetooth and Sirius reception. I hadnt heard or read that before so wanted to share. I also did light for filter but so I could still see in and also not risk night time darkness looking out. I'm very happy.
Do the darkness of the tint 20,35,40,50 play a role in the radio reception or any other possible issues or is it only the ceramic or metallic based tint?
My tech told me darkness degree didn't matter ( except for police attn) but metallic messes up Bluetooth and reception....I will try toots pics to my photo bucket.
 

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When you tint the windows only use ceramic based tints and stay away from metallic tints they do mess up radio reception as mentioned by the tech who does the install .
What we do in Florida when we tint windows we tell the installers to tint the windows too the Darkest Legal this way the police won't give you a ticket .
 

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I can't find the non expel thread but I had the 3m bra kit installed today by Mastershield in Palm Desert, I am very happy with the installation they did the front, headlamps, door handles, lower rockers and wheel arches. It was around 2 k complete. Sky Lundy is the contact. They provided a ride home a returned the car to me as part of the service 20 miles away. Very good experience and now I feel more confident road tripping ;)
 

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I also did the entire car in 3 M clear bra- it is tested in AZ so it is known to be able to handle the heat without discoloration etc. Also, just FYI for those that may not know- make sure they either take out the window gasket in the door panel or cover with mole skin or felt as the tinting will scratch over time. I have already learned the hard way and going back to get retinted.

#M 40 all the way a round for me has been great- and yes NO METALLIC is important
 

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I also did the entire car in 3 M clear bra- it is tested in AZ so it is known to be able to handle the heat without discoloration etc. Also, just FYI for those that may not know- make sure they either take out the window gasket in the door panel or cover with mole skin or felt as the tinting will scratch over time. I have already learned the hard way and going back to get retinted.

#M 40 all the way a round for me has been great- and yes NO METALLIC is important
Who did your tint?
 

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SoCalGuy, just got my car back with 3M on the nose, rear wheel arches and 1/3 rear door. I was amazed with the amount of scratches on the car before they applied the 3M. Didn't do the tint yet. I want to see your car first.
 

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SoCalGuy, just got my car back with 3M on the nose, rear wheel arches and 1/3 rear door. I was amazed with the amount of scratches on the car before they applied the 3M. Didn't do the tint yet. I want to see your car first.
Did they fix the scratches before putting on the 3M?
 

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QUESTION:

Is It Really True?
Metallic based tint plays a role in the radio/satellite reception or Bluetooth interference?
Use only Ceramic based tint?
 

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QUESTION:

Is It Really True?
Metallic based tint plays a role in the radio/satellite reception or Bluetooth interference?
Use only Ceramic based tint?
@WOJO: I have felt a bit dubious about this claim as well and would appreciate some clarification. The radio antennas for the car are in the wing mirrors and would not be affected by the tinting material. BT works entirely inside the car, so again it does not appear that covering the windows would have any impact. The only radio signal that would potentially need to go across the tint would be the lock/unlock signal from the key fob and the electronic toll tags, such as Fastrak in California. Anyone knows the scientific basis for this assertion?
 

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Fabulist, BT is very sensitive about reflections which - depending on the chipset of your phone - might not be filtered entirely, which would give you interrupted or at least poor sound
 

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Fabulist, BT is very sensitive about reflections which - depending on the chipset of your phone - might not be filtered entirely, which would give you interrupted or at least poor sound
Thanks. Did not know that.
 

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@WOJO: I have felt a bit dubious about this claim as well and would appreciate some clarification. The radio antennas for the car are in the wing mirrors and would not be affected by the tinting material. BT works entirely inside the car, so again it does not appear that covering the windows would have any impact. The only radio signal that would potentially need to go across the tint would be the lock/unlock signal from the key fob and the electronic toll tags, such as Fastrak in California. Anyone knows the scientific basis for this assertion?
I was too late to read this post before I got the Metallic tinting done. However everything works perfectly. I brought this up to my tinting guy and he said, sometime you need to stay away from forums....
 
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