Darkness of tint is measured by the percentage of visible light transmission (VLT%). In the state of Oregon, this percentage refers to the percentage of visible light allowed through the glass and film combined. The state legal VLT percentage limit for Oregon is 35% for the front and rear sides, and the rear window. This means that once your tint has been applied it must allow more than 35% of outside light in. Tinting of a complete windshield is against the law in the state of Oregon. Window tint is only allowed along the top six inches of the windshield and it must be of a non-reflective type.
Some window tint can contain metallic elements similar to sunglasses that helps reflect incoming light. Oregon law states that automotive tint applied to a vehicle must not have a reflective property of more than 13%. At this time Sounds Fast does not sell and install reflective style tint. It can be special ordered if you require it.
If your vehicle was equipped with tinted rear windows during production then your vehicle is exempt from the 35% rule on your rear windows only. The front two side windows still fall under the 35% law.
Oregon has some other laws to take into consideration when having your windows tinted. Colored tint such as red, amber, and green are illegal to use in Oregon. If you have your rear window tinted then you are required to have a functioning driver and passenger side rear view mirror. The film you have applied must be certified by the state of Oregon (SunTek 35% film applied by Sounds Fast is state certified). Oregon allows some medical exemptions for darker tint then the state limit. Check with your doctor or ophthalmologist to see if you qualify.
If you are having a hard time deciding on what shade to use please stop by the store with your vehicle. Between our display loaded with all the shades we provide and the collection of vehicles we have at the shop, We are sure we can find the right shade for you. Our installation gallery at the top of the web page will also have a collection of vehicles we have tinted.