Getting your car windows tinted can make just about any car look sportier and more sleek, and can also be a necessity for those who live in the tropics or other areas with lots of excessive sunlight. If you've been thinking about getting your car's windows tinted, note a few questions you might first consider. This will ensure you know if the work is right for you and know what to discuss with a window tinting company.
1. Can the work be done at my home or jobsite?
You might see auto technicians offering to come to your home or jobsite and perform certain jobs on your car, such as replacing the windshield or tires. However, it's almost always better to have window tinting done in a tinting facility rather than at your home. This is because you don't want wind to blow dust or any debris onto the tint as it's being applied, and want to ensure the technician can control the heat or cold or other factors that could affect the quality of the film and its application.
2. What's the difference between professional window tint and film you get at a parts store?
If you've ever gotten into someone's car and noticed bubbles in their window tint or saw that it was peeling away from the edges, this was probably a film they bought and applied themselves. There is a certain amount of skill involved in applying window tint so that it stays flat and doesn't get air bubbles or peel from the edges of the windows, and professional installers usually have certain tools they use to ensure a quality application.
Note too that you may get more options for window tinting from an installer, including tint that is meant to actually block UV rays rather than just darken the car's interior, and thicker tint that can insulate the car from the weather and outside noise. For maximum comfort as well as a quality job, it's good to rely on a professional for window tinting.
3. What is "electronics friendly" film?
Many auto window films have metallic threads in them to make them stronger and more durable. However, some brands may interfere with cell phone reception when you're in your car. Electronics-friendly film will use plastic materials or another material that will make the film strong, but not interfere with radio signals, cell phone signals, GPS, and the like. If you need uninterrupted reception for your phone or other wireless device when in your car, look for these films in particular.