Tips For Glass Tinting / 2015-08-16 14:00

Here are some helpful tips for tinting your auto glass.

1. Make Sure the Tint Complies With Local Laws

Remember to check ordinances in your area. According to federal regulations, window tinting must allow at least 70 percent of light to pass through the front windows. People can only tint the top 4 to 6 inches of the windshield. Other rules depend on the state. There is no limit on how much back windows can be tinted in most locations. However, many states prohibit tints with colors like red, blue, amber, and yellow. In other states, laws only allow law enforcement officers to use colored window tints. Some states also regulate or prohibit metallic or reflective tints. A black, non-reflective tint is the best choice for most people, especially for those who visit other states often.

2. Gather the Right Supplies

After you choose the best window tint for you, make sure that you have all the other supplies you need before installing it. It is also a good idea to check the weather so that rain does not interrupt the application. Window tinting kits have window tints that are pre-cut for particular models of cars. Here are the window tint tools supplies that you will need.

Glass cleaner

Masking tape

Baby shampoo and bottled water

Spray bottle

Knife or cutter

Butcher paper

Small squeegee

3. Prepare the Area Well

According to, the car and especially the glass should be perfectly clean so that the window tint bonds well to the windows. Wash the entire vehicle with water and soap designed for automobile washing. Then, dry the car with a lint free towel. Window tint is attached to the inside surface of windows, so those surfaces also need to be cleaned with glass cleaner before applying the tint. To keep tiny pieces of felt from getting trapped in the window film, cover the felt edge at the bottom of the window withmasking tape. If the vehicle is equipped with a third brake light or another accessory attached to the rear window, remove it. This will make cutting and installing the window tint on the back window easier. People who choose to buy a window tint tools kit for their model vehicle instead of cutting their own tint will not have to cut around an accessory. Reattach any accessories when the window tint application is complete.

4. Avoid and Remove Bubbles

Avoid bubbles in the tinting film by working diagonally from the top left corner with a squeegee or an old credit card. Use a heat gun to shrink the film evenly to the glass. This causes the water used to apply the tint to evaporate and improves its adhesion. Be patient and do not try to unpeel the window tint and start over. It will take time to get a smooth, flawless surface.

5. Care for Window Tint Properly

Do not lower the windows for at least three days so that the window tint can dry. Do not clean the window tint for at least 30 days. Clean tinted windows with ammonia free glass cleaner and a soft cloth. To make your auto window tint last as long as possible, park inside a garage if you can, or under some sort of shade, wash the car carefully by hand, and limit the products that come in contact with the window tint.

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