We all know what window tinting is right? It’s that dark coloring on car windows that makes it difficult to see inside. Well… that isn’t incorrect!Window tinting is great way to keep your privacy to yourself and cut down on the heat and light entering your car, but it is really much more than that!

“Window tint,” is more accurately called “Window Film.” The first thing to keep in mind when learning about tinted windows, is that the actually windows themselves are not tinted, rather the “tint” is a film that has been added to a window after it has been produced.

There are hundreds and hundreds of different formulations of window film that can be applied to the interior surfaces of cars, homes, commercial buildings, boats, and trails. Anything that has a window! The most common forms of window film are made from polyester. Polyester is well known for its strength, stability, and clarity.

Window films are typically differentiated by the components they contain. For example, films can be dyed, metalized, or ceramic depending on what their intended use is going to be. Some films are best for heat rejection, some are best for at reducing levels of visible light, while others are even capable of blocking ultraviolet radiation!

Automobile tinting is well known for its ability to reduce visible light transfer. To put it simply this means automobile tinting makes it difficult to see inside the car! States have laws regarding VLT, as making a window too opaque can be a danger. Some of the more strict states such as Alaska and Delaware only allow a VLT of 70%, while less strict states like Washington and Montana allow 24 %.

Those are the basics of window tint.