Not all window tint modifications rank the same in terms of quality and safety. Find out which ones are right for you.By Charlie Gaston – November 13, 2015

This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present).

It’s true that window tint modifications provide added comfort and coolness, as well as a respite from bothersome glare, especially during sunny days. However, it’s important to also note the stylistic opportunities that window tint modifications offer. Read on to learn which window tint modifications are available to Jeep Wrangler owners, and why you should or shouldn’t go with each one.

Window Tint Modification Guide

For the 2007 and newer Jeep Wrangler, you have a number of options for getting the level of tint you want (and need) for the safest and most convenient ride possible. While it’s generally recommended that you stick to a “factory level tint” (usually 20 to 30 percent) to avoid being hassled (and possibly ticketed) by law enforcement, the truth is you can go a lot lighter or darker. Whatever level of tint you choose, be sure to maintain the quality of the shade by using a quality tinted glass cleaner – ammonia-based cleaners are a “no-no.”

Factory Tint (30-20%)

DIY Cost – N/A

Professional Cost – $200-300

Skill Level – Professional expertise is required.

This is the most common tint level used by Jeep dealerships and auto tint specialists. It offers protection from the sun and looks incredible against black paint. If your hard top is already factory tinted, finish the job by having your front windows tinted. All shades can be color-matched for the most dynamic appearance. Premium, metallic and ceramic options are available. Eighteen percent is also considered a factory tint in some cases.

Greater Transparency at 50%+ Tint

Figure 1. Mix-and-match shades or color-match your original equipment manufacturer (OEM) tint.

DIY Cost – N/A

Professional Cost – $200-300

Skill Level – Professional expertise is required.

Going for a lighter tint is typically common when modifying front or side windows. Rear windows, on the other hand, typically receive a darker tint (although not necessarily the darkest tint available by law in your state). Any tint level at or above 50% is considered “light” and will appear considerably more transparent than your current factory tint. You will still notice less glare and receive adequate protection from the sun.

Intermediate (50-30%)

Figure 2. There is greater transparency with the front windows.

DIY Cost – N/A

Professional Cost – $200-300

Skill Level – Professional expertise is required.

If you want your tint to lie somewhere on the color spectrum between a “factory tint” and a “light” or “transparent” tint, the 50-30% range is the best option for you. If you’re like most Jeep Wrangler owners, however, you may want to add an intermediate level tint to the front of your vehicle, and then go with a darker tint for your rear and/or door windows. This combination is great for Jeep owners wanting to protect their cargo area from the watchful eyes of others.

Figure 3. Add a 30% tint on your side windows and a 5% tint on your front windshield.

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