FAQ Automotive and Marine....
Cars, Vans, Trucks, Motorhomes, marine
How long does it take to have tint installed on my car?
The process generally takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the difficulty of the car, cleanliness, and the number of windows. Window tinting is not a race, we take our time to offer quality installations.
What do I use to clean my tinted windows?
Warm water and a soft cloth. Never use a window cleaner unless it is specifically formulated for use on aftermarket tinted windows.
I just had my windows tinted and now it's all hazy. It’s been several days and it hasn’t gone away.
You must have had a metalized or ceramic film applied to your windows. Metalized and ceramic film has a much slower drying time. Under normal drying conditions, such as hot summer days, it will take 1 to 2 weeks; in the winter the drying time usually takes 30 days. Also, drying time depends on how much sun exposure the windows receive during the day. The more sun, the faster the drying.
Why do I see little bubbles or patchiness soon after installation?
This is very normal. We use a lot of water to activate the adhesive and to allow us to move the film around and position it for a perfect installation. Although we squeegee out as much of the water as possible, some small amount remains between the glass and the film. As this water evaporates through the film you may see some little bubbles or foggy patches. These should go away within a few days but could last a month or so if we are applying a premium film and get very little sunshine to aid in the evaporation process.
Can window film ever be removed?
Yes, Window Film can be removed at any time after the installation. As a tint professional we know all the tips and tricks on proper tint removal. Please call us if you require a removal. It is a very tough and messy job, not recommended for beginners.
Does Window Film go on the inside or the outside?
Automotive Window Film goes on the inside surface thus keeping it out of the elements.
Why do I see bubbled or purple tint on cars?
The tint is either very old or of poor quality. Most older films, even the quality brands, will discolour and turn purple. When this is accompanied by bubbles then the film used was cheap. The bubbles are a result of a failure in the adhesive system causing the tint to literally lift from the glass. If our tint ever bubbles, we will replace it at no additional cost to you.
How durable is tinting?
Window film is protected by a hard scratch-resistant coating that can withstand everyday use and kids. The key word however is resistant, this does not mean scratch-proof. Even glass will scratch, so be careful when loading and unloading objects with sharp edges, boxes, sporting equipment, and also when releasing your seatbelt, this can easily make small nicks that are not covered by warranty.
What is dyed film, hybrid film, full metalized film, and the difference?
A dyed film is just as it says. The polyester is dyed in a submersion process that is absorbed into the porous material. This is the most effective way to ensure good colour and life of colour. Another way is the dyed adhesive process where the adhesive is coloured prior to the application to the clear polyester. Metalized films are created by a process called sputtering. This is an advanced process that uses a rod of desired metal such as nickel, stainless steel, copper, aluminum and others that is literally converted into a molten form and sputtered on the surface of the film by charging the metal and the film with opposing ions allowing the metal to penetrate and uniformly bond to the film. Hybrid films is a bonding together of a dyed film and a full metalized film.
What is the difference between aftermarket tinting and factory tinted windows?
Some truck and sport utility vehicles come from the manufacturer with glass that has been darkened using an electrical process called deep dipping. This factory tinted glass is a dark shade but does not protect the interior of your car from the sun’s heat or damaging UV rays as well as after market window tinting. Major film manufacturers have formulated tinting materials to closely match the factory tinted glass allowing the front door windows of some truck and SUVs have window tint with a legal matching shade. It is also possible to apply after market window tinting over factory tinted glass to make the windows darker and to improve performance.
Will the tint damage my rear defroster?
No it will not. We tint right over top of it. The defrosters can be used right away without affecting the tint.
How do black dots and lines at the edge of a window on newer cars affect window tinting?
The black dots, or matrix patters, as well as the lines at the top of some windows are made of a Teflon type of material that is applied at the factory. Purely cosmetic, they hide trim lines and edges on different styles of autos. The thickness of these Teflon type areas make them a nightmare when applying window tint. Window tint is designed to adhere directly to glass. The black lines across the top of some windows can prevent window tint from sticking and can’t be covered. When black dots are encountered, the window tint sticks to the slightly raised dot. This can give, depending on the thickness of the material, a lighter or different look in the area of the black matrix dots. This poses no risk of peeling. In some cases, the dot pattern or lines usually put at the top of some windows are so thick that it makes it impossible for the tint to stick at all.