How long does it take to tint a car?

How long does it take to tint a car

One of the most frequent considerations of car owners who are considering to have their cars tinted is the duration of the tinting process. Admit it, it is one of the most important information because not everybody can do away without using their vehicle for days.

Regardless of whether you do it yourself or have it professionally tinted, car window tinting takes time and patience for the films to be installed properly. The entire process requires careful attention to detail and precise hand work for best results. Rushing the process can only result to premature fading, peeling or bubbling of the tints, making your car older than it really is.

The amount of time it takes to install tints to your car varies depending on several reasons:

What’s your vehicle?

Estimating the amount of time depends on your vehicle of course. There are a lot of considerations such as the amount of window surface area the installer must work with, the window shapes (how complex they are), number of windows and if there are previous tints to be removed. Generally, bigger cars take more time compared to two-door cars.

On the average four-door sedan, it can take anywhere between one-and-a-half to two hours. On bigger cars with lots of glass surface area, steep window rake or complex window curves, the process can take up to two hours or more.

Existing Tint / Replacement

The process changes when a car has an old tint that needs to be removed first. If your car already has tinted windows, the process of carefully peeling off the old tint will take time too. It could add two hours or more to a car window tint installation. It also depends on the quality and speed of the tint shop that you will choose. some shops can get the job done right in under two hours while other shops take a bit longer.

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Tint films cut

Some tinting companies already have tint films that are pre-cut from the manufacturers designated to specific car types and models. Although it may seem more convenient, pre-cut windows from the manufacturer won’t be as accurately cut as tint that’s cut and trimmed at a professional tint shop.

Some shops use machines to cut tint to the exact shape needed specifically for your vehicles’ windows. Often, machine-cut tint cuts down the amount of time it takes for the average tint installation while offering a reasonable amount of quality.

However, nothing can beat the quality offered by hand-cut tint. A seasoned professional with a steady hand can cut your tint to match your windows exactly without worry about stretching or other tactics to make pre-cut or machine-cut tint fit properly.

Drying time

Most customers tend to forget that they need to give their cars an allowance time after tinting before they can use it again. Window tinting take time to install, but it also takes time to dry out the moisture left in the tint film. It usually takes two to three days to completely cure. In colder weather, it can take up to several weeks for tint to completely dry. This is why it is more ideal to have your car tinted during the summer when the weather is more sunny and hot. It gives the tint a better chance to dry quickly, or at least in a temperature controlled tint shop.

Professionalism of the company

Some companies make it a point to comply with the needs of their customers. Without compromising the quality of their work, tint shops can make the process faster as requested by their clients who are on the rush. Some companies, on the other hand, can make the process longer because of unprofessionalism—stalling the project or having the company undermanned, having poor time management skills and not having enough materials and equipment.