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How to Get the Bubbles Out of Car Window Tint

How to Get the Bubbles Out of Car Window Tint

Car window tint is a great look.  Let’s face it, darkened windows give your ride that sleek presentation that will turn heads when cruising down main street.  It naturally follows, then, that you want the car window tint to look as flawless as possible.  

Unfortunately, there is an issue with window tint that is relatively common.  That issue is air getting trapped between the surface of the glass and the car window tint film, causing bubbles in the tint.  That is, in fact, one of the greatest problems that do-it-yourselfers face when applying car window tint on their own.  

Of course, if you are going for a flawless darkened window, then bubbles are the last thing you want to see.  In addition, bubbles in your window tint can even become a distraction when you are driving.  

So, what do you do if you find that your car window tint has bubbles?  Do you remove the tint and start over? Not yet. There is a very good chance you can get that window tint looking like new if you take a little time and have a few simple tools at your disposal.      

This article will take you through the steps about bubbles out of your car window tint.  Remember, if you need some professional assistance with your car window tint, we invite you to call us at Tint Tech.  With decades of auto window tint experience, we can help you ensure that your vehicle looks its absolute best.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Now, on to the five easy steps to remove the bubbles from your window tint.

#1 – See if You Can Get It Redone for Free

For free, you say?  Yes, most every window tint film product comes with a warranty.  Also, many tint shops (if you had your tinting done professionally) will provide a warranty for their work.  So, before even going after those pesky bubbles yourself, see if the window tint film is still under warranty.  

Typically, there will be a very limited warranty, or none at all, for do-it-yourself products.  However, if you paid a professional, then it is likely that some warranty may apply. If it does, then you can have that tint shop repair or replace the car window tint.  Without question, if you are given the car tint option, you may as well get it replaced.

#2 – Can You Do It Yourself?

Even if a warranty does not apply, you still face the choice of whether to fix the bubble issue yourself, or have it done by a professional.  In that regard, the considerations are very similar to the considerations surrounding whether to get tint through a do-it-yourself kit or have it done by a tint shop.  Those considerations include cost, time, expertise, and your patience level.

#3 – Set the Scene to Fix Those Bubbles

Assuming that you have checked the warranty, considered your options, and made the decision to fix the bubbles yourself, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the right environment to do the job.

What you need is a warm setting in which to repair the tint, ideally around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you do not have a heated garage, then wait for a warm, sunny day. Leave your vehicle out in the sun for a few hours. 

Why is that?  The window tint is much easier to work with if the adhesive is slightly warmer and more malleable.  Also, letting the vehicle sit out for a time will ensure that the interior will also get warm, again to help in working with the car window tint. 

If you don’t get a lot of sun where you are, then using a hair dryer to warm up both sides of the window will do the trick.    

#4 – Get the Windows Moist

Working with a dry window tint, particularly in a warm setting, is not a good idea.  Get a spray bottle with water and apply a fine mist to the window tint surface. The water should be cold because the cold water hitting the warm/hot surface of the window tint will slightly loosen. The adhesive just enough to effectively work with it to get the bubbles out.

#5 – The Main Event – Removing the Air Bubbles

To remove the air bubbles in the tint, you actually have a choice.  You can either release the air by pushing it out to the edge of the window, or you can pop the bubble with a pin.  We recommend you try to push the bubbles to the edge before resorting to popping the bubbles.  

With regard to pushing the bubbles out of the tint, use a squeegee or a flat card like a library card.  You can use a credit card, but be sure that it is not a card that you plan to use again. Be gentle when pushing the bubbles out of the tint.  Once the air is released, the bubble should disappear.

With regard to popping the bubbles, simply make a small hole with a safety pin.  Do not do more than put a tiny hole in the tint. Moving the pin around is not necessary and may cause additional damage to the tint.  

Once you have popped a bubble, smooth out the area with a squeegee (or card), being careful to hold the tool at a 45-degree angle.  Use long strokes with medium pressure, so as not to rip the tint. You should not worry about the tiny hole in the tint in the long term because the car window tint film is of such a quality that the tint should close up the hole after the air is out.  

Be sure to reapply the water mist as you work so that you are not dealing with a totally dry tint film.

That’s it!  You have successfully removed bubbles from your window tint. 

