Updated: Mar 3, 2022
Whether you’re planning to install tinted windows on your vehicle for the UV and heat blocking, added security, privacy, or simply because they look sleek and cool, it’s important to protect your investment.
DO KEEP YOUR WINDOWS ROLLED UP
Brand-new tinted windows may provide instant benefits, but the adhesive that sticks the film to the glass takes time to cure. It can take anywhere from two to four days for it to set completely, and if you roll your windows down before then, the tint will likely peel.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT HAZY FILM OR BUBBLES
While windows are newly-tinted haziness and small water pockets forming underneath the film is very normal, but do not worry this is completely normal and temporary.
The first days after the feel is applied the windows might appear cloudy due to excess water between the film and the glass. Window film is applied with a wet solution, and although the majority of the solution is squeegeed out during installation small amounts are left behind to evaporate on their own.
Curing time depends greatly on the environment, and can vary from two days to a month. In general if it is sunny and warm, leave your newly tinted vehicle outside to speed up curing time.
DO WAIT TO CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS
While waiting to roll down your windows it is also important to not clean the inside of the windows to allow time for the film to cure. It is completely fine to clean the exterior or take your vehicle through a car wash. When you are ready to clean your windows it is important to use the proper products. A clean microfiber cloth and an ammonia free glass cleaner should be used to avoid damaging the film.
Helpful Hint: The common Windex brand contains ammonia, although the brand does offer vinegar and citrus varieties with no ammonia. There are even some cleaners made specifically for tinted windows on the market, but this is not really necessary. Just remember: NO AMMONIA—it will ruin your tint.
DON’T ASSUME TINT IS INDESTRUCTABLE
Window film is quite durable, and has became stronger and more scratch resistant over the years. However, scratch resistant doesn't mean scratch proof. It is important to pay careful attention to pets, young children, and your own jewelry. It is often very common that the metal buckle of seat belts will ding the window film and cause a small tear.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE TINT -- YOU SHOULD
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