Are the one installed in your car the correct window tint that best protects your vehicle’s interior?
Leather interiors have long been a hallmark of luxury vehicles, from ultra-performance supercars, to luxury SUV’s, to even high-spec’ed pickup trucks, leather is directly associated with luxury and quality within the automotive industry. For the first few years this interior will look gorgeous, however prolonged sun exposure can often turn this automotive work of art into an equally apparent headache. Whether you are looking to protect your car’s interior for your own enjoyment, or protecting an investment for future use, using window tint will protect your car’s interior, saving it from enhanced degradation and damage, and protecting its resale value for years to come. 

In the not so distant past, car manufacturers would install leather dashboards and seats into vehicles as expensive add-on packages or high end trim models. As technology evolved and development occurred, auto manufacturers began to prefer synthetic leather blends that give the impression and luxury feel of leather, but at a significantly reduced price. Regardless of the authenticity of your leather interior, the sun, or moreover the UV rays from the sun, does not discriminate, and damages all leather interiors, both blended and pure. 

correct window tint

Considering what window tint to use to best protect your interior, it is as simple as ensuring that whichever tinting film you use has UV ray protection built in. It is a common feature among window tint film providers, however some more budget products will not have this feature, although most brands have this feature in one or more of their products. 

The first consideration to make when determining what tinting film to use is what % light passthrough you want. All window tint will say what “percentage” darkness it is, the percentage number referring to the amount of light the tint will allow to pass through. Once you determine the darkness, you must decide what type of tint to get, there are three main ones;

  • Dyes. These window tints are dyed with several layers of film to get the desired shade, and while economical and inexpensive, they are at a greater risk of degradation and tearing in reference to alternative films.
  • Metallic Tint. A form of window tinting film that has microscopic metal flakes pressed into the film, this film does a better job of reflecting heat and UV rays than Dye based film, however the metallic content can wreak havoc on AM/FM radio waves, and bluetooth signals. The main benefit of metallic tint is its reflective nature while being significantly cheaper than other window tinting films. 
  • Ceramic Tint. Seen as the most advanced window tinting film technology, this film does the best job of reflecting UV rays and heat, while providing better durability and longevity than other film types. 

We can clearly see that ceramic tint is the optimal choice, for its high performance and durability, however its price may be prohibitive to some buyers. The only alternative for effective UV protection besides ceramic tint is metallic window tinting film. While lower in cost, there are some durability and utility downgrades. Decide which film is right for you, and book your appointment through