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Old 07-19-2016, 01:25 PM   #729
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Besides it's not a lot of money and is a fix-it ticket.
I'd have to fix it every year to get my vehicle inspection sticker. I know because I already had to remove front window tint on the Dodge Durango SUV I used to drive after the SUV failed an inspection.

So now I just use cling-film baby sunshades…
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019XII97K...G0HTET3J151BP7
The 13×19 size fits my Interstate's front windows if I mount them in portrait orientation instead of landscape orientation, and it's just a matter of moments to peel or stick.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:36 PM   #730
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I'd have to fix it every year to get my vehicle inspection sticker. I know because I already had to remove front window tint on the Dodge Durango SUV I used to drive after the SUV failed an inspection.

So now I just use cling-film baby sunshades…
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019XII97K...G0HTET3J151BP7
The 13×19 size fits my Interstate's front windows if I mount them in portrait orientation instead of landscape orientation, and it's just a matter of moments to peel or stick.
Thanks Protag - those look like a good option.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:09 PM   #731
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:31 PM   #732
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... We are getting ready for a trip diving north so side shades are definitely needed. ...
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Bingo. North. The sun is going to rise and set within your exact zones of aggravation. Which means a good part of your driving day is going to be spent fighting it. This was my motivation at this time. My husband and I are reverse snowbirds when time and circumstances allow it (who the hell would NOT be, living in Houston?!). I'm not going to count our current chickens until they are hatched, but we, too, are hoping to soon drive north.

Tinting won't get this kind of job done the way it needs to be done. Besides which, there's a reason why I'm a morning person. I have poor eyesight. Good enough for a DL, but I don't see optimally at night so I don't bother to stay up late, hence a tendency to be an early riser. I would go to my grave before I would tint my windows. I might go to my grave IF I tint my windows.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:48 PM   #733
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Thanks Protag - those look like a good option.
Those are a good commercially-available measure for some people. I tried them but they let through too much light for me. I wear polarized Safety Rx sunglasses because I have to have them for my job, and no element of side curvature is possible with my prescription. If someone could use the wrapping style sunglasses, this would be a much simpler issue for them, and the lighter sun shades would probably work.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:52 PM   #734
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Tinting won't get this kind of job done the way it needs to be done. I have poor eyesight. Good enough for a DL, but I don't see optimally at night so I don't bother to stay up late, hence a tendency to be an early riser. I would go to my grave before I would tint my windows. I might go to my grave IF I tint my windows.
I understand your concerns, you do however realize that you can see much better looking out of tinted windows than looking in.

Tinting my windows was the 1st thing I did over 2 years and 20,000 miles ago. So glad I did and I don't routinely tint all of my cars. My Wife and my daily drivers are just factory tint. My Van and my Viper added aftermarket.
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:23 AM   #735
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100% UV blocking Window Film

One of the first things I did for my 2016 AI was getting window film for the front windshield and front door windows. I had the 3M "Crystalline" film applied. It has 100% UV blocking, and comes in a variety of tinting (for blocking infrared rays). I used 20% tint (80% transmission) for the front windshield and 40% tint (60% transmission) for the doors. It basically looks like there is no tint on the front of the vehicle, especially compared to the black-out tint on the rest of the vehicle.

It is not illegal to have clear window film that gives 100% UV blocking.

I did this right before a long trip from California to Austin, Texas for last October's Formula 1 races.

I am a doctor who deals with rejuvenating skin using lasers and other treatments, so protecting from UV rays was important. None of us need the accelerated aging of the skin, and women (as well as men) also have increased risk of developing melasma if they have excess UV exposure. Melasma is a condition where there are large brown patches on the face, distributed in a symmetric pattern. We offer treatments for the melasma and other skin aging problems, but prevention is most important. I would highly recommend getting at least the 100% UV film, even with no tint, on the front of the vehicle. You are spending a long time driving, and sitting behind those large glass openings to the sun really has its negative effects.

Also, I had the front end of the vehicle clear-bra'd, which included the complete hood, bumper, and front fenders/flares. I didn't want the inevitable stone chips on the long first journey.
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We use the UV tint and infrared 3M film on front side windows in a very light tint, and the rears are a bit darker. It seems to cut the heat out without being an issue at night on our cars.

The TV came tinted from the factory, darker in the rear side and back windows. Seems to have a similar effect.

I don't have any issue seeing well enough at night. It cuts a lot of glare which actually helps.


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Old 07-21-2016, 07:20 AM   #738
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The pic should be captioned "these things are extremely heavy and uncomfortable". I have to wear safety this, that, and the other thing for work. Very often what are called OTS, OTG, or OPG glasses which are big like that and are layered on top of prescription lenses. Maybe not so bad for a short stint, but try wearing them hour after hour - it's very fatiguing, especially when temps are in the 90's. They remind me of this, the original Alien face-hugger.
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Appreciate your reply with further details. I've been swapping speakers and radios in cars since the early 1970s, but your link to the adaptors and confirmation of feasibility are a big help.

Adding Dynamat is also a great idea while the door panels are off, I use this routinely in restoring old sports cars. In new Sprinters Mercedes also offers option code H04, "heat insulation front compartment" in which "the doors are fitted with additional insulation mats". Perhaps I'll see whether I can find a part number for these mats, as I doubt that Airstream specifies H04.
Just took a test drive after installing the new speakers and Dynamat-the difference was amazing. I could actually HEAR the music and the van is about as quiet as a car. Apparently, there's a good deal of sound deadening from the front and floor, but the fact that there is none whatsoever in the doors makes them the culprit for road noise.

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Just took a test drive after installing the new speakers and Dynamat-the difference was amazing. I could actually HEAR the music and the van is about as quiet as a car. Apparently, there's a good deal of sound deadening from the front and floor, but the fact that there is none whatsoever in the doors makes them the culprit for road noise.

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This is great to know, thanks very much. This is one of the first things I'll attend to after delivery.
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One of the first things I did for my 2016 AI was getting window film for the front windshield and front door windows. I had the 3M "Crystalline" film applied.
I too have the 3M Crystalline on the windshield and front doors. Mine is the lightest they make ... I think it's 90% transmittance. Blocks a ton of heat and glare but almost none of my vision. I hate looking out through window tint, even the factory stuff on the rear windows of my pickup and my wife's SUV bugs me. I don't even notice the 90% tint on the RV. Well worth it just for the heat control, I also find that I don't need to put on my sunglasses on overcast days like I normally would. I'm pretty sure that the factory windshield glass by law already blocks almost all the damaging light (for skin concerns and interior degradation) while the side windows may not (rules on side window glass are different).
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Front glass is safety glass with a polymer layer in the middle which blocks most UVA energy.

Side windows are just tempered glass and provide less protection.
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