All the Details

Automotive Detailing,
Collision Repair,
and More! 

Tinting FAQ

Automotive - Questions and Answers

1. What is Missouri's tint law? 

The Driver's window and front Passenger's window can only be as dark as 35% (plus or minus 3%).  Rear windows can be as dark as you desire.

 2. How long does it take to have tint installed on my car?

The process generally takes 1&1/2 - 3 hours depending on the difficulty of the car, cleanliness, and the number of windows. Window tinting is not a race, we take our time to offer quality installations. 

3. What do I use to clean my tinted windows?
 Warm water and a soft cloth is the best method. Never use a window cleaner containing ammonia as it may affect the color of the tint film.  

4. Why do I see little bubbles or patchiness soon after installation?

This is very normal. Water is used to activate the adhesive and to allow us to move the film around and position it for a perfect installation. Although we squeegee out as much of the water as possible, some small amount remains between the glass and the film. As this water evaporates through the film you may see some little bubbles or foggy patches. These should go away within a few days or up to two weeks(during the colder months of the year.)   Never poke, prod, or pop these bubbles, they will go away on their own.

5. Can window film ever be removed?

Yes, Window Film can be removed at any time after the installation. As a tint professional we know all the tips and tricks on proper tint removal. Please call us if you require a removal. It is a very tough and messy job, not recommended for beginners.

6. Will tinted windows inhibit my visibility at night?

This all depends on the shade and quality of film you select. Dark or “limo” tint, 5%,  will definitely decrease your visibility at night. If this is a concern, a lighter-medium shade would be advisable.

7. Does Window Film go on the inside or the outside?

Automotive Window Film goes on the inside surface thus keeping it out of the elements.

8. Why do I see bubbled or purple tint on cars?

The tint is either very old or of poor quality.  When this is accompanied by bubbles then the film used was a cheap brand. The bubbles are a result of a failure in the adhesive system causing the tint to literally lift from the glass. If our tint ever bubbles, we will replace it at no additional cost to you..

9. How durable is tinting?

Window film is protected by a hard scratch-resistant coating that can withstand everyday use and kids. The key word however is "resistant", this does not mean "scratch-proof". Even glass will scratch, so be careful when loading and unloading objects with sharp edges, boxes, sporting equipment, and also when releasing your seatbelt, this can easily make small nicks that are not covered by warranty.

10. What type film do you use?

We use a  Top Rated Carbon based film from Global Window Films.  Being carbon based, it will not interfere with cell phones, radios, GPS or other electronic devices in the car.  The film carries a limited lifetime warranty against adhesion failure, peeling, bubbling, blistering, delamination or demetallization.  

11. What is the difference between after-market tinting and factory tinted windows?

Some truck and sport utility vehicles come from the manufacturer with glass that has been darkened using an electrical process called "deep dipping". This "factory tinted" glass is a dark shade but does not protect the interior of your car from the sun’s heat or damaging UV rays as well as after market window tinting. Major film manufacturers have formulated tinting materials to closely match the factory tinted glass allowing the front door windows of some truck and SUVs have window tint with a legal matching shade. It is also possible to apply after market window tinting over factory tinted glass to make the windows darker and to improve performance.

In other words, "factory tint" means the dye is actually in the glass, it can never be removed. "Aftermarket tint" is a transparent paper with an adhesive side that bonds to the glass, it can be removed.

12. Will the tint damage my rear defroster?

No it will not. We tint right over top of it. The defrosters can be used right away without affecting the tint.

Website Builder