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I have been watching the window tint discussions. I have come up with a couple of questions though. I have been looking at the different window tints and am trying to decide between Solar Gard High Performance film like their True Grey or Charcoal and the FormulaOne Pinnacle film.

I was wondering what everybody when with and how you are liking it so far. Was there any problems with having the little front done or RF reception. I now the GPS antenna is in the dash and should not be affected.

I am in the Riverside area of So. California If any one can recommend someone they used that has experience with a Prius

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After some research, I decided on FormulaOne Pinnacle.

I would suggest that you do loads of research regarding your film choices before you make your decision. A good place to start is to read (search) the forums on tintdude.com here.

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More info can be found here

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Now as for the film I put on my Prius, I narrowed it down to two films since price didn't matter. I wanted a ceramic for its heat rejection properties and that left me with,

HuperOptik or FormulaOne Pinnacle.

After some research I have to say HuperOptik has the best heat reduction compared to FormulaOne. However, FormulaOne is NON-conductive and HuperOptik is conductive. Next is film color, HuperOptik is greenish and FormulaOne is black. Reading more, mainly at Tintdude Forums, I found most installers said that HuperOptiks is difficult to install. Next, I found only ONE HuperOptik dealer/installer in Northern Cal and his post on Tintdude essentially made my decision for me.

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Originally Posted by Litespeeds Posted on: Apr 13 2005, 03:23 PM
I have been installing Huper ceramic film for over a year now and I still hate working with it. I have tried pretty much all the different techniques for window shrinking and nothing can speed up the process. It all comes down to patience. Although we get more money for each job that we do, the time that we have to spend as well as the cost associated with the film is not really worth it. I never recommend using this film to people but for those who insist on having it, I will do the job for them. I will only do 1 Huper Optik install per day as it is alot more stressful and tiring.
I haven't tried the Formula One Pinnacle film yet but I have heard alot of good things about it. The heat rejection is not quite as good as the Huper but I find it hard for anyone to really feel the small difference after it is installed on the vehicle.,
As for the Pinnacle I think I made an excellent choice. The clairity is exceptional and the Prius is definately cooler than my tinted Mazda when both are setting outside side by side.

I had some other concerns that helped me in choosing the FormulaOne.

I really suggest you do your research regarding any films you might choose before deciding and don't just accept my reasons for selecting FormulaoOne point blank. You have your own factors to look at.
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You might want to look at both tints on a car if possible. My huber optik is black, not sure where you saw a greenish tint.

What does conductive vs non-conductive do?

If you do go huber optik you might as well look into the Drei for the 70% solar energy reflectance. Although my ceramic 30 has been great. Everyone who has been in my car has mentioned about the lack of heat they feel and asks about the tint.
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Thanks for all the research you did on this. I am going with the FormulaOne Pinnacle, getting installed tomorrow. From my research, I found the HuperOptic to be very good too, mainly going in high end German cars; however, I could not find an installer in my area, so there you are.

I will let you all know how it turned out so that the collective knowledge here may be increased!
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It was a long drive to the nearest HuperOptik dealer for me, too, so the $245 quote on my Prius for FormulaOne Pinnacle 30 from the guy 6 miles from my house made the deal.

SC law prevented the windshield from being tinted, but it's a lot cooler than it was. However, the really hot weather has yet to arrive...
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I just don't KNOW. I've never had a tinted window car. Of course, in NJ it's unlawful to have front ones done, but would I like the back and rear sides tinted? I just don't know. I put my window shades up when I get in the parking lot, so maybe that's enough. Perhaps I'm just not one of the groovy people.

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You might want to look at both tints on a car if possible. My huber optik is black, not sure where you saw a greenish tint.

What does conductive vs non-conductive do?

If you do go huber optik you might as well look into the Drei for the 70% solar energy reflectance. Although my ceramic 30 has been great. Everyone who has been in my car has mentioned about the lack of heat they feel and asks about the tint.
Tadashi,

I must say that I haven't actually viewed through HuperOptik film. The observation is a result of research. I posted a note when I first asked about FormulaOne over on prius chat and two of the members there reported the greenish hue to HuperOptik film.

Link to that message

I checked out the Tintdude Forum and noted even the dealers commented on the green color to the HuperOptik film.

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Originally Posted by Film Guy,Apr 13 2005, 02:22 AM
Do you prefer a green hue or black? Huper=green, Pinnacle=black.

Most all stated before is true.

Huper 30 is a slow install with regular ghosting. Huper 40 has a tendency on difficult rear glass to ghost. Pinnacle is specifically designed for auto install. Huper was made for flat then installers where suggested to begin using on cars. Most auto installers found this film too aggravating to work with day in and out.

The F1 program is impeccably backed by CP if a warranty issue comes into play-complete with tanferable.

I put Huper on my latest new vehicle, yanked it and went with Pinnacle 38.

