There are several factors you should keep in mind when planning to tint your car windows. Tinting is not as easy as sticking film to a car window and then forgetting about it, not unless you want your tint to fall apart or you want to be fined. This is a short guide to help you with the whole process so that you tint the right way.
Be Aware of Tinting Laws in Your State
Window tinting laws vary from state to state. In some states, it’s permissible to have dark windows in the rear of the car, but side windows can only be so dark and front windows a little less dark. If you have windows that are too dark, you will be pulled over and fined to the tune of $700, depending on your state.
What are Tint Percentages and What Should I Buy?
It’s important that you know what percentage of tint to buy, in accordance with state laws. Tint percentages show the amount of light the tinted window will let in. For example, a window tinted 10 percent will allow 10 percent of all the light falling on it to enter.
In some states, car windows are pre-tinted, so factor this into your calculations. For example, your car might come with 90 percent tint while you want 40 percent tint, which might be the maximum your state will allow. Be sure to buy a tint film of more than 50 percent, so that you end up with tint more than 40 percent and not less. You can’t just buy 40 percent tint, as your window will end up too dark.
Let the Professionals do it for You
If you don’t have any experience with tinting a car window, you might want to hire a professional to do it for you. It’s usually worth the cost, as a poorly executed tint can begin to peel off, or you may crease the tint film during installation. A badly done tint job is easily identifiable with the bubbles, cracks, and peels that become visible after just a few weeks.
If you hire a professional, don’t fall for “discount” rates. That’s an almost sure sign that the installer will be installing a cheap tint. It’s better to pay more for a higher quality tint that will last for many summers as compared to a cheaper tint that will disintegrate in only a couple of years.
If you’re doing the tinting yourself, don’t do it in freezing weather and be prepared not to roll your windows down for at least three to four days. It’s best if you don’t disturb your car and keep it in your garage, which should preferably be warm.
It’s recommended that you clean the entire vehicle, including the windows, before you apply the tint. This reduces the chances of something getting stuck under the applied tint, ensures the window is easier to see through, and allows the tint’s adhesiveness to last longer. Clean the inside part of the window with soapy water and ensure that all the dust particles are removed to prevent the formation of bubbles.
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