There may be several reasons for tinting of car windows including comfort, privacy, UV protection and cosmetic preferences. Moreover, the wear and tear of the tints may necessitate auto window tinting. Whatever may be your reasons, you must have fair idea of the different types of tints and their application, processes of car window tinting and the state regulations to make it a success.
Types of car window tinting films
There are mainly four types of tinting films based on their structure.
- Dyed film: The most simple low cost film and lees functional than the other types. It consists of an adhesive layer and a protective plastic film.
- Carbon film: In these films carbon particles are used in place of dyes and these deliver more solar benefit. It does not block signals.
- Metalized film: It includes fine metal deposition on the film besides the adhesive and protective layer. This is durable, has high reflectivity and also tends to interfere with GPS signal.
- Hybrid film: It has a combined structure of dyed and metallic films containing the advantages and not disadvantages of these two types.
- Ceramic film: This the most expensive highest quality tinting film. It uses non- conductive and non-reflective fine ceramic particles. It surpasses all other types.
Window film shrinking techniques
The rear windows of the cars are curved and, therefore, these are difficult to manage. For car window tinting of the rear windows you may use any of the following methods.
Benefits of car window tinting
Window tinting is done for various reasons and it has a number of benefits. Applying tint to your car windows you can keep the interior cool and comfortable. Moreover, it blocks UV transmission making you safe from skin damages; enhance security, make the glasses shatter proof and thus increase your safety vehicle and also customize your car improving the look of the vehicle.
Take a little amount of powder in your hand and blow this out on the window. Wet and paper towel with soap water and clean the window in ‘H’ pattern. Now place the film on the window and cut a sufficient size and fix the film on to the glass. Cut the film to exact size with the help of a sharp blade and squeeze it against the glass again. Now use a heat gun to shrink the film keeping it around six to ten inches apart and make it smooth till the film fits the curvature and apply.
This is the most commonly used technique for the rear wind screen. Clean the glass and spray the solution onto it. Lay the film on the window and cut it to required size. Now smooth it out with your hands from middle to the end. Now use the heat gun in a circular motion keeping it around two inches away from the film for shrinking. Heating should also be done from middle to the sides. Smooth it out to fit the curvature of the window and remove any excess film for reshaping it. Remove all creases for good application.
Removing window tint
Maybe you have to remove the window tint for reception problem, wear and tear or for any other reasons. There are many ways like removing by heating, using soap and ammonia etc. You can easily do it by steaming the window and the tint film with the help of a clothing steamer so that the glue comes out. Next, pull the film from the glass and clean it. You can also use ammonia and soap for removing the tint.
Basics of car window tinting laws
Vehicle window tinting is also done for medical reasons in some cases even if it violates the local laws. In such cases local laws may be relaxed on medical grounds. But in all other case when car window is tinted for improving the look of the car it should be in accordance with the state laws. Every state has its own car tinting regulations. You should and these are detailed in the vehicle code. Most of the tinting regulations are concerned with amount of light that may pass through the tint or the amount of light that is reflected back. As this is hard to measure, it is wise to use established brand of tints and also to get the car inspected by an inspector.
Applying tint to the windows needs professional expertise. There many DIY kits available in the market but this can only be applied at home if you have training to this. It is wise to go to a professional installer for avoiding messy results.