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Does window tinting inhibit vision?

The darker window tinting material can inhibit your vision at night. This is one reason most states have enacted laws permitting only certain window tinting products be applied.  Window tinting material providing a light transmission of 35\% or higher generally will not affect vision - day or night. 

How durable is tinting?

Most customers want to know if repeatedly rolling windows up and down, kids playing, or pets will tear or damage window tinting.  This is generally not a problem.  The hard scratch-resistant coating found on quality window tint products do an excellent job protecting window tint from everyday use as well as kids and pets.  A word of caution is to remember window tinting is installed on the inside of the glass and is usually coated with a high quality scratch resistant layer for protection.  However, the keyword is “resistant”.  Warn customers to take care when loading or unloading objects with sharp or hard edges.  It is possible to tear even the best window tinting material with a sharp or hard object hitting against the tint.  Glass without window tinting, or with factory window tint, can be damaged in this fashion also.  

What causes window tinting to bubble?

UV rays from the sun that are responsible for damaging your cars interior and excessive heat build-up are usually the cause of bubbles forming in the window tint.  The bubbles are a result of a failure in the adhesive system.  The major window tint manufacturers, in their high performance and metal window tints, have a high temperature adhesive system and 99% of UV protection capabilities which along with the metalizing technology allows us to give a manufacture backed guarantee against bubbling of window tinting. 

What is the difference between after-market tinting and factor tinted windows?

Some truck and sport utility vehicles come from the manufacturer with glass that has been darkened using an electrical process called “deep dipping”.  This “factory tinted” glass is a dark shade, but does not protect the interior of a vehicle from the sun’s heat or damaging UV rays as well as after market window tinting. Major film manufacturers have formulated tinting materials to closely match the factory tinted glass allowing the front door windows of some truck SUV’s have window tint with a legal matching shade.  It is also possible to apply after market window tinting over factory-tinted glass to make the windows darker and to improve performance.   

What should I use to clean my window tinting?

Do not clean the window tinting on a vehicle for two weeks after tinting.  This gives the adhesive a chance to dry.  Caution should be used when choosing the proper cleaner.  Most quality window tinting has a hard scratch resistant coating that can be damaged by cleaning with products containing ammonia derivatives.  Clean only with an alcohol or vinegar based cleaner.  There are special cleaners designed for cleaning window tint that are alcohol based with a silicone additive that help to protect the window tint surface, such as our Solar Solution window cleaner.  The silicone also helps your door windows roll up and down with less friction. 

 How do black dots and lines at the edge of windows on newer cars affect window tinting?

The black dots, or matrix patterns, as well as the lines at the top of some windows are made of a Teflon type material that is applied at the factory.  Purely cosmetic, they hide trim lines and edges on different styles of autos.  The thickness of these Teflon type areas makes them a nightmare when applying window tinting.  Window tint is designed to adhere to the glass.  The black lines across the top of some windows can prevent window tinting from sticking and cannot be covered.  When black dots are encountered, the window tint sticks to the slightly raised dot.  This can give, depending on the thickness of the material, a lighter or different look in the area of the black matrix dots. In some cases, the dot pattern or lines usually put at the top of some windows are so thick that it makes it impossible for the tint to stick at all.

 How will window tinting affect my defroster performance?

 Window tinting actually helps to insulate the window and help the defroster clear the glass of frost and fog quicker.

 Will the defroster cause the window tinting to bubble or turn purple?

Absolutely not!  Today’s high temperature adhesive will withstand temperatures much higher than those generated by the defroster. The bubbles and purple color are usually the result of the UV inhibitor in the glue system of non-reflective window tint.  Non-reflective window tint are entry-level products from Alta Mere.  These problems can be avoided by purchasing a hybrid high-performance window tint or a full-metal window tint. These products are available with a lifetime warranty against bubbling and turning purple from Alta Mere.

 Is my tinting spliced on my defroster lines?

In most cases the window tint is cut in one piece, by Tinttek Plotter, for the back glass.  When possible the window tint is formed from one large piece and then transferred to the inside of the window during application.  In some cases, depending on the type of window tint used and the amount of curve in a window, the window tinting cannot be formed into one piece, but is spliced together on the inside of the window.  Our experienced installers should be able to make a multi-piece back window installation undetectable.  High quality window tinting material should be used for these types of applications. 

 Can you have window tinting applied in wet or cold weather?

Yes!  With the modern adhesive systems found on today’s window tinting products, it is possible to have your car windows tinted even in freezing weather.  However, the curing time may be extended in adverse conditions.  Our professional installers take the weather into consideration during installation, allowing more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to activate the drying process. 

 

 

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