In reply to a message from SD Faircloth sent Mon 2 Jun 2014:
When I was in the buying process for my coupe’ I noticed the
drivers and passenger side windows had been tinted to match
the little rear windows behind the doors. In fact the
passenger tint was beginning to peel at the bottom a bit
from the little up/down movement at open/close. It had
apparently not been tucked down far enough at the bottom
during application. Point being here is the tint was applied
to the inner surface of the glass and not molded into the
glass itself during manufacture.
A condition of sale was the removal of that tint before
purchase which turned out to be a simple process at an auto
glass shop. They sprayed on some sort of solvent and minutes
later the tint was pulled off. Same solvent cleaned up the
glass surface and all was back to factory original. In this
case the PO had that tint applied at the same shop not the
Currently the car has a slight factory tint in the
windscreen and door windows. The little rear windows are
quite dark which I believe is also factory original. There
is no evidence of additional tint having been applied.
It is my understanding of California (North American) law
that light and dark configuration is allowed because the
dark tint is behind the driver.
We have one other vehicle, a Chevrolet 4 door, which is USA
sold (Canadian assembled) and I know it is factory original.
The front 2 doors are light tint matching the windscreen and
the rear 2 doors are dark tint matching the rear window.
Take a look at your windows as SD suggests. Quite confident
the numbers/nomenclature in the corner will tell you or a
glass person all you need to know.–
The original message included these comments:
I think on any factory tint the actual glass is tinted during the
mfg process by the glass mfg. There is usually a series of numbers
either at the lower left or lower right of the glass that shows who
made the glass and another number (or name)which would indicate the
tint value in the glass. You could probably Google that number and
find the tint value, then check CA law and determine if it is
allowed. Aftermarket tints are a film applied to the interior side
of the glass.
You can probably call any CA auto shop that replaces/sells window
glass and read them the numbers on your glass to determine if it is
ok for use in CA.
Gordon S. Tompkins (2009 XK Coupe’)
Springville, CA, United States
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