Is It Really Impossible to DIY Your Car Window Tinting?

Many tinting professionals have expressed their disapproval of car owners tinting their car windows on their own. However, with all the available DIY Car Tinting kits offered conveniently in auto-shops and basically everywhere, it is tempting to just wing it and tint your car on your own.

Is DIY-ing your car window impossible? Of course it is not. In fact, many have tried it and successfully made it. There are even enough resources and materials on the internet—from video tutorials to step by step blog posts, that can help you do a good job. But, are you really risking your vehicle just to save a few pounds? Here are some points you can think about before deciding to just wing it and just roll with it:

Most DIY tinting kits sold in the market today—both online and in stores, are most often than not generic sized and shaped films. This means that you will be needing to cut them according to your window’s size and shape as precise and accurate as possible. It also involves having the right tools when cutting, and knowing the right techniques. Professional tinting companies and shops, on the other hand, have machines and equipment made especially for custom cutting tint films according to the specifications of your vehicle, making every curve a clean cut.

You also have to consider that once window tinting film has been applied to a window, it cannot be taken off and simply returned to the store. Starting from scratch would probably require you to buy a new kit. Most probably, when you decide to DIY your car tinting, it is your first time to do it. The room for error is bigger because more likely than not, you’re just winging it. For a first-timer, window film in general is hard to work with.

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The chances of ruining it are high, the first trial would most probably be a disaster. So, you decided to try again. You thought that it would be easier, but removing window film is much more difficult than applying it, due in part to the sticky adhesive used to apply it to your car’s window glass.

However, the process of installing tint films is more than just cutting and pasting. Many people don’t know it but when it comes to car tinting, cleaning is a key component. Before the big tinting day, clean your window both inside and outside. Use a solution of warm water and gentle soap. A few drops of dishwashing soap or baby soap will work fine. Spray the glass and then scrape the water off with a fresh razor blade, taking care not to scratch the glass.

At the same time, more work has to be done after the tint installation. Car owners may find that there is some moisture remaining between the film and the glass after installation which causes a hazy, streaky, blotchy appearance. It is just normal as it usually takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure or completely dry. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take a couple of days, or even a couple of months.

Additionally, you have to be cautious of air pockets or bubbles and tiny debris that can be trapped in between tint film and glass. Businesses that do car tints for a living do it perfectly crediting the number of times they have done it, the knowledge of different techniques on how to apply it, and the hours of training they have undergone to perfect the job. An experienced professional will use a higher grade film and ensure that it’s applied without creases, crinkles, air bubbles or debris.

Last and most importantly, professional tint companies do it with a strict observance of the law when it comes to tint darkness or percentage. The government of United Kingdom is specific when it comes to laws concerning car tinting. Just to be safe, it would be best to have your car professionally tinted because companies who do this for a living know the do’s and don’ts, with considerations of the regulations. Most professional window tinting companies make it their business to say up to date on window tint regulations.

While it is not impossible, leaving the application of tint films to professionals is the practical and wise decision, especially for those who don’t have prior experience with the craft. Although DIY car tinting is an option for everyone, it is not really advisable. The chances of ruining it, spending more and having a difficult time is higher, compared to the comfort and convenience of just leaving it to the professionals.