Everything To Know About Car Window Tinting in 2022
There's more to window tinting than meets the eye.
Our Thoughts On Tinting
Ever pull up beside a vehicle with window tinting? What do you think about when you see those tinted windows? Personally, when we see the tint of a car window we can’t help but stare. We love the mysterious and elegant look that tint film gives your car. There’s way more to tinting than just the cosmetic benefit though. On top of protection, being behind the tint gives you a sense of privacy that you wouldn’t otherwise have. Obviously, you gave this article a click for a reason, you have questions about window tinting! Thankfully for you, we have the answers. If you’re curious about what window tinting is, the benefits and even about legal regulations, we got you covered. Stick around and we hope to answer all the questions you have regarding window tinting.
What is Window Tinting?
What do you think about when you hear window tinting? Window tinting refers to the process of applying sheets of window film to the interior of your vehicle’s window. The window tint film is usually made from polyethylene terephthalate(PET). This material is used because of its strength, clarity, stability and ability to undergo a variety of treatment options. Window tint is typically categorized by its material composition, intended use, base substrate type and by its technical capabilities. We want to give you a rundown on the types of window tints available. But before we jump the gun we want to cover why you would even consider getting your car windows tinted.
Purpose of window tinting
There could be any number of reasons why you would consider tinting your windows. We want to bring up 3 important reasons for getting a window tint. These are more about the feelings and motivations to get your window tinted.
One of the main reasons to get your windows tinted is that it looks really cool. Being behind the wheel of a car with tinted windows you honestly feel like Batman. Your car has that mystical quality to it from the outside and no one can see you inside.
That brings us to our next reason to get tinted, sense of privacy. Privacy is a huge deal for people because honestly, who likes being stared at? With your windows tinted the privacy within your car increases immensely, you instantly feel that sense of privacy and security.
The last reason is the feeling of safety when you tint your windows. Safety not just for you but for your car too. The window tint protects you and your loved ones from the solar heat and harmful UV rays of the sun. For your car, it can protect your seats from discolouring and even keeps your windows reinforced and shatter resistant. You can feel good knowing a window tint provides added safety to your vehicle.
These are some of the main purposes people have in mind when getting a window tint. There are obviously way more reasons you would want to tint your windows but we digress. Now we’ll jump into the different types along with their benefits and disadvantages.
The Different Types of Window Tint
When it comes to the types of window tint available there are 6 different types. Each one comes with different materials and benefits. Think about your needs and preferences when going through these to see which one would best fit your circumstances.
Dyed Window Tinting
This is a great choice for those of you who are on a budget. By applying multiple layers of dye the tint will absorb UV rays and help prevent heat from penetrating your vehicle. The dye does provide some increased privacy as well. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t protect your car as other window tints would. The dye tint will fade over time and need a replacement. So just be prepared for what you’re getting. It’s inexpensive but you’re not getting much protection.
Metallic Window Tinting
Similar to dye window film, metallic window film helps protect your vehicle from the heat. Instead of absorbing the heat, it reflects the UV rays from your car. This happens because the film contains minuscule metallic particles that block out the sunlight from penetrating your windows. Another aspect is that it adds extra protection to your windows. The metalized film will increase the resistance and durability of your windows. Metallic window film is a great choice because it is durable and lasts much longer without the tint fading too quickly.
Hybrid Window Tint
If you liked the benefits of both options prior and wanted them combined, keep the hybrid film in mind. The hybrid film is a mixture that consists of both dye and metallic components. This gives the hybrid film added advantages of both film compositions while lessening the negative consequences of each. A common combination like grey dye and titanium are very popular. They provide a decent amount of privacy while also inhibiting heat and harmful UV rays from entering. If you were looking for both added benefits, well now you got it.
Carbon Window Tint
One of the best looking tint films is carbon window film. What’s unique about this film is the matte finish makes the tint look absolutely gorgeous. The carbon within the film helps block out infrared radiation responsible for heating your car. Carbon film is also really durable and doesn’t fade away like other tints. It also keeps your car cool for the summer and warm during the winter. This can save you a lot on air conditioning and heating costs. There aren’t many negative things to say about carbon window tint. It’s overall one of the best tint types around.
Crystalline Window tint
Crystalline tint blocks out the heat and infrared radiation without the need for dark tinted windows. Some people actually like their windows being transparent and we can’t judge. If you’re still looking for the added benefits of tinting like reduced heat and window durability, without the dark tint; crystalline window tint might be a top choice for you.
Ceramic Window Tinting
The highest quality window tinting film is ceramic window tint. There are ceramic particles within the film that provide nearly perfect UV protection from the sun. The ceramic material also increases the resistance of the window glass itself. What’s great about ceramic window tint is that the film has great resistance to fading and provides glare reduction when driving. Although it is the most expensive option, the results speak for themselves. The ceramic tint film is one of the best options and if you can get it with a lifetime warranty, you’re almost guaranteed a great deal. Interested in learning more about ceramic coating? Check out our article, Ceramic Coating – The Best Choice For Any Car Lover, to learn more.
