What Car Owners Might Need to Consider About Window Tinting

Posted on: 26 July 2017


Tinting your car's windows can give the vehicle a very sporty look, while also protecting the interior, and even you, from excessive exposure to harsh sunlight. Your car's upholstery won't fade as quickly, and your own skin may suffer less sun damage with window tinting. You'll also need to use the air conditioner less often, resulting in less wear and tear on the unit. Whatever your reasons for considering window tinting for your vehicle, note a few factors to keep in mind so that you can make the right choice for the type of film needed for your car.


One reason to visit a professional installer versus trying to tint vehicle windows yourself is that many tint companies use computer cut film. This is a computer program that stores the exact measurements of your car's windows, based on its make, model, and year. The film itself is then usually cut by a mechanized arm, versus by an operator using a template. This process offers a precise fit for the windows so there is no gap on any side, and so the film won't start to bunch up.


If someone you know complains of bubbling or streaks on their vehicle's tint, don't assume that your own window film will turn out as unsightly. Bubbling and streaks are not unusual when window tint is first applied, as the film often needs some time to dry; however, once the film is dry, it should be perfectly smooth. Your installer should tell you how much time your film in particular needs to dry, and if you see any bubbles or streaks after that, this might signal a poor-quality installation and the need to take your car back to the shop for a touch-up.

Heat reflection

Not all window tint works to actually block heat from coming into your car. Some tint will have metallic elements added that are meant to block the sun's rays and reflect light back off the car; these films may actually be very clear and not dark at all. Other films have insulating materials or threads woven through the film, and these will insulate the car's interior, so you lose less heat and air conditioning. This can also mean that less heat and cold from the outside of the car makes into the cab. If you're choosing film or tint for more than just appearance, ask your installer for a reflective or insulating film in particular.