Car Window Tinting: Costs and Choices

Looking to get your vehicle’s windows tinted? There’s a lot more to it than just getting a standard tint. Here are some of the options that you have to consider when it comes to tinting

Which Window Tint Film Type?

Dyed Film

A layer of dye is sandwiched between a layer of adhesive and a protective top coating. Dyed film is primarily used for privacy, style, and reducing interior fading. It’s usually the cheapest film option, but doesn’t block much heat. Over time it can delaminate and peel or turn purple.

Metalized Film

Metalized film has several layers, one of which has metallic particles that darken the window and reflect heat. Since the tinting is from metal, the color doesn’t fade and blocks UV rays. That same metal gives it a shiny appearance and can block signals. The metal also makes it more expensive than dyed film.

Hybrid Film

These films combine the best of dyed films and metallic films. Metal is a part of the film, which allows it to reflect heat better than dyed films. The lower amount of metal also means a less reflective appearance, less interference, and lower costs.

Carbon Film

Instead of a metal or dyed layer, carbon film has a layer with carbon. The carbon absorbs heat and UV rays to help keep things cooler and block visibility. Unlike dyes, the carbon will not fade.

Ceramic Film

Ceramic films are one of the latest window tinting advancements. These films have a thin ceramic layer instead of the dyed or metal layers. The ceramic layer will not fade, is very effective at blocking UV and heat, allows radio signals through, and isn’t super reflective. It costs more than other films, but is generally seen as the best option on the market.

What Level of Tint?

Tint Percentages and What They Mean

Tint is measured in percentage of light allowed through. The lower the percentage, the darker the tint. For example, a 35% tint blocks 65% of the light to only allow 35% through.

Legal Tint Limits

Depending on where you are, there will be different limits to what percentage is allowed by state, county, or city laws. Generally, states in the south tend to allow lower limits since the weather gets hotter. These limits are a good place to start.

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