Tint Tech is the Expert in Window Tint Installation and Repair

It is great to be able to fix something yourself.  But, if you are concerned with making the tint film worse when trying to remove bubbles, then leave it to the pros.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you do not have imperfections on your window tint.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional tint installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

What You Should Know Before You Get Your Windows Tinted

What You Should Know Before You Get Your Windows Tinted

Getting window tinting is a big decision.  There are myriad benefits to tinting windows of your car, but it is not a decision to take lightly.  Your ride is important to you, and you want to make sure that you are doing the right thing.  

So, this blog is here to discuss some of the factors you should consider before taking the plunge and tinting your windows.  Most any consumer choice can benefit from a little research, so the following points will help you on your way to arriving at the tinting decision that is best for you. 

Once you have read this blog, you may have more questions that are specific to your own vehicle.  If that is true, we invite you to contact the professionals at Tint Tech.  With decades of auto window tint experience, we can help you ensure that your vehicle looks its absolute best.   Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Now, on to the window tinting factors to consider.

Factor #1 – Looks or Performance?

The first item to consider is your ultimate goal with window tint.  This is honesty time. Do you want window tinting to save on energy, reduce glare, or protect from ultraviolet (UV) light?  Or, are you really looking to make sure that your windows are tinted dark because – let’s be real – they look awesome?  

No judgments here, but it is important to know what you are ultimately going for.  That will inform the type of window tint you have installed.  

There are different window tint products for all budgets, but you will likely be able to save a little money if you do not need a window tint film that has other qualities, like energy savings.  That said, if you are less interested in aesthetics and more interested in privacy or UV protection, then you will would focus on a different set of products.  

If you have seen other blogs on this site, you will know that the latest window tint film products are amazing with regard to UV, heat rejection, and other benefits.  In fact, beyond good looking windows, here is a quick bullet list of some of the phenomenal advantages to window tint for your vehicle:

1. Glare Reduction.  The sun can really be a problem for drivers, especially when driving directly into the sun.  Of course, most provinces do not allow you to darken your windshield with window tint. However, clear window tint for your windshield and front side windows can significantly reduce glare. 

2. Protect Against Harmful UV Rays.  Regular car windows do not block UV rays, and they can be dangerous to our skin.  In fact, UV rays are one of the leading causes of skin cancer. Window tint film can block up to 99 percent or harmful UV rays. 

3. Save Energy.  Window tint keeps the heat in during the winter, and keeps the heat out during the summer.  Thus, certain types of window film with heat reduction qualities can save you money by not having your car’s air conditioning work so hard.

4. Reduce Interior Fading.  The light and UV rays that can be harmful to your skin are, as you would expect, also harmful to your dashboard, fabrics, and other surfaces in your car as well.  Window film can take away the UV light that would otherwise prematurely fade the upholstery, dashboard, and other surfaces in your car.  

5. Shatterproof the Windows a Bit.  Window tint film is like an extra elastic-type sheet that covers your window.  In the event of a window shattering, the film will be able to hold the window together much better than an unprotected window.

6. Privacy.  With darkened window tint, you can ensure that valuables in your car, such as bags, phones, and laptops are out of sight.

In sum, take stock and consider whether you are looking for the performance benefits above, or if you just want that impressive dark, tinted look.  Knowing that will help you on what tint to choose.

Factor #2 – Warranties on the Product

Because warranties can vary, it is important that you consider what is in the warranty for window tint before buying.  Of course, the last thing you want to think about when purchasing that new high-tech refrigerator, that new hot rod, or auto tinting for the new hot rod is the fine print in a warranty agreement.  We understand. But be sure to look before you leap, because your window tint will be with your car for a long time.

Should a warranty be in writing?  Absolutely. Anytime a salesperson makes an oral promise to you, like repairs are free, you should get that promise in writing.  Warranties are difficult to enforce if it is just your word against the salesperson.  

You should keep a special eye out for things like the length of a warranty, the contact person on the product, and whether the warranty guarantees repair or replacement, rather than just a refund.

Accordingly, if a tinting shop does not tell you what brand of window tint is being installed, or provide you with a warranty card, you may want to look elsewhere for tinting service.

