How to Pick a Window Tint Shade
We’ve been offering professional auto window tinting in Orange County for years. Visually, it’s one of the biggest differences you can make to a vehicle per dollar spent. As a window tinting shop, we have tinted hundreds of cars and trucks and use only the best equipment and supplies. We often get asked for recommendations on how dark to go. You can can get a subtle light “factory” tint or extreme “black out” window tint. Be careful about going too dark though, unless you want to attract the police.
What is the importance of the right auto tint shades?
When you drive down the road, you rarely see cars that do not have their windows tinted. Auto tint shades are not just installed to block out the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Often, auto tint shades are installed to use less energy and help your vehicle remain cool. There are also people who tint their cars for health reasons. Some people who drive have very sensitive eyes and thus, tinting their cars is a way to block too much light from entering their eyes. In the other hand, there are also drivers who want to tint their cars to ensure that the interior of their vehicles will last longer. When exposed to sunlight, interior colors can easily fade and it weakens the material faster than regular shade.
However, when it comes to tinting your car, what would dictate the best car tint to install? This depends on your personal preference and the laws in your state. Your car's window tint is often determined using a tint meter. The tint meter transmits a beam of light through a window and this beam of light measures the percentage of light that was able to pass through to the other side. The allowable auto tint shade often ranges from 50 percent to 5 percent. Obviously, the higher the percentage, the less tint your car has because that means that more light was able to pass through. If you buy a car with pre-installed auto tint shades, it would often have somewhere between 35 percent on the two front side windows and 20 to 5 percent tint on all the back windows. Auto window films are available in neutral, smoke, charcoal, blue and mirror colors.
Choosing the right Auto Tint Shades is important to provide you legal protection for your car, truck, SUV or van.
What is window tint?
Tinting film is usually a very thin layer of clear polyester film with tinting agents such as dyes &/or metal infused onto the film. Once this tinting film is applied to a window, it alters how outside visible light comes through that window. Normal auto glass without any tint applied will reflect around 5%(known as VLA%), and transmit around 90% of visible light (known as VLT%) into the car.
When people refer to tint with a particular percentage, they are most likely referring to the tint's VLT% (Visible Light Transmittance).
VLT% tells you how much visible light is allowed to shine into the vehicle, and also indirectly how dark the tint looks (for example, 50% tint allows more visible light through, while 05% (limo) tint which is darker allows less visible light trough). Tinting film doesn't just block visible light, it also blocks harmful cancer causing ultra-violet (UV-A and UV-B) rays as well as infrared (IR) rays that cause solar heat to accumulate within your vehicle.
How does window tint aid in preventing overheating?
With proper tinting, a vehicle's interior cabin can be up to 60% cooler during hot summer days. But, the biggest difference you will find is during extremely hot days, when you begin to feel your air conditioning cool down your vehicle alot faster than normal and you will also notice that the air conditioning does not have to work as hard to maintain a cool, comfortable environment. This all equates to better driver and passenger comfort as well as some added fuel savings.
How does window tint aid in protecting your skin?
Window tint blocks harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun which have been proven to cause skin cancer. Tinting your car can eliminate up to 99% of these damaging rays.
How does window tint aid in protecting you during a automobile accident?
One of the most common causes of physical harm during any vehicle accident is from the explosive glass shattering around you upon impact. Window tint bonds to the glass and may possibly hold the glass together during an accident, shielding the occupants in the vehicle.
How does window tint aid in driver safety?
Window tint absorbs light from the outside, thus reducing any blinding glare from the sun, snow, water, reflections, as well as from the headlights of other vehicles. This increases driver awareness and reduces driver fatigue, helping you drive more safely.
How does window tint aid in providing added security and privacy?
Common thieves target your vehicle by the contents left in plain sight. Window tint can help hide any of your valuables you may have forgotten in your vehicle.
How does window tint aid in protecting your upholstery?
Excessive solar heat and harmful ultraviolet(uv)rays will cause upholstery to crack and fade over time. Window tint acts as a sunscreen and prolongs the life of your upholstery.
What shade of tint should I select?
This is entirely up to your personal preference. But will be happy to accommodate whatever shade you choose to have.
Will I be able to see out of my tinted windows at night?
Yes. As long as you don't have any pre-existing night vision problems. Unlike sunglasses that will impair your ability to drive at night, tinting film is designed to reduce glare and not impede night-time driving. Depending on your choice of tint shade you may notice a slight reduction in visibility when there is absolutely no light. But when there is light the tint and the light will be reduced. During daytime driving, you will definitely be able to see outside and you may not need your sunglasses anymore while driving.
Does window tint go on the inside or the outside of the window?
Window tint always goes on the inside of the window.
Will I have to clean my windows before installation?
No! Our experienced installation staff will thoroughly clean the interior of every pane of glass that we are tinting.This must be done in order to provide you with the best installation possible.
Will my car be cooler when I get in on a hot day?
Yes, but for most part,it's going to still be hot due to the lack of ventilation that traps the heat within the closed vehicle. The big difference occurs when you attempt to cool down your car with air conditioning. It will cool down much faster and be able to stay cooler inside your vehicle much easier. Also, you will begin to notice that the sunlight that hits your skin is much more bearable than before without any tint.
How long do you need my car for?
It normally varies on the type of vehicle and the number of windows you want tinted, but we like to allow 2-3 hours for a complete installation.
Will my windows be cloudy or bubbly right after they are tinted?
Yes, this will occur temporarily after your tint is installed. A thin layer of water will be trapped under the film until it evaporates. We recommend to not poke at water bubbles. Water bubbles are normal for up to two weeks after installation. It could take less time during hot weather.
Will my tint bubble, crack or peel?
No! When you have your tint installed by us, your tint is GUARANTEED not to bubble, crack or peel.
Why do some cars have a faded purple tint?
This is because poor quality tint was used on the vehicle. Poor quality tint will degrade in color and fade (or turn purple) after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Our Tint which comes with a lifetime warranty, in highest grades of tint, is guaranteed not to fade over the lifetime of your vehicle.
How do I clean my tinted windows?
You can clean your windows with any cleaner that does not contain ammonia. Stay away from using any abrasive materials or cheap paper towels to wipe your tint. A soft cloth or squeegee seems to work best.
How soon can I roll my windows down after installation?
We recommend that you leave your windows up for at least 3-5 days after tint has been installed. This is because the bond between the window film and the window itself has not yet dried completely. Parking your car in the direct sunlight is a good way to help speed up this drying process.
Will the tint damage my rear defroster?
No, it will not. We tint right over top of it. The defrosters can be used right away without affecting the tint.
Can window tint be removed after it is installed?
Yes, window tinting can be removed at any time after installation. However, the best thing to do is to scrape it off entirely. It is a messy job. Please call us if you require removal. We would be more than happy to assist you.
Why some cars after being tinted have like a white looking on top of the rear glass?
Dot matrix are small black dots that the factory put. These dots are located around the edge of some windows and along the back glass as a visual cosmetic border. The dots are basically bumps on the glass that cause the film to stick in the dots instead of the window. This will not cause the film to peel but it will seem silver in appearance.
This is normal and will not disappear. Once the film dries it's sometimes possible to press them down to some degree.