How to Tint your Car Windows?
So you've decided to tint your car windows. That's great. Whatever your reasons are for making this decision, this guide is meant to provide you with a complete guide on how to tint your car windows successfully. Do-it-yourself window tinting can be difficult if not done properly. This guide is broken down into specific sections to make sure that you do a good job. The first section below describes all the materials you will need to get the job done. All the sections thereafter describe the actual application of the window tint to your car window.
Also see the last few sections in this article that go into detail about the legality of your chosen window tints and the pros/cons of certain tint choices.
Before your start tinting your car window by yourself, you will need (at minimum) the following materials (some are optional, but very useful to have):
- Window Tint
- Film Application Solution
- Razor Knife/ Blade
- Scraper Blade
- Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth
- Squeegee (Optional)
- Heat Gun (Optional)
1.) Window Tint: Obviously the most important thing on your list. Make sure to pay attention to the tint manufacturer's instructions for application and maintenance of the tint film. Also, see the below sections regarding the selection of legally acceptable tints and the tint varieties available.
2.) Film Application Solution: When you buy window tint, application solution usually comes with the film tint itself. It is best to use the application solution that comes with your choice of window tint.
3.) Razor Knife/Blade: Any simple razor blade should be sufficient for applying tint to your windows. This razor blade will be used to shape and cut the window tint to shape you car window.
4.) Scraper Blade: This item is often sold together with the window tint and film application solution. If you do not have one, they are usually sold at auto shops, car washes, etc.
5.) Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth: This cloth will be used to clean your windows before you attempt to apply window tint to your car yourself.
6.) Squeegee (Optional): This is an optional item, but it is very useful for smoothing out edges and getting rid of air bubbles/ trapped water.
7.) Heat Gun (Optional): This is an optional item, but it is very useful for ensuring good adhesion of the tint film to the glass surface.
Before we get down to the business of how to apply tint to your car windows, let's look at the prep work that has to be done.
1.) Check out the laws regarding window tints in your state/city: The laws that regulate window tinting your car windows vary from state to state in the U.S. These law regulate everything from how dark or how reflective your window tint can be to where window tint can actually be placed on your car. Check out the "Legal Tints" section at the bottom of this article for information about your's state's rules and regulations.