FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
How long does the install take? It generally takes about 1 to 3 hours. About 1 hour for the front 2 windows and about 3 hours for a full vehicle.
Should I drop my vehicle off, or wait? Both options are available and you can do what works best with your schedule. We prefer that the vehicle be dropped off for the day, but we do have a waiting area with free WiFi for customers who choose to stay. There are also a variety of stores, restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the shop.
When can I roll down my windows? We recommend keeping your windows up for at least 2-4 days. If windows are rolled down before that time frame the tint often peels off because it has not had enough time to cure. Should this happen we can redo your window at a low cost, but it is not covered under the warranty.
My new tint looks hazy. Is this normal? Yes, this is completely normal and temporary. For the first few days after your windows are tinted they might appear cloudy, hazy, and you may see little water pockets forming underneath the film. This is very typical. When windows are tinted, the squeegee can only remove a certain amount of the water from between the film and the glass. As the film dries, the remaining water will form little pockets. Window film is a porous material that allows water to evaporate, so these water pockets will simply evaporate and go away by themselves as the film fully adheres to the glass. The amount of time before your new tint will be totally dry is determined by the amount of sunlight it gets. If it's cloudy and overcast outside, it will take longer, if it's hot and sunny, then the film dries very quickly. This time frame can range from 2 days, up to 1 month.
What do I use to clean my windows? After your windows are tinted, you need to wait a couple of days to clean them. Basically, you do not want to risk pulling the tint loose before it has a chance to dry. Once your vehicle has been tinted the windows will have been lightly wiped down, but will probably need a proper cleaning. A microfiber cloth and any non-ammonia cleaner. Do not use the blue "Windex with ammonia D" or any blue colored cleaners because they usually have ammonia in them, which can damage the film. We recommend “Ammonia-Free Spray Away.” In addition, you can use soap and water, vinegar and water, or really anything without ammonia or abrasives.
Why does tint turn purple and bubble? UV rays from the sun that are responsible for damaging your car’s interior and excessive heat build-up are usually the cause of bubbles forming in the window tint. The bubbles are a result of a failure in the films adhesive. You can protect yourself from this potential problem by purchasing a major brand name window tint material. 3M carries a line of film that has a high temperature adhesive system and 99% of UV protection capabilities, which allows them to give a manufacture backed guarantee against fading and bubbling.
Does the tint go on the outside or inside? The short answer is, on the inside. First, the film is laid on the outside of the car's windows and cut out to fit. Those pieces are then placed on a large piece of glass and trimmed before being installed on the inside of the windows.
Will you travel to my home to tint my vehicle? Sorry guys, we do not travel to install window film on vehicles, unless it is for our dealerships. Window tinting must be done inside a controlled environment to prevent dirt, dust and debris from getting under the film.
What are these chips in my tint? One thing to be careful about once you have window tint, is your seat belts. When removing your seat belt, be careful to not allow it to sling over and hit the window as this will make a little chip in the tint each time the seat belt hits. Unfortunately, this damage is not covered under our warranty.
What are these scratches or streaks in my window tint? This is another commonly asked question and is sometimes confused with being a defect in the film; however, it is actually caused by a vehicle’s weather stripping. You’ll notice a fuzzy, felt-type material that lines the weather stripping around your windows. This felt functions as a trap for small particles of dirt when you roll your windows up or down. Some vehicles have both sides lined, some only have the exterior side. When only the exterior side is lined it makes the interior more susceptible to trapping dirt and debris. Then when you roll your windows up or down, the dirt, or sometimes even the hard plastic of the stripping itself, can cause the film to scratch.
Can window tint be applied in wet or cold weather? Yes! With the modern adhesive systems found in new window tinting products, it is possible to have your car windows tinted even in freezing weather. However, the curing time may be extended in adverse conditions. We take the weather into consideration during installation, allowing more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to activate the drying process.