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Under the guise of automotive services being “essential,” I was surprised to learn a couple of days ago that my window tinting guy is still open (and taking reasonable precautions of no customers in the shop and mask+gloves working inside vehicles after wiping interiors down).

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There are a number of shops in Las Cruces that do window tinting, but I happen to know THE guy. He has a small shop, has no sign on the door, isn’t in the phone book, doesn’t have a website or even book’o face page for his business, yet he normally has more work than he and his assistant could ever hope to do. He does most of the tinting work for dealers in Southern NM, along with a few other folks that know.

He does flawless tinting work, and does it cheap (especially if you bring cash). Normally, he is booked up 2-3 weeks out. He’s hurting right now with having next day appointments available and having cut his assistant back to part-time hours. For $150, I no longer feel like I’m getting a sunburn driving the Pajero during bright days (which is basically all of them here). I’ve easily paid twice as much for lesser tinting work from shops in Albuquerque and El Paso.

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Window tint is a way of life in the high desert. Seeing untinted cars is uncommon here. Not only is it perpetually bright, but high altitude sun is a different force of oppression than the sunlight found in lower elevation climes. This also gives the interior a chance at not disintegrating in short order.

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Illustration for article titled Now with more (or any) tint.
Illustration for article titled Now with more (or any) tint.
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This is a 20% film on the front two windows, and 15% everywhere else. The 15% is very slightly darker than the factory tint would be on a new car so equipped. I’ve also got some custom sunshades on order from Covercraft for both the Pajero and the Jag, but it may be some time until they’re up and running again. I may have to Amazon a cheap universal sunshade or two at some point.

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