Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Window Tinting
How long does it take to install film on my car?
It all depends on the number of windows that need tint as well as the type of car. Typical installation will usually take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
Is automotive window film installed on the inside or the outside of the glass?
Window film is always applied to the inside of the automotive glass. Installers simply use the outside of the window to cut & heat shrink the window film for a proper fit.
What film is legal for my car?
Laws pertaining to how dark you can tint your car windows vary from state to state and country to country. Check your state or country where your car is registered to find out applicable tint laws. Go to www.iwfa.com for the latest automotive tint laws.
I don't like dark windows, is there a tint right for me?
Yes, many would like to receive the benefits of UV and Heat rejection but not change the looks at all. Newer technology allows for almost optically clear film to provide amazing heat and UV control while allowing no change in visibility!
Will window film stop all interior fading?
No. Window film will not completely eliminate fading from occurring. Depending on the type of window film that is applied, window film can reduce fading by up to 70%. It's important to note there are multiple causes for fading - UV rays, solar heat and visible light and window film can combat all of these threats.
Care and Maintenance
Once window film has been installed, it's very common to see a slight haziness and/or small water pockets. This is a normal part of the adhesive bonding process called "curing". Depending on the film type and weather conditions, it may take up to 30 days for the film to be fully cured. The curing process is slow because the remaining water used in installation must evaporate through the film. Sputtered and heavy security films take the longest to dry and will take longer for any hazy appearance to disappear.
Once the film is dry and cured, it's then safe for the film to be cleaned. The best cleaner is a simple solution of water and a small amount of soap. Clean the window and then squeegee dry with overlapping strokes in the same way you would clean the outside of your car windows. You may also clean the film surface with any normal strength glass cleaner. Products with ammonia will not damage the film if used in reasonable quantities and if the film is not left to soak in it. Do not use any abrasive cleaners, industrial strength glass cleaners and/or any other window cleaning tools that may scratch the window film. Remember, the surface of the film is coated with a scratch resistant not scratch proof coating
Terms to Know:
Total Solar Energy Rejected (TSER)
The percentage of total solar energy rejected by filmed glass. The higher this value, the less solar heat is transmitted.
Visible Light Transmitted
The percentage of visible light that passes directly through filmed glass: the higher the number, the lighter the film.
The percentage of infrared light rejected by the film on the glass. Infrared light is primarily responsible for the heat you feel when driving.
The percentage of harmful ultraviolet light that is rejected by filmed glass. Ultraviolet light contributes to sunburn and other harmful skin conditions and to the fading and deterioration of fabrics and leather.
The percentage by which visible light is reduced by the addition of film.