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By blogaccess, Aug 29 2019 06:37PM

If you’re considering automobile window tint, we’ve got years of expertise to help you make the right decision. The top questions regarding window tint tend to fall into the “Why?” and “Where?” categories. So, let’s look at some of the benefits of an automotive film (the why questions), as well as what you should look for when you decide where to have it installed (the where question).


The Why Questions


MORE STYLE


Everybody likes a good looking car, and a vehicle window tinting is an easy way to personalize and add a custom look to your ride. You might have a darker, sleek style tint in mind, or you might want a lighter tint that barely tints the glass but blocks heat. Whether you like a lighter or darker film, you’ll end up with a car that looks and feels more stylish and personalized.


REDUCE VEHICLE INTERNAL TEMPERATURE


You know that feeling you get when you’re driving with the sun at your side, and you end up in an overheating car even when you crank up the AC? The sun’s rays come into your ride and heat it up like a greenhouse, whether your AC is on or not. A window film can reduce the heat streaming through your windows and keep the air cooler and allow your air conditioning to perform better. With newer ceramic technologies, even a light tint can block out and reduce your interior temperature!


DITCH THE GLARE


If you live in a sunny area or drive during a particularly sunny time of day, you’ve probably experienced that dangerous, annoying glare that makes it hard to see the road. A good window film can cut this glare down dramatically, giving you a better line of sight, making you more comfortable and helping you focus on driving safely.


PROTECTION FROM UV RAYS


Anytime we’re exposed to the sun, we are absorbing dangerous UV rays that negatively impact our skin. The same sun you protect yourself from at the beach is still affecting you while you’re driving; UVA rays can penetrate car windows, increasing your risk of cancer and causing premature skin aging. See what The Skin Cancer Foundation has to say about window film’s skin protection capabilities by clicking HERE.


Prolonged exposure to UVA rays can also fade dark colored interiors and fabrics. A modern, UV filtering window film helps protects you and your vehicle interior from these dangerous rays.


The Where Question


If you’ve decided that you want automobile window tint to get these great benefits, your next step is to decide where you’re going to have it installed. Because every state has different laws around window tints, you should first check what the laws in your particular state with this handy chart from AAA located HERE.


Now that you understand the law, here’s what you should be looking for when choosing a window film installation company.


A CLEAN SHOP AREA


A clean workspace is crucial for a good window tint, because if an auto shop is dusty or messy, tiny particles of grease and dirt in the air will end up sticking to your glass during the tint process. This will give you a less than optimal finished product.


MANUFACTURER WARRANTIES


Make sure to ask what the manufacturer and installation company guarantees are regarding the window film being installed on your vehicle. Make sure you understand if you will be on the hook for any costs if something goes wrong with the film.


EXAMPLES OF SHOPS WORK


Nothing speaks to quality of the product and installation like seeing an example of their previous tint jobs. Ask for reference photos or in-person vehicles they’re working on. Take a good look for any bubbles, trapped dirt, lifting edges, etc. A good price is quickly forgotten if you are unhappy with the quality of the installation.


We hope that you found this article helpful in answering the “Why” and “Where” questions. If you would like more information on the quality automobile window tint products that we offer, call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, Sep 21 2018 05:58PM

All tint used on vehicles is the same, right? No, nothing could be further from the truth. This vehicle window tint guide was written to help you better understand vehicle window film so you can make an informed decision the next time you get your vehicle tinted.


If you’re like most people, you probably assume all vehicle window tint is the same. Sure, it comes in different shades of darkness, and maybe even varying levels of reflectivity, but it’s basically all the same, right? Actually, no. The truth is that the world’s ever-advancing technology has created significant differences that are important for you to understand before getting window tint put on your next vehicle.


Let’s begin with a little history, an the evolution of vehicle window tint. At one time, and not that long ago, vehicle window tint fell primarily into two simple categories; basic dyed polyester window film and window films with a metalized layer.


