Top 5 Benefits of Having Your Car Tinted

You take care of your car’s engine with regular tune-ups and maintenance, but have you thought about the care of your car’s windows? You may think of window film, also called window tint, as just an aesthetic enhancement, but it also provides long-lasting functional benefits to protect you and your vehicle.

 

 

1. Fade Reduction

 

Fade ReductionYour car is a valuable asset that you want to last as long as possible. Having window tinting professionally installed on your vehicle is a great way to protect your investment. Window film blocks harsh sunshine that can fade upholstery and discolor leather and vinyl. It protects car interiors from cracking and warping to keep your car looking newer longer. Window tinting also blocks windshield glare to decrease eye fatigue from direct sun and bright nighttime headlights.

 

 

2. UV Ray Blockage

 

UV Ray BlockageCar window tinting can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays that can accelerate skin aging and cause skin cancer. Even clear window film or a light tint can block out both damaging UVA and UVB rays. Research shows that 53% of skin cancers in the U.S. occur on the left side of the body, which correlates to the driver’s side of a car. For people who drive for extended periods of time, window film protection provides a critical advantage to safeguard against this risk.

 

 

3. Solar Heat Rejection

 

Solar Heat RejectionIf you’ve battled finding the right level of air conditioning for all of your passengers, window tinting can help resolve that dilemma. Depending on the grade, window film can block anywhere from 35-65% of the solar heat that builds up in a car. You can balance climate and comfort for everyone and cut down fuel consumption from air conditioning overuse.

 

 

4. Shattered Glass Protection

 

Shattered Glass ProtectionThe safety benefits of installing window film on your car cannot be underestimated. Window film is designed to keep glass from shattering if an object hits it. In the event of a car accident, passengers are protected from flying glass shards and from being ejected through windows. Additionally, thieves will find it difficult to break through tinted glass and get into your car.

 

 

5. Privacy and Security

 

Privacy and SecurityWindow tinting comes in a wide range of shading to provide a level of privacy for you and your passengers as you go down the road. When you park the car, you can walk away and know that prying eyes cannot see your valuables inside.

 

The benefits of installing window tint include more than simply improving the look of your car. It can add to your peace of mind when you want to protect your vehicle and those who travel with you.

   

Have It Made in the Shade: Shopping Tips for Auto Tint

If you’re considering tinting your car windows, you probably know about some of the many benefits, such as reduction of heat and glare. But where do you begin when it comes to choosing the right auto window film and installer?

 

 

Choosing Window Film

 

Choosing Window FilmYou may want to start with the window film and then choose your installer, because different installers carry different types of window film. Window film that blocks damaging UV rays is a popular choice and it can actually help you lower your carbon footprint. Another thing to look for in window film is if it’s covered under a warranty. This speaks to the quality of the film and if something does go wrong, you won’t lose any money. All of Madico’s window films are covered by a warranty and many are covered by a lifetime warranty. You’ll also want to choose a shade. Today’s technology has delivered a range of shade choices from dark to extremely light, while still delivering all of the benefits. Take a look at this tint simulator to visualize how dark or light you can go. You’ll also want to know the window tinting laws in your state, but a good installer should also be familiar with these rules.

 

 

Choosing an Installer

 

Choosing an InstallerLike choosing any business, one of the best ways to make your decision is by asking others who they recommend. You can also view online referrals and rankings on various sites. Once you’ve identified some credible options, ask the installer how long he or she has been in business at their current location. The longer the better as longevity is a sign that they offer good quality and service at fair prices. You’ll also want to see samples of their work. This article has detailed illustrations that show you what to look for.

 

 

Don’t DIY

 

Don’t DIYYou may be tempted to save some money and try a do-it-yourself kit, but there are several reasons why it’s smart to go with a professional window tinting company. Check out this article on Angie’s List that explains why.

 

 

To find a Madico Window Films dealer in your area, call 888-887-2022 or email windowfilm@madicomain.wpengine.com.

   

Window Film for Your Vehicle (Infographic)

Madico Adds New Infographic

 

As seen in the “Window Film in Your Community” animated video and infographic, there are multiple uses for window film.

