Car Care Tips for Window Tint

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 07:33:43 GMT
Car care is a critical component of protecting your car’s longevity and usability. While car care can be of varying priority depending on the person, anyone who has applied window tinting film to their vehicle’s windows must take additional precautions when washing their car. As with any other facet of car care, maintaining your vehicle’s window tint correctly can vastly extend the useful life of the window tint, preventing it from peeling off, degrading rapidly, or developing bubbles.
Beyond protecting you and your interior from harmful solar rays, and providing additional security and privacy, window tint can act as a protective film on your windows from scratches, rock chips, abrasive and corrosive road debris, and other harmful environmental factors. Since your window tint takes so much abuse, proper care can maintain its peak effectiveness in defense against these harms, and extend its lifespan. 

Make Sure Your Tinted Windows Are Completely Dry
After washing your car, ensure that all window panes with window tinting film on them are completely dry. This is due to the risk of the adhesive on the window film being compromised if water builds up between the film and the windowpane. This is of particular concern if there is any bubbling in your window tint, or if your window tint is of a particularly low grade.
Wait Before You Wash Your Car
If you have recently gotten window tint applied to your car, wait a few days and up to a week before washing your car. As mentioned above, any water entering between your windowpane and the film can affect the integrity of the window tinting film. You can experience imperfections, bubbling, and the film peeling off if the car is washed before the adhesive backing of the window tint is allowed to fully cure.
Use Soft Cloths When Cleaning Your Windows
Be sure to use a soft towel or a microfiber cloth when drying tinted windows. Rougher towels run the risk of catching the edges of the window tint or scratching the window tint resulting in permanent blemishes and defects. Also be sure that the cloths that you are using are clean, as particles of rock, dirt, or other debris can cause this same negative effect. 

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners and Detergents
When washing your car, be sure to avoid abrasive car detergents and window cleaners. Chemicals within the cleaners can eat at the window tinting film, causing discoloration and imperfections to occur, and in some situations act as a solution to allow the adhesive backing of the tinting film to release from the car windows. Household car cleaning staples such as baking soda and some types of vinegar can cause irreversible damage to car window tinting film. For the best results, stick to window cleaning solution, or use high-quality car washing detergent in the concentration recommended by the manufacturer. 

Monitor Your Tint for Blemishes and Imperfections
Every once in a while (we would recommend every 3 to 6 months or so) take a look at your car’s window tint, look for any tears, peeling, significant scratches, or other blemishes. Take care to spot any bubbles that have formed under your window tint, using a squeegee or credit card to carefully remove them. Doing this at the recommended intervals can help your window tinting film stay in better condition for longer, and can prevent more widespread or serious issues steming from your window tint. Try to get rid of bubbling as soon as you spot it, as the bubbling will grow and spread the longer that the bubbles are allowed to stay under the tinting

Monitor Your Car’s Long-Term Sunlight Exposure
​Also consider the quantity of direct sunlight that your window tinting film is exposed to, as prolonged and consistent direct long-term sunlight exposure can cause advanced aging for the tinting film. This will also cause bubbling to form and spread much faster, and for long term storage we recommend getting a car cover. This will protect not only the interior of your car (as would your window tint) but also protects your car’s exterior panels and window tinting film from damage caused by sunlight exposure. 

Concluding Notes
With proper care and maintenance, your window tint can last for the entirety of your car’s service life, and even beyond it. Ensuring that your window tint stays in peak condition helps it to provide you with the heat reduction and security enhancements that you desire from the product. Window tinting film can enhance the usability and utility of your car or vehicle astronomically, and with several simple car care techniques, you can prolong your investment far into its useful future. Be sure to contact us when you need your next vehicle’s windows tinted. You can be sure that we will do the job correctly.

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