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Something I noticed on the first trip in the Cadenza, the sun when it comes in through the front windshield is extremely hot on the skin...I got to thinking, how come my older car didn't do this? First thought was the dash seems closer, so the window stands more perpendicular with less cover from the dash itself, then I realized, this windshield is hardly curved at all. It's so flat, it actually concerns me from the exterior impact strength, thinking the theory behind arched windows is for strength.

Notably the glass is shorter from top to bottom, I can't recall now, at lest 4 inches shorter then my wife's Fusion. I just hope it's not a issue in that "time of need".


Anyway, as to the sun issue, there is already a strip of tint across the top, but I'm considering having it removed, and run either 5 or 10% of some high quality UV film, and read the strip at the top. Anyone else do this, or thinking about it?
 

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The windshield seems to be a lot stronger than you might think. I had a large rock come up from a truck tire and hit the windshield. Large crack and chunk out of the glass, but only the outside layer nothing on the inside. Pretty strong. Then to the windshield is said to have a photochromic effect , it reflects some UV rays but can't have much tint here because the cops will give us a ticket for tinted windshield. A strip of tint at the top is ok.
My other car is a lot hotter than the cadenza, OH wait maybe there is a reason. My other car is a Saturn Sky convertible, the top is down most of the time, and I live in Arizona. That might have something to do with it. How about those Cardinals.
 

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So I don't sound so foolish, I meant that I'd go on the other end of the scale for the windows. Like a 75 or 85% tint. I understand 90% is perfectly legal on the front window, so it really depends on how dark I'm willing to take a chance at...
 

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I hear what you're saying gene, but I'm thinking more severe impact, like anything from a deer to car parts, something where you don't expect to drive away, but would ideally walk away...I know the intention of the curved glass is to provide better strength...the slope is there to deflect air and small objects, but for the actual lifesaving impact protection is where my concern is raised.
 

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Guess it depends where you live how much tint you can have on the windshield. Some States only allow 25% tint on the windshield. The safe way would be to ask the police dept.
Don't want to spend the money then have a ticket.
A wheel or something like that is going to raise he** with any windshield, so don't worry that much about it myself. Did you know that the OEM glass is a special sound deadening glass. Something to do with the lamination.
 

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I'd get a windshield tint if it feels like it's burning your skin. On my drive to work and back home the sun is always on the left side of me so my 35% tint blocks pretty much all UV rays
 

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I had 5% installed on my windshield - it makes a noticable difference here in AZ.
 

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I had 5% installed on my windshield - it makes a noticable difference here in AZ.
I hope you meant 95 :/ Driving basically blind would be dangerous
 

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Well, I went ahead and did it...looks good, of course got a few days for the haziness to go away. Went with a local shop that does the ceramic stuff...
 

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I want to get Huper ceramic but may have to settle for cheaper. 3M Crystaline is going to be $600+ for my car (including windshield) and I really don't think I want to plunk that much down. Wax Werx has Viper Ultra for $130 in my area (not including windshield) so I may just go with that, better than nothing. First though I have a tiny crack at the top of my windshield I want to get repaired, hear the process for that is heating the area and then putting a resin in, don't know how it would affect tint.
 

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I will say, go high end on your windshield. Rest of the windows it doesn't matter that much, but that front one, especially at night, if it's bad quality, or poorly applied, it will cause issues.


So far so good, at night I don't even realize that there's tint on the window. During the day you can kind of tell, but best part is I feel zero heat from the sun beating in now!
 

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Well, made it almost 1 year and finally got pinched. Dude was kind of a prick, but at least he was nice about it. I gotta get an angle to argue my way out of these tickets in the future. I plan on just paying it this time around ($116) but if I can talk a cop out of it in the future I'd be in better shape. First off, there's like 3 little bubbles, I gotta get them fixed. If it wasn't for that I might have had an argument that he was wrong...but the bubbles tell all. Tiny little fuga's...
 

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You can pay it or go see a judge and explain you are guilty but didn't know it was wrong, he might cut you a break. You will spend a whole day in traffic court and loose 4 times what you would pay in the fine, just in wages. Then the judge might be having a bad day and fine you court costs on top of the fine.
Good luck on it.
Try just a little less tint, because the prick is going to be watching for you.
 

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Anyway, as to the sun issue, there is already a strip of tint across the top, but I'm considering having it removed, and run either 5 or 10% of some high quality UV film, and read the strip at the top. Anyone else do this, or thinking about it?
Not sure of the %, but I had a "clear" UV protection film added to front windshield. You can't see it, but it does help with heat and parking in the sun. Because there's no tint it doesn't help with glare, but I do notice the car is much cooler after leaving it in the sun.

One side effect is that if I wear polarizing sunglasses combined with looking through the windshield then white cars tend to have pink tint to them. Without the sunglasses on there's no effect. It must be a doubling up of the polarizing effect. Not an issue but takes getting used to.
 

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You can pay it or go see a judge and explain you are guilty but didn't know it was wrong, he might cut you a break. You will spend a whole day in traffic court and loose 4 times what you would pay in the fine, just in wages. Then the judge might be having a bad day and fine you court costs on top of the fine.
Good luck on it.
Try just a little less tint, because the prick is going to be watching for you.
Judge doesn't want to hear about ignorance. he hears that sh!T all day, He wants to hear a credible argument, or go home. That said, because the guy didn't actually test the front windshield I'm told is the best defense by a former cop from the same county. She's a firefighter now, and her house actually had the discussion on my behalf, and that's the general consensus. She too has a film on her front window, so it's almost like, do it for all of us.


I will say, it's too bad I have the black interior because with the 75%, it does get dark during the day from the outside. Looks amazing, and on the inside you wouldn't really even know it's there. I just wish we had a more lax system. **** I'd pay $25 a year to have the tint inspected for visibility issues, pealing, haziness, things like that...be it an inspection item. Although FL doesn't do vehicle inspections like other states, so good luck getting that even considered.
 

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I run 50% on my windshield, it makes a huge difference. It is illegal, but I haven't had a single cop stop me for anything but to give me a high five and tell me the car looks great.

Doesn't affect my visibility at night either, if anything it cuts the glare of oncoming lights.

20% all the way around, and 50% on the windshield keeps my car nice and cool :)
 
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