Window Film For Your Car 101

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Deciding to tint your car maybe a bold decision, especially for firs time car owners. Some people believe that it is not really a necessity, however, backed up by numerous data, reports, and studies, it has long been proven that choosing to tint it has nothing but benefits for you and your ride.

With sufficient knowledge about what is it and how can it benefit you, you will know that the “hefty price tag” is worth it and indeed, it is the best decision you’ve made—car wise.

Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Additionally, many car owners go for car window tinting because of the increased protection, security, privacy, aesthetic, and energy savings it provides.

Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades. This means that the amount of light that is allowed through the film depend on the percentage of your chosen film. In the United Kingdom, the law rules that front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used. If the vehicle was first used on April 1, 1985, then the required percentage of the darkness of the tint should be at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through. For cars that are first used before April 1, 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through. Car owners should follow this law strictly implemented by the authorities to avoid road mishaps that can be caused by overly-darkened windows.

If you are wondering about the tinting process—how long it will take and how much it would cost you, the answer really depends on the type of vehicle. Car window tinting takes time and patience for the films to be installed properly. The amount of time it takes to install tints to your car varies depending on several reasons including the size of your car, type and model of your vehicle, films used, and of course the quality of tint installation depending on your chosen tint company.

Similarly, determining how much it would cost to tint your car depends on many variables such as your car size, model, and of course, the quality of the tint films you will pick. The company you choose to install it can also be a factor on the total cost of the service.

However, some car owners opt to tint their cars on their own and consider it a DIY project. While many tinting kits are available in the market today, many would suggest that you leave this job to the professionals. Although a DIY window tint is generally less costly, it definitely pays dividends to invest in professional installation. 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. Moreover, the chances of ruining it are high. Deciding to try again may not go as easy as you thought it would be. Removing window film is much more difficult than applying it, due in part to the sticky adhesive used to apply it to the auto glass. 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. You may even spend more than just opting to leave it to the pros.


Having said this, your best option would be selecting established tinting companies to do the job for you. Ideal tinting companies pay close attention to their customer service. The tint shop’s customer desk should always be accommodating and willing to spend a good amount of time to talk and explain matters to you. It’s also a good sign when a company guarantee their customers the best possible service and those who maintain good communication even after installation.

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. 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. Fading, or the purpling of the tint is also one of the classic indicators that poor tinting services are provided for your vehicle. However, these signs are expected over time. Because of various factors, your vehicle’s tint will need some replacement over time. High quality tint films usually last from 10-15 years.

 Car window tinting is a long term investment because it protects and offers a more comfortable state for the most precious property anyone can have and possess: their lives. It may be an additional cost at a certain time, but, the rewards you reap and the benefits you will experience from it will be worth it. In reality, car tinting is a long term investment for you, your family’s and your valuables’ safety in the long run. It is an investment in protection and peace of mind.