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The very informative recent discussion on tinting has encouraged me to book in my 2001 XC for tinting on Saturday morning. I have to give notice Friday morning what film and color I want. My car color is metallic silver (with the dark blue cladding - interior taupe). My tint options are:<P>- Madico autolux (greenish gray)<BR>- Onex (blue smoke)<BR>- another film (granite charcoal)<P>Please urgently help me choose the sharpest color for my car. <P> Would these films qualify as "semi metalic" with reference to Darell's recommendation? My installer will not use a full metalic finish because of concerns for headlight reflections. By the way, from your inputs, I have opted for the additional security film in the cargo area for durability. Thanks.
 

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Unfortunately, I am not familiar enough with the brands you mention to know if any of them are semi-matallic. But certainly the installer should be able to tell you.<P>I personally like the most neutral grey you can find. The more neutral it is, the more expensive the film will be, however. I don't like blue tint, and I REALLY don't like green tint. Anything called "smoke" is what I'd be after.<P>- Darell
 

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Thanks, Darell. The three tints I was offered are all made by Madico: autolux, onyx and granite. The onyx takes out diproportinately more blue and therefore reflects a slight greenish tinge - as Rayban sunglasses. However, I agree with you that it would be less pleasing, especially with the dark blue cladding. It does have a little better heat rejection than the other two. The onyx certainly gives a bluish effect which goes with the cladding and I was tempted. But by taking out more blue, it appears a little less dark. The granite is neutral. So I have decided to agree with you - your prejudices have helped to tip the balance - and I am going with the granite. It should look just great with 35% on the front windows and 20% on the other five. With regard to semimetallic, I don't think these qualify. The installer only uses the above and I don't want to chase around for a less reputable installer who would do metallic. I am using the best local installer as used by the Volvo dealer but doing it directly to cut out more mark up. With additional security film on the back 3 windows, the cost will be about $190 in US dollars, which seems competetive from what you previously posted. Thanks again for your emergency response. Much appreciated and helpful.
 

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I'm here for you. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>Sounds like you made the right choice. It also sounds like a great price from a good dealer. The three advantages of non-metalic films is that they're cheaper, they dry faster, and they end up being clearer. The downsides are less heat rejection, faster to fade. But a good quality film installed by a good installer are the two most important aspects, and it sounds like you have that covered. Can't wait to see pictures.<P>- Darell
 

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The installer tells me that the Madico products (above) do have a metal content and that improves the heat rejection. Maybe this is what you have in mind as opposed to the full metal finish that looks like reflective sunglasses and is mainly used on office buildings in shiny aluminum or copper. Does this concur with what you were getting at, Darell or is there an in between product that the installer is not telling me about? The granite tint and protective layer are being installed as I write!
 

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Sounds to me like you have exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned "semi-matallic."<P>Even the full metallics (which I don't recommend for general automotive use) don't necessarily have a mirror reflection like on office buildings, though they do reflect more by design.<P>No sense in worrying about it now, huh? <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>When you pick your car up, it will be a whole new experience. Give your self a couple of days to get used to it, and you'll wonder how you ever managed without it.<P>- Darell
 

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Prepo,<P>I think that you went with the right color choice, granite charcoal. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"> I hope that you enjoy your new tint!<P>-Drew
 

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OK, Darell, just so you don't become ill with suspense: the tint layer on the hatch window was re-done yesterday - recall that the tint + security layer when installed one immediately after the other didn't work well because of the raised up demister wire. The final clear protective layer will be applied on Saturday after the tint layer is stable. Meanwhile, the tint is complete and looks just GREAT. The concensus of using "granite" from all you helpful people was an excellent choice. Now it seems obvious, but at the time of having to make the decision, I was in a dilemma and you guys came through. <P>BTW, my installer had never in 14 years installed the security film over tint before. Again, this forum had allerted me to the possibility. Is there no end to the enticing things I hear about on this forum? When I get around to the Garmin (a.k.a. Darell's Favorite Toy) nav. system, extra tiedown anchors, etc. what is the next item needing its own cash dispenser? I've given up on the might of the Volvo research department to design front mud flaps (keeping the brakes cool - a convenient urban myth!), but I can count on Swedespeed contributors to come up with new goodies.
 

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That's excellent news, Prepo! May you never have bright lights dazzle you again<P>Now, where ARE those frigging front flaps????<P>- Darell
 
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