What is automotive window tint?
Automotive window tint is a semi-transparent plastic film applied to the inside of a vehicle’s windows. This film is tinted with dyes, metals, or nano-ceramic particles that reject or reduce visible light, UV rays, infrared radiation, solar energy, and glare. Some films, commonly known as “safety films,” contain several layers of plastic and can prevent glass from shattering from an accident or vandalism.
Why should I have my windows tinted?
Because of its UV blocking properties, window tint protects your own skin, as well as your interior materials, from damage. Several 3M™ films are recommended by the Skin Cancer foundation as effective UV protectants. In addition, high-performing films can reject up to 97 percent of infrared radiation, which means they can nearly eliminate heat buildup in your car.
Are there disadvantages to tinting my windows?
If the film used is too dark, it can greatly reduce your visibility, especially at night. Low-quality or incorrectly installed film can become a safety hazard by bubbling, peeling, cracking, or turning purple over time, thereby reducing your visibility.
How is window tint installed?
A trained professional should install window film in a clean environment with little air movement. At our shop, every window pattern is precision cut from a computer program to match the specific year, make, and model of your car.
What can go wrong with a window tint installation?
- Glass can be scratched.
If the film is cut on your car’s window, the knife can etch the glass itself. We mitigate this problem by cutting our film on a plotter from pre-defined templates in our film-cutting computer program.
- Film can be scratched.
The film can be damaged during installation if incorrect tools are used or the correct tools are used incorrectly. Window films have liners that protect the film during heat formation, but if too much pressure is applied, the film can be scratched. Our trained professional installers know how to avoid such damage.
- Bubbles, light gaps, and other installation errors can occur.
When window tint is installed incorrectly, various errors can be introduced, such as the failure to remove small pockets of air from the film or to prevent gaps between the film and the edge of the glass. These problems can be avoided by choosing trained, experienced professionals to tint your windows.
What do I need to do to maintain my tinted windows?
First, don’t roll down or clean the inside of your windows for three to four days after the film has been applied. And never use ammonia-based window cleaners on tinted windows.
Are there laws regarding window tinting?
Each state has its own rules and regulations regarding window tint. In North Carolina, the legal limit for car windows is 35 percent VLT (Visible Light Transmission); if you go any darker, your car will fail inspection, and you may get a ticket.
On trucks and SUVs, windows other than front seats and windshield can be tinted darker than 35 percent. For vehicles registered in South Carolina, the same general rules apply, except that the VLT limit for car windows is 27 percent.
Am I allowed to tint my windshield?
North Carolina statute G.S. 20-127 (b) states “The windshield of the vehicle may be tinted only along the top of the windshield and the tinting may not extend more than five inches below the top of the windshield or below the AS1 line of the windshield, whichever measurement is longer. Provided, however, an untinted clear film which does not obstruct vision but which reduces or eliminates ultraviolet radiation from entering a vehicle may be applied to the windshield.”
What color can I tint my windows?
Most films are varying shades of charcoal, but in accordance with North Carolina law, you may choose any color except shades of red, as long as the film reflects less than 20 percent of light.
Can I have the protection of window film without having to have dark windows?
Yes. We carry products that offer exceptional protection for your skin and interior materials, as well as heat reduction, without darkening your windows. We also carry films in lighter shades. The 35 percent limit offers flexibility with your shaded color.
Will I be able to remove the window tint later if I want to?
Yes. The film can be removed, but a trained professional should do it carefully. If it is done incorrectly, your vehicle’s glass can be damaged, resulting in an unsuccessful removal. After window film is removed, new film can be applied or the windows can be left bare.
Are window films warrantied?
All of the window films that we carry come with lifetime manufacturer warranties, which cover rare material defects. Our films are guaranteed never to fade, turn purple, or bubble. We also guarantee our installations; we will fix any installation errors at any time for no cost.