When it comes to tinting your car windows, you need to do the job right and choose the right window tint or solar film that best suits your needs. Sounds easy at first, but there are some important factors to consider in both the application and tint selection processes.
We’re going to make your ride look great, all you need to do is take into account the following steps to ensure that the film is placed on your windows properly and you know what kind of film you should be working with to get the aesthetic and functionality you really want for your automobile.
Tinting Your Car Windows
It’s important to get this right so you want to take it slow and be very careful through each step of the process. You must first start by cleaning your window glass. Use a good window cleaner to get the job done so your glass is free of any streaks, grease, or anything else that might prevent the window film from attaching to the surface properly.
Moistening the Glass
Once you’re all finished cleaning the window, you want to spray a little water onto the surface where you plan to affix your window film. The moisture will help to keep the film in place as you position it in just right the spot. When you have it located where you wish, you will need to press it into place along the window recess and then begin trimming it to size with an X-acto knife or other precision blade.
Bring the Heat
Next, use a heat gun to help shape the tint so that it fits precisely against the window you want to place it on. The heat will allow you to mold the film into the size and shape you wish so that you have a perfect fit. After the piece of tint you’re working with is molded how you would like, remove it from the glass and place elsewhere. You’ll get back to it in a minute. Be careful not to lie it down, hang it some place so it doesn’t stick to another surface.
Apply the Film
You want to keep the tint malleable so after you remove the backing, spray the film with some more water to maintain the moisture on it. The wetter it is, the easier it will be to shape and adjust when you’re ready to apply it to the glass.
Now apply the film to the glass gently and carefully. You don’t want any air bubbles to get in there, so use a card or other edged tool to push the film towards the corners of the glass. Work from the middle out to the edges. Your heat gun can help maintain the malleability of the film but don’t aim it directly as the tint, warm it up from the opposite side of the glass.
Finally, trim and file down the edges of the film against the edge of the glass so there are no creases or rough edges that can get stuck and peel back the window tint when you open and close the window. This is mainly important for windows located on your car doors.
Different Types of Film
You have a number of them to choose from, each one offering certain characteristics that might make that type of window tint better suited for your purposes.
This is the more popular type of tinting you can find on most automobiles. It’s affordable and simple to install but it can break down over time and is less effective at protecting your vehicle’s interior from UV rays and heat from direct sunlight.
For a window tint that not only looks great but can also help to fortify your car’s windows, consider metallic window tinting. The film is manufactured with tiny metallic particulate which gives the tint a unique shined finish. It’s scratch and chip resistant and is a good way to keep the inside of the car insulated through extreme temperatures.
Similar to metallic tinting, ceramic contains those particles within that bring some of the best protection from UV rays and scratches. It has a matte finish versus a shiny aesthetic and does make your car look extremely chic while fortifying the strength of the windows and has become popular among car owners that want a window film with excellent properties for insulation and dimming direct sunlight.
All of these window films are a good option for your car.