January 30, 2020

3M is one of the oldest window tint manufacturers, and over the past 50 years more drivers have installed 3M automotive window tint than any other brand. Since being issued the first patent for sun control window film in 1966, 3M has constantly been on the cutting-edge of window tint design, engineering, and technology. Today, 3M offers automotive window tint films that range in price and performance from basic privacy films to cutting-edge ceramic and nanotechnology films. Whether you want to ride in privacy, block heat, or reduce infrared and UV penetration inside your car, 3M offers a solution to meet your needs and budget.

3M’s line of automotive window tint films will enhance the comfort and appearance of your vehicle without a doubt, but how does 3M stack up against other leading window tint brands?


LLumar is a premium car window tint brand known for its line of non-metallized ceramic window tints that maximize heat and UV rejections without interfering with any radio frequency technology you rely on in your vehicle (keyless entry, radar detector, smartphones, GPS, etc.).

3M’s ceramic series also block up to 99% of ultraviolet light, but advanced ceramics in the film reject up to 59% of solar energy and 80% of infrared rays for added comfort and sun protection. LLumar and 3M’s ceramic window tint films are available in a wide variety of shades from light to dark, and both are backed by a limited lifetime warranty when installed by authorized professionals.


PhotoSync, by Prestige Film Technologies, is a high-quality, cutting-edge automotive window tint film that features an advanced nanotechnology coating that adjusts its solar energy rejecting properties based on solar intensity. In other words, PhotoSync will automatically increase Total Solar Energy Rejection (TSER) as solar intensity increases.

3M’s Crystalline window tint also features a nanotechnology coating (200 layers of optical film to be exact) that helps it reject more heat than even some darker films. If you want to keep the inside of your car cool, Crystalline or PhotoSync will cut down the heat without darkening your windows—although you can certainly get the sleek, dark look if you prefer.


Solar Gard is not as widely known as 3M, but the performance characteristics are similar. Solar Gard’s line of high-performance window tint films take advantage of metalized and nano-ceramic technologies to provide a cooler and more comfortable driving experience. Solar Gard also offers less expensive non-reflective dyed film, but the heat control and UV reduction capabilities of the higher-end High Performance (HP) and Ultra Performance (UP) window tint films are worth the extra cost.

Solar Gard’s basic non-reflective window tint films come with 5-7 year warranties, whereas all of 3M’s products are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.


SunTek is often considered to be 3M’s most direct competitor in terms of window film capabilities, performance, and technology. Specifically, the only real competitor to 3M’s Crystalline series is CarbonXP (or CXP) window film by SunTek. CXP protects against over 99% of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and also features signal enabling technology to prevent interference with radios, navigations systems, cell phones, GPS units, etc. And like 3M’s Crystalline window tint film, CXP is backed by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty that includes fading.


Like anything else, pay attention to what other people have to say about a particular brand when shopping around for car window tint. 3M is one of the best reviewed automotive tint manufacturers, which means more drivers are happy with 3M car window tint than most other brands out there. Here are some real reviews from drivers who love their 3M tinted windows:

  • “I love love love the windows on my car.”1
  • “The end product is amazing. The color consistency is amazing and the car looks so much better.”2
  • “My BMW looks even classier with the 15% tint on the front and rear windows.”3
  • “I’ve had many car windows tinted over the years and this seems to be by far the best I’ve had yet.”4

If you’re looking to get your car’s windows tinted, visit South Florida’s premium window tint installer: Auto Super Shield. We only carry the highest quality window tint film from the very best window tint brands, including 3M. Stop by our shop in Boca Raton or call (561) 475-5082 to get a quote on premium window tinting for your car.


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