The Lifespan of Car Window Tints

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Everything has a lifespan or a shelf life. No matter how much care and effort you put into it, all things are meant to break down and be replaced eventually. Every part of a vehicle eventually needs some maintenance. Some will even need to be replaced in given time. Car window tints are not an exemption to this rule. In the same way that parts of your vehicle will tire and wear over time, window tints also eventually need to be replaced. The longevity of your tints may depend on different factors such as film quality, too much sunlight, or even the type of window cleaner you always use.

Of course, the duration of every thing depends on various factors, especially the product’s quality and the quality of the service of your chosen tinting company. Cheap dyed tint film can last shorter than more expensive and higher quality ones, which can last for 5 years or more. The tinting company’s performance can also determine the lifespan of your car’s tint. If the tints are properly applied and had undergone the correct process, then you can expect to reap the benefits of your tints longer than expected.

But, how can you know it’s time time to replace your window tints? Here are the telltale signs:

Stepping up to more advanced options like carbon or ceramic tint films can mean an even longer life for the tint, and many are covered by a lifetime warranty which means if any defects in the product or installation are noticed, replacement of the tint won’t come out of your pocket.

Here are some definitive signs that say you should replace your car tints sometime soon:

Bubbling and air pockets

One of earliest signs that call for tint replacement are the presence of bulges and air bubbles in between the film and the glass window. This is normal, especially for car windows tinted for a long time. Although the degree of appearance of this sign may vary due to a number of reasons, including the quality of the film or how badly it was installed, it is a sign that you should consider replacing your window tints sooner or later. More than just being an eyesore, the forming of bubbles will eventually cause more problems in the long run and should be addressed as soon as you can.

Scratches and scrapes

Another warning sign that signals the impending replacement of your tints is the presence of scratches and scrapes. Aside from making your car look older than what it really is, scratches and scrapes can lead to more serious problems with your tints. If you spot this problem, the tint films can be easily ripped off or peeled, making the condition of your car much harder to look at.


In some cases, when the window tint starts to peel in a corner, it’s time to replace it. This happens when the adhesive used starts to lose its grip to the windows. Removing the tint through pulling the peeling parts is not as easy as it seems. It might be tempting to remove it yourself but letting the professionals do it will same you time and money.

Fading and Purpling

Another ugly sign that you should replace your window tint is its change in colour, particularly when it starts to fade from dark grey to purple. Usually, tints begin to fade because of too much exposure to direct sunlight. All tint films eventually fade over time but those higher quality films loose their original colour longer.

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Damaged Interiors

One of the main benefits of window tinting is protecting your dashboard and in seat covers. One sign that it is time to replace your tints is when you notice some heat damage to your car’s interior. It maybe a change in colour or some breakage. If your window tint is old, your furniture may be getting bleached by all those UVA and UVB rays. The worst part is that the change is likely so gradual that you won’t notice right away. Deciding to replace your tints is a wiser choice than spending more on interior repairs or changing of seat covers and upholstery. One of the giveaway sign that you need to change tints immediately is when it is no longer doing its function.

Lower fuel efficiency

Have you noticed that you run out of fuel much faster because the air-conditioning unit is always on full blast? It may be a tale tell sign that you should replace your window tints already. If you find yourself full blasting the air conditioning units to the fullest, yet it is still warm inside your vehicle, it might have to do something with your window tints. Another benefit of tinting is keeping the interior of the vehicle at a desirable temperature. If it is otherwise, then maybe it’s time to check and have your car re-tinted.