When you want to improve the look of your car in a cost-effective way, window tint may be the best answer. You don’t always need drastic changes to create a customized look. Sometimes, simple applications can make all the difference to give your car a sweet new vibe.
A window tint is a thin layer of film that adheres to the interior or exterior of a glass surface — in this case, the windows of either your sports car, truck or vintage vehicle. You can apply tints to your windshield, front side windows and wings, rear side windows and wings and even your back window. Depending on the style you want, you can opt for all possibilities or only your side windows. It’s up to you!
There are 5 main types of window tint:
Window tints can turn your car from looking mediocre to sleek and full of character with a few simple steps. Not only are tints convenient to install if you choose the DIY method, but they are also an inexpensive and attractive way to improve the quality of your windows and protect the interior of your car. Tints from Rvinyl promote privacy to keep passersby from peering into your vehicle while still allowing light to pass through so you have optimal visibility.
Other purposes of window tints are to block ultraviolet rays, cut down on glares from headlights and the sun, keep heat out of your car during the summer and retain heat throughout the winter. Because tints absorb heat, they reduce your need to blast the air conditioning when you’re hot, and they save your vehicle from outputting high energy to heat you up in the colder months.
It’s easy to jump into the process of applying a window tint, and you can choose from five types of films. Each has different properties regarding quality, cost and effectiveness. Each style will give you a customized feel to make heads turn.
Take a look at the types of window tints available to find out which is most appropriate for your application.
Most people apply dyed tint films to windows for appearance rather than functionality. When you want the darkest look for your vehicle, dyed tint with a deep black color that appears opaque from an outside view is the best option.
A dyed window tint has a layer of dye between the adhesive layer and a protective top coating made of polyester. The adhesive side sticks to the glass while the top coat protects your window from accidental scratches. Unfortunately, the dye fades over time from excessive UV exposure, turning the film from black to purple. You can slow down the fading process by storing your vehicle in a garage or away from constant sun exposure.
Although most people use dyed tint for appearance purposes, it's also the most economical and least expensive option compared to the other four. Because dyed films are known for being the darkest option, you may worry about being able to see through your side or rear windows. You'll be happy to learn that the film still provides an appropriate amount of visibility so you can see cars approaching from the rear or objects on the side if you’re parallel parking.
Another property of a dyed window tint is that it absorbs solar heat, which prevents the heat from entering your car. Heat transfers from the tint to the glass and dissipates outward with the constant movement of air. The tint provides privacy to you and the items in your vehicle as well.
Dyed window tint film:
The disadvantages of dyed tint are that it:
Examine both the positive and negative aspects of dyed window tints before you decide whether it’s the best option for your vehicle.
Metalized window tint is what you’d expect. Embedded in the material are metallic particles, which make it a thicker type of film. Formed of an adhesive base layer that bonds to your car window, the film also has a treated layer to block UV radiation and a metalized layer that reflects heat and darkens the glass. A final top coat acts as a protective layer to prevent scratches and nicks.
Designed with several layers, metalized tint films reflect heat from the sun, keeping it outside your car to protect the interior. The metal elements within the layers not only strengthens the window, making it more durable and shatter-resistant but also give off a shiny appearance from the outside. The reflective properties may not be the look you want, as most tints have a matte finish. However, metalized window tints are still functional.
Although the film has several positive qualities, the metallic properties often interfere with technology such as your GPS, cell phone and radio reception. Your phone signal may cut in and out, and your GPS system may default to being unusable. If you don’t use electronics often while driving, it may not affect you as much as someone who has electronic devices set up.
Metalized window tint:
Check out the disadvantages of applying metalized window tint. It:
The hybrid film is a combination of dyed and metalized tints, taking the advantages of both and getting rid of the disadvantages — a win-win!
The initial piece of the window tint is an adhesive layer that adheres to the glass. Next, a dyed and metalized layer is incorporated into the film along with a protective top coat to prevent scrapes. Each film bonds together with the use of a laminating adhesive. Because of the dyed layer, hybrid film can block a fair amount of light, while its metallic parts create a crisp, dark appearance. The hybrid tint is one of the most high-performing options compared to other varieties.
A common misconception is that the darker the film is, the more it rejects heat. That’s not the case when it comes to hybrid films. They block heat well but remain lighter in appearance compared to a single piece of dyed tint. Again, hybrid film retains all the positive properties of dyed and metalized without any negatives.
The combination of dyed and metalized tints offers exceptional advantages to your vehicle. The tint:
The only disadvantage of using a hybrid window tint is that it's more expensive than dyed tint. Because hybrid technology takes all the advantages of both a dyed and metalized film, the disadvantages are almost non-existent.
Are you looking for a matte-black finish for your windows that protects your interior?
Carbon window tint films give you a dark, matte finish with a sleek vibe. Hundreds of microlayers of polymer and carbon block infrared light from reaching the interior of your car. If you have leather seats or other upholstery material that fades, carbon tints can help reduce detrimental effects of UV light.
Without massive amounts of infrared reaching the inside of your car, the tint protects the upholstery and prevents it from fading. Carbon layers also keep the inside cool. You won’t need to rely on your air conditioning on full blast during the summer or put your system on high heat for the winter months.
With no metal integrated into the tint’s layers, the film won’t interfere with your technology or other parts of your vehicle. Carbon window tints don’t fade over time, unlike dyed films, making them more durable and longer lasting.
An adverse characteristic of carbon films is that they’re often more expensive than dyed and metalized tints.
As the final option to choose when considering the type of tint to apply to your car, ceramic film is the highest quality of window tint film compared to the other four. However, it is also the most expensive.
Instead of dye, metal or carbon, it contains ceramic particles that are nonconductive and nonmetallic. The ceramic elements reflect and reduce solar heat and UV rays from entering the car. While it reflects and absorbs high levels of light, it also allows for maximum visibility. Ceramic tints resist glare and fading and are highly shatter-proof.
Take a look at the various positive aspects of applying ceramic tint to your vehicle. It:
A few negative aspects arise with the use of ceramic tints such as the fact that it:
With five different window tint possibilities to consider, you may not know where to start or which will benefit you the most. You’ll want to think about which aspects mean more to you such as color and whether you want matte black or a shinier appearance with reflective properties. Other deliberations include whether you want UV ray blocking, infrared light, glare, electrical signals and more.