Is It Illegal To Get A Car Window Tint?
When it comes to tinting unfortunately there are laws and regulations we have to work within to legally have tinted windows. As much as we would love to drive in 5% tinted windows, Ontario has its clear rules. When it comes to tinting, the front side windows must have their visible light transmission (VLT) at 70% or higher. There are no clear rules for your windshield but we would suggest that you don’t do that either. Ontario law states that you can’t drive a vehicle if any window directly left or right of the driver obscures the interior when looking from outside.
When it comes to your backside windows and rear window there are no restrictions. You can choose to apply any tint darkness to these windows. Remember to keep in mind that you do need both left and right side rear-view mirrors to apply tints to your backside windows. Now that we got those fine details out of the way we wanted to lay out the clear benefits that window tinting can provide you and your car.
Benefits of Window Tinting
We already mentioned most of the benefits when we described the type of window tints available but we wanted to provide a clear list of what the benefits actually are.
A regular occurrence when it comes to driving is having to deal with glare. It can be really distracting when the sun or other objects glare light into your eyes. This also increases the chances that you run into an unnecessary accident. Having window tinting allows you to see clearly while driving. Overall window tinting improves the safety of your driving and safety of everyone around us.
Prevents Upholstery From Fading
Just like regular furniture, when car seats are exposed to UV rays they eventually fade and develop a pale colour. With a window film applied your car can prevent UV rays from penetrating and fading away from your car’s upholstery.
Increase Shatter Resistance
There are a ton of scenarios that can cause your windows to shatter. When a car gets into an accident, shattered glass can cause a lot of scratches and unnecessary injuries. When you tint your windows, depending on the type, they have the capabilities of increasing the shatter resistance of your car windows. If you decide to go with a ceramic film, your windows can be incredibly durable.
Protection from UV Rays and Solar Heat
Another benefit is that window tinting prevents both UV rays and solar heat from entering your vehicle. Exposure to UV rays can cause your skin to age much more quickly. Most window tint films block 99% of UV radiation. This helps you avoid prolonged UV ray exposure. Particular window tints also prevent solar heat from building up inside your car on those long hot summers. Since you need to run your air conditioning as much you are saving your car a lot of money on fuel consumption.
Finally our last benefit is the privacy that tinted windows can provide you. What’s great is that other people won’t be able to see inside your car. You, on the other hand, are still able to see clearly through your window. Privacy film is a huge deal for people and is a great benefit you gain when tinting your car windows.
Window Tint Maintenance
Before you decide to tint your windows it’s beneficial for you to know how to maintain the durability and longevity of your window tint. When it comes to window treatment to protect your window tint, we have a few tips in mind.
Tip #1: Allow Windows To Fully Cure
Your tint installer should give you a good time frame for your film to cure. Just keep in mind it can take between 1 week to a whole month after installation for your window tint to cure. Do research about your film material and how long it will take to cure so you avoid damaging the initial tint.
Tip #2: Use the Appropriate Maintenance Products
It may be obvious to some people but we’ve seen people get a tint and never maintain it. Then they’ll complain that tinting is a waste of money when they didn’t put effort in to keep it from deteriorating. Before cleaning your windows you want to make sure the products you use are safe. You want to avoid doing damage to the materials of your window tint. It may be beneficial to ask your tint installer for recommendations in regards to products for taking care of your tint.
Here are cleaning products that are safe to use:
- Rubber Squeegees
- Cotton Cloth
- Microfiber Cloths
- Specially made Window Tint Cleaner
Here are cleaning products that are safe to use:
- Cleaning products with ammonia or other harsh chemicals
- Scrapers or rough brushes
- Steel sponges or pads
- Baking soda or vinegar
Cost of Window Tinting
Price is the biggest thing to consider. Be honest here and determine your budget because it really determines the quality and longevity of your tint. Window tints are not particularly bank-breaking investments. It can range from $100 to $400 to tint your entire car. You want to evaluate your needs and what you are looking to gain from the window tinting. If you are all about the benefits and want super longevity you might spend more. If you just want some privacy and a sleek look for your car, you can get an inexpensive tint for less than that of ceramic film or solar films.
We hope this article helps you further your knowledge when it comes to automotive window film. Our goal is for you to have as much information as you need to be comfortable getting your car tinted. If you had any further questions or if we got something wrong please let us know in the comments below. At PAD we provide car detailing, paint protection film and window tinting. If you’re looking to get in contact with us or have any questions for one of our installation experts you can contact us at HERE. Be sure to check out our other blogs for more ceramic coating, car tint and car detailing inquiries.