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Regular Tint Vs. Ceramic Tint

Updated: Mar 3, 2022

What is Ceramic Tint?

Ceramic window tint is an advanced type of window tint that is designed to provide you maximum heat and UV protection. The main difference the day to day consumer will realize is the added solar heat rejection. On average, ceramic window tint blocks 2-3 times more heat than regular tint. “Regular tint” is generally considered dyed window film which is an older product that has the ability to fade or change colors over time.

Ceramic window film is much more effective at heat blocking, because of the infrared blockers in the film's layers. Ceramic window film is the best choice in window film for those desired to reduce heat in their vehicle.

Most of the solar heat from the sun comes from infrared light. Infrared radiation makes up for 49.4% of the total solar energy, while visible light accounts for 42.4% and Ultra Violet making up 8%.

It doesn’t have to be dark to reject massive amounts of heat.

Ceramic window film is specifically designed to target infrared light, because of this is doesn’t have to be dark to provide great heat rejection. This makes it a common product for us to apply to front windshield here at Shade9 Window Tinting.

This 2021 Ram 3500 Dually shown below received our full ceramic package which includes all side windows, back windows, and a full windshield tint in the clear ceramic window film. This provides the best heat rejection possible for your vehicle.

2022 Ram with Ceramic Window Tint on All Side Windows, Back Windows, and a Clear Front Windshield

Why does regular window tint fade or turn purple?

The reason why dyed films change color over time is because of the way in which the color (dye) was manufactured in the film. This film is cheaper to produce, and the longevity of the film can be seen by this.

  • Fading : This is commonly seen by manufactures mixing the dye and the glue of the window film. This makes production far cheaper, but also allows for the film to fade quickly after installation.

  • Purpling: Some window films use 3 primary colors to give it a certain gray or charcoal color: red, blue, and yellow. The dye in this film that fades the quickest in the sun is yellow—leaving red and blue as the colors retained in the film which makes purple. Most ceramic window films are made to be color stable. Color stable is when a type of window tint is built to retain its color throughout its lifespan and resist fading.

Will Ceramic Tint Fade?

No. A quality ceramic window tint and brand is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. The more advanced films today prevent bubbling, adhesive failures, and color changing. The color stability in the window tint helps it to keep its color year after year.


The main difference in regular window film and ceramic window tint is protection and durability. Regular tint is designed for short term and lower budgets. Ceramic window film is designed for the long term high value consumer. Although both films look the same the first day after installation, the difference comes in the months and years down the road.

If you are planning on keeping you car for the long term, it is recommended to buy higher end window films to avoid costly removal fees to fixed a failed tint job in the months and years to come.

Shade9 Window Tinting and Paint Protection | Bridgeport, WV

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