Answering Your Questions About Window Tinting

June 20, 2020

So you’re thinking about tinting your car’s

FAQs about Window Tinting

windows, but there are so many questions! The benefits of tinted windows are obvious—added privacy, UVA/UVB protection, heat reduction, et cetera—but there are plenty of other aspects of automotive window tinting that aren’t so clear. To help set the record straight and give you the information you need to make an informed decision for your vehicle, here are answers to some of the most common questions about car window tinting.

How Much Does Window Tinting Cost?

Finding the best window tint available at the right price is important, but you should only consider pricing for today’s top brands such as 3M, SunTek, and Prestige Film-Tec. There are plenty of “economy” window tint brands to choose from, but the difference in quality between these window films and those offered by the likes of 3M and SunTek is worth the extra cost alone. There are other factors that affect the total cost of tinting your car’s windows, including:

  • The number of windows being tinted
  • The size of your vehicle (coupe, sedan, SUV, etc.)
  • Additional labor costs (i.e., remove existing window tint)

How Long Does It Take to Tint Car Windows?

When scheduled in advance, most reputable tint shops can complete a job in a few hours. However, an exact estimate should be obtained for larger vehicles or cars with old tint that needs to be removed prior to installation.

How Dark Can Window Tint Be?

Window tint laws vary from state to state. According to the Florida Statutes, there are different specifications for side windows, windows located behind the driver, and window sunscreening exclusions for medical reasons, law enforcement, and private investigators. Some states have banned “black out” window tinting, and many states have statutes for window tint installers as well. A reputable window tint installer will know your local statutes and can give you the choices available within those guidelines.

Can Car Window Tint Be Removed?

Car window tint can typically be removed without causing harm to the windows or automobile. The removal of window tint by a professional is recommended to prevent issues with leftover adhesive or damage to the glass. In rare instances when old, low quality window tint is “baked” onto the glass, it may be necessary to replace the windows prior to installing new film. A window tint installer will be able to assess your existing tint and discuss removal options in more detail.

Can I Tint Windows on a Leased Car?

The short answer is yes. You will need to check the terms of your lease, as you may be required to remove the tint prior to turning in the car upon expiration. Be sure to use the services of a professional car window tint installer to avoid damage during the application or removal process.

Will Window Tint Add Value to My Automobile?

Although tinted windows are not included in most car value estimates, they certainly make a vehicle more attractive to potential buyers. This is especially true here in sunny Southern Florida, where tinted windows are as much a necessity as they are a luxury.

Do Tinted Windows Require Special Cleaning?

Although tinted windows do not require any special cleaning products or techniques, there are things you should avoid to protect the tint film on your car’s windows. For example, avoid ammonia-based cleaners and do not wipe down tinted windows with rough cotton towels. Your installer will also provide you with car wash restrictions following application.

How Long Will Car Window Tint Last?

The longevity of car window tint varies. Generally, the higher quality the film the longer it will last. Check with your installer to learn about the performance warranty offered by each top brand. There are also a few factors that can affect the lifespan of your tinted windows, including the climate where you live and the quality of the installation.

Will Window Tint Affect Night Visibility?

Most window tint manufacturers are dedicated to providing tint that reduces heat while providing outstanding clarity. Many films are designed to filter out harmful light and rays without giving a vehicle the “black out” look. They use special technology to deliver a clear film with powerful heat rejecting films. An experienced car window tint installer can recommend the right product to ensure that night vision is not adversely affected.

Will Window Tint Interfere with Technology?

Quality window tint is usually non-metallized so that you will not experience interference with keyless entry systems, satellite radio, GPS, or other wireless devices. SunTek CarbonXP Window Tint, for example, uses Signal Enabling Technology to prevent any interference with wireless signal devices. Your installer can recommend the best window tint films that are proven not to interfere with technology.Tinted windows provide many benefits, especially in the Florida sunshine. Proper care and planning should be taken before installation to ensure that the film you select matches the quality and prestige of your ride. If you have additional questions or are looking for the best window tint installer in South Florida, contact the experts at Auto Super Shield. Contact us online or call us at 561-367-0101.


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