How Much Does It Cost to Tint Car Windows?

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Subject: Have a question

Hey I have a 2000 BMW and I Live in nc but I bought my car from there and the tint has to be replaced in back window and it's dark al ready but how much would you estimate to replace ?Thanks


Subject: Mobile tinting

I keep reading mobile tinting is one very good way to go e.g. do it at the customer's home/work. I also read99% of the time the tint job needs to be in doors (not outside). How does one routinely manage to do tinting indoor by being a "mobile tinter"?


Subject: mobile tint

I am a mobile window tinter, and all is needed is garage space, if one dont have one or cant use one from Famliy ect. then it is advisable to take to a local shop with good reputation.

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Subject: Window Tinting Done Right

This is a great article and very true about the legalities of what film to place on cars and trucks. If you go to dark, you can get a ticket from any police officer and then have to remove the film from your windows and either leave it off or pay to have it tinted again. In Rocky Mount, NC where our tint shop is located, we have different options for our customers on the kind of tint used. Its kind of like a good, better, best scenario where you can get a simple dyed film that blocks 30% of the heat for $200 (example is based on a 4dr car) to a metal film (adding a later of metal to the tint) which blocks 40% of the heat to a ceramic or carbon film which will block 50% of the heat. Either way, you do want to find a professional to do it so that it looks perfect when you are done and because they will usually have a quality film that offers a lifetime warranty.


Subject: Legal tint limit

The legal tint limit varies by state. Tennessee appears to be "Must allow more than 35% of light in."

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.