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Is It Safe To Tint Acura/Honda Acoustic Sidelite Glass?
Is it safe to put sun tint window film on the front side windows of a car with acoustic glass, specifically, a 2019 Acura RDX Advance? There are known issues with house double pane windows and most window tints potentially causing failure due to heat build-up. Is there a similar or different issue with the double pane acoustic glass used on some Acuras? If so, what is the issue and are there certain tints that can be safely used (specs, please if known)? A local car dealer is putting tint on them - is it safe?
The glass is described as, "acoustic front side door glass for sound isolation on some trim levels,” according to the automaker’s statement. “The glass has a sound insulation layer of PVB sandwiched between two layers of semi-tempered glass. Acoustic side glass is thinner than conventional side glass."
Re: Is It Safe To Tint Acura/Honda Acoustic Sidelite Glass?
Depending on where you live, you might be running afoul of the law.
The federal spec says that front door glasses and windshields must transmit at least 72% of visible light ( I might be slightly wrong on the percentage). Any film you apply to the glass will bring it below that level.
In New York, some police departments are starting to check the percentage with light metering equipment and giving out tickets.