1. How long does it take to install window tint on my vehicle?
The average vehicle takes between 1 and 2 hours.
2. How do I clean my tinted windows?
The best thing to clean your window tint with is a micro fiber cloth and a ammonia free window cleaner unless you have 3M film then windex will work fine. You must use ammonia free products with all other films, 3M is the only film manufactured to be ammonia safe. Many people think that ammonia turns the film purple. It actually breaks down the scratch coat and will cause your film to scratch easier and will eventually ruin the film. Read more.
3. Why do I see little bubbles or cloudiness after installation?
This is completely normal and this condition will go away on it’s own. We use a soap and water solution to clean the windows and help move the film around to get it in to the right position. We squeegee as much of this solution out as possible, some of this solution remains between the film and the glass. This usually takes anywhere from 2 to 30 days to dry. These bubbles are normal and should be left alone. Do not try to poke or pop as they will evaporate through the film on their own. Forcing these bubbles to move can lift the adhesive and damage your film.
4. Can window tint be removed?
Window tint is not permanent and can be removed at any time. It can be a very difficult job and a professional should be used for this process. Removal can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the difficulty, quality and age of the film.
5. Will my window tint fade or turn purple?
This depends on the film you chose. If you would like a long lasting film try 3M cs nano carbon Film. 3M cs nano Carbon film is a non-reflective non metallized film and contains no dyes so it never changes color and will not interfere with cell phone reception or any of your cars electronics like a metallized film will. It also comes with a nation wide manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. Also check out the 3M crystalline film or take a look at our blog for more information.
6. Does Window Film go on the inside or the outside?
Window film goes on the inside of the windows. To install the film it must start on the outside of the windows to get the shape and size of the windows. Most cars have compound curved windows and the film is flat. Heat is used to shrink the film to the shape of the glass before it can be installed on the inside.
7. Why does window tint turn purple or bubble?
Purple windows are a result getting a cheap dyed film or a very old dyed film. All dyed films will fade or turn purple. The bubble are caused by the adhesive breaking down and causing the tint to lift from the glass. Your cheaper films can fail in as little as 1 year. Your best window films can last for more than 10 years. This is why it is a good idea to use a good quality film like 3M to make sure you never have that happen to you. 3M has the best warranties and the most advanced tint in the window film industry. Did you know that 3M invented window film and are the only company in the world that manufactures their own film from start to finish. Read more about 3M here.
8. How durable is window tint?
Window tint is very durable, All window films are protected by a scratch coat which is a scratch resistant coatings applied to the outer layer of the film. This scratch coating is scratch-resistant and resists scratches. The key word however is “resistant”, this does not mean “scratch-proof” So be careful loading or unloading anything with sharp or hard corners that could damage your film. The most common thing to damage the window film is when taking your seat belt off. The metal part of the seat belt can hit the glass and nick the window film so be careful releasing the seat belt.
9. What is difference between a dyed-film, hybrid film, full metallized film, carbon film and ceramic film?
Dyed Films are usually black in color and and are the cheapest. They also have the shortest life expectancy and the lowest heat rejection. Hybred films are a combination of dyes and metals. These films have a longer life and a higher heat rejection but can cause radio frequency interference. Full metallized films have the highest heat rejection and the longest life expectancy but are reflective or mirrored. Carbon films are a carbon fiber material, these films have a very high heat rejection without any radio interference and will never turn purple like the dyed films will. Ceramic films are made of inorganic, non-metallic materials that can block almost as much heat as an all metal window film.
10. What is the difference between my factory tinted windows and after-market window tint?
Factory tinted windows are darkened using an electrical process called “deep dipping”. Factory tinted windows offer privacy but do not protect your interior of your car from heat or damaging UV rays. after market window tint is designed to block UV and heat and offers you and your interior protection from the sun. Factory tint can never be removed but you can install window tint right over it to get UV protection and add the much needed heat rejection.
11. Will window tint damage my rear defroster?
No, the rear defroster can be used right away without affecting the defroster or the tint.