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Window Film for Cars: Car Tint

Updated on May 9, 2011

Window Tint

Probably one of the most used window films is car tinting. It's quick and easy to come by, and it's easy to apply yourself.

When tinting windows, you want to always check with your state laws so that you don't break any laws when tinting your car windows.

If you choose to go to a professional car tinting facility they will be able to tell you the tint regulations for the state, and will be able to correctly apply the tint to your car windows.

Otherwise, if you decide to tint your car windows yourself, you will need to take a trip to the automotive store or buy some car tint online. Make sure that you know how to appropriately apply the tint, so that it won't bubble and begin to peel after a few months.

Reasons to Tint Your Car

There may be multiple reasons to tint the windows of your car. A small handful of those reasons include the following:

  • Car Overheating. With proper tinting, your car can remain about 60% cooler during the warmer months.
  • Protect Your Skin. Without having tinted windows, even with the windows up you can still get UV rays while driving in your car, so with a proper tint job, you can block about 99% of UV light.
  • Accident Prevention. Tinting your windows makes them less likely to shatter in a car accident.
  • Enhanced Privacy. Having tinted windows prevents people from seeing in your car, which is helpful when you leave you car in the parking lot at the grocery store. What can't be seen, can't be stolen.
  • Protect Your Car's Interior. Because a proper window tint blocks and average 99% of UV rays, your car interior will be protected from cracked leather and material fading.

Window Tint Laws

Disclaimer: The laws on window tinting can change at anytime, so don't always go by an online source.

That being said, here are a few websites that provide window tint laws.

  • Window Tint Laws- Find your state or providence in this alphabetical listing.
  • Tint Center- The window tinting authority. Find tons of information about window tinting- laws, types of tinting, steps to apply window tint, etc.

How to Apply Window Tint to Your Car

When applying window film to a car, you have to remember that eventually you may have to remove it to replace it with a fresh tint film. Window tint fades and deteriorates with years of wear and tear, which is why you see purple tint and bubbles under the film.

The purple color is actually caused by the breakdown of the film, and the bubbling is caused by the adhesive wearing away.

Supplies Needed:

  • Window Tint Kit
  • Razor Blade
  • Clean Spray Bottle
  • Soap and Water
  • Squeegee

Directions:

  1. Make sure to clean the window with plain soap and water. You want to make sure that you remove any debris from the glass. You may want to scrape off the dirt with a chisel.
  2. Remove the weather gasket in order to properly apply the window tint.
  3. Spray the soapy water, generously, on the window and the sticky side of the window tint.
  4. Make sure to have the window rolled down just a bit when you start to apply the film. Start with the bottom gasket, tucking the film in. Make sure to align the film with the top of the window, adjusting it as needed to line it up properly.
  5. Anchor the film with a hard card, and start to squeegee the film. It works best to start out from the center in order to remove all the bubbles.
  6. Replace the weather gasket and let the window cure for at least 3 days. The tint will dry and set in about 30 minutes, but the curing time insures that the tint adheres properly. Make sure to keep your windows rolled up the entire time.

Some tinting companies suggest that you let the window film cure for at least one full week- 7 days- before rolling down the windows.

Tools Used for Car Window Tinting

How to Install Car Window Tint to the Inside of Your Automobile Window

Applying the Car Window Tint to the Outside Back Window

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      123shelly 

      8 years ago

      Window tint could really give a lot of benefits for you and your car. Having your windows tinted, makes the temperature inside your car cooler requiring less from your AC to work harder, hence, less fuel will be consumed by your car. You can find out more about car and window tints at www.TintBuyer.com. . They provide relevant information about window tints such as its types, quotations and will help you locate the best professional tinter near your area.

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