First, you had the basic dyed polyester film. This was typically inexpensive and just gave your windows the tinted appearance you were looking for without much in the way of performance. These dyed films often had a limited lifespan. Typically, they would begin turning purple after three to five years of sun exposure. We are sure you have noticed examples of this type of film driving around. Many times, this film looked great the day it was installed and then slowly faded to the undesirable purple.


The other vehicle tint option was metalized film that integrated a layer of metal to the dyed polyester. This gave the tinted look while providing some heat rejection. These films cost more than the dyed films and were considered the upgrade option in most shops. The performance was better and the film lasted longer because of the metal layer. The downside to these metal films was that they had more reflectivity (because of the metal layer) and they could interfere with the vehicle’s electronics and antenna systems. In addition, the sheen caused by the metal layer often caused these films to not offer a great match to factory tinted glass on SUVs, trucks and minivans.


Unfortunately, for many years, these were the only two window tint options someone had when wanting to get their vehicle’s windows tinted. The supposed “good” dyed film and the “better” option of metalized film. Neither was truly ideal.


Well, we are happy to say that those days are long gone! In 2018, you have a variety of new, high tech options. These films do not turn purple, are not reflective and they can reject a significant amount of heat without being dark. These new films are light years ahead of historic vehicle window film and should be at the front of your mind when you’re looking to have your next vehicle tinted.


Unlike traditional window tint that needs to be darker or metallic to achieve any real significant performance, these new films block the heat through infrared blocking technology. This enables them to even be nearly clear and still block a significant amount of heat.


Another important note is that these films create a protective barrier from the sun’s damaging UV rays for both your skin and the cabin of the vehicle. Studies show the incidence of skin cancer among passengers corresponds directly with the side of their body exposed to the window. For example, a driver in North America tends to have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side, the one exposed to the sun while driving. Many modern window films are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective protection from the sun. Click HERE to read more.


So, as you can see, not all vehicle tint is created equal. When shopping for window tint, make sure to ask what types of film a shop carries. Understand the film technology used so you can make an informed decision for your car and more importantly for yourself. Often, if you just ask to have your vehicle tinted a specific shade, a shop may use a basic dyed film to give you the look requested. This may give you the look or price you want, but you may miss out on the performance you could have had. Also, you should check your local tint laws to see what shade is legal in your state by clicking HERE.


Hopefully the information in the vehicle window tint guide helps you the next time you get a vehicle tinted. If you would like more information about the automotive window tinting products and services we offer, click HERE. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.


By blogaccess, Jul 13 2018 06:35PM

No one wants to have a bad automotive window tint job. While most people do not understand all that goes into a good tint job, we all know what a bad one looks like. Recently Brian Cooley from CNET Road Show decided to look into what it takes to avoid an automotive window tinting nightmare. In the article, Brian discusses things to look for to make sure your vehicle gets an great tint job. We wanted to share the top six things mentioned in his article.


When deciding on an automotive window tinting location;


Look For Clean – Automotive Window Tinting starts and ends with cleanliness. Any dust floating around the place will end up permanently stuck to your glass.


Get a Guarantee – A lifetime warranty for the original purchaser on the film and the installation should not be out of the question.


Look at References – Have the shop show you a car they have done. Inspect it for edge to edge coverage, no bubbles or dirt trapped in the film and edges that aren’t lifting.


Don’t Sweat the Wet – Know that the inside of your car is going to a bit wet in the process. It’s OK, it’s less water than it looks like and a good tint shop knows where – and where not – to let water drip.


Let it Cure – It will be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on temperature and other factors before you can put the windows down. New tint needs to breathe out all the moisture it was applied with.


Clean it Carefully – Tint is applied on the inside of glass. Once tinted, clean the tinted surfaces with a non-ammonia glass cleaner so you don’t break down the film’s scratch resistant coating.


If you would like to read Brian’s entire article, click HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the automotive window tint products and services we provide, click HERE and call 317-541-8468 for our Indianapolis store and 317-762-8468 for our Greenwood location. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.

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