How Do Window Tints Work?

One of the most frequently asked questions about tinting is, “How does it work?”

Window tints are made of a clear polyester film with a very thin layer of tinting agents. These tinting agents include metals and dyes. The metals reflect sunlight while the dyes absorb the light, thus helping reduce the total amount of light passing through your windows. By reflecting and absorbing light, these tinting agents only allow a specified amount of visible light to pass through.

Here are some of the top reasons why you might want to consider getting your windows tinted:

Protection from UV Rays
Window tint films help block sunlight and can block up to 99% of the sun’s ultra-violet (UV-A and UV-B) light. UV light is responsible for causing sun damage to skin (sunburns and skin cancer). Prolonged exposure to UV rays can damage your car’s interior materials, causing fading or cracking. Blocking UV light with window tinting helps protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle for years to come. If you ever plan to sell, a pristine interior is a definite plus and helps your vehicle retain its value for longer. Professional installation can help you make the most of your tints, ensuring optimal protection and helping maintain your vehicle’s value.


Reduced Heat in Vehicles
Another benefit of blocking sunlight? The interior of your car won’t be as hot on a summer day. Window tint film helps block infrared (IR) light, the wavelength that carries the heat energy responsible for heating up cars. Light beating down on cars makes them uncomfortably hot. Have you ever touched a seat belt buckle that’s been sitting in the summer sun? Sun protection and heat reduction are entirely possible with window tints. They help keep the temperature down (not to mention help keep things safe to the touch). 


Some window tint films protect windows from shattering in the event of an impact. In fact, some tints are specifically designed to add this level of protection, using the adhesive properties to help hold shattered glass together. If you’re ever in an accident, these films can help prevent shattered glass from falling inwards and on you or your passengers. What’s more, in the event a burglar tries to smash through a window, the film can stop or slow down a potential burglar. The longer it takes to break in, the greater the likelihood your alarm will alert someone to the attempted theft. Plus, when it’s time to deal with the damage, you don’t have to spend hours carefully removing broken glass.

How Are Tints Installed? 

For the best results, opt for expert window tint installation. Professional window tint installers thoroughly clean and treat car window interiors before applying the tint film. This treatment ensures there is no dust or dirt on the window that could prevent the tint from adhering properly. Cleaning the windows will also prevent air bubbles from forming. While some air bubbles might appear after an installation, they should disappear a few weeks later. Once the windows are prepped, the installer will install the window tint film on the interior side of your car windows. These are secured in place with an adhesive. This will need time to dry, so you shouldn’t open your windows for at least three days after installation. Ready to get started with window tinting? Contact us today to get started, and enjoy a cool, comfortable vehicle with a sleek tint that’ll last for years to come.