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Swooz
02-26-2009, 02:35 PM
One of the Club members mentioned Driven Dynamics in Rockville as a good, reliable place to go for window tinting. All I know is I'm not going back to the place that did my Acura last year.

Has anyone been to Driven Dynamics and were you pleased with their work?:confused:

pseto
02-26-2009, 02:42 PM
i forgot if you had an e90 or e92.

i went to Driven Dynamics to have my tint done and b/c the e92 have more 'dot matrix' it took them quite a few tries to make it look right. they ended up using a black vinyl overlay to cover the dot matrix and then tint up to the overlay.

e90s dont have the dot problem

martinj
02-26-2009, 03:43 PM
Driven Dynamics did the tints on my wife's e39, and did a pretty good job. Lifetime warranty too.

pseto
02-26-2009, 03:50 PM
if u go to Driven Dynamics, make sure that Art is still there. he's the only one i would trust

Zchild
02-26-2009, 07:07 PM
Do you remember how much the tint cost?

pseto
02-26-2009, 08:23 PM
Driven Dynamics ran an e90post special back when they first opened, and i think it was like $150

Swooz
02-27-2009, 09:03 AM
I could only manage to talk them down to $195 for the Colorsafe tint. I'll call today to see if Art is still there and schedule with him.

Thanks!

My2005_745Li
03-12-2009, 03:07 PM
I had planned to take my 7 there this Saturday (3/14). Since it was a referral, I was quoted $150 plus an extra $30 for the same metal-free colorsafe tint. But I'm now having second thoughts after having read about 3M's new Crystalline window tint. It's superior to the color-stable tint and more importantly, it has better heat rejection, my primary reason for tinting. I'll be checking with them today on what that'll cost. It'll probably be in the neighborhood of the huper-optic tint.:frown:

Zchild
03-12-2009, 04:16 PM
:biggrin: I ended up taking my E46 to Performance Window Tinting in Columbia. I paid $120.00 to get my old tint removed and $139.00 to get a new 35% tint. They did an excellent job on my bimmer. Just my two and a half cents worth. Happy Motoring...
:icon_peac

My2005_745Li
03-13-2009, 12:32 PM
Here's a review of the 3M Crystalline tint: 3m Crystalline Window Tint Rear Window Comparison (http://sportcompactcar.automotive.com/93357/sccp-0810-3m-crystalline-window-tint-mitsubishi-lancer-evolution/index.html).

Is anyone interested? I can see about arranging a group buy discount on the stuff.

Munchenman2
03-13-2009, 05:30 PM
I may be interested in participating in a group buy, depending on price, vehicle application, et cetera.

Alan :tongue:
DIY Committee

Rav7ks
03-13-2009, 11:34 PM
Does the 3M tint interfere with the GPS and comfort access ?
I would be interested in the group buy.

My2005_745Li
03-14-2009, 04:44 AM
No because the 3M crystalline film, like their color-stable film, is a a non-metallic tint. I'm still waiting to hear back from Driven Dynamics on availability and pricing. I hope to have them early next week.

Car54
03-14-2009, 09:59 AM
I've been doing some amateur tinting...I'm getting pretty decent at it. Does anyone here tint professionally to apply our bulk tint?

My2005_745Li
03-17-2009, 05:07 PM
I touched base with Art at DD today and was told that being that this is their slow time of the season, that they couldn't commit at this time to purchasing the 3M Crystalline tint for just one car, which is reasonable. When I told them that I had two other potential customers (Munchenman2 and Rav7ks), they said they would reconsider it when their business starts to pick up again. In the interim, they suggested that I start collecting the names of the people that are interested in the Crystalline tint along with their car's model and type (coupe/sedan/suv) and the desired tint shade (40-70). I will be doing 40 on the sides and rear. Any other takers? Hey Swooz, how about you? Please, if you're wanting to spend under $200 for tint, the Crystalline tint isn't for you.:frown:

Rav7ks
03-18-2009, 11:47 AM
I would want to get this done but it depends how much it's going to be. I can spend>$200 but it depends how much more.
Car: 2008 E92 M3 Coupe
Tint: I'd go the legal route-35% and I have the dot matrix in the back which requires a vinyl overlay

My2005_745Li
03-18-2009, 12:43 PM
Thanks for your info. Note that the Crystalline tint is only available in 40%, 50%, 60% and 70%. Is 40% acceptable?

Rav7ks
03-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Thanks for your info. Note that the Crystalline tint is only available in 40%, 50%, 60% and 70%. Is 40% acceptable?

