Frequently Asked Questions About Window Tinting
1How long does it take to install film on my car?
It all depends on the number of windows that need tint as well as the type of car. The cleanliness of the vehicle can alter the time it takes to complete the job. We ask that you wash and vacuum your car before the film installation. The job will usually take 2 to 3 hours.
2Is automotive window film installed on the inside or the outside of the glass?
Window film is always applied to the inside of the automotive glass. Installers simply use the outside of the window to cut & heat shrink the window film for a proper fit.
3What film is legal for my car?
Laws pertaining to how dark you can tint your car windows vary from state to state and country to country. Check your state or country where your car is registered to find out applicable tint laws. Go to http://www.iwfa.com for the latest automotive tint laws.
4Will window film stop all interior fading?
No. Window film will not completely eliminate fading from occurring. Depending on the type of window film that is applied, window film can reduce fading by up to 70%. It’s important to note there are multiple causes for fading – UV rays, solar heat and visible light and window film can combat all of these threats.
5Will window film damage my residential dual pane windows?
As long as your professional installer uses the right type of window film, your dual pane windows should not be affected. We are educated in selecting the proper film for your type of glass.
6Does security film prevent the glass from breaking?
No. Security film does an excellent job at holding broken glass together but it cannot prevent the window from breaking if it comes in contact with a severe force (e.g. hurricane, baseball bat blow).
Window Film “Myth vs. Reality”
1Myth – Window Film will stop fading of interior furnishings 100%
Reality: While window film does a tremendous job in reducing the number of harmful UV Rays (up to 99%) and solar heat (up to 78%), it will not completely eliminate the deteriorating effects of the sun, especially over a long period of time. However, window film is significantly better at stopping fading in comparison to untreated glass.
2Myth – Window Film will ruin my view
Reality: Although a dark or reflective film may reduce the view from the outside looking into a car, home or office, it does not mean the same optical restrictions apply from the inside looking out. This is due to Visual Acuity where the human eye basically adjusts to its light surroundings and stabilizes sight enabling an unrestricted sight, even when the light transmission has been reduced by up to 70%.
3Myth – Security Film is bullet resistant and hurricane proof
Reality: Many companies claim that security window film will protect glass from such extreme forces such as natural disasters and even bullets. The tests conducted often times use 1/2″ glass and multi-layers of security film—both unrealistic situations in today’s market. And “hurricane proof” is a complete misnomer. If a hurricane can rip open a roof, it only makes sense it can destroy a thin piece of glass window as well.
4Myth – All Automotive Window Film is illegal
Reality: Laws vary from state to state, and country to country as to what types of window film are allowed. In the U.S., window film is prohibited on the front windshield but permissible on the rear side windows and back windshield. The amount of allowable light transmission varies depending on state laws. Many countries around the world allow window film on the entire car as long as they meet certain light transmission standards. It’s important to check with your dealer to ensure your film installation is legal.
5Myth – Anyone can install window film
Reality: Window film installation may look relatively easy but there are many circumstances that could lead to a poor installation. It’s very easy for the film to become contaminated, thus ruining the film and creating dissatisfaction. A professional installer is experienced with many techniques to prevent problems with the film, and ensure a proper and quality installation.
6What is Window Film and how does it work?
Window film is basically a self-adhesive polyester film that is applied to the interior surface of glass. It’s used as a “retrofit” for existing glass on automobiles, homes and commercial buildings in order to upgrade solar control and safety. Solar radiation from the sun is divided into 3 components; visible light we can see, and infrared and ultraviolet rays which we can only feel. As solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film acts as a “sunscreen” to block harmful UV rays as well as regulates the levels of heat and light passing through the glass. The amount of heat and light rejected is all dependent on the type of window film selected. There are basically two types of window film – non-reflective or dyed films that primarily absorb solar energy and reflective or metalized films that absorb as well as reflect solar energy.