Frequently Asked Questions About Automotive Window Tinting
Your Automotive Window Tinting Questions Answered Below
1. What are the benefits of automotive window tinting on my car’s windows?
Automotive Window Tinting film protects both you and your car from the damaging effects of the sun.
With the ever-increasing breakdown of our ozone layer, dermatologists warn against over exposure to the sun.
Polarized sunglasses protect the eyes, sunblock protects the skin, and window film protects the interior of your car.
*Put the $3000.00 that it would cost you to get your car reupholstered from sun damage back in your pocket!
*Reject up to 89 percent of the sun’s total solar energy
*Block out almost 100 percent of harmful and damaging ultraviolet rays
*Reduce interior heat
*Reduce utility costs
*Improve occupant comfort
*Reduce glare- great when driving at night with headlights in your rear window.
*Increased privacy also means increased security. What a thief can’t see, he won’t steal. “Out of sight, out of mind”
*Extend air conditioning equipment life
*Add shatter protection from accidents, storms and burglars
*Drastically improves the appearance of the car- “Some cars just look like fishbowls without tint.”
2. What is window tint?
Automotive Window Tinting film is made up of alternating layers of a polyester polymer and a laminating adhesive.
Depending on the specific type of film, the polyester layer may be dyed, metalized, coated with an ultra violet inhibitor, or simply added for additional strength.
Dyes are added to give the film its characteristic color.
Metalized film is high performance and gives the tint its color and greater heat reduction capability.
3. What do I use to clean my tinted windows?
Spray Away or Warm water and a soft cloth.
Never use a window cleaner unless it is specifically formulated for use on aftermarket tinted windows.
4. Why should I choose one kind of automotive window tinting over the other?
If you want the best tint, a lifetime warranty, and you are willing to pay a little extra, then go with metalized film.
Otherwise, it is fine to go with regular tint.
5. How dark can I legally tint my automotive windows?
On the back half of the car, all windows behind driver and passenger windows can be as dark as you like legally in California.
But the front windows do have a legal limit in California...
Darkness of tint is measured by Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%).
The California Law says there needs to be a VLT of 70% or higher.
In California, this percentage refers to percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.
6. How long does it take to have automotive window tinting installed?
Generally, about 2 to 4 hours, but you should expect to leave your vehicle for most of the day to allow for clean up and unforeseen challenges that may pop up.
7. Can automotive window tinting ever be removed?
Yes. As a Automotive Window Tinting tint professional, I can remove your old tint.
For example, if you acquire a car with faded or bubbling tint, or if you lease a car and want to remove it at the end of the lease before returning it to the dealership, contact our shop!
8. Why is your warranty better than everyone else’s?
We perform the warranty work for you and deal with the factory instead of asking you to.
Our warranty covers both labor and materials if the tint fades, bubbles or comes away from the glass for any reason. The warranty does not cover scratches or tears.
However, all of my customers receive a 50% discount on tint replacement if this should ever occur.
9. Why do I see bubbled or purple tint on cars?
The tint is either very old or of poor quality.
If our tint ever bubbles, we will replace it at no additional cost to you and it will never turn purple on you.
10. Is automotive window tinting legal?
Yes, automotive window tinting is legal, but there are limits on how dark you can go that vary by type of window. Consult one of our specialists for details. Contact Us HERE!
11. How much does automotive window tinting cost?
Call for your FREE Tint Quote or enter your information above and see it online!
12. Can’t I just go to the store and buy some tint and do it myself?
You’ll wish you didn’t.
You’ll end up extremely frustrated, and you will probably end up paying even more to have it removed and re-tinted professionally...
Be careful, a tint-cut is worse than a Paper-cut...
You want to have a skilled steady hand for cutting exact patterns to custom fit each window...
Make sure you have plenty of bright lighting and all the right specific tools for each scenario.
13. Will automotive window tinting damage my rear defroster?
No, it will not. Our technique is compatible with rear defrosters.
14. Will you come to my location?
It depends, we do have a shop location that we prefer because we control the environment as well as have all our tools and supplies set up as needed but in the past we have gone mobile within the CA North Bay and SF Bay Area if there is a good work space at your location.
15. Where are you located?
We have multiple locations from Sonoma County to Marin County and San Francisco.
Please call for the locations nearest you and to set up an appointment.
16. Do you offer any discounts, specials or deals for Automotive Window Tinting?
Yes sometimes we do, but you have to be on our Perfect Darkness Tint email mailing newsletter list to get the offers when they come up!