Tips for Choosing Window Tinting for Your Car

Posted on: 15 March 2016

Window tinting can be a good choice if you live in the tropics or an area with lots of sun, as it can protect the interior of your car from damaging sunlight. It can also make your car look sportier overall. When you're ready to choose window tinting for your car, note a few tips on how to find the best option for you.

1. Start with local regulations

Always find out the laws regarding window tinting, as some areas may limit the darkness of the tint. This is often done so that police can readily see inside a vehicle they pull over. You don't want to waste your money getting a tint that will need to be removed at a later date, so call the agency that issues license plates and ask about local regulations.

2. Opt for UV reflective film

Don't assume that dark tint for a film alone is going to automatically protect you from the sun's damaging rays, as these rays can still get past this dark color and fade your fabric and even tan your skin! Film will deflect the sun's rays better if it's made with UV reflective, metallic materials. These are materials that bounce the sun's rays back off the film rather than allowing it to pass through, much like a mirror bounces your reflection back at you whereas standard glass does not. If you're worried about sun exposure for your car or yourself, be sure you look for UV reflective, metallic film and don't choose based on the film's color alone. Note, however, that if you do choose a metallic reflective film, you need to know if it interferes with radio signals; if you have an in-window antenna, this can mean not being able to listen freely to your radio with the film in place.

3. Dyed film

Dyed film is created by adding a layer of dye between the adhesive of the film and the top coat. This type of film is good for reducing glare from oncoming headlights and bright streetlights, but it doesn't interfere with radio signals, something to consider if you have an in-window antenna. This type of film is usually the most affordable, and while it does offer some protection from fading and damage due to direct sunlight, it may not work as well as metallic reflective film. You need to balance your need to receive radio signals in your car with the amount of protection you need from your film if you're choosing between dyed film or metallic film.

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