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Old 02-09-2012, 12:11 PM
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So, i just got a $290 ticket for my truck driver side window tint being too dark (14.8%). I just got an inspection last week and they didn't mention it being too dark. Anyway, how difficult is it to remove? I've read about several methods just wanted some real world experience. By the way, did i say yet!!!
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Its Not To Hard To Get Off Racor Blade & Some Soapy Water Will Do It. Took Mine off A while Back When I Got A Warning Ticket. Might have To Use Some Adhesive Remover To Get Some Glue Off.
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SS8, you didn't have to apply any kind of heat?
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I took the tint off of my side windows and it was a huge pain in the ass. I used soapy water, then some stuff called tint remover, then alcohol. In the end it was all "scrape with a razor blade" and the effect of everything else was insignificant. I tried heat too, no joy.
I still have it on the back window but I know scraping will destroy the defroster traces
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The easiest way to do it...

Take a dark colored plastic garbage bag, then slit it along the seams so you have a single ply. Spray 409 (don't argue about other products having the same chemicals, blah, blah, just use 409) on the window, liberally, and then lay up the trash bag. Trim the bag so you can shut the door. Leave it in the sun for several hours. The window tint will peel right off if its not already laying on your armrest.
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Fight the ticket, and show up with friends truck (not tinted) at the court. Put your tag on it

I did this once and got away with it, seriously. Judge actually walked out to inspect the car. I got ticketed in 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe (black) and rolled into court hearing in friends Audi A4 sedan (black). Did not switch tags either! Judge didn't notice anything wrong

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friend of mine had dark tint in FL.. Cop pulled him over said his tint was to dark and took a razor or key something and scratched the piss out of it.
Department got to pay for new tint
Helps you in no way whatsoever sorry about your ticket
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It's a lot easier to print up a work order for "window tint removal" and carry that into the courthouse than scraping it off. But I have removed plenty and all it takes is a razor blade, glass cleaner, and some elbow grease.
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I had a tear in a tinted widow on my boat and a slip neighbor who owns a tinting business volunteered to replace it for me if I removed the old film.

I don't recall it being difficult at all. I think I just used a razor blade to lift one corner and then peeled it off. Cleanup took several passes with Windex.

For the OP - If you're going to replace the film with a legal version, just let the shop remove the old and install the new. They will know how.
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First thing to do is to READ the regulation you are being cited for and make sure you are in violation.These cops have been known to make things up.
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So, i just got a $290 ticket for my truck driver side window tint being too dark (14.8%). I just got an inspection last week and they didn't mention it being too dark. Anyway, how difficult is it to remove? I've read about several methods just wanted some real world experience. By the way, did i say yet!!!
19A NCAC 03D .0551 WINDOW TINTING
Aftermarket car window tinting is legal in North Carolina. Non-windshield windows may not be any darker than 35 percent visible light transmission. Windshields may also be tinted, but they may not be less than 32 percent visible light transmission. Windshield tint can't extend more than five inches from the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line of the windshield, depending on which one is longer. The AS1 line is a border on the windshield, beyond which you can't tint; the line is placed so nothing impairs the driver's vision.

Laws Regarding Inspections
During a car's safety inspection, which is required by law, the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) will look at tinted windows with a photometer. You will pay an additional $10 fee on top of the standard $27.20 safety inspection fee to make sure the window tint is within regulation.

Exemptions From the Law
Every vehicle must abide by North Carolina's tinting laws on the windshield. However, a number of vehicles are exempt from the tinting restrictions for the other windows. Windows for sightseeing and tour passenger vehicles; for-hire vehicles such as taxis; and common-carrier passenger vehicles, motor homes, ambulances, property-moving vehicles, limos and law enforcement vehicles are free from the 35 percent visible light transmission rule. A multipurpose vehicle, such as a minivan or pickup truck, is meant to carry 10 passengers or fewer and is built on a truck chassis or has special features for occasional off-road use. Multipurpose vehicles may be exempt from North Carolina tinting laws as well.

If a station determines a vehicle has after-factory window tinting but does not have an approved light
meter, the mechanic must inform the customer he is unable to perform the inspection. The station may not
charge for any portion of the inspection

Certian colors ar not permitted
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Yep, that be the rule he quoted and mine measured 14.8 on the little gizmo he used.
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First thing to do is to READ the regulation you are being cited for and make sure you are in violation.These cops have been known to make things up.
That's a fact. Had a cop complain the tint on my new van windows was too dark the day I bought the truck. I pulled out the window sticker, showed him it was factory standard tinted glass, not film and suggested he might have to fight that one out with GM. He backed off.
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Fight the ticket, and show up with friends truck (not tinted) at the court. Put your tag on it

I did this once and got away with it, seriously. Judge actually walked out to inspect the car. I got ticketed in 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe (black) and rolled into court hearing in friends Audi A4 sedan (black). Did not switch tags either! Judge didn't notice anything wrong

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Yeah, thats perjury and a whole lot more expensive than 290 bucks.
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First thing to do is to READ the regulation you are being cited for and make sure you are in violation.These cops have been known to make things up.
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That's a fact. Had a cop complain the tint on my new van windows was too dark the day I bought the truck. I pulled out the window sticker, showed him it was factory standard tinted glass, not film and suggested he might have to fight that one out with GM. He backed off.
I guess it's true what they say.....You learn something new every day.
Today I learned that there is actual sun light in Michigan.

Was wondering what tinted windows would do in Michigan?
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I got a ticket for this 2 weeks ago. A clothes steamer will release the tint. Even a little cheap one it will come right off. I am not removing mine though
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If you go to court and show that you corrected the tint (by removing it, or replacing it with legal tint), there is a very good chance that the judge will dismiss the ticket. Just say you didn't know, and now it's fixed.
This worked for me years ago...........Good luck.
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I can;t believe NC dmv finally did something right, now maybe they'll start ticketing those obnoxious, blinding white lights.
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Got that ticket when I was 20, 20 years ago. I had 5% all around. Ammonia will dissolve the adhesive. If the tint is not too old it will come off somewhat easily.
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Fight the ticket, and show up with friends truck (not tinted) at the court. Put your tag on it

I did this once and got away with it, seriously. Judge actually walked out to inspect the car. I got ticketed in 300ZX Twin Turbo coupe (black) and rolled into court hearing in friends Audi A4 sedan (black). Did not switch tags either! Judge didn't notice anything wrong

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Bad advise,get caught doing that and you will have a very pissed off judge and police officer.The end result will cost you far more money if you try a stunt like that.
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