Tint Tech fans and auto window tint enthusiasts . . . it is time to talk about shopping around for the best auto window tint that is right for you. We at Tint Tech, Calgary’s auto window tinting experts, are always happy to discuss with you the various kinds of window tints at various price points. Yet, if you want to do a little homework first, then this article is for you.
The Challenge of Shopping for Auto Window Tint – the Paralysis of Too Many Choices
Did you ever sit down with your significant other, cuddle up on the couch with popcorn and some Diet Coke, grab the remote, and commit to finding something to watch on Netflix? At first blush, you think it’s going to be easy.
But the sheer volume of available movies, in all types of genres, starts to overwhelm. You and your loved one start to get confused with all the choices, start to disagree on whether action, thriller, or rom-com is the way to go. Then you start to bicker on which trailers you want to watch and which are a waste of time.
Before you know it, an hour has gone by, your loved one has gone into the kitchen to make another snack, and you are no closer to deciding on a movie than when you first sat down. Frustrating, right? We’ll call that phenomenon the “paralysis of too many choices.”
When it comes to shopping for good auto tint for your car, you may go through the same phenomenon. There are literally hundreds of auto tints on the market, and it can be incredibly hard to find the right one for you. While you may know a thing or two about what type of movie you generally like watching, most people are not experts on the differing qualities of auto tint. So, you are truly left in the dark – and not in the dark-auto-tint kind of way.
To break through the “paralysis of too many choices,” let’s talk about 5 things that you need to keep in mind when shopping for auto tint. And, of course, the professionals at Tint Tech in Calgary are always on the ready to consult with you when you need guidance. Just grab your cell and call 403-968-8468.
#1 The Length of Time Tint Will Last
First and foremost, you need to have a sense of how long you will need your auto tint to stay looking fresh and new. If your car has had a few years on the road, then you may not need a window tint to last a lifetime. You already know that there is a shorter shelf-life for your ride as it is.
That said, you will want to consider the amount you drive, the conditions and climate in which you normally drive, and the amount of direct sunlight your car will sustain on a routine basis. If your hot rod rarely sees the light of day and you only take it out on special occasions, then the quality you are looking for may be different than an auto tint for a car that you use every day, and park outside in the sun.
Overall, as a general rule of thumb, most auto tint film is designed to last over 10 years, which may be a lot longer than you are planning on keeping your car.
#2 The Application Process
In our most recent blog post, we took an in-depth look at how paint protection film is applied to your vehicle’s paint job. The auto tint application process is similarly detailed, and our specialists at Tint Tech take extra care to make sure the job is done right, the first time.
Typically, the auto tint application process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours to complete, depending upon the number of windows being tinted and the type of tint the Tint Tech specialist is working with. Don’t be surprised, however, if the installer wants to keep the vehicle for a half day, just to make sure that the job is complete, and the auto tint film has time to dry. (Shameless plug: We invite you to make an appointment with a Tint Tech tint installer to make sure your job is done right).
#3 The Warranty
Virtually all quality auto tint film comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Yet, you should do a little extra digging to make sure of the precise warranty length and of any other requirements that come with the film.
Some auto tint requires that a professional installer apply the tint to be eligible for the warranty. Doing it yourself could void the warranty. Also, most warranties will be deemed void if the installation is illegal, meaning that the tint is too dark under current window tint laws.
#4 Finding the Right Window Tint for You
As a threshold matter, we recommend that you consult a professional auto tint dealer, like Tint Tech, to find the best film for your car. According to carbibles.com, the best car window tint products in 2018 are as follows:
- LEXEN Computer Pre-Cut Tint Kit. This tint is one that you can do yourself, and allows you to buy the film pre-cut for your car. LEXEN is a high-quality dyed polyester film with added thickness, that makes it scratch resistant and will block up to 99% of UV rays.
- TRUE LINE Automotive Computer Customized Window Tint Kit. Similar to LEXEN, all you need to do is give the make, model, and year of your car, and you will get pre-cut window film sent to you. It also has 4 levels of tint available.
- Diablo 36 inches Roll Window Tint. Unlike the pre-cut products, this tint film you buy in rolls. Getting the rolls rather than pre-cut gives you the luxury of some practice material, in case you don’t get it right the first time. This tint is metal free so, once applied, it does not interfere with your cell phone or GPS reception.
- F&B LED Lights Headlight Vinyl Film. Just to throw a curve-ball at you, there is tinting film for surfaces other than your windows. So, if you want to add some pizzazz to your headlights and brake lights, check out this new product.
#5 Picking the Right Auto Tint Dealer
While some of the products above allow you to do it yourself, it is always best to spend a little extra to make sure that tint installation is done correctly, with no bubbles, frayed edges or any other imperfections. Tint Tech guarantees that you will be more than satisfied with the installation job we do for you. It is important to do your research, but know that Tint Tech, with decades of experience and specialization in auto window tint, is the right choice for you. Call now at 403-968-8468.