Patrol TINT

Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:33
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Hey all,
I want to put mirror tint on my patrol around the cargo area, ie back windows and side windows, then privacy tint in the second row, ie black, and as dark as possible in the front.
1. i want the mirror tint to hide the expensive goodies from prying eyes + keep the heat down for the fridge.
2. keep the heat down for the rest of the car.
3. it looks cool.
Can anyone help me with the WA laws on tint please.
thanks in advance.
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Reply By: DIO - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:51

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 17:51
Best to use Corflu or similar on the inside. Blocks the sun, reduces heat (insulation) and also prevents prying eyes from seeing inside. So long as you mirrors are adequate you shouldn't have any problems and wont have to worry about legality etc of tint. Think you'll find 'mirrored' type is illegal and intended for domestic/industrial use only not vehicles.
If you go to an 'acredited window tinter', they should be able to advise you on the legal requirements for your State.
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 18:31

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 18:31
And check out the supplier and guarantee. Some of the cheapies bubble after a while, whereas the better ones guarantee up to 10 years against bubbling.
Don't forget to specify "custom" which takes the film right out to the edge of the glass.
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 18:34

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 18:34
thanks Gerry
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Reply By: disco driver - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:27

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:27
My young bloke copped a yellow sticker for his dark tint, don't know what grade it was but it was DARK.(That was all the sticker was for, had to remove it all and use an approved grade)

From memory there is some data on tint grades allowable available on Dept of Planning & Infrastructure website. May have to search that site a bit as that Dept seems to be the Dept for everything.
Google will find it for you...................eventually.


PS don't try and do the job yourself, its a sh*t of a thing.
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:31

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:31
bloody yellow stickers, they'll give ya one for anything these days!
cheers for the info DISCO
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Reply By: Peter - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:54

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 19:54
Just be aware that the antenna for the AM side of the radio is fitted to the passenger rear side window (at least it is in my 2003 Patrol). Using a metallic tint may affect radio reception. But if you don't use AM then it won't be a problem
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 20:30

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 20:30
good point cheers, but have all external antenna for TV/FM/AM
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 22:18

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 22:18
Hi Peter,
I considered that issue of the antenna on my 2000 GU-I. Discussed it with the tint supplier; he was none the wiser. Discussed it with fellow techos, and we all agreed it would probably affect the reception. Ended up fitting the metallic tint anyway and had no problems.
Actually, I was under the impression that the rear antenna was a diversity antenna for FM (someone reckoned that's what it was for) but I've recently read that it's for SW (the GU-I is fitted with AM/SW/FM radio/CD). I guess I could have done some research and tests to find out what the antenna actually did, but hey, the whole shebang works, so why bother.
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 21:53

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 21:53
G'day Wayne-o
I gather by the pic at the Jump-up that you are based in Karratha - I have found Karratha Window Tint to be great for all 4x4 gear - including window tinting (price and service is excellent), but I wouldnt advise to get anything darker than legal for 2 reasons - 1 it will cost double as you will have to replace it when you get a yellow sticker, and 2, it is a mongrel to see behind you in the dark...
If you really want limo tint Supercheap sell it in DIY rolls (so does the car accesory place in Karratha Centro i think). It is cheap and reasonably easy to put on ( I had it on my 80 series for a while until i decided to get good quality, as dark as legally possible tint all round, which is much much better, but doesnt look as cool...
I have just moved down south after 8yrs in Karratha, but would have been keen for a Pilbara get - together (especially if it was somewhere like Gregorys straight after rain!!)
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:33

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:33
very observant...yes i live in kta.
cheers for the info....
Although it is a lil outdated the photo, few more mods now.
where are you based?
What you drivin, i will prob recognise your rig.
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:34

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:34
oh and yeah the get together, will definately be straight after the rain, preferable a cyclone! ahhaha
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 19:52

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 19:52
White 80 Series Standard - 3 x Lighforce 240 Blitz Spotties, Alloy Mags, Roof Rack etc - But you wont see it around anymore as I moved down to Binningup in Dec(just north of Bunbury). Already missing the 4wding (and diving), but it was time for a change, and it is great being able to walk down to a white beach for a swim!!
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Reply By: Doggy Tease - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:15

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:15
Gday Wayne-o. Get hold of any copy of 4WD Monthly,,,flick toward the back (all the ad's section), and find the one for Solar Screen.
Bloody brilliant stuff, complete block out of the cargo area windows, fridge works nowhere near as hard, easy to put on and take off ( suction cups ), each window piece cut to fit-edged and padded.
We got the set for the whole Patrol....less than $500 deliverd to the door, that's every window,,,not just the back ones,,,tho he does them as a set as well. Completely legal as the Patrol has both side mirrors and you dont actually need the internal rearview mirror........tho a good excuse to tell SWMBO that you need a reversing camera...:):)
Tint the front windows legal and away ya go.


ust a very happy customer.
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Follow Up By: Wayne-o - Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:37

Monday, May 28, 2007 at 23:37
ill look into it, sound like a brilliant product.
atm i have cut a cheap reflective sunshade to fit the side windows in the cargo area, they work a treat, full blockout, but aren't real easy on the eyes.
cheers mate
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Reply By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 10:34

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at 10:34
I believe the old tint laws were T35 (35%)for the front two window, 1% for the front windscreen but after that there is no requirement for any of the rear windows to be graded ie dark as you like.
This would make your vehicle no different to a windowless panel van.

This may have changed and I would suggest looking on the DPI website for WA regs and then even the ADRs on window tint.

The unfortunate thing matter what the DPI or ADRs state, some of the young police officers enforcing vehicle compliance and roadworthy really have no idea and their opinion is the one that gets you Yellow stickered.

So dont attract attention....if you want DARK in the rear then go for it but once you have a mirrored look then you will attract UNwanted attention even if it is legal.

I believe there are a few places doing 'ambulance' tint in Perth but there is no 'come-back' on the fitter if you put it on the front windows and are then ordered to have it removed. Should be perfect for what you need...max heat reduction(for a tint) and no chance of looking through. Still nowhere near as good as the insulation products for heat reduction but more practical and easier to use!

All the best


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