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    Pinnacle FormulaOne Ceramic tint. Advice and pics needed.

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    Going to be getting my phantom black pearl S5 tinted soon. Debating between 15% and 30%. The installer told me Audi windows tend to look a little darker than your average vehicle.

    Anyone have pictures of either of my choices with the Pinnacle ceramic tint? I know it's incredibly tough to get a good feeling for a tint via pics, but it's still better than nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    Going to be getting my phantom black pearl S5 tinted soon. Debating between 15% and 30%. The installer told me Audi windows tend to look a little darker than your average vehicle.

    Anyone have pictures of either of my choices with the Pinnacle ceramic tint? I know it's incredibly tough to get a good feeling for a tint via pics, but it's still better than nothing.
    I can't supply you with pictures, but I can advise you. Not sure wtf the installer was talking about when he said Audi windows would look any darker... all it comes down to really is the interior color (black obviously will make it look darker).

    I currently have no tint on my B8.5 but I like it that way. On my B6 S4 (black with black interior) I started out with regular non-ceramic tint at 35%. I eventually had it switched to F1 Pinnacle 30% ceramic. I expected no differences in light since the 5% difference is barely anything. I was wrong, the 30% was MUCH darker than the previous regular 35%. This is because of the features of the F1 Pinnacle Ceramic itself, but it was also because their tint is as close to "black" as possible. The cheap tints you can get will often have a blueish or greenish hue to them.

    That said, I loved that tint and any car of mine that I tint in the future will have F1PC for sure. The car is MUCH cooler in the sun, glare is even better reduced compared to normal tint, and it just looks way better overall since it has a naturally black/charcoal hue.


    TL; DR: 30% of F1 will look slightly darker than 30% of normal tint, so keep that in mind when making your decision. I would advise going 30%, especially if you have a black interior in the S5. 15% would be more like 10% ish, which is way too dark for my taste.

    Edit: shoot me a PM and later tonight I will try to dig up some pics of the 30% on my B6 to send you.
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    30% formula 1 ceramic on my car. Wish I would have gone 20. Barely even noticeable compared to the windshield at night.


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    Just get 5% you won't be dissapointed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scalways View Post
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    What percent is that?

    Quote Originally Posted by MagillaGorilla View Post
    30% formula 1 ceramic on my car. Wish I would have gone 20. Barely even noticeable compared to the windshield at night.

    I believe they don't offer a 20%, closest would be 15%. But thanks for the pictures. Leaning towards the 15%.

    Quote Originally Posted by MS203 View Post
    I can't supply you with pictures, but I can advise you. Not sure wtf the installer was talking about when he said Audi windows would look any darker... all it comes down to really is the interior color (black obviously will make it look darker).

    I currently have no tint on my B8.5 but I like it that way. On my B6 S4 (black with black interior) I started out with regular non-ceramic tint at 35%. I eventually had it switched to F1 Pinnacle 30% ceramic. I expected no differences in light since the 5% difference is barely anything. I was wrong, the 30% was MUCH darker than the previous regular 35%. This is because of the features of the F1 Pinnacle Ceramic itself, but it was also because their tint is as close to "black" as possible. The cheap tints you can get will often have a blueish or greenish hue to them.

    That said, I loved that tint and any car of mine that I tint in the future will have F1PC for sure. The car is MUCH cooler in the sun, glare is even better reduced compared to normal tint, and it just looks way better overall since it has a naturally black/charcoal hue.


    TL; DR: 30% of F1 will look slightly darker than 30% of normal tint, so keep that in mind when making your decision. I would advise going 30%, especially if you have a black interior in the S5. 15% would be more like 10% ish, which is way too dark for my taste.

    Edit: shoot me a PM and later tonight I will try to dig up some pics of the 30% on my B6 to send you.
    Appreciate the response and would love to see a few pics.

    I believe Audi window's have a slight tint to them, I've noticed it when wearing my polarized sunglasses.
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    Pinnacle F1 15% Sides


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    My A4 30% F1 Pinnacle Sides

    For both the cars trunk windows i went 5%, sometimes hard to see at night when backing up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by na_v View Post



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    Man that looks dark. Have any pics in sunlight?
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    Pinnacle FormulaOne Ceramic tint. Advice and pics needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    What percent is that?



    I believe they don't offer a 20%, closest would be 15%. But thanks for the pictures. Leaning towards the 15%.



    Appreciate the response and would love to see a few pics.

    I believe Audi window's have a slight tint to them, I've noticed it when wearing my polarized sunglasses.
    It's the 15 percent I believe. It is the second to the darkest if that makes sense. I'm all black inside and it's dark when looking in but not too much from the inside. I wouldn't go darker IMO with an all black interior.

    I'm the silver S4 btw. If you would like other pics outside I can send them to you. I've done darker and lighter on different cars and the 15 percent looks dark when you want it tho gives good vis when it's dark. The darkest "limo" tint I would sometimes have problems at night when it was dark. If you have a black interior like me 15 percent is as dark as I would go.

