If you have been dancing with the thought of having your car windows tinted but haven’t reached a decision yet, you may have come across some window tint misconceptions along your research that have left you confused. Believe it or not, there are a number of myths about car window tinting which may sway potential customers away from actually going for it. While some of these may be based on facts, others seem to be just off the line.
Before investing in window tint, take some time to learn more about what these products can and cannot do for your car. Here is the truth behind some window tint myths.
Window tinting is just a luxury
Since not every car has their windows tinted, why do you need to have yours done? Maybe you can live without it. Well, Obviously, you can. Investing in having your car windows tinted can be one of the best decisions you’ve made for your vehicle, your road safety and driving convenience without you realizing it.
While some people think window tinting is just an unnecessary luxury because of its hefty price tag, the truth is it is a long term investment. 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 piece-of-mind.
The benefits of car window tinting are for more than just the looks, privacy and comfort. It is also beneficial to the health of the people inside the vehicle—from preventing further damage in cases of road accidents, or delaying the aging process and lowering the risks of skin cancer. Tinting also protects the interior of your vehicle, which saves you from further expense of repairs. Direct exposure to the sun can fade your dashboard as well as the car seats upholstery.
Why tint if it will just fade, bubble and loose its effects over time?
Regardless of price and quality, majority—if not all kinds of window tint films may fade, bubble or degrade over time because of different factors. The purpling or bubbling is a natural thing that happens to tints, but it doesn’t mean your money was put to waste.
Proper maintenance should also be observed in order to prolong the life of your car window tints. Since tints don’t come cheap, owners should also acknowledge that maintaining it is part of their responsibility.
Cleaning newly-tinted windows is a simple process as long as you know what materials and cleaners to avoid. You have to be extra careful on cleaning your tinted windows if you want your tint to last a long time, still looking good as new. The main difference to cleaning tinted windows from cleaning non-tinted windows is the things you should use, and the things you should avoid. Knowing what products are bad for your tinting will help prevent you from accidentally doing damage to it or reducing its life.
Given the numerous benefits window tints give you and all the passengers who you will travel with, the money you’ve invested in the car tinting process is reaped with the comfort, privacy, safety and security window tints provide.
Window tints will make my car too dark
Window tint comes in a variety of shades, but none of them block all of the light coming into your car. In fact, some are almost invisible, providing a barrier against UV rays without darkening the car too much.
The level or percentage of darkness is completely up to you—as long as you abide with the law and what fits your needs. In the UK, there are specific guidelines for car owners who would want their vehicles tinted. Basically, the tinting law states that front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used. If the vehicle was first used after 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. But, if the car was first used before April 1, 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70% of light through.
If your front side windows or windscreen are found to be too heavily tinted, you are committing an offense. You can be issued with an Endorseable Fixed Penalty Notice (EFPN) – meaning your license will be endorsed with 3 points, plus you will be served a £60 fine.
But, if your windows are illegally tinted but close to the legal limit, it is possible you might be let off with a vehicle defect rectification notice, which requires you to have the tint removed and provide evidence that this has been done to a police station
Tinted windows prevents you to see the view clearly
Contrary to this belief, a lot of window tint films are non-reflective, meaning you can see the view outside, as if there is no tint installed on your windows.
You can get films that are not reflective on either side of the glass, or films that are opaque on the outside and transparent from within.
Tinted windows will not break in times of accidents
No, Tints don’t prevent windows from breaking—but it intensifies the structure of the window during unfortunate times of unforeseen situations. The window tint can actually help to reduce potential glass fragments from scattering provided that the piece of window film stays intact.
The tint can act like a bandage by holding shattered glass together when it breaks, reducing the risk of loose shards that can cause harm to the driver or passengers. In cases of road accidents, untinted car windows tend to shatter in to more, little pieces of glass compared to tinted windows. Window tint covers the entire pane of your glass, which can come in handy if it ever breaks during an accident.
It also prevents car theft by limiting how much a potential thief sees inside your car, but tinting products have no power to stop windows from breaking. Having no car window tint in the first place can make you vulnerable to car theft, especially if leaving valuables inside the car became your habit. Without window tints, the things inside your locked car in a parking lot can be a window display for thieves.
Tints are entirely for the looks. It has no real benefits
Window tint greatly improves the aesthetics of your ride, but the long list of its benefits doesn’t end there. The reality is that window tint has much more benefit than cosmetics alone.
In fact, today’s window tint films effectively block UV rays, protect your car’s interior and prevent fading and it also secures the safety of the driver, blocking glare and bright lights that can potentially affect the driving and cause road accidents.
Window tinting also reduces the amount of heat that your car takes in while parked, so you will not have to spend as much time and energy cooling the vehicle on a hot day, lessening the fuel you need to improve the efficiency of your car’s cooling systems.