I can live with 40%.
Thanks for trying to organize a group buy.

mcoupemindy
03-19-2009, 05:28 AM
Interested in some pricing ...

My2005_745Li
03-19-2009, 02:47 PM
I don't yet have any pricing but it is sure to depend on the turn out. If you're interested, post your info here so you can be added to the list.

bimmernupe
03-19-2009, 09:57 PM
I would be intersted in having the Civic done with the 3M. I am still looking for an excellent Huper Optik installer for the E92. Suggestions welcomed.

My2005_745Li
03-21-2009, 12:04 AM
You're interested in the 3M Crystalline and not some other 3M tint for your Civic, right? If so, please post the year and whether it is a coupe or sedan. Thanx.

bimmernupe
03-21-2009, 07:45 PM
You're interested in the 3M Crystalline and not some other 3M tint for your Civic, right? If so, please post the year and whether it is a coupe or sedan. Thanx.

Yessir, 06 sedan.

My2005_745Li
03-23-2009, 11:07 AM
mcoupemindy and Munchenman2: You both expressed an interest in the 3M Crystalline tint but haven't yet provided your cars' info. Please do so if you're still interested or even if you're not.

I will be contacting Driven Dynamics later this week with a count to see if they can start working up some pricing for us.

mcoupemindy
03-23-2009, 11:12 AM
mcoupemindy and Munchenman2: You both expressed an interest in the 3M Crystalline tint but haven't yet provided your cars' info. Please do so if you're still interested or even if you're not.

I will be contacting Driven Dynamics later this week with a count to see if they can start working up some pricing for us.

1997 M3 - 2DR
1999 M Coupe

Car54
03-23-2009, 12:28 PM
1997 M3 - 2DR
1999 M Coupe

Tint is for street cars!:wink:

Munchenman2
03-23-2009, 12:50 PM
Possible cars:
1982 Volvo GLT Turbo (2 dr)
1992 Volvo 245 wagon
1992 BMW 525i

My understanding is that with this tint, another driver can clearly see through my car to the road ahead. Es verdad?

Slainte,
Alan :tongue:

Swooz
03-23-2009, 02:48 PM
Nope, I can't see paying more than $200 for tinting so I'll pass.

My2005_745Li
03-23-2009, 05:29 PM
My understanding is that with this tint, another driver can clearly see through my car to the road ahead. Es verdad?

Slainte,
Alan :tongue:

As with any tint, this depends on how light of a shade of tint you have installed. My guess is that 60% or 70% is pretty light. You can check the web for some examples.

My2005_745Li
03-26-2009, 12:08 PM
Here are the cars I have so far:

1. Mine: '05 745Li sedan and '02 Range Rover suv
2. Munchenman2: '82 Volvo GLT coupe, '92 Volvo 245 wagon and '92 BMW 525i sedan
3. Rav7ks: '08 E92 M3 coupe
4. Bimmernupe: '06 Honda Civic sedan
5. Mcoupemindy: '97 M3 coupe and '99 M coupe

That's 9 cars. Did I forget anybody?

mcoupemindy
03-26-2009, 12:10 PM
Here are the cars I have so far:

1. Mine: '05 745Li sedan and '02 Range Rover suv
2. Munchenman2: '82 Volvo GLT coupe, '92 Volvo 245 wagon and '92 BMW 525i sedan
3. Rav7ks: '08 E92 M3 coupe
4. Bimmernupe: '06 Honda Civic sedan
5. Mcoupemindy: '97 M3 coupe and '99 M Roadster coupe

That's 9 cars. Did I forget anybody?

I'm only in to see what the price is ...

Then I'll decide if I really want to do it.

My2005_745Li
03-26-2009, 12:35 PM
I'm only in to see what the price is ...

Then I'll decide if I really want to do it.
I'm sure the same goes for everyone else on the list except me.

My2005_745Li
03-26-2009, 12:40 PM
Here are the cars I have so far:

1. Mine: '05 745Li sedan and '02 Range Rover suv
2. Munchenman2: '82 Volvo GLT coupe, '92 Volvo 245 wagon and '92 BMW 525i sedan
3. Rav7ks: '08 E92 M3 coupe
4. Bimmernupe: '06 Honda Civic sedan
5. Mcoupemindy: '97 M3 coupe and '99 M Roadster coupe

That's 9 cars. Did I forget anybody?
I gave this list of cars to DD the other day. They said they would get back to me when they got around to working up quotes for each of the cars.

mcoupemindy
03-26-2009, 01:14 PM
I gave this list of cars to DD the other day. They said they would get back to me when they got around to working up quotes for each of the cars.

It is an "M Coupe" ...

