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Old 08-16-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Is OEM slider door fixed window tinted like CRL windows?

I plan to spec rear MB windows with the tint option and also install a matching CRL T-vent window behind driver's seat later. I want all window tint to match and would like to avoid film.

Trying to decide if I should spec the MB right slider door window for my cargo van or install a CRL later. $128 v $600. If it is not tinted and does not match CRL or MB tint then I will wait and pay more.

Can someone confirm if OEM slider window is tinted and matches CRL windows?

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Old 08-17-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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I don't know the brand of windows SMB Texas was using for me in 2014, but the Mercedes factory tinted glass on the door and rear windows is darker than the slider screen windows I had installed in the conversion. I think they came tinted from the supplier because SMB was going to charge for tinting them, but said it was unnecessary dropped that item on delivery.

It doesn't strike me as ugly from the outside, but you can definitely see more of the interior, sink faucet, etc through the SMB windows compared to the Mercedes tinted windows.

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Old 08-20-2016, 04:56 AM   #3
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I'm in the auto/truck glass biz so maybe can help here....

CRL's tints won't match anything installed during original manufacture. This is mainly due DOT requirements for acceptable tint levels for glass depending where its installed on the vehicle. Windshields and front door glass has one spec, anything behind the driver's seat can be considerably darker.

Even if the same light transmission spec's are claimed colors will vary greatly between OEM and anything aftermarket. If the same tint appearance is of huge importance opt for the "standard" rear/side tint, buy a CRL window with light green tint and add film to make it all appear more consistent---that's your only real option as far as this goes.

Ideally you could spec clear glass for the rear/sides as well as the CRL unit but that's most likely completely impossible. Any vehicle these days especially those with air conditioning will have some sort of non-optional tinted glass factory installed.

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