Window Tinting

Window Tinting

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Window tinting is the process of applying a film of tinted material to car windows. There are different types of tint for different needs. Some offer heat reduction and ultra-violate protection. Others are for customers concerned with security and privacy. But of course, most window tinting is done for decorative reasons.

Types of Window Tinting

Heat rejection films are a type of window tinting that reduces the amount of heat, visible light, and ultra-violate light entering your vehicle. Some of these window tinting films appear to be clear, to comply with local laws, but still provide protection to the vehicle. Security films are a type of window tinting that is much thicker than other types. This added thickness gives the occupants a certain level of protection by holding the window in place and keeping it from shattering. These films comply with American standards ANSI Z.97, CPSC 16 CFR 1201, Cat II (400 ft-lb). Privacy films are dark forms of window tinting that usually come in black and silvered. These films prevent people outside the vehicle from seeing in. this type of tint is often referred to as “limo tint.” Graphic design window tinting films come in vinyl and frosted varieties. Film that is frosted has the look of sand or acid etched glass. Window tinting also helps protect passengers in the rear of the vehicle, who don’t have sun visors, from ultra-violate rays. Pets will enjoy a cooler car ride. Window tinting also helps keep your belongings safe. Valuables left in vehicles are less visible through tint. People with skin that is sensitive to light should consider window tinting as a more effective replacement to stick-on sunshades.

Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting laws come about for several reasons. First, window tint reduces visible light transfer through the window, which can be problematic at night. Drivers can be less likely to see obstructions through their window tinting. Another reason for these laws is that police like to be able to properly identify passengers in vehicles. Generally, these laws are related to a specific darkness of tint. The federal Department of Transportation specifies that no motor vehicle can have a windshield with window tinting reducing light more than 30%. This applies to commercial vehicle’s driver and passenger side windows as well. The Department of Transportation has no guidelines regarding window tinting on rear windows of private vehicles. However, most States have laws regarding tint that are more stringent than the national standard.
The installation of window tinting film is relatively simple, with the right tools and training. Auto Glass San Diego tint experts bring specialized tools and expertise to complete your job with professional results. Many people claim to be tint experts, or that ‘do-it-yourself’ kits are effective. The truth is, applying tint on curved, irregularly shaped surfaces, such as auto glass, is difficult without proper training. Tinting film that is not properly installed will bubble, and separate from the glass. The surface of the glass must be cleaned with special solvents to ensure a proper bond. Call us for a free consultation. Our professional, highly trained technicians will come to you.
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Window Tinting San Diego