All you've ever wanted to know about the different kinds of car window tint.
Car window tinting is a popular after-market modification in the automotive scene for several reasons. While most new vehicles already have tinted windows, many people darken them for extra levels or protection or for cosmetic appeal. There are many types of car window tint, each made of a different window-tint material. These can be applied to any vehicle, whether it be a roadster, SUV, wagon, or truck.
Each type of car window tinting film has its own specific pros and cons. All car-window tint options share common traits, like protecting the car's interior and reducing glare, whether applied to the windows or the sunroof. However, the visual effects and benefits differ as follows:
This tinted film for cars' windows is made of three layers - an adhesive layer on the glass, a layer of dye on the adhesive layer, and a tough top coating over the dye layer. Different window-tint color options are offered.
This car-tint film comprises four layers. An adhesive layer is applied to the glass, followed by a UV-blocking layer, a reflective metalized layer containing the tint, and a protective topcoat.
Hybrid tinting attempts to provide the best of the previous two tint types. It also has four layers, like metalized tinting, but differs in that the second layer is also dyed but contains slightly less metal.
This is a relatively new option and consists of three layers. The base layer is an adhesive, the middle is the ceramic layer, and the last is the protective top layer.
Carbon tinting is a fringe technology not universally liked and rather uncommon in the USA. Adding carbon particles to the tint is the most notable difference compared to other tints.
Crystalline window tinting claims to offer the advantages of many of the darker tints, but the difference with this window tint is that it does not alter the darkness and appearance of your standard windows much.
Of all the different kinds of window tint, the best option is ceramic window tinting, as it offers the most advantages and the fewest disadvantages - but, it is expensive. Close behind is hybrid tinting, thanks to its excellent value for money. Whatever you choose, be sure to check local laws for what window tint is allowed in your state.
Standard tinting offers decent UV protection, but many people prefer after-market options for their darker and reflective tints. It also offers a variety of advantages, but choose carefully to avoid the disadvantages you can't live with.
A windshield may typically not be as dark as side windows and some states can be strict, only allowing a narrow shade band at the top. Check your local legislation, to be sure. You can get ceramic coatings without any tinting, should you simply want a protective covering on your windshield.
The laws on what tints are legal differ in every US state, so you'll have to check legislation on tint laws by state. While your chosen tint might be legal in the state where you live, it could be illegal in another if you move - and you will have to remove it.
Some types you can, but it is easy to make a hash of it, if you don't know how. Professionals do it better, and will have to fix any mistakes at their own cost - rather pay a little bit extra and have those with the expertise do it.