 

Tinting your vehicle’s windows can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and reject up to 92% of the solar heat that builds up in your car. It also adds an extra level of protection in case of an accident, holding shattered glass together.

 

Whether you’re considering window film for safety, heat reduction, or aesthetic purposes, this new “Window Film for Your Vehicle” infographic explains how window film can benefit your vehicle.

 

Window-Film-For-Your-Vehicle-Infographic

 

Window film is an unsung protector of your car, and while it might not always be noticeable, know that it is working. Staying cool, protecting yourself and the passengers in your car, as well as giving your vehicle a unique customized style are just some of the many benefits associated with window film for your vehicle.

 

Download the “Window Film for Your Vehicle” infographic PDF here.

   

Exploring the Car Tinting Process

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.

 

 

Installation

 

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.

   

Car Window Tinting Laws: What You Need to Know

Car window tinting laws were passed with safety in mind, whether ensuring visibility for drivers on the road or police officers approaching pulled over vehicles. But each state’s law varies and this causes confusion on what is actually illegal. Moreover, the language in these laws can be quite technical. So to enjoy all of the benefits of car window film, you’ll first want to make sure you understand and follow the law in your state.

Don’t Be Left in the Dark

Don’t Be Left in the DarkFirst you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the terminology used. In a nutshell, each law basically sets requirements for how much light can be transmitted through the window (“light transmittance”) and for how much visibility the glass allows (“luminous reflectance”). The requirements are usually higher for the front windshield than the side and back windows. The International Window Film Association has put together a chart that outlines the details of the law for each state. However, you’ll also need this Explanation of the State Law Summary Chart that includes the definitions of the different terms used.

Seeing Is Believing

Seeing Is BelievingWith today’s technology, it’s easy to find a car window film that rejects heat without hindering visibility, and thereby meets legal requirements. The Wincos film line is one option that uses the latest scientific research and technology to maximize performance. It boasts the highest infrared rejection in the industry – up to 92 percent – while keeping the highest possible visible light.

   

Understanding Your State’s Automotive Tint Laws

Many drivers today recognize the increased comfort and protection that automotive window tint provides. But understanding your state’s own unique tint laws can prove to be a bit more complicated. Since there is no federal standard for window tint, each state has its own set of regulations.

While state laws do vary, there are some general guidelines that you as a consumer can familiarize yourself with to better understand these regulations. Understanding these guidelines will help to ensure that your vehicle’s tint is compliant with the laws in your particular state.

  1. Visible Light Transmission (VLT) – States measure the legal amount of tint on a car window by its visible light transmittance (VLT) — the amount of light that can pass through the window. The lower the number, the darker the film.
  2. NET VLT – The majority of states measure the VLT in terms of the combined light transmittance of both the film and the glass itself. This is important to note since auto manufacturers do often factory tint the glass of many of their vehicles.
  3. Front Side Windows – Generally must be lighter than the rear windows and no darker than 20% VLT, with most states requiring at least a 35% VLT. A high VLT is necessary for the driver to be able to properly see the road as well as his or her side mirrors.
  4. Back and Rear Windows – The VLT permitted is often different for sedans then it is for SUVs and vans (MPVs). In many states, there are actually no VLT restrictions on SUVs and vans back and rear windows.
  5. Windshield – Many states allow a non-reflective tint, but usually only to a specific point on the windshield such as the A1 line.
  6. Reflectance – Some tints contains metallic elements that help in reflecting incoming light and reducing the glare and heat generated by visible light. The laws surrounding reflectance vary greatly, with some states allowing only a certain percentage of reflectivity and others simply not allowing a mirrored appearance or any film that increases reflectivity.
  7. Tint Colors – The laws surrounding tint colors such as red, amber, yellow, and blue vary greatly from state to state.  Some do not specify any color restrictions while others limit it only to colors such as red and amber.
  8. Medical Exemptions – Most states do allow for medical exemptions when it comes to window tint.

Professional window film dealers are aware of the tint laws in their state of business and can advise you on the tint product that will best meet your needs while still adhering to state laws. It is illegal for dealers to sell and install tint that does not comply with state laws. However, it is ultimately up to the consumer to ensure that their tint is legal. The International Window Film Association has put together a comprehensive State Window Tinting Rules & Laws chart that can be downloaded on its website.