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Can you remove Tint From Car Windows?

Remove / September 19, 2018

Q.Hi Honk. I just had another skin-cancer surgery on my face. I would like to tint the driver’s side window. Since retiring, we often spend six hours a day on the road. I have the visor and one of those suction-cup, see-through shade screens, but am still getting these awful spots. Even with sunscreen lotion. Are there any exceptions to the laws against dark window tinting on the front side windows? I asked my dermatologist for a tinting prescription, but she had never heard of such a thing and didn’t have any suggestion as to how to get around the law. I understand the police need to be able to see who is driving, but would like to tint my windows and not get a citation and have to take the tint off. Any ideas?

– Bob Demmon, Trabuco Canyon

A. Honk knows the drill, and wears ball caps on the weekend to protect his getting-shinier-all-the-time pate. And, yes, he has an idea.

Bob, if you carry in your car a doctor’s note, explaining why tinting that side window is necessary, you would be fine, said Tino Olivera, an officer and spokesman for the California Highway Patrol based out of its Santa Ana outpost. Tinting can’t be added to the windshield.

Just pass along the note to any officer before the citation book comes out.

“As long as it doesn’t become a safety issue – as long as he can see out that window, ” Olivera said.

He recommends you remove the tint at night or roll down the window.

Olivera has never come across the scenario on patrol, but added that his peers are well aware of this caveat.

Generally, the two front side windows cannot be tinted, although the back side windows and the rear one can get coloring.

Honkin’ update: As promised last week, here is the dope on what California’s Division of Measurement Standards requires gas stations to do in regard to posting gas prices:

Motorists must be able to see the signage before pulling into the station. At least one sign must show the price of every condition available that affects pricing, such as for full and self service, different grades and using cash or a credit card.

Last week, Greg Griffin of Sunset Beach told Honk he felt cheated: He recently pulled into a lot at night where a lighted sign showed a gallon of gas was $3.39. Deep into fueling, he saw the price on the pump was $4.19.