Tinting your car windows is a practical upgrade that provides several benefits like increased privacy, improved car aesthetics, protection from UV rays, and reduced interior heat. However, the window tinting process can be complex and intricate. While many car owners opt to have their window tinting done by professionals, some may choose to DIY. Regardless of the route taken, there are several common mistakes to avoid during the process. Here are seven of them:
1. Opting for Low-Quality Tint Material
The market is flooded with various window tinting materials, ranging from cheap and low-quality to expensive and high-quality. One of the biggest mistakes is opting for low-quality tint material to save costs. While you may save money upfront, cheap tint often peels, bubbles, or fades over time, leading to higher long-term costs. It’s recommended to choose high-quality, long-lasting tint materials like dyed, hybrid, carbon, or ceramic.
2. Not Knowing Local Tint Laws
Every state has different laws regarding window tinting, from the percentage of Visible Light Transmission (VLT) to which windows can be tinted. Not being familiar with local laws can lead to unnecessary fines and the need to remove or replace the tint. Always check your local laws before getting your windows tinted.
3. Ignoring Preparation Process
Window tinting requires a clean and dust-free window for the film to adhere properly. One common mistake is to rush the cleaning process or ignore it altogether. This can result in dust or dirt getting trapped between the film and the window, leading to an uneven look and potential damage to the tint film.
4. DIY Installation Without Proper Knowledge
While DIY can save installation costs, it’s not advisable unless you have the necessary skills and knowledge. Window tinting is a meticulous process that requires precision and patience. Improper installation can lead to bubbles, peeling, or unsightly wrinkles.
5. Not Considering Vehicle’s Aesthetic
Tint comes in various shades and colors. Choosing a tint that doesn’t match your vehicle’s aesthetic can lead to regret later. It’s important to consider your vehicle’s overall look and choose a tint that enhances it.
6. Skipping the Curing Process
After the tint is installed, it needs time to dry or ‘cure.’ This curing process can take a few days to a week. One common mistake is rolling down the windows or cleaning them before the film has fully cured, which can damage the film.
7. Not Hiring a Professional
Lastly, not hiring a professional like Tintix for window tinting can lead to numerous issues. Professionals not only have the skills and experience to do the job correctly, but they also offer warranties and ensure the work is compliant with local laws.
In conclusion, to ensure a smooth tinting process, avoid these common mistakes. By doing so, you can enjoy the full benefits of window tinting and improve your vehicle’s aesthetic appeal and functionality.
Whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional, being informed about these common mistakes can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run. So, always choose quality materials, know your local laws, prepare properly, consider your car’s aesthetic, allow for curing, and consider professional help when necessary. In our next blog post, we will discuss when it’s time to remove your window tint, so stay tuned!