Window tinting provides numerous benefits for your car. It can give a new look, but it can be tricky to get it right. It helps keep your car cooler, protects interior surfaces, and offers privacy. But, with some patience, perseverance, and the help of an assistant, you can save hundreds of dollars by doing the job yourself. However, it is crucial to first investigate the laws that pertain to window tinting in your state, as in some instances, tinting is not allowed on certain windows.

How difficult is it to apply window tinting? Is it worth the hassle? In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about window tinting. Also, we will provide you with tips on how to properly remove car window tint.

What Is Car Window Tinting?

Window tinting is the process of applying a thin film to your vehicle's windows in order to darken the glass and reduce the amount of visible light that passes through. Tints are typically rated by their visible light transmittance (VLT) percentage, with higher numbers indicating more light is let in. Most vehicles sold in the United States come with tinted glass. To ensure you are within your state's legal limits, it is important to compensate for the factory VLT (visible light transmission) before adding aftermarket window tint. Be aware of your state's laws before choosing the VLT percentage.

Different Types Of Window Tints

Dyed window tinting. This window tinting option includes several layers of dyed film, which absorb sunlight to reduce glare and heat inside the home. Tint darkness can be adjusted to preference. Dyed window tint is the most affordable and common type of window tint.

Metalized window tinting. Metalized tints contain metal microparticles. Reflective window tints are used to keep out sunlight, as opposed to absorbing it. They are much more effective at doing so than dyed window tints. Metalized window tints are also extremely scratch-resistant. They also add strength to your windows, making them less likely to shatter from accidents or impacts.

Hybrid window tinting. Hybrid window tints have a combination of dyes and metal particles. They consist of several dyed layers, with a thin metal layer--usually titanium--in between. Hybrid tints also are more affordable than metalized tints but more expensive than dyed ones.

Carbon window tinting. Carbon tinting is more effective at blocking the sun's rays than dyed or metallic tints. It also has very strong insulating features, reducing heat from the sun by about 40 percent and keeping the vehicle's internal temperature cooler.

Tools And Materials To Use

Before you start the installation, be sure to have everything you need. Consider purchasing a professional window tint tool kit that includes some of the items listed below.

Window film;
A spray bottle full of soapy water — you will need at least a gallon of warm water with a dish detergent.
Blades and razor blade scraper
Heat gun
Knife with replacement blades
Vacuum cleaner
Tint squeegee or applicator
Silicone squeegee
Microfiber towels

Preparing The Windows

It is crucial to clean your windows properly regardless of whether you are using a pre-cut kit or doing the cutting yourself. The most effective way to clean your windows is by using a proper window cleaning solution and a rubber squeegee to make sure you remove all the dirt and grime.

To achieve the best results, clean your windows in a dust-free area at temperatures between 40-980F. Do not use solutions that contain vinegar or ammonia, as this can damage the film. Even the smallest piece of dirt will impede full contact with the glass, causing bubbles in the film that cannot be removed. The car window seal trim also helps keep out unwanted debris, contaminants, moisture, and other elements from bad weather conditions.

Applying The Film

When you're confident the film will fit the window, generously douse it in application solution from a squeeze or trigger spray bottle. Then peel off the protective layer of the tint film, spraying the adhesive that's now exposed. Time for the exciting part!

Carefully attach the adhesive side of the film to the window, starting at the bottom edge. While working your way up, avoid any crinkles, as many bubbles as possible, and pressing too hard, as the adhesive is sensitive to pressure. If you press too hard at this stage, the film will attach to the window, making it difficult to remove.

Using a rubber squeegee, apply even pressure to push the film firmly onto the glass. Be sure to wet the outside surface of the film with a diluted solution of dish-washing liquid and water; this will provide lubrication and help the squeegee glide smoothly.

Wet the adhesive side and apply it to the inside of the glass. Before applying the film, roll up the bottom edge to keep the adhesive from picking up any dirt. Spray the film and slide it into position. Center the film, leaving about 1/16-in. of space below the top of the window.

As you work to remove air bubbles, gradually increase pressure on the squeegee. By the time all the solution and bubbles are gone, the film should be firmly bonded to the glass, with no wrinkles, gaps, or trapped air bubbles.

To avoid tearing, keep spraying the film as you work out any air bubbles. Pro tip: A heat gun can help remove air bubbles, excess water and stretch the film to properly fit curved windows. However, don't get too close or keep the heat gun on one section for too long. Too much heat can damage the film.

To complete the installation, repeat the process for the other windows. Allow the adhesive to cure for at least 48 hours before washing or rolling the windows up or down.

How To Remove Window Tint

Removing window tint can be a difficult and time-consuming task, but there are a few techniques that can make the process a little easier. The first thing you'll need to do is gather all of the necessary tools, which include a heat gun or hair dryer, razor blade, and soapy water.

Once you have gathered all the necessary materials, begin by heating up the tint with a heat gun or hair dryer. This will help to loosen the adhesive and make removal easier. Next, use a razor blade to slowly and carefully peel the tint away from the window. If the tint is too difficult to remove, soak it in soapy water for a few minutes before repeating the process.

Now, take your time and slowly peel the tint down from the top of the window towards the bottom. If you try to pull the tint off too quickly, it will tear and make the job more difficult. If that happens, use the razor to lift the edge of the tint and continue peeling it off.

Finally, remove any leftover adhesive with a commercial cleaner. Then, wipe the door panels or window frame with a clean microfiber cloth to remove any water or air bubbles.

There are also different methods for removing window tint. You can use a steamer, a hair dryer, or even by using soap and water. Just follow the procedure above in order to have a smooth finish.

Author's Bio: 

John EL