5 Frequently asked Questions About Car Window Tinting

If you're trying to make your car more appealing and reduce your air-conditioning bills, tinting your car windows may be something to consider. Window tinting has other benefits, such as reducing or eliminating the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays from penetrating your vehicle, but if you don't know much else about the process, here are five questions that many people ask to get them up to speed.

1. What Is Tinting? -- Tinting is a process in which your car windows are treated with a film that bonds to the glass and makes it appear darker. The film is typically an extremely durable coating that's weather and scratch resistant and provides outstanding shading and head reduction for the interior of your vehicle. Most window tint coatings are made from polyester composite material. Tint is always applied to the inside of your windows not the outside because harsh outdoor elements such as dirt, and debris can affect the effectiveness of the tinting.

2. What Does It Mean if Your Tinting Bubbles? -- If your windows are tinted correctly, you shouldn't see any bubbling because bubbling is a result of extreme heat that penetrates through the adhesives of the window and starts to dissolve the material. This is usually the sign that your tinting was not done properly. High-grade coating has built-in protection against extreme heat from direct sunlight.

3. Will The Windows Look Clear From Day One? -- No. In general, a newly-tinted window will have a cloudy appearance for a little while after the job is done. This is the normal process that occurs as your tinted windows are drying from the wet method that is required to laminate the glass. If you reside in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, then your glass will dry in 2 to 3 days.  During winter months, it can take up to 5 days to dry.

4. How Do I Clean Tinted Windows? -- You shouldn't clean your tinted windows, like from Instant Windscreens, until there is no cloudiness on the glass. After that, you should use only cleaners that contain no ammonia. Vinegar-based cleaners work best with the laminate on your windows, or you can opt for soap and water or vinegar and water with a soft cloth that won't scratch your glass.

5. How Long Does Tinting Last? -- Tinting lifespans are hard to predict, but typically, if you drive your car in a city that has a lot of sunlight, your tinting will last a shorter period of time than if you lived in a rainy area. Though tinting provides excellent UV and sunlight protection, the tinting will fade over time.