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Old 05-29-2017, 06:41 PM   #1
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3M Crystalline Window Tint

We had it put on today. Cost around $1100 for front & cab side windows. Here are some photos, taken after application, on a very cloudy day. I'll add more on a sunny day when we get a chance.

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We put 70% (transmission) on windshield, and 40% on side windows. The installer put a "sun visor" strip of very dark film at the top, because the standard rolls of 3MC are not tall enough for the Sprinter windshield. It's a nice effect.

The "No" sticky notes on the side windows are to remind us not to lower the glass. It takes several days for the film to fully cure.
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Looks good. Was it a mobile vendor or did you take the van somewhere?
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:23 AM   #3
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I had my side windows tinted late last year. Waited about five days to be sure the film was fully cured before opening the windows. It works great but my only concern is that it is not very durable. I already have a tiny nick in the film on the driver's side. Must have accidentally struck it with something hard or sharp.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:46 AM   #4
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Looks good. Was it a mobile vendor or did you take the van somewhere?
We took it to Midtown Motor Trends https://www.facebook.com/MidtownMotorTrends/

According to the 3M site they are the only certified installers of the product in the area. I think they did a quality job. I didn't compare prices to other dealers.
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The "No" sticky notes on the side windows are to remind us not to lower the glass. It takes several days for the film to fully cure.
Oh, I love this! It's so very Houston! Like in Apollo 13 when the NO note was placed to remind the astronauts not to jettison the lunar module prematurely!


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3m Crystalline has no competitors
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Looks good from here. I hope you will let us know how much, if any, change you notice in internal temperatures in Texas summer heat.
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The seatbelt buckle will do it every time.
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i have had 3m Crystalline on several of my vehicles for years. the difference in comfort is significant. it is most noticeable when you are driving and the sun is shining through the side window. I have never installed it on my front window, although I am tempted. Crystalline reduces heat by using a different technology whereas you can get the same reduction as a competitor's product without having to go to a darker shade of film. You will still be able to see out of your window, and people will not think that you are in a rap video.
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Looks good from here. I hope you will let us know how much, if any, change you notice in internal temperatures in Texas summer heat.
My report won't mean much: our van is brand new and we have not experienced full summer sun, so this was a "preemptive strike" against heat.
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Oh my freakin' gosh... 93 degrees in Houston this afternoon, our first full-on summer assault. And I had to take our Interstate over to our local MB to order a spare key (which is a surprisingly involved process BTW). Sheer misery coming at me through the front windshield!! Like a fist-pummeling!!

Question because I cannot tell from your photographs: how did the tint contractor deal with your Texas registration sticker? Did they just apply the tint over the top of it, or did they cut a hole for it? Or did they remove it and re-apply it on the inside surface of the tint? The stickers tend (by design) to fall apart when removal is attempted.
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I'm very curious on how the 3M is working on the front windshield. I have one of my cars at XPEL at the moment getting an exterior windshield film designed to protect against chips. While their I asked about the thermal products they have and the installer provided me the attached. I'm going to have it done with the XPEL so we will have a compare and contrast.

VLT = Visible Light Transmission
VSR = Visible Light Reflectance
TSER = Total Solar Energy Reflectance (I think)
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Because of this thread, I have also made an appt with the local 3M tint installer here in Silicon Valley to have my windows tinted with 3M Crystalline. This forum makes me spend money $$$ LOL
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I'm very curious on how the 3M is working on the front windshield. I have one of my cars at XPEL at the moment getting an exterior windshield film designed to protect against chips. While their I asked about the thermal products they have and the installer provided me the attached. I'm going to have it done with the XPEL so we will have a compare and contrast.

VLT = Visible Light Transmission
VSR = Visible Light Reflectance
TSER = Total Solar Energy Reflectance (I think)
So, if I'm understanding this PDF correctly, there's only an analogous XPEL product up to 3M Crystalline 70? Nothing available in the range of 3M Crystalline 90, which is what I'd need?

The prospect of having a chip-resistant product is attractive, but only if it doesn't impede visibility (I have bad eyes).
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