Tinted windows are like sunglasses for your car- not only do they block the passengers inside from harmful UV rays and distracting sun glare, but they also up the cool factor and make your vehicle look effortlessly stylish. If you’re thinking about window tinting for your car, here are some frequently asked questions about the process to help you decide if window tinting is the right option for you.
I’ve heard aftermarket window tinting isn’t legal- is this true?
No…and yes. Here in Birmingham, AL, car windows are legally allowed to have tinting that allows at least 32 percent light transmission, with a 3 percent margin of error. This applies to front and back side windows as well as the rear window. It is never legal to tint your front windshield, with the exception of the top six inches, which are allowed non-reflective tint only.
What are the advantages to professional window tinting versus a DIY window tinting film?
Like any DIY project, the level of success depends upon your level of experience and know-how. If you have a good deal of experience using window tint film, it may be in your best interest to just purchase a roll at an auto parts store and get to work. However, DIY window tint can end in disaster if you allow air bubbles to get in or cut the film improperly. Like any other highly-skilled trade, window tinting is something of an art form, and you tend to get what you pay for.
How long does it take to get my windows tinted?
Generally speaking, a window tinting specialist is going to want your car for the whole day. This is because, even though the actual tinting process only takes about an hour or two, the technicians first need to thoroughly clean the auto glass, inside and out, cut and heat the tinting material and form it to the shape of the glass, and then apply the tint. The work is then quality-checked for any problems that may need to be addressed. Your technician will call you when your car is ready to be picked up.
Are there any special precautions I need to take once the windows have been tinted?
The only real rule to follow is: don’t roll your windows down. Depending on the weather and humidity, you may have to wait up to 2 weeks to roll down your car windows, but taking a chance and doing it prematurely can buckle the tint or cause it to peel. For a quality tint job, it’s worth the wait!
Sherrill Paint and Body Co. is Birmingham, AL’s source for high-quality window tinting by experienced professionals who get the job done right the first time. Our representatives are standing by to answer all your window tinting questions and schedule your consultation- call today!