My thought is if they don't know what it is, I will not let them tint it.

"'99 M Roadster coupe" is incorrect.

My2005_745Li
03-26-2009, 01:31 PM
It is an "M Coupe" ...

My thought is if they don't know what it is, I will not let them tint it.

"'99 M Roadster coupe" is incorrect.
My bad. I inserted the "Roadster" by mistake.

Reach
03-26-2009, 01:49 PM
John,

I would like to get in on this as well. I need to tint my M3 before this next hot season comes. I'm mostly after heat & UV rejection, I would like to preserve the color of my Cinnamon interior for as long as possible.

I'd be looking for the 40% tint for my coupe's door windows, rear quarter windows, and rear window.

Reach
03-26-2009, 02:38 PM
Another interesting tidbit:

I have been reading a few articles about this film, and apparently it has the "3M" logo watermarked into it. I would now need to see this on a finished application before I could consider getting it, as I am not interested in having any visible logos or watermarkings on my car.

bimmernupe
03-26-2009, 06:52 PM
another interesting tidbit:

I have been reading a few articles about this film, and apparently it has the "3m" logo watermarked into it. I would now need to see this on a finished application before i could consider getting it, as i am not interested in having any visible logos or watermarkings on my car.

+1

pseto
03-26-2009, 07:12 PM
Another interesting tidbit:

I have been reading a few articles about this film, and apparently it has the "3M" logo watermarked into it. I would now need to see this on a finished application before I could consider getting it, as I am not interested in having any visible logos or watermarkings on my car.

those are easily taken off by the installer

Reach
03-27-2009, 10:39 AM
those are easily taken off by the installer

I'm just curious, on what basis do you say this? Do you have the tint? Have you seen it done?

I'd like nothing more than for that to be true.

pseto
03-27-2009, 11:21 AM
I'm just curious, on what basis do you say this? Do you have the tint? Have you seen it done?

I'd like nothing more than for that to be true.

i have 3M tint and i remember the watermarks vividly b/c Art forgot to take them off until I asked him to :D

Rav7ks
03-27-2009, 07:19 PM
A lot of my M collegues are going for the F1 pinnacle ceramic tint. I wonder how this holds up compared to the 3m. The going rate for pinnacle is $309 around here.

pseto
03-27-2009, 07:35 PM
A lot of my M collegues are going for the F1 pinnacle ceramic tint. I wonder how this holds up compared to the 3m. The going rate for pinnacle is $309 around here.

i've had both and personally cant tell the difference. i'd save the money and go with the 3M which i have on my e92

My2005_745Li
03-31-2009, 01:09 PM
Paul is correct about the 3M watermark being visible in all the 3M tints. It's something that can be easily removed during the install. Apparently the installer of the tint in the article(s) didn't bother with that step.

pseto
03-31-2009, 01:19 PM
Paul is correct about the 3M watermark being visible in all the 3M tints. It's something that can be easily removed during the install. Apparently the installer of the tint in the article(s) didn't bother with that step.

not sure why someone would want the 3M logo all over their windows, you need to pay ME for advertising for someone else :D

///MARINE
03-31-2009, 03:03 PM
I'm in for my 1992 325i and possibly my 1995 M3

My2005_745Li
03-31-2009, 09:14 PM
The same people who buy BMW license plate frames?

Vic

Good one. :icon_lol:

Reach
04-01-2009, 10:22 AM
OK, I'm glad to hear the logos can be removed. I'm back in, although I'm thinking 50% tint now instead of 40%. I don't want it to be too dark, just keep the hot out.

kcbxt8
04-05-2009, 01:06 PM
I am in for my 2005 325i. let me know my options I want something which is as dark as possible and also legal with VA rules.
Who is going to submit the list.

Reach
04-06-2009, 12:23 PM
Did anyone ever set this up with Driven Dynamics or are we just talking to ourselves here? Before I go and call them myself, just wanted to check back on the thread. Did they ever buy rolls of the 3M Crystalline tint?

I'll probably call in the next few days if there isn't a scheduled buy / event happening. Its cool and calm for a few more days but not for long.

My2005_745Li
04-06-2009, 01:57 PM
I just spoke to Art at DD and he informed me that he's expecting a sample shipment of the Crystalline tint in the next day or two for me to look at. I'll post again when I have more information.

Reach
04-06-2009, 03:47 PM
OK, good to hear this isn't a dead effort then... I'll await your report on it and make sure to let him know he's got customers waiting in the wings if he'll bring in the right Crystalline tint sheets.

