Car Window Tinting - The Ultimate Guide
Window tinting is a great way to stylize your car and give you more privacy as you travel. There isn’t just one tint, though. Read on to educate yourself on different window tints that are available to you!
What are the Types of Tinting for Car Windows?
Dyed Window Tint
Dyed window tint is most common type of window tint on the market largely due to its affordability. Dyed window tint comes from applying several layers of dyed film to the windows, with more layers leading to a darker tint allowing customization in the shade of tint. These products tend to be more vulnerable to the sun than other types of tinting. They struggle to block the UV rays and heat of the sun, which will cause the tint to fade over time. This just means you might have to retint every so often.
Metalized window tints take a different approach to tinting, using metal microparticles in the film that reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it. These metalized tints are also scratch-resistant and give more strength insurance to your windows in case of impact.
The metal microparticles will give your windows a reflective tint, which some people prefer. A major downside exists, though, in that the metal particles can interfere with radio or GPS signals for some users.
Hybrid Dye and Metallic Tint Film –
For an option in between dyed and metallic tints, there is a hybrid method that uses both! In this tint, there are layers of dyed film with thin metal layers mixed within to create a film that has the best of both worlds. Hybrid films have reflective properties, but also absorb some sun rays. They don’t have the same mirror-like appearance as the purely metallic film. They also don’t tend to interfere with radio signals. What’s more, price-wise they are in between the two aforementioned options giving a nice alternative to consumers.
Carbon Tint Film
Carbon tint film is composed of carbon fiber materials that are quite effective at blocking the sun’s rays. These carbon particles will not fade over time making them a great choice for a film, though carbon tinting will be more expensive than alternative tints. Carbon tint also provides an insulation effect keeping your vehicle warmer, which can be great in the winter. The carbon fiber is unique in its aesthetic as well, which some people will absolutely love.
Check with your state’s guidelines for the legal level of window tint allowed. The common practice is to set a maximum percentage where your visibility is limited in the amount of light rays that can penetrate the window.
For the price, dyed tint films tend to be the most popular. People that are looking for the best performance, regardless of price, tend to gravitate towards the effective and flexible ceramic film.
Consider your budget and aesthetic that you want to achieve when considering the best tint for your vehicle. From there, consider if you have extra hot summers and need more sun reflection or are dealing with cold winters and need more insulation. Pick your tint with your needs in mind; there are a ton of great options to be had.
The cheaper options of window tint last about five years where the more expensive options can last decades.
How Tints are Applied to a Car Window
- Prep work – This includes cleaning the window with alcohol and water to make sure there is nothing between the film and the window.
- Measuring and fitting – Window tints come in rolls, which need to be measured and cut to size for the windows allowing for any window on any car model to be tinted.
- Application – Spray water on the window to help it first adhere. Start cutting layers and applying them on one another wrapping around the top of the window and the sides. Use a heat gun and squeegee to press down the tint and remove any bubbles. Repeat with more layers to reach the desired shade of tint.
- With all layers applied, continue to heat, spray with water, and squeegee the tint to get the tightest adherence possible. Continue to cut any excess film that hangs off or creates an unprofessional appearance.
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