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Window Tinting in Houston TX

Window Tinting in Houston TX

Can I Tint Over Factory Tint?

Can I Tint Over Factory Tint?

What happens if you buy a car with factory tint but want it darker? There are many benefits to darker window tint on cars, in addition to the look and the appearance. It’s relatively easy to tint over factory tint, as long as you’re working with a professional. To understand how tinting over factory tint works, you need to understand the differences between factory tint and aftermarket tint.

The Difference Between Factory Tint and Aftermarket Tint

Factory tint and aftermarket tint are both so different that they shouldn’t both be called “tint.” Factory tint is a tint within the glass; the glass itself is a different color. Aftermarket tint is a film that is placed over glass; it can be removed and reapplied. If you’re purchasing a car secondhand, it may not be obvious whether or not your vehicle has factory tint or aftermarket tint. To determine the difference, you have to look at the window and see whether the tint goes all the way through the glass or whether it appears to be on the surface of the glass.

But because factory tint is inside the window and aftermarket tint is on top of the window, it’s more than possible to place aftermarket tint on top of factory tint. You just need to be careful.

Never try to tint over aftermarket tint. If you already have aftermarket tint, the appropriate solution is to completely strip off the aftermarket tint and then add a new layer. Aftermarket tint, unlike factory tint, cannot be easily tinted over.

Tinting Over Factory Tint With Aftermarket Tint

  • Make sure the darkness is legal in your state. Many cars are sold with tint that’s as dark as regulations allow, but because regulations are different from state to state, you could buy a car that is factory tinted to be lighter than the legal limits. You can use aftermarket tint to get it as dark as you can while still being legal.
  • Get the advice of a professional. Calculations have to go into how dark to make the aftermarket tint. The aftermarket tint and the factory tint are both going to interact with light in different ways; it takes a professional to determine what tint is appropriate for your car.
  • Never try to tint over aftermarket tint. If you already have aftermarket tint, the appropriate solution is to completely strip off the aftermarket tint and then add a new layer. Aftermarket tint, unlike factory tint, cannot be easily tinted over.
  • Don’t forget — you can’t go lighter. Because factory tint is in the window, you can’t have it removed to go lighter in tint. When factory tint is involved, the only thing you can do is go darker.

There are many fantastic types of tint available for cars today, and you don’t need to be stuck with factory tint that you don’t like. Contact Executive Motorsports for more information about window tinting and modifications. Our experts can take a look at your car and determine the right tint for you! Schedule an appointment with us today.

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