    Also personal opinion but I would do the same to all the windows. I could never understand why you wouldn't want all the windows to look even? No offense to those who did differently for legal purposes. But personally I could never understand doing the front windows lighter IMO it looks bad. I'm a bit OCD about tint I guess. Please no offense to the white s5 above I can fully understand why you wouldn't go 5 percent all the way around.

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    Ive put the pinnacle on around 15 cars now. I really think its a great value. It shouldnt look as dark as regular metallic bc it allows more light transmission while still blocking more heat so the 30% will perform well. In truth i wish they made something like 20% bc the 30% is a tad bit light for my taste while the 15% is a tad dark bc i value good night visibility. Its very much preference. Im not a dark tint guy so i lean to 30%. It performs well. If your are more of a dark tint perdon though youll want the 15. You can still see the occupant with the 15.
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    Pinnacle FormulaOne Ceramic tint. Advice and pics needed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    Man that looks dark. Have any pics in sunlight?


    It's pretty dark if you'd ask me, at night impossible to see inside. During the day you can see inside. More of a reason I went darker is because of the hot summers, tint does a great job at keeping the heat out.

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    ^^ I assume the top pic is with no tint?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scalways View Post
    It's the 15 percent I believe. It is the second to the darkest if that makes sense. I'm all black inside and it's dark when looking in but not too much from the inside. I wouldn't go darker IMO with an all black interior.

    I'm the silver S4 btw. If you would like other pics outside I can send them to you. I've done darker and lighter on different cars and the 15 percent looks dark when you want it tho gives good vis when it's dark. The darkest "limo" tint I would sometimes have problems at night when it was dark. If you have a black interior like me 15 percent is as dark as I would go.

    Also personal opinion but I would do the same to all the windows. I could never understand why you wouldn't want all the windows to look even? No offense to those who did differently for legal purposes. But personally I could never understand doing the front windows lighter IMO it looks bad. I'm a bit OCD about tint I guess. Please no offense to the white s5 above I can fully understand why you wouldn't go 5 percent all the way around.

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    Yeah I'll be doing 15 or 30 all the way around. I agree on the look, not a fan.

    And any more pics would be great.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhvrdr View Post
    Ive put the pinnacle on around 15 cars now. I really think its a great value. It shouldnt look as dark as regular metallic bc it allows more light transmission while still blocking more heat so the 30% will perform well. In truth i wish they made something like 20% bc the 30% is a tad bit light for my taste while the 15% is a tad dark bc i value good night visibility. Its very much preference. Im not a dark tint guy so i lean to 30%. It performs well. If your are more of a dark tint perdon though youll want the 15. You can still see the occupant with the 15.
    Thank you for the break down. I'm with you on the 20%, wish there was some sort of middle ground.
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    Thanks Scalways, really appreciate all the pics and the PM's. That 15% looks really dark but I'll still likely go that route because 30% in the light just seems too light for my taste.
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    The Formula One tint is amazing. You can really notice the temp decrease in the cabin, it looks better than other brands IMHO, and it is more durable/less prone to scratching. I personally like 20% on the back window and 35% on the sides to avoid any issues with cops. In my state, even if I got a tint waiver, they could still pull you over and check the tint and bust your balls for other stuff they find while there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bberg22 View Post
    The Formula One tint is amazing. You can really notice the temp decrease in the cabin, it looks better than other brands IMHO, and it is more durable/less prone to scratching. I personally like 20% on the back window and 35% on the sides to avoid any issues with cops. In my state, even if I got a tint waiver, they could still pull you over and check the tint and bust your balls for other stuff they find while there.
    Yeah unfortunately they don't offer the ceramic in a 20%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Game View Post
    ^^ I assume the top pic is with no tint?



    Yeah I'll be doing 15 or 30 all the way around. I agree on the look, not a fan.

    And any more pics would be great.



    Thank you for the break down. I'm with you on the 20%, wish there was some sort of middle ground.
    Yes the top pic was with no tint, I would
    Go 15%, looks nice and the amount of heat it keeps out is amazing. You wouldn't regret it which is why I went from 30% to 15% pinnacle tint.


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    If you tint your front window, I'm prety sure everyone knows you are a drug dealer.

    See if they have a car you can sit in, in my experience, darker than 30% is terrible to drive in at night, although it does look awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by na_v View Post



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    How much did you guys pay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wt219200 View Post
    How much did you guys pay?
    I was quoted $350 for my S5.
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    I just did 35 rear window. 15 all 4 and 50% front with pinnacle looks
    Great! Was $500.


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    $465 + tax. Just did F1 40% to keep it legal in MD. Looks great.

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    Got 15% all around on my Daytona grey. I would actually probably be happy with 10%, but don't think the shop I go to carries 10% pinnacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by audigsr View Post
    Got 15% all around on my Daytona grey. I would actually probably be happy with 10%, but don't think the shop I go to carries 10% pinnacle.
    The FormulaOne ceramic does not offer a 10%. 5% is the darkest option.

    Got pics?
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