Automotive Window Tinting FAQ
How is automotive window tint installed?
To begin the tinting process, your windows are thoroughly cleaned to ensure that even the smallest pieces of dirt are removed. Next, a piece of film is cut to the size of your window, and a release liner is removed, exposing the film’s adhesive. An application solution is sprayed onto your window. Then the film is then carefully placed on the glass. Using a squeegee, the application solution is removed from between the glass and the film. Lastly, we will trim the edges of your film to ensure the perfect fit for your windows.
Does the tint go on the outside or inside of my car’s windows?
We apply tint on the inside of windows. At first, the film will be laid on the outside of the window and then cut to fit the right shape. Next, the pieces of film are placed on a large piece of glass and trimmed. Then, it will be installed to the inside of the windows.
How long does it take to tint car windows?
Installation time typically ranges from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the type of vehicle and the number of windows being tinted.
Should I drop off my vehicle or wait?
You can decide whether you want to wait until the installation is complete or drop off your vehicle. While we have a waiting room with a TV and magazines should you decide to wait, we prefer that you drop off your vehicle for the day.
How many windows does my vehicle have?
It depends on the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
Can you have window tinting applied to your windows in wet or cold weather?
Yes. Because of the modern adhesive systems on today’s window tinting products, you can have your windows tinted even if it’s freezing outside. However, in adverse conditions, the curing time might take longer. Our professional installers consider the weather during the installation process. Keep in mind, high performance films like 3M color stable and Prestige or metal window tinting like or shop film products ensure high-quality adhesives.
How long should I keep my windows rolled up after I have window tint installed?
If windows are rolled down too soon after the installation, the tint can peel off. If this happens, we can redo windows at a low cost or free depending on circumstances. To avoid this, we recommend keeping your windows up for at least 2 to 4 days.
How long does the film take to fully cure?
Cure time refers to the drying time of the leftover application solution after an install. While we try to get all of the solution off after every application, it is nearly impossible. Therefore, the cure time depends on the film type and drying time of the remaining solution. While this is happening, it is still performing to its full capabilities, but you might see bubbles, haze, streaks, or other visual defects while drying. Don’t be alarmed! This is completely normal while the remaining solution evaporates. . Additionally, the cure time can vary given different circumstances. If it’s a hot summer day, the film might be cured in a few days. On the other hand, if it’s a chilly winter day the curing process might last a few weeks. During the cure time, it’s normal to see bubbles, streaks, and other visual defects.
What do I use to safely clean my windows?
Once windows are tinted, wait a week before cleaning them. Cleaning them too soon can mess up the tint before it fully dries. After they are tinted, your windows will have been wiped down but will likely need proper cleaning with a soft paper towel and non-ammonia cleaner after 7 days. Not recommended to use “Windex with Ammonia-D” or blue-colored cleaners. We suggest vinegar Windex (green) or any citrus Windex. Another option is soap and water, vinegar and water, or anything without ammonia or abrasive cleaners. Learn more about auto window tinting aftercare.
What are these chips in my tint?
Keep in mind, once you have your windows tinted, watch your seat belts! When you take off your seat belt, if you aren’t careful, it can swing over and hit your window. This results in a chip in the tint each time this occurs. Be sure to carefully unbuckle once you have window tint installed.
How durable is window tint?
Pets and kids are often a concern of clients who have window film installed, with many wondering, “Will they tear it up?” However, pets and children are not a problem. The hard, scratch-resistant coating of window film works to protect windows from everyday wear and tear, as well as kids and pets. However, keep in mind, when loading and unloading items from your car, a sharp object accidentally bumping into the window can still cause the tint to tear. The cost of redoing accidentally damaged film is typically inexpensive. However, it isn’t covered under the warranty so you may want to purchase extended .
What causes window tinting to turn purple and bubble?
If you notice that your window tinting is turning purple and bubbling, this can occur from exposure to UV rays from the sun and are a result of the film’s adhesive failing to work properly. To avoid this, you can purchase a brand name window tint like 3M. We offer several different options that utilize a high-temperature adhesive system and reject up to 99% of UV rays, protecting against fading and bubbling.
How do black dots and lines at the edge of a window affect window tinting?
The black dots or patterns at the edge of some windows are made from a Teflon material that is applied at the factory. Their purpose is to hide trim lines and edges on different vehicles. This Teflon material, although purely cosmetic, can make it difficult to apply window tint which is designed to go directly onto the glass. There are situations where it might prevent window tint from sticking, such as if the dot patterns or lines are too thick at the top of the window. Depending on the thickness of the material, it can cause a lighter or different look in the area that the dots and lines lie. However, this poses no risk of peeling.
What are these scratches or streaks in my window tint?
Many confuse scratches or streaks in window tint as a defect of the film. However, this can be caused by a vehicle’s weather stripping. There is a fuzzy, felt-like material that lines the stripping around your windows. This traps particles when you roll windows up and down. Some cars have both sides lined, while others only have the exterior. When windows are rolled up or down, the dirt or other particles can cause the film to scratch.
Will you travel to my home to tint my vehicle?
We don’t travel to homes for automotive window tint installation. This must be done in the shop to prevent dirt, dust, and other debris from getting underneath the window film. We do offer Residential and Commercial on site tinting
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