Many people think that window tint is only for aesthetics, but it has several benefits in addition to looking high-end.
Tint is essentially a film that goes on the inside of your window glass, and it has four main benefits.
Firstly, it offers you privacy, so you aren’t in like a fish bowl. Everyone’s not looking inside your car.
Secondly, it’s for aesthetic looks. Tint often makes the car look a lot sportier or luxurious, so you can apply tint to give your car a different aesthetic look.
Thirdly, it provides heat rejection. Especially if you have performance tint, like ceramic-based tint, you’ll have high heat rejection, which means if your car’s sitting in the sun all day, it will be more cool in a tinted car than in a car with a clear glass because more of the UVA and UVB rays are rejected as well as slowed down inside a car. That will also slow down sun damage and fading on your interior leathers and textiles.
Fourth, tint offers security. So, if you have something valuable in the car and you left it parked, people looking into the car won’t be able to see as clearly as they would looking into a clear window what’s inside your car.
The Brands We Trust
We work with 3M, Llumar, SunTek, as well as DUB-IR. The reason we work with so many different brands is because different people want different things in their tint. Some times it’s a balance of how much heat rejection you get with budget. Sometimes it’s just about aesthetic value so you don’t have to go with the high-performance tint. Some brands offer low performance but they offer high aesthetic value, so give you a really rich tint. Some people offer a good balance of look of tint and performance, and some people just want performance, so we have a lot of different brands to satisfy whatever our client needs.
How tint is applied is we clean the inside glass very, very thoroughly to make sure there’s no dust or anything that was in-between the tint film and the glass. We clean up everything and then we cut the tint on a plotter, or a laser cutter, which, again, we have programmed for your specific model of car. We get your car model, we print it out, and then we will apply the tint on your car. Before we apply the tint on the car though, we have to heat shrink it so that we get the correct curvature of your glass. Now, glass isn’t straight on most cars. It is a series of being curved at different angles. After we heat shrink the film, it can be applied to the inside of the glass with a wet application and it takes about three or four days to fully set. You can still drive the car when it’s not set, you just can’t roll down your window.
Types of Tint Film
- Dyed Film. This type of film is usually much darker in color (as the name implies). It is the cheapest option among window tints and works by absorbing heat before it enters the car.
- Metallized Film. This film has a very thing layer of metallic layered onto the polyester window film. It works by reflecting (instead of absorbing) heat. Some films combine a dye and a metallic layer to achieve a different aesthetic look. A major drawback of the metallized film is that it can interfere with GPS and radio devices.
- Ceramic Tints. Ceramic film has excellent heat rejection properties and doesn’t interfere with visibility, even at night. High quality ceramic window tints are often engineered so well that they retain their original color and performance for years.