Not everybody is lucky enough to have flawlessly tinted car windows. Maybe because they opted to trust their skills and buy a DIY tinting kit, readily available in the market. Or perhaps, the tinting company they trusted with the job turned out to be not the best in business.
A bad tint job is a nightmare on two levels: First, it looks bad, all bubbling and lifting. Second, its really hard and messy to remove window tint to do it again, involving a tedious combination of water, steam, and razor blade scraping.
One of the most obvious sign that the tinting job is done bad is the forming of bubbles in between the tint film and the glass windows. Usually, it occurs due to the poor quality tint or poor installation process of the tint specialist. Another most common sign of bad tinting job is the peeling off the window. Ideally, tint films, once applied, are hard to remove and peel off from the glass’ surface.
Moreover, peeling is also one of the indicators of a bad tinting job. If the tint peels itself off in just a matter of weeks or days, it could mean that, again, low quality film was used or bad tinting job is done.
If the job is not done carefully or in the wrong workspace, various particles like fibers and debris trapped between the film and the car windows, which can also be a nightmare, especially if you’re DIYing it.
Of course, you, as the client would want a flawless and nice-looking tint for your car, not only for the benefits of it, but also for how it would look. Experts have emphasized again and again that tinting car windows follow a meticulous and tedious process that require patience and attention.
Here are some tips on how you can dodge a car window tint nightmare:
- Keep in mind that tinting should starts and end with cleanliness. Any dust floating around the place will end up permanently stuck in between your tint films and glass windows.
- Another thing to ensure is that you need light. Imagine fitting a transparent film to a transparent surface—it is very tricky and one small mistake can be a recipe for disaster. One sign that a shop is not really a professional if it has a workspace that is very is dark and shadowy.
- Be updated with tint technology. It is a common misconception that the darker the tint films, the better they serve your vehicle. But it is actually not exactly the case. The newest films in the market are almost invisible and still block most of the UV radiation that heats and ages your car’s interior and your skin. This won’t impede in your driving vision too!
- Get a guarantee from the tint company. Some reputable tinting companies offer warranties and guarantees for the tint films they use and the service they provide. Experts say that a lifetime warranty on the film and the installation should not be out of the question.
- Look at references and previous tint jobs. Before saying yes to a certain tinting company, check their previous tint jobs. Inspect it for edge to edge coverage, no bubbles or dirt trapped in the film and edges that aren’t lifting.
- Let it cure properly—regardless of how long it takes. It will be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks before you can put the windows down.
- Clean it carefully. Tint is applied on the inside of glass; Clean those surfaces with a non-ammonia cleaner so you don’t break down the film’s scratch resistant coating.
Many car owners may find tinting very technical and over-whelming, to the point that they have turned off the idea of tinting for benefits. However, with the proper preparation, ample information, and trusting the right tinting company, the whole process and experience will just be a breeze and you will have a tinted vehicle and reap its benefits in no time.