My2005_745Li
04-15-2009, 05:23 PM
DD gave me a film selection guide with samples of the Crystalline tint. If you want to see it firsthand, I am bringing it to the April 16 Rockville social at Winston's Sports Cafe.

thotts
07-09-2009, 12:31 PM
So on this tint thing: I just got a chance to put huber optik ceramic tint on my e92 for $350. I did research and found out that huber is a very good ceramic tint, but I wanted some opinions on the price and anything I might have to look out for with ceramic tint. I'm thinking of going with 35% all around (yes, I know this is illegal for the passenger doors, but I prefer a uniform look).

Any advice or warnings?

Thanks!

pseto
07-09-2009, 01:35 PM
So on this tint thing: I just got a chance to put huber optik ceramic tint on my e92 for $350. I did research and found out that huber is a very good ceramic tint, but I wanted some opinions on the price and anything I might have to look out for with ceramic tint. I'm thinking of going with 35% all around (yes, I know this is illegal for the passenger doors, but I prefer a uniform look).

Any advice or warnings?

Thanks!

that price is pretty decent; i know people who paid more than that. where did you get that quote from? huber optik is a good ceramic tint; Pinnicle F1 is also good.

just make sure that you specifically ask the people doing tint how they are going to handle the 3" dot matrix in the back of your rear window. IMO anything other than a 'black vinyl overlay' would make me stay away from that shop. some shops will tell u the dots are no big deal, but i went thru 4 iterations of having them re-do the work to my likings. the most common excuse is 'let it dry a few days'; NOT!!!! while it does dry out over time, you can tell how it'll look when it dries and if it looks like ass wet, then it'll look like ass dry.

slick230
07-09-2009, 02:33 PM
:biggrin: I ended up taking my E46 to Performance Window Tinting in Columbia. I paid $120.00 to get my old tint removed and $139.00 to get a new 35% tint. They did an excellent job on my bimmer. Just my two and a half cents worth. Happy Motoring...
:icon_peac

Here are pic of my tint job from Performance in Columbia 18% all around.

http://gallery.nccbmwcca.org/showgallery.php?cat=635

thotts
07-09-2009, 03:51 PM
that's a referral price. my coworker is a friend of the owner. the owner said he normally charges over $400 for huber optik. the name of the place is The Tint Shop at 4004 walney in chantilly, VA. on various forums, i've only seen good reviews, so i'm expecting good results.

if anyone is interested in getting this tint, let me know what car and i will ask the owner if he can offer this price (or less?) to my club-mates.

-g-

thotts
07-10-2009, 02:21 PM
Well, the tint is on, 40% all around, and it looks good everywhere except the dots. ^_^

The owner said the tint won't stick until it has dried some under the tint. I press on the tint at the dots and it doesn't stick to the glass. Apparently, it will stick after it has dried some? Anyway, he warned me that the dots would not dry for a week or so and said I need to bring the car back next week and he will use a card-something-or-another to press the tint down to the glass around the dots.

So I told him to go ahead with the job. He thought the vinyl overlay wouldn't look good and wanted to put the tint on the dots instead, just would require touch-up later and maybe a few times a week apart. This place is 1/2 mile from the office, so stopping by is not an issue.

So, I'm not yet satisfied, but I feel confident it will work out.

-g-

pseto
07-10-2009, 02:38 PM
Well, the tint is on, 40% all around, and it looks good everywhere except the dots. ^_^

The owner said the tint won't stick until it has dried some under the tint. I press on the tint at the dots and it doesn't stick to the glass. Apparently, it will stick after it has dried some? Anyway, he warned me that the dots would not dry for a week or so and said I need to bring the car back next week and he will use a card-something-or-another to press the tint down to the glass around the dots.

So I told him to go ahead with the job. He thought the vinyl overlay wouldn't look good and wanted to put the tint on the dots instead, just would require touch-up later and maybe a few times a week apart. This place is 1/2 mile from the office, so stopping by is not an issue.

So, I'm not yet satisfied, but I feel confident it will work out.

-g-

the tint will not stick to the dots regardless of when it's dry or after they attempt to press it down. Been there, done that. the dots are raised too high and spaced too close to get the tint to adhere uniformly; believe me, I went thru the same thing (this was what they tried first with me as well).

on the 2nd try, they tried using some type of glue to cover the gaps between the dots, and when the tint goes over that, it looks even worse. the 3rd time, we tried just tinting the rear window with nothing over the dots...NOPE. the 4th and final try was the black vinyl overlay.

i dont know why tint places think they have all the answers but i've seen this happen time and time again to all my friends that have e92s. check out e90post as well, you should get the same answer.