About Window Tinting
Below are some of the most common questions asked about window tinting along with a brief answer. If you have a question that is not addressed below, please feel free to call.
Q: What is window film?
Window film is a thin polyester/metal layer, in a variety of performance levels and shades, which is trimmed to fit your windows and applied with a slip solution. It provides UV protection for your skin and vehicle interior, insulation to the glass for heating and cooling, protection from shattered glass in an accident, as well as enhancing the good looks of your vehicle.
Q: I just had my windows tinted, why do they look foggy and hazy?
It takes several days for the film to completely dry out and adhere to the window. What you are seeing is water under the film that just needs time to evaporate and dry. This causes a hazy and or foggy appearance that will soon disappear. When the water evaporates, your windows should look completely clear with excellent clarity.
Q: Can I roll my windows down right away?
We recommend to leave your windows up for at least three days after the installation. This will allow the film enough time to dry out and the adhesive to set up.
Q: What causes film to turn purple?
We use Suntek window films that are color stable. The benefit for our customers is that our films do not turn purple like cheap tinting films sold in auto parts stores or used by some installation shops to save money.
Q: What should I use to clean my windows with after I've had window film installed?
We recommend a mild solution of warm soapy water and soft paper towels, however if your windows are in need of something stronger make sure what you buy states clearly "SAFE FOR TINTED WINDOWS" and is "AMMONIA FREE".
Q: What if I have old film on my vehicle that needs removed before getting new film installed?
It is best to have a professional remove your old film before getting your vehicle re-tinted. Old film can be brittle and unforgiving when being removed as well as the hard to see adhesive you may miss will show badly under the new film. Also, keep in mind if old film is not properly removed from your rear glass, unrepairable damage could be done to your rear defogger. This could mean the difference between saving your rear glass defogger or accidentlly removing it long with the old film.
Q: What do the window film percentages mean?
The percentage of the film is the amount of light which is transmitted thru the film and glass and then into the vehicle. For example a 5% film would allow 5% of the incoming light to transfer thru the glass where as 35% would allow much more. Rule of thumb, "the higher the percentage number the lighter the film, the lower the percentage number the darker the film".
Q: How long does it take to tint my car?
It depends on the vehicle, but usually for a four door car it takes about 2 hours. This includes prep, installation and cleanup. Suv's and Vans can take about 3 hours. Installing film on just the front two windows on a Suv,Truck or Van takes about 45 mins. These times are for vehicles with NO existing film that would need to be removed. Removal of existing old film greatly depends on its current condition but can generally add about 1-2 hours.