Before you take the first step toward adding a tint to your car’s windows, read on for the answers to common questions about this popular vehicle upgrade.
What Is Window Tinting Film?
Tinting film is a thin layer of laminate that is applied directly to your vehicle’s glass surfaces to give them a darkened appearance. It is attached using a strong adhesive that is designed to last for years but won’t damage your vehicle’s glass when it’s time to replace or remove the film. Film shades are measured in percentages determined by how much visible light can pass through the film and into the vehicle.
How Is It Installed?
Window tint installation is a multi-step process.
- An installer will first meticulously clean the glass to prepare for the adhesive film by using a specialized cleanser and tools to remove any grease and dirt. The installer must have thoroughly clean surface to work with, so this first step is an important part of the process.
- The window is measured and the film is then rolled out over the clean window. A special knife is then used to cut the film to fit.
- The film is adhered to the inside of the window using a squeegee to carefully smooth out any bubbles and even out the edges.
- The installer will ensure the tint material is clean and smooth before returning your car to you with care instructions.
How Long Will the Installation Take?
It largely depends on how many windows you’ve chosen to tint. With fewer windows, it may take approximately an hour. If many of your vehicle’s windows are being tinted, it could take anywhere from two to three hours. Plan on approximately 30 minutes per tinted window surface.
Why Should I Get My Windows Tinted?
The benefits of window tinting are diverse. Here are some examples of the most helpful benefits.
Tinting film blocks harmful UVA radiation and regulates the temperature inside of your vehicle. Film applied to passenger and rear windows is especially beneficial, as these are typically made from tempered glass, unlike the windshield, and don’t naturally prevent unsafe UV rays from filtering into the car.
The film reduces potentially dangerous glare while on the road and increases visibility from inside the vehicle. Plus, in the event of an accident, the tinting film can even hold broken glass together and prevent the shards from scattering around.
Security and Privacy
While you drive with tinted windows, others on the road are deterred from looking into your car. When parked, tinted windows make it harder for possible thieves to peek into your vehicle, so your valuables are more secure.
Can I Do It Myself?
DIY window tinting kits are available, and many car owners choose to take on the task themselves. However, a professional installer has the necessary skills and qualifications to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. An experienced professional can also make sure that your window tint is within legal limits.
DIY window tinting can result in unsightly bubbles in tinting film, and with uneven edges. Even small amounts of dust or lint that get on the surface while applying the window tint can interfere with the adhesive to make the job look amateurish and irregular.
How Much Does It Cost?
The total price tag depends upon several factors but typically depends on how much window tinting film is used and how labor-intensive the job is. The cost will fluctuate whether you only want a few windows tinted, a six-inch sun strip on the top of your windshield, or you decide to darken all the possible glass on your vehicle.
The make and model of your vehicle will also determine the overall cost. The total glass surface area will vary from model to model, so a large SUV will have a higher price tag than a two door coupe.
To get a quote for your vehicle, contact the professionals at Aaron Auto Glass. Our experienced installers outfit your vehicle with the right tint and get you back on the road, in style, in no time.