If you have tinted windows, they need a little additional care. Properly caring for your tinted windows will mean that they’ll last a much longer time and that they’ll look great for the duration. With that in mind, here are some things you don’t want to do with your tinted windows.
Sun is one of the leading causes of damage to tint. If you’ve ever seen dry, cracking tint, you’ve seen tint that has likely been in the sun too long. Parking your car outside can also lead to a significant amount of additional maintenance, as sap and other debris can land on your car windshield and car window. When removing sap and other hardened substances, it’s very easy for the tint to peel off, so make sure to be careful.
Some cleaners are specifically designed to be used on tint. Other cleaners may be either too physically or chemically abrasive, potentially leaving your tint dull and dirty looking. Your local automotive shop should sell cleaners that are tint-safe and will leave your tint with a safe, like new shine.
Sometimes there can be little air bubbles or other deformities in your tint. Leaving them could ultimately lead to damage. You can fix these deformities yourself by using a gentle, scraping tool (such as a plastic credit card) to push it towards the edge.
Once tint has gotten old, it’s usually time to replace it. Older tint will become dull and damaged, eventually making it difficult to see out of your vehicle. Different types of tint will last for either longer or shorter intervals; many premium tints can last up to a decade, while others may need to be replaced every few years. Your car specialist will be able to tell you whether it seems as though your tint needs to be replaced.
Tint must be professionally removed before new tint is installed. Otherwise, the tint will be uneven in both coloration and smoothness. However, this is only true if the tint is aftermarket. A manufacturer’s tint can be tinted over if you want to darken the color of your car’s glass. Keep in mind that it’s always advisable to remove the old tint, even if it isn’t already damaged. Even undamaged tint will still be older, and thus the lower layer will degrade earlier.
By taking proper care of your tint, you can greatly extend its life. But what if your tint is already damaged? Then it’s time to get a new professional tint. Contact Executive Motorsports to get more information on the options available for your car.