Factor #3Experience of the Installer

Finally, you should figure out the background of the tint shop that may be doing the installation of your window tint.  Not all window tint shops are made alike. An experienced installer can be the difference between a phenomenal tint job and one that will start peeling as soon as you drive out of the shop.  Indeed, even when working with a lower cost product, an expert installer can make the most out of the film to keep your vehicle looking great.

Tint Tech is the Expert in Window Tint Installation in Calgary

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your window tint.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your tinting job.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Paint Protection Film

Ah, the Many Benefits of Paint Protection Film for Your Car

You may have heard of “clear bra” or “auto wrap,” but it is all synonymous with a marvelous product that allows you to protect your car from debris, scratches, small abrasions, or anything else that might keep your beloved ride from looking less than new – paint protection film.

As car lovers, we all understand that there is nothing better than keeping your car looking like new.  That new car finish, that gleam from the clear coat paint, is something that you just want to last forever.  

Yet, we need to drive, and stuff happens.  There’s gravel and rocks on the road, there are people who park next to you at the shopping mall.  There are myriad ways in which someone or something might damage the surface of your car. That’s where you need to seriously consider paint protection film.  It is the product that gives your car the best chance of looking new, longer.  

Does Paint Protection Film Only Go on the Front of Your Car?

The so-called “clear bra” is not only for the front of your car. You can have your whole car protected from road debris and other environmental hazards by having an auto wrap applied to your vehicle.

The wrap is an invisible layer of plastic that is overlaid over your car’s clear coat. It provides an extra barrier of protection between your paint’s finish and rock chips, bug splatter, bird droppings and more.

Every time we take our cars out, there is an opportunity for damage. If scratches are deep enough they can expose the metal underneath the paint, leading to problems with moisture, peeling, and rust.

But paint protection film is it is not a magic shield. There are rocks that can tear through the film, and not all applications are of equal quality.

Composition of Film

One of the biggest advantages to having a paint protection film, or clear bra, applied to your car is that it is self-healing to a certain extent. This is due to the layer of urethane within the film itself.

Most films have multiple layers to them: The top clear coat, a urethane or polyurethane core, and an acrylic adhesive. When road debris impacts the film, if it is small enough it does not create a tear in the film. Instead, it makes an indent in the surface, pushing the clear coat down onto the urethane core.

Because the urethane layer is extremely flexible, it can give way enough that the clear coat layer is not punctured, and as it expands back into place, it eliminates all trace that there was an impact in the first place.

Protection for Your Vehicle

As described earlier, it is not a magical solution and there are some things that it will not be able to protect against or prevent. However, when dealing with small pieces of sand, gravel, rock and other roadway surface material kicked up my other cars, it is likely the film can handle it.

The same debris hitting a car without a clear wrap on it would damage the clear coat. Even if those scratches are not immediately visible to the naked eye, over time they accumulate and the clear coat becomes hazy and dull.

Obviously, the most damage to your car will be on the front end, as you drive through what the cars in front of you kick up, but the rest of your car is vulnerable to other dangers.

As people squeeze past the vehicles in a crowded parking lot, jewelry, watches, keys and other accessories can scratch your car as easily as rock chips on the freeway. 

Bird droppings and bug splatter likewise damage your car’s finish. They can damage a clear wrap too, but will do so much more slowly, and the clear film is designed in such a way that the surface does not allow these contaminants to bond and are therefore more easily washed away.

This is not an excuse to not wash your car. Droppings and bug splatter will not be repelled from your car and they will still be unsightly, but the film will keep them from causing damage to your paint.

Does it Still Yellow with Age?

Yellowing used to be a problem with clear film, especially on white cars, but this is no longer the case. When customers began to complain about the yellowing, the manufacturers of the film looked into the cause and found that exposure to UV from the sun was causing the adhesives to degrade over time and therefore cause the color change. All new films are installed with acrylic adhesive that resists this kind of breakdown.

What About Bubbling or Blistering?

This kind of defect is almost always accounted for by the skill and attention to detail in the installation process. Contaminants trapped under the film will prevent it from adhering cleanly to the body of your car and will cause an air bubble, just like a speck of dust caught under the screen protector of a smartphone. The car should be washed, and the paint should be conditioned with a clay bar or other polishing tool to ensure a uniform surface and the best possible substrate for the film to attach to.