However, depending on installers skills, the plotter cut line is an exxagerated sales pitch. A seasoned installer hat cuts by hand may have your film looking factory, most plotter cuts do not.
There were many other comments regarding the HuperOptik greenish hue which I read there.

However, I'd be cautious at best regarding the HuperOptik DREI series film. Researching it, it DOES have a very high heat rejection property. However, it is NOT a ceramic film. So it too is a conductive film.

Here's.

HuperOptik product page

HuperOptik SELECT SERIES WITH DREI FILM

It looks like the DREI film comes in only ONE tint color.

Conductive films can and DO interfere with internal electronics. Here's one poster's note on the Tintdude Forum, who's GPS antenna is located in the rear of the car who had HuperOptik film done.

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Originally Posted by JDP,Jun 12 2004, 07:47 AM
Yes, it was supposedly in fact HO's "ceramic" film, which according to their website "Minimises interferences with GPS systems and cellular phone" (http://www.huperoptik.com). What a bunch of BS.

Well, I'm here to tell you, in case any of you run into this situation in the future. The HO ceramic 40 CAN and DID K1ll my GPS navigation DEAD on my 2004 Accord coupe. I'm sure the HO distributor will be hearing it from my installer, too.

The installer was understanding, and he wants to remove the HO all the way around and re-do it with a non-metalized, non-dyed film with a warranty for about $100 less, which he will refund to me. Since I'm into this project for $260 already, I suppose we'll try it. He says I shouldn't have a problem with it.

I probably should have done more research, but I was taking HO's word for it that the ceramic-based tint was an acceptable (and better) alternative to metalized films, particularly on the point of not interfering with the GPS antenna.
I found it interesting regarding the HuperOptik webites that this line

"Minimises interferences with GPS systems and cellular phone"


is missing from the HuperOptikUSA webpage and it is on the HuperOptik website.

Read the "BENEFITS" section on both sites.

Here are the links...

HuperOptikUSA Ceramic page

HuperOptik.com website Ceramic page

I wonder if it's because some of the dealers/installers are informing HuperOptiks of the problems it's been causing.

However, with the GPS antenna located in the PRIUS dash it's very unlikely that there will be a problem unless the windshield is fully tinted which is essentially outlawed in nearly every state.

Now compare the FormulaOne Pinnacle statement with that on the HuperOptik site.

FormulaOne Pinnacle page

"No hindrance to vehicle electronic systems
Will not interfere with radio frequencies"


This is a much bolder statement than HuperOptik makes regarding interferences.

Can you try this experiment? If you have a cellular phone. Set in the back seat of your Prius and check out the number of signal bars on it then in an untinted car setting next to it set in the back seat and see if there is a significant signal difference. This is something I'd be interested in. I am planning on re-tinting my Mazda and might just go with the HuperOptik (for resale purposes), except for the fact that I use a PocketPC GPS system with the extention antenna usually setting on the rear deck.

I find that the Mazda is much hotter inside with the current tint compared to the Prius with Pinnacle.

Just some research I looked at. I probably would have done HuperOptik just for it's heat rejection properties if I could have had more confidence in the ONLY Northern Cal installer. Looking at his Tintdude Forum post I think he might be contemplating a switch to FormulaOne Pinnacle.
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Hi all,
Well just got my Tideland Pearl Prius back with the new FormulaOne Pinnacle window tint. I think it looks real nice, sort of like looking through a quality pair of sunglasses. There are only two levels of tint in this series, and I went with the lighter one because I wanted the same shade all around. It is pretty hot and sunny here today, and I did notice less heat in the car with the window tint. I didn't think it was bad before, however. In any case, I put the tint on because the wife wanted it, so that was my primary motivation!

In all, a thumbs up on the install.

PS I got it done in Clearwater, FL at a place called SunProof on Court street. Quality work, nice people, and quick turnaround (less than two hours).
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Hi all,
Well just got my Tideland Pearl Prius back with the new FormulaOne Pinnacle window tint. I think it looks real nice, sort of like looking through a quality pair of sunglasses. There are only two levels of tint in this series, and I went with the lighter one because I wanted the same shade all around. It is pretty hot and sunny here today, and I did notice less heat in the car with the window tint. I didn't think it was bad before, however. In any case, I put the tint on because the wife wanted it, so that was my primary motivation!

In all, a thumbs up on the install.

PS I got it done in Clearwater, FL at a place called SunProof on Court street. Quality work, nice people, and quick turnaround (less than two hours).
ryecatcher,

I think that your dealer/installer might have been out of stock of one of the Pinnacle tints. There are three tint levels in the series and my installer had them all. Florida tint law allows Front sides 28% Back and Rear sides 15% so any of the three would be legal. (Well ALMOST! 15% along with the intrensic value of the solar glass itself might not be)



I think you'll really begin to like the heat reduction... IN FLORIDA!
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What did it cost you, RyeCatcher? Post pictures. Might have it done myself. It's starting to get brutal when I leave from work!
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