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What is Window Tint?


Window tint film is a thin film/laminate applied to the interior glass windows of a car, truck, or SUV to reduce the ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared, and visible light that enters the vehicle. Window tint is a cost-effective method to reduce heat in your vehicle by lessening the amount of heat transfer through glazing while adding a uniquely custom look.

Window tinting film is made from polyester which is used for its clarity, tensile strength, dimensional stability (retains its shape and shrinks minimally over time) and ability to accept a variety of surface applied or embedded substances (i.e. ceramics, metals, pigments, dyes, ultraviolet inhibitors, etc.)

Window tinting film is dyed or metalized in order to convert solar radiation that enters the vehicle to infrared radiation. The infrared radiation is then sent back out of the car to the exterior which reduces heat and glare from the sun. Thanks to advancements in technology, window tint manufacturers have developed ceramic window films which are a non-metallic counterpart to the dyed films that are notorious for discoloration and fading. Metallic and ceramic window films also reduce energy transmission up to eighty percent and are considered premium tinting films which generally cost ten to fifteen percent more than their dyed entry-level counterparts. While ceramic and metallic window tint films cost slightly more, they provide a substantial increase in UV blocking and heat control.

Types of Window Tint

Factory window tint that comes stock from a vehicle manufacturer is accomplished by dying the glass rather than applying a film to the window. This results in a vastly superior product as the glass itself is tinted rather than a film that is applied. There are varying levels of window tint colors and darkness that come with factory tint and vehicle manufacturers typically one tint the rear windows to avoid any legality issues.

Aftermarket window tint is accomplished by applying tinted film to the inside of a truck, car, or SUV’s interior glass. DIY kits are available for window tinting, however applying window tint is a challenging tasks and should typically be left to certified professionals as DIY installations generally result in air bubbles, streaks, and crooked placement. Window tint darkness is graded by the percentage of light that transfers through the film. The lower the window tint percentage, the darker the resulting tint is.