In some, much rarer cases, the film can also peel away from the edges of doors, handles, and around badges and decals. Take care when washing your vehicle not to use abrasive cleaners, and never shoot water directly at an area where the edge of a film would be.

Call a Tint Tech Professional for More on Paint Protection Film in Calgary

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular auto film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your paint protection film.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your paint protection film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Window tinting in Calgary

We’re Here to Tell You How to Get the Best Window Tinting in Calgary

Tint Tech is one of Calgary’s top window tinting shops.  So, you might think that we’re going to take this opportunity, when talking about “how to get the best window tinting in Calgary,” to gloat about the best qualities and amazing service at Tint Tech.  

Well, we’re not going to do that . . . well, not just yet anyway.

No, this blog will be devoted to helping you – as objectively as possible – think about the important factors to consider when shopping for window tinting products in Calgary, and in the surrounding region.  Of course, we know that once you are familiar with the key considerations on finding the best window tinting film in Calgary, you will naturally see that Tint Tech is the way to go for all of your window tinting needs.  

But before we get there, let’s get down into the nitty-gritty of what to watch for when window-tint shopping.  There’s a lot to think about.    

1. Where There’s a Warranty, There’s a Way

Almost every top-quality window tint film comes with a limited lifetime warranty.  That said, you should make sure to find out the exact warranty length, and find out whether there are any requirements that come along with the film.  

For example, certain types of auto window film require that it be professionally installed in order to take advantage of the warranty.  Indeed, installing it yourself could automatically void the warranty. As another example, a perfectly good warranty will be considered null if the tint you install is too dark under the prevailing law.  

In sum, warranties are great.  But, be careful of the requirements surrounding them, so you don’t mistakenly do something that takes away your chance to enjoy the warranty you thought you had. 

2. Enjoy the Install

The installation of automotive window tinting can be very specific.  In fact, our specialists at Tint Tech receive a good deal of training to make sure that the installation of tint is done once, and done right.

Depending on the size of the project (number of windows, type of tint product), it could take between one hour and a several hours to complete the installation.  

Don’t be surprised, however, if a professional installer wants to keep your car for a half a day, or longer, to make sure that the job is finished and the window film has completely dried.

3. The Tint of a Lifetime

One of the primary things you need to watch out for when finding the best window tinting in Calgary is how long the window film will last.  Remember though, the life of your car will vary based upon the age of your car. If your vehicle has ‘been around the block a few times,’ then a “lifetime” for your vehicle could be considerably shorter than if you had a new vehicle.  

That difference in longevity could help you save a little money when deciding on a tint product.  

By the same token, you also may want to think about the amount you drive, and the conditions in which you typically drive.  Driving in a region that gets a lot of sunlight means that you need a particularly strong auto tint film to avoid aging, fading, and discoloration.  If, however, you keep your prized pocket rocket in the garage, and take it out only infrequently, then that will dictate the type of quality you will need. 

In the aggregate, you can expect that most auto window film will last about 10 years.  That could be enough for most vehicles.  

4. Some Products That Tint Tech Has Considered for Customers

As you go through the tint shopping process, do not be afraid to give us a call at Tint Tech.  Our installation professionals have a lot of knowledge, and they love to share it with customers.  Take advantage of our expertise.  

That said, here are a few products that we think are worthy of consideration.  

1. 36-inch Roll Window Tint by Diablo.  This tint comes in rolls, which gives you the freedom of having of some extra 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.

2. Computer Pre-Cut Tint Kit by Lexen.  This do-it-yourself tint 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.

3. LED Lights Headlight Vinyl Film by F&B.  Just to change it up a bit, don’t forget about surfaces other than your windows.  So, if you want to add some sparkle to your headlights and brake lights, check out this new product.

4. Automotive Computer Customized Window Tint Kit by True Line.  Like the Lexen product above, 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 has 4 levels of tint available.

Now, For the Best Window Tinting, Call Tint Tech Today

If window tinting is an option you want to explore, then we have a film that will do the right job for you.  If you are located in the Calgary area, give Tint Tech a call today.  

With over 45 years of combined experience, our tinting professionals can help you choose the best option for your needs. Every member of our staff is a professional who can answer all of your questions about tinting.  As always, we stand by our work and our reputation. Tint Tech guarantees your satisfaction.  Do not go another day without having the benefit of tinting on your windows. 

