April showers bring May flowers, but it also deteriorates window tinting. Due to the condensation typically associated with April and May, window tinting is especially prone to cracking or dissipating. It is at this time of year that we receive multiple calls from customers complaining about window tinting.
Window Tinting 101
Constituted of polyester, window tint is a coating on glass that is scratch resistant. This layer is usually hard and offers almost no flexibility. After a few years of exposure to hot and cold, the top coating will start to break down, especially when it is exposed to harmful UV light.The coating cracks, and tinting begins to show a lack of clarity initially, they become difficult to see through. As soon as condensation enters the equation, the process of deterioration accelerates. The water soaks the thin layer of tinting, and when it comes time to clean, the tint is literally wiped off the glass.
Facing the Facts
There is nothing you can do to extend the life of your tinting film. The only solution is complete replacement. This problem usually does not occur with frosted film or when used in extremely damp environments such as the bathroom. Frosted film can be obstructed by glue however. It will begin to shrink and develop wrinkles. Please reach out to us if your film is in need of replacing.