Thursday, November 8, 2012

Your Automotive Window Film Questions Are Finally Answered!

     Window film is indeed a very delicate after market protection product for your vehicle. Although delicate, they prove to be quite tough, lasting a lifetime. The necessary precautions must be taken to ensure the full life of your window film. Below are some care instructions to give you the tools to ensure the ultimate protection for you and your vehicle.

Drying time - Takes 3 to 5 days but could take anywhere from 30 to 60 days depending on the window film type and climate conditions. Windows may appear milky, hazy, lumpy, or appear to have water bubbles beneath the film…this is normal and will go away. Do not touch or poke at moisture bubbles as this could cause damage to the tint, rather be patient, the moisture will eventually dissipate. For quicker curing time, be sure to leave vehicle in direct sunlight. Don't roll windows down for at least 3 days.

Cleaning - Do not clean interior of windows for at least 30 days. Do not use a cleaner that contains ammonia, as this will eat away at the scratch resistant coating, blue Windex is an example of what should not be used. Its best to clean windows that have window tint with a small amount of dish soap and water solution, or a tint safe cleaner.

Dot Matrix - A lot of vehicles have a dot matrix on the edges of the windows; mostly seen on the rear window and front windshield. When tint is laid over this black dot matrix a white appearance may take effect. This is something that can not be avoided, its almost impossible to get the tint between these tiny raised ceramic dots.

Avoid Tint Damage
- Be careful when taking off your seat belt, if the seat belt is released too fast it could hit your side window, chipping/scratching it. This type of damage is not covered by warranty, so be careful.

Just Not Perfect?
- Remember that window film is an after market product. We strive to reach perfection, but with every after market product some flaws may be visible. Preexisiting flaws on your windows glass can become enhanced after a window film installation. Some contamination between the glass and window film can occur due to dust particles in the air. We do apply window tint in a controlled environment to help prevent such cross contamination, but again nothing is perfect.

At Night - If a window film is chosen that is dark, you may experience visible depletion, meaning that it may be much harder to see out of the windows when driving at night. Also, the defogger on the back may cause some distortion that is unavoidable. The defogger lines on the back window are raised and when tint is applied over this some distortion may occur and there is nothing that can be done to fix this.

Differences Between Window Films
- The window films that we carry are all high-performing color stable and ceramic window films, each backed by a lifetime warranty. They are guaranteed to not turn purple, bubble, blister or peel. We carry window film brands 3M, Huper Optik and Llumar, each film blocks 99.9% of UV rays. The only differences between these films are their brand name and the percentage of solar heat rejection that they possess. Each are metallic free and will not interfere with radio/satellite signals. For a more in-depth look into what each window film has to offer, visit our website at


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