There are many different reasons why people decide to add a window film to their vehicle: they like the look of darker windows, they want to protect their skin from damaging UV rays or they are looking for a way to deter theft. Regardless of the reason, Executive Motorsports offers a broad range of window tinting services, so you’re sure to get the product that is exactly right for your particular needs. However, there are quite a few window tint regulations in Texas that must be followed, so we prepared a handy guide to help you make sure your tint job is legal.
Visibility is a key concern for lawmakers in Texas, so laws are stricter about how you can apply a window tint to your windshield. You can start your tint either below the AS-1 line, or approximately 5 inches below the top of the windshield. The total light transmittance value (LTV) and luminous reflection of the glass and film together must be 25 percent or greater. However, you may add a clear or un-tinted UV film to your vehicle, and the requirement for a medical exemption will be waived. There are also restrictions on what colors you can use. Prohibited colors include red, amber and blue.
As expected, side windows have very similar regulations to the front window. These tighter window tint regulations keep drivers from having any difficulty seeing in lower light conditions, as well as allowing police offers and other public servants to view the interior of the vehicle without hindrance. An LTV and luminous reflection of 25 percent or greater is required for these windows as well.
Any auto window film applied to the side windows that are behind the driver are completely exempt from regulations and can be as dark as you wish. This is ideal for luxury vehicles, such as limousines. It’s also great for vehicles used to transport children as their delicate eyes tend to have problems in the sun.
Rear window film restrictions varies based on if you have outside mirrors that reflect at least 200 feet from the rear of the vehicle. Once that requirement is met, there are literally no restrictions on window tinting. If your vehicle is not be equipped with such mirrors, the LTV value, as well as the luminous reflection values, are tested for the film plus the original glass to ensure that the film complies.
Executive Motorsports is an area leader in the installation of innovative window film. Now that you have a better understanding of the regulations around window film and tinting in Texas, contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff today to learn more about the options that are available for your vehicle and how tinting can help keep your car cool and protected.