Window Tints & What Is Legal

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Window Tints & What Is Legal
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Window tinting generally refers to the application of a dark film to the inside surface of a piece of glass. While popular in home and office buildings, window tinting has widespread use in automotive applications. While window tinting has many benefits, states have placed restrictions on how dark of a film you can apply to the windows of a car.


Window tinting cuts about 99 per cent of ultraviolet light (UV), which over time will fade, weaken and even crack the plastics used in car interiors. In addition, tinting keeps the interior of a car cool and cuts down on glare from headlights. Finally, it greatly enhances privacy and security, since others cannot easily see who or what is in the car.


There are various types of window tints on the market. The least expensive are simple dyed window films. Over time, these dyes break down, which results in purple, bubbly windows. Higher quality metallic window tint films utilise metals such as aluminium and titanium. These films cost more but are extremely stable, and many premium brands offer lifetime guarantees against bubbling, splitting and fading. Window tints come in various shades of darkness--the lower the number, the darker the tint and the less light that passes. For example, 35-percent tint is darker than 50 per cent.


Window tint comes in large sheets or pre-cut for a specific car. One can find rolls or pre-cut kits for sale at many large automotive supply stores. One side will have an adhesive, which is the side placed onto your car's window. It can be applied professionally or by the average motorist with just a squeegee, soapy water and a razor blade. While it is extremely straightforward to install, it can be difficult for the novice to achieve a smooth look with no bubbles or lines.


Since window tint is a film on the inside of the window, care must be taken since the film can be scratched. In addition, it is important to use window tint safe cleaners. Ammonia, found in standard window cleaners, can damage the window tint film, so make sure to use a vinegar-based window cleaner. Vinegar-based cleaners are sold at large automotive supply stores and they are usually labelled as safe for tinted windows.


Each state makes it's own decisions as to what is a legal tint percentage. A link has been provided to various state laws in the Reference section. Generally speaking, states allow drivers greater leeway in how dark to tint the rear. sides and back windows of a car. Where most states mandate lighter, or no tint, is on the front windshield and the front side windows.

Penalties vary from state-to-state as well. Generally, window tint violations are minor infractions, which may treated as an equipment fix-it ticket requiring removal of the offending tint.

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