How It All Happens

You did your research and made an appointment to have your car tinted by a reputable installer. Now you may be wondering, “What exactly is going to be happening to my vehicle while I sit in the tint shop’s waiting room?”

Tinting Environment

Your car will be taken to a dust and wind free space, usually a large interior bay of the building.

Prepping the Windows

The windows of your car will be cleaned using a soap and water solution, sponge and squeegee to remove all dirt and debris.

Measuring & Cutting

The installer will measure your car’s windows and cut pieces of film from a master roll to fit those measurements. The film is then laid out on the exterior surface of the car window where it is cut down more precisely.  At this time, installers will also heat shrink the film using a heat gun, this is to contour the film so that it curves to the glass. Note: The heat guns used emit a low heat that is not harmful to the vehicle.

Peel Board

After the film is cut down to match the pattern of the window, installers will remove the film and place it on their own glass “peel board” to cut the finer details of the window’s shape. This is also where the release liner is often removed.


Once the film has been cut down to the correct size and shape, it is time to install the film onto the interior surface of the window. First, a soap and water solution is sprayed onto the window as well as the film itself. Then the installer removes the film’s release liner and applies it to the window. A squeegee is used to remove any excess solution that may be under the film and to activate the adhesive that secures the film to the window.

Final Inspection

The installer will take a final look at his work, examining the window from both the inside and the outside to spot any imperfections that need to be fixed.

Dry Time

Once the tint job is complete, the installer will return your car and remind you to not roll down your vehicle’s windows for 3 days. Depending on weather conditions and the film type, it can take up to 3 weeks for the film to fully dry and cure. During this time, you may notice small water bubbles and/or a hazy appearance. This is normal and will disappear as the film dries.

You will begin to experience the benefits of your car’s newly tinted windows right away. Enjoy your drive home free from harmful UV rays, annoying glare, and uncomfortable heat!

Please note that individual installers often have their own unique methods of installing automotive tint, the above mentioned installation technique is only one example.