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What is Automotive Window Tint?

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Automotive Window Tint

Ever wondered how some cars can maintain a cool, private interior even on the sunniest days? The secret lies in automotive window tint – a specific type of film designed for car windows, which are custom-fitted to each car window by a tinting professional.

In short, automotive window tint is a thin layer of laminate film applied to a vehicle’s glass windows. The film is typically made from plastic, but there is also an option of choosing car tint with metallic, ceramic or carbon interweaves.

The layer of film allows for privacy and security, as well as protection from harmful ultraviolet rays and glares from bright lights, along with a plethora of other window tint benefits, such as additional privacy, glare reduction, and protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays (which can damage your skin and the interior of your vehicle, as well as increase the amount of infrared heat in your vehicle’s cabin!)

In this article, we will explore the car window tinting installation process, the types of car window film to choose from, and the legal restrictions associated with car window tint.

The Window Tint Installation Process

Each shop will have its own unique process when it comes to auto window tinting. With that said, at Tint Pros Platinum Auto Wraps, we follow a process that we have developed and perfected over the course of our company’s 20-year history.

While the installation method is simple, the task itself requires a significant amount of patience and attention to detail

Step 1: We will begin by meticulously cleaning the vehicle’s windows and edges, ensuring that nothing will prevent a clean and smooth application of the window film.

Step 2: We use world-class computer cutting software to create the perfect-fitting window film pattern. We will carefully apply the thin layer of film onto the vehicle’s windows, allowing for precise installation. The tint film we use is the best on the market, as it is a priority that our customers receive the highest quality product.

Step 3: After window film is installed, we will perform a quality control inspection to guarantee customer satisfaction. Window tint typically needs about 3-5 business days to fully dry and cure.
We want you to have the same confidence in our products and services that we have, which is why all of our car window films have a lifetime warranty.

We want you to have the same confidence in our products and services that we have, which is why all of our films have a lifetime warranty.

The Standard Types of Window Tints

There are several different types of car window film to choose from, allowing you to select the best option for you and your vehicle.

All of our window tinting films offer UV protection, privacy, and temperature control. Listed below are the types of car window film we offer.

If you want the highest quality film in the industry, then ceramic tint is for you. Ceramic tint ranges from being completely clear to very dark, allowing the customer to customize the tint level to their desires.

This film gives an ultimate finish to your vehicle’s windows, offering supreme security and privacy. Carbon tint is very durable and long-lasting.

High Performance High Performance (HP) Window Tint
This metalized tint with charcoal material provides a shiny appearance through the small particles of infused metals.

Window Tinting Laws

The big question with window tinting – is it legal? Most states have regulations on the darkness level of tinted windows, while some states have no regulations at all.

This is measured by the percentage of visible light transmission passing through the car window tint, which law enforcement can use a tint meter to determine if the car window tint is legal or not. Check out this article for more on the specifics for each state.

window tint state laws


It is important to be up to date on the laws and regulations in your state before moving forward with car window tinting, as they do change from time to time.

Window tint laws 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. A general rule of thumb is warmer states typically have less regulation on window tinting, while colder states have more regulation, although this is not always the case.

If you’re in Minnesota – feel free to get in touch with us as we can answer any questions pertaining to legality here!

Conclusion - What is Automotive Window Tint?

Car window tinting can provide you with a better driving experience and overall vehicle ownership experience. Whether you’re looking for protection from UV radiation or increased privacy, automotive window tinting offers a multitude of benefits. With several different types of automotive film and different percentages of darkness, there is an option for every set of needs and local restrictions.

Our shop has over 20 years of experience installing automotive window film, guaranteeing you can trust our highly experienced professionals and know you will be receiving top-notch window tinting products.

If you’re looking to tint your windows, our team would be happy to help! Call 763-312-6137 to schedule an appointment!

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