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home with a wide selection of state-of-the-art residential window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Commercial Window Tint

Do You Have Commercial Window Tint Envy? Time to Tint . . .

Do you have tinting envy?  You know . . . the feeling deep in your stomach that you get when you know that your office or storefront should have window tinting like the other guys on the block?  Well, maybe it’s high time that you make the investment. Remember, it is not just for looks. Rather, window tint for your office or storefront is truly an investment in your property, in your business, and in the building’s future.  

Indeed, window tinting is so much more than just the ‘blacked out’ windows, the kind you probably associate with limousines and luxury cars. There are a wide variety of tinting films and materials available for use in commercial settings.

If you want to learn more, then read on.  In this blog we give you a breakdown of some of the benefits you can experience by installing window tint.  We also evaluate what your priorities are, or should be, when putting tinting on your windows.

1.Increased Security for Your Commercial Building

There is, of course, no guarantee that the presence of window tinting film on your windows alone will deter burglaries and break-ins.  But, commercial window tint film will definitely slow down any potential intruders.

If the glass breaks, it is less likely to shatter because the film is bonded to the window with adhesive.  Instead of shards flying everywhere and posing a risk of injuring occupants or damaging merchandise, the pieces will stay stuck to the tinting film.

Also, the window, bonded with the commercial window tint film, will minimize the chance of a nice wide opening for someone looking to break in.  Instead, would-be burglars will have to climb around parts of the window that are still intact and push through a film covered in pieces of broken glass.  Most people looking for an easy target will give up on you and move on to something less troublesome. Burglar 0, Commercial Window Tint

2.Keep Things Private

Windows allow a view of the outside world, and allow you to display items that will draw people into your shop.  But at night when you’re cleaning up alone, those same windows give a fishbowl feeling as the light inside makes you and everything around you visible to the outside.

A tinted film will help give you the peace of mind that you aren’t being watched, and that the contents of your space are safe.

3.Commercial Window Tinting for Comfort, Really

Which way does your commercial building face?  Do you have eastern windows that greet every sunrise (and morning shift) with a searing beam from the eye of the sun?  Or does a western exposure heat up the seats in front of the windows until no one wants to sit there?

The orientation of your location is beyond your control, but you don’t need to make your employees or your customers deal with glare or heat.  More efficient than shades that you have to manually raise and lower, commercial window tinting film will help keep the sun from disturbing you and your business.

4.It Can Protect Your Health

Did you know that glass doesn’t block the harmful rays of the sun?  That’s right, you aren’t safe from UV rays even when you’re inside. Visible light passes right through clear glass, so it’s no surprise that ultraviolet light comes along for the ride.

If you don’t want colored film on your windows (we understand, there are times where you don’t want to have any shading) there are clear films that are just as effective in blocking out infrared (heat) and UV light.  So, your customers can enjoy the sunny day without being too hot or being exposed to harmful radiation from the sun.

5.Best of All, Tinting Helps You Save Energy, and Money

You made it this far into the article.  We’ve talked about the comfort, security, and health benefits of putting tint on your windows.  Do you need more convincing? Alright, here we go. Window film can save you serious money on your utility bills.

See, the window film does not just prevent heat and light from getting into your premises, it also keeps it from getting out as well.  Putting commercial window tint film on your windows effectively increases their power as a barrier between the inside and the outside.

In summer, your air conditioner does not have to work as hard because you don’t have as much heat constantly flooding in (in the form of infrared rays from the sun) and in the winter, you aren’t losing precious heat to the chill outside through the glass.

Commercial window tint can pay for itself in the money it saves you from spending on heating and cooling costs over the course of the first year you own it.

Need More Info for Your Office or Business?  Call Tint Tech Today

If window tinting is an option you want to explore – whether your commercial application is an office, a storefront, or just the front room of a warehouse – we have a film that will do the right job for you.  If you are located in the Calgary area, give Tint Tech a call today.  

With over 45 years of combined experience, our tinting professionals can help you choose the best option for your needs. Every member of our staff is a professional who can answer all of your questions about tinting.  As always, we stand by our work and our reputation. Tint Tech guarantees your satisfaction.  Do not go another day without having the benefit of tinting on your windows. 

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and auto with a wide selection of state-of-the-art home and automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form