Types of Windows Tint for Auto
Window tinting is not just about the looks of your vehicle. Tinted windows provide better visibility in sunny days. Tinted windows protect the interior of your car and prevent leather fading out and cracking, making sure your upholstery will look good and new for longer time. Tinted windows are great investment – they will save your gas. You won’t use that much of AC in those hot summer days, since tinted windows block the rays from getting inside the vehicle and therefore keep the temperature lower.
Just like there are many types of sunglasses, there are many types of tints for your vehicle windows.
They all have their pros and cons. Let’s see what the types are.
§ Dyed Window Film
- Metalized Window Film
- Carbon Tinting Film
- Ceramic Film
Dyed Window Film is type of window tinting. This dyed film is a layer of dye between an adhesive layer and a protective polyester top coating. The adhesive layer sticks to the window glass. The top coating is here with a purpose – it prevents scratches and damage of the glass. As we have mentioned, there is the purpose of blocking the sun. Talking of this, dyed window film can provide from 5-55% blocking of sun rays. This is most common tint since it is not expensive, yet it provides you with what you need. It doesn’t reflect light, it doesn’t fade with time, on the other side it is not that great if you are looking for a tint to prevent the heat coming in your vehicle.
Metalized Film got its name thanks to small particles of metal in the film which reflects light. They are in the film which consists of several layers. It has a layer for UV protections and unlike dyed film it will protect UV rays from getting to you while driving. It also won’t change color from black to purple as dyed film tends to do over time, due to UV rays. Thanks to the metal particles embedded in the film, the windows will be much more resistant. They will be harder and they will need more pressure to shatter, meaning they make windows even safer. On the other side having metal in your windows has its flaws as well. Metal will interfere with signal, such as mobile phone signals or radio signals. From aesthetic point of view, it is not as good looking as dyed film since it is very shiny. It is more expensive than dyed film.
Carbon film is a mixture of previous types. In one hand, it has no metal in the film therefore there won’t be any problem with interference of the signals. The look is more sophisticated meaning black matte so it can be right choice for you if you are looking for the looks and characteristics. Carbon film is effective in blocking the heat up to 40%, meaning you won’t be using much of your AC in summer or heating in winter. The price varies but it is somewhere between dyed and metalized film.
Ceramic window film is the most expensive type of tinting your windows and you are right if you think it has best characteristics as well. Just like the name says, it has no metal, it has no carbon but it has ceramic particles instead. It has the best performances – it blocks up to amazing 99% of UV rays, it blocks infrared waves with efficiency up to 50%. It looks good without the shiny-metal effect, but still, it provides great visibility both during the day and during the night. There is no interference with any kind of signals at all. This type of tinting is new on the market, but sure it is worth of spending a dime more and get the best for your vehicle and for yourself.
Tinted windows are not just “cool”. They actually can be very useful, and you will find out why.
Maybe you haven’t spent much time thinking about getting your windows tinted, but after reading this, you just might.
We live a fast paced life, in a fast changing world, with vast growth of society. Meaning the number of cars is increasing every day, and the emission of the carbon monoxide into air is extremely high, and is getting higher from day to day. By the laws of nature, this poisonous gas is causing a lot of trouble to nature and the man himself. Why is this relevant for the topic of this article? Because the gas emission is damaging the ozone layer, and through the holes in the ozone layer we get the “not-that-good-part-of-the-sun” in our face. Ultraviolet radiation is dangerous and that’s why we wear sunglasses with UV protection. That is why we have sun lotions with UV factors. And ultraviolet radiation is one of the reasons you have window tinting on your vehicle.
Other than this, tinted windows with 3m are protecting the inside of your car. They are blocking the sunlight. When exposed to strong sunlight, your car upholstery will fade away in short time and leather will dry out and crack. With tinted windows, you are preventing this, and keeping the inside of your car safe of damaging sunrays, just as you are protecting your skin from UV radiation.
If you are a driver, you must have faced a “burning-in-the-car-summer-situation”. Summer overheating is a normal thing, unless you have tinted windows. With blackened windows, as mentioned before, sunrays won’t get inside your car as they would, if there was no tint on the window.
One of the not so known benefits is actually increasing safety level. If an accident occurs and the windows are broken, the tint will keep the glass together, preventing the shattered pieces to injure passengers or pedestrians. This is a life-saving pro on your list to put tint on your vehicle.
Why are they forbidden in some countries?
Tinted windows provide privacy of the driver and the passengers. This is of great importance for VIP persons, politicians and other persons of interest. It can be life-saving as well. On the other side, it can be a hiding shield for criminals, drug dealers and robbers. Being unable to see someone’s face puts us in a position of endangered person, and we automatically feel threatened.
Why say “yes” to tint?
Pros and cons are here. You’ll agree that there is much more than the “cool look” in tinted windows. They will save your skin from UV damages, they will save your car interior from fading out and leather cracking, and they’ll keep the temperature cooler in the summer. Tinted windows give you privacy, they don’t reflect light into other driver’s eyes (note this is accident prevention), and they will keep the broken glass together in case of an accident. Make your life easier and go with tint.
Surely you are familiar with window tinting, but, like others, you may have thought that it’s a thing reserved for making a vehicle look cool. Well, that’s not true – there are way more benefits to tinted windows, besides the privacy and mysterious allure it can give you. In fact, tinting your windows can be very good for protection, both yours and the inside of your car.