Car Tinting 101

car tinting 101

Before having your vehicles tinted, it is important that you know a thing or two about the whole process, do’s and don’ts of having tinted windows, and some secrets of the trade. From the tinting process to choosing a reputable tinting company, here is everything you have to know about car window tinting and why you should finally do it:

Choosing the right tint film, quality, and percentage

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. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.

Film percentages stand for light transmission, or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film. In the United Kingdom, the percentage of tint on vehicles is very closely monitored because of all the potential damages offenders can get involved in.

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.

On the other hand, 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. The lifespan of your tint can also be determined by the tint film’s quality and the quality of the service of your chosen tinting company.

The Tinting Process

Car window tinting takes time and patience for the films to be installed properly. The entire process requires careful attention to detail and precise hand work for best results. Rushing the process can only result in early fading, peeling or bubbling of the tints, making your car older than it really is. 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.

Tinting Price Tag

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 can also be a factor on the total cost of the service.

DIY Car Tinting

With all the available DIY Car Tinting kits offered in the market today, it is tempting to just tint your car on your own instead of leaving the job to professionals. Although a DIY window tint is generally less costly, it definitely pays dividends to invest in professional installation.

Before proceeding, assess your skills and ask yourself these questions: Are you aware of the UK Tinting Law? Can you do it flawlessly on first try? Why not just leave it to the professionals?

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.

Choosing a Professional Tinting Company

Now that many car owners have realized the importance of car tinting, more and more tinting companies have been springing in business. Since tint application is a meticulous job, you need to entrust your most valuable possession to someone you can trust. It is important to have a clear idea and qualifications that will be needed to pass before you choose a specific store. Before deciding which shop to choose, it’s better to know what qualities to look for.

Go for established companies. A business gets credible after at least five years since opening, at the same location. Take note: good dealers 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.