Automotive Window Tint FAQ
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Automotive Window Tint Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Before getting tint applied to your vehicle, you may have some questions. For starters, no it does not increase horsepower and no it will not get you more dates (glad we got those two out of the way!).
In all seriousness, this article will cover the basics of window tinting and more.
What is it?
Window tint is a layer of film installed on a vehicle’s windows. There are multiple different types of film, with different types of material and darkness levels. From carbon and ceramic interweaves to plastic material, there is a tint combination with your name on it.
What are the benefits?
There are many different reasons to install tint, from increased privacy and blockage of harmful ultraviolet rays to shattered glass prevention, the benefits are incredibly valuable. Not to mention, the sexy appearance it provides.
Is it legal?
Yes and no! Laws and regulations surrounding the darkness level of a window tint vary from state to state. These regulations were created for the safety of other drivers on the road, as well as law enforcement officers for when they need to approach a vehicle.
If you’re getting window tint installed by a team of professionals, they will be able to guide you through the legalities of your state.
How is it installed?
Before application, professionals will start by cleaning the edges and windows. Afterwards, the film is cut to fit the vehicle’s windows perfectly, as each car has windows that are different in shape and size. The film is commonly assumed to be installed on the outside of the window, but it’s actually applied on the inside to ensure it doesn’t come off from washing or being exposed to the elements. Once the film is applied, a quality control inspection is performed to ensure accuracy.
How long does it take?
The application process doesn’t take long and is typically completed in one business day, but the drying and curing stage prolongs the process. Typically your car will be given back to you before the curing stage is complete, but it’s important to not roll up the windows for a few days during this period (3-5 days on average). Most shops will have tape or a sticker they place over your window switches to remind you not to open them.
How long will it last?
Will the weather conditions affect window tint?
Not to worry, as the weather conditions will not affect your automotive window tint! Whether it’s freezing cold or burning hot outside, high quality tints have a strong and durable adhesive that will not budge. In winter it just takes a little longer to dry and cure.