Car window tinting is not just a cool add-on to your car that keeps nosy people out of your business. It is a must to protect you and your passengers – especially if you spend a lot of time on the road.
Here are seven more useful tips to help you choose the right tint for you and your car:
Snoop around various car tinting shops
The more you know about car window tinting, the bigger your advantage.
Take the time and effort to check the tinting products of various car shops. Ask for a sample if you can. This will give you a general idea of how much the window tinting costs. You will also learn more about the different types of tint out there – from colour to reflectivity to darkness.
Decide between average and top-tier tints
How deep your pockets are and how rugged you are with your car will affect your choice.
Top-tier tints look better, last longer and do their job better, but this only applies if you do not subject your car to constant abuse. The elements have a way of eroding even the most expensive tint out there, so settle for the average ones if you rough up your car a lot.
Look for UV-reflecting window tints
The sun can be pretty harsh, especially if you expose your skin for extended periods of time.
UV-reflecting window tints not only help keep the harmful stuff out of your skin, but they also prevent the sun’s energy from getting trapped in your car. This helps minimize the ‘oven’ effect of a car left out in the sun.
Know your state laws on tinted windows
You definitely do not want to be ticketed by cops just because of your dark window tints.
Each state has its own code for car tinting darkness. For example, Alaska mandates a 32% darkness level for window tints on all sides while Idaho mandates 35% darkness for front and side windows and 20% darkness for rear windows.
Consider having a pro do it for you
The quick discount is not worth the high risk of damage and improper application.
The extra charge for having a pro install it for you may seem a bit big, but it is definitely worth the money in the long run. You can watch how it is done and maybe try it out for yourself later if you insist on DIY applications of tint.
Keep tint away from certain spots
You do not want to obscure your view of you car’s side mirrors and rear mirrors.
Light tints usually have no problem with this. Darker tints are a different matter, though. The images on the mirrors can be obscured by the tints, especially when there is little light to illuminate things around you.
Learn how to care for your car’s tints
This is perhaps the most important tip of them all.
Choosing the best car window tinting out there will be for squat if you keep scratching it off. Learn how to care for the tint and it will last you for years to come!