At the beginning of Fall I began researching both tint products and businesses that local clubs in the DC area recommend for window tinting. I identified three shops; Cutting Edge Tint, Absolute Perfection, and L.A. Tint. I also researched the tinting products currently available, and one brand kept coming up, Llumar FormulaOne Pinnacle. This product is a non metallic ceramic based film that is one of the best products to greatly reduce or eliminate UV or solar loading inside the cabin. The non metallic nature ceramic based formula ensures that radio signals will not be interrupted, and as a result does not impact modern keyless entry, satellite/terrestrial radio, or other GPS/radar detection systems.
I settled on L.A. Tint, and scheduled an appointment for installation of the FormulaOne product. Zero trouble with getting a date and time. The LA Tint representatives were incredibly friendly and helpful on the phone, and as it turned out in person as well!
I chose their Manassas location for the convenience of Saturday hours. When I spoke with the representative they were very clear about the schedule and estimated time to complete the installation. All in all the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The offered to show their products installed in staff vehicles, and I thought that was an excellent way to compare products before settling on one type of film or level of tint. The procedure was completed in a little over three hours and the results were as advertised. Call me a satisfied customer. The only things to remember after the installation is that you cannot use ammonia based window cleaning products (ammonia free alternatives are readily available), and that you are advised NOT to roll down any windows that have tint applied for at least 3-5 days after the installation is complete.
This LINK will take you to a non sanctioned site that provides the level of tinting for most states to use as a starting point, but any reputable shop will be able to guide you and ensure that any product you select conforms to the laws of the state in which the vehicle is titled/plated.
Below is a picture of the Golf with the Llumar tinting installed.