Windshield and Car Window Tinting - Safelite Resource

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Auto / September 1, 2018

How long does it take to install tint on my car?
It all depends on the number of windows that need tint as well as the type of vehicle. Our professional window film installers can usually complete an average vehicle anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. Larger vehicles such as mini vans and full size trucks will take a little longer.

How much does it cost to tint my car windows?
Prices will vary depending on each individual vehicle. Film choice and amount of windows being tinted will determine the dollar amount. Please consult with us to get a quote for your car.

Do you take walk-ins?
Yes we take walk-ins. However, it is a first come first served basis and the wait time will vary. Therefore, we recommend making an appointment beforehand.

What 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 for the latest automotive tint laws.

How is newly installed tint maintained?
Once window film has been installed, it is very common to see a slight haziness and/or small water pockets. This is a normal part of the adhesive bonding process called "curing". Depending on the film type and weather conditions, it may take up to 30 days for the film to be fully cured. The curing process is slow because the remaining water used in installation must evaporate through the film. Sputtered and heavy security films take the longest to dry and will take longer for any hazy appearance to disappear.

Once the film is dry and cured, it is then safe for the film to be cleaned. The best cleaner is a simple solution of water and a small amount of soap. Clean the window and then squeegee dry with overlapping strokes in the same way you would clean the outside of your car windows. You may also clean the film surface with any normal strength glass cleaner. Products with ammonia will not damage the film if used in reasonable quantities and if the film is not left to soak in it. Do not use any abrasive cleaners, industrial strength glass cleaners and/or any other window cleaning tools that may scratch the window film. Remember, the surface of the film is coated with a scratch resistant not scratch-proof coating.

Is 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.

Will 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.

Is UV light blocked by window film?
As long high quality films are used, UV A and B will be filtered out by 99%. Find out more on ultraviolet rays.

Does 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).

Do you offer any warranty for window tint?
Yes, Any vehicle tinted with us is fully warranted. This covers the cost of installation and materials for as long as you own your car. If ever your window film bubbles, fades, peels, or discolors we will re-tint your windows at no charge.