Window tinting is a great addition to any vehicle. Not only does it look sleek and stylish, but it also protects you from the sun’s UV rays and keeps the temperature in your car cooler on hot, sunny days. However, not all window tinting film is created alike; some films last longer than others. Here’s what you need to know to choose the appropriate window tinting solution for your vehicle.
As with just about any product, the expected lifespan of window tint is correlated with its cost. The more you spend, the longer your tint is likely to last. Cost isn’t the only factor to consider, though. The type of film also plays a role. Tinting films that use dye alone to create the dark color can often begin to fade within just a few months when exposed to intense sunlight. Those that incorporate both dye and metal deposits typically last about five years. At the high end, films that use carbon or ceramic tinting can last upwards of 10 years when cared for properly. In addition, films that use UV inhibitors tend to last longer than those that don’t. Lastly, professional installation will likely get you longer life for your tint than DIY installation, although it will usually cost more.
Aside from choosing high-quality tinting film and having it professionally installed, there are several things you can do to keep your tint in top condition. First of all, no matter how expensive the film, no tint is entirely scratch-proof, although many are scratch-resistant. Take care when putting on and taking off your seatbelt so that the buckle doesn’t scratch or tear the film. The same goes for any other sharp or hard objects. When cleaning your tinted windows, avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, as these can fade the tint.
If your tint has faded or formed air bubbles underneath the film, you may be able to have it replaced under the tinting film’s warranty. However, it is important to be aware that many warranties will only apply to professional installations; if you installed the tinting film yourself, you may not be covered. The warranty is designed to cover faulty products, not incorrect installation. Any damage caused by you will likely not be covered either. Be sure to read the terms of your film’s warranty carefully so that you know what is covered and what is not.
For high-quality tinting products and expert installation you can trust, bring your vehicle to Executive Motorsports. We will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you choose the best window tinting film to meet your needs and budget.