Fequently Asked Questions About Window Tinting and Window Tint Install Process

This section has been created to provide you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about window tinting and it's installation process.

What are the benefits of automotive window films?

What types of automotive films are there?

What is the warranty or life span of the automotive films?

What do the professionals recommend?

How dark are automotive films?

Will it help my air-conditioning unit in my vehicle?

Does automotive film stop fading of my interior vehicle?

Does film provide extra protection if the window is broken?

How is the film protected from scratches caused by keys, etc.?

Will automotive films make it difficult for me to see at night?

How is automotive film applied? How long does it take?

What are the laws of automotive window tinting?

What are the benefits of automotive window films? Automotive Window Films offer several benefits including glare reduction, heat rejection, security and privacy, UV Protection, and unique esthetics.

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What type o f automotive films are there? There are basically two types of automotive window films available today: Dyed and high performance metallized. Dyed or Non-Reflective Automotive Films are just that, dyed polyester with an adhesive and scratch coating on them. This type of film offers the minimum life span and is warranted for 5 years. Metallized or High Performance Automotive Films have a layer of metal over top of the dyed polyester. This construction allows the film to last longer, as the metal coating helps to better protect the film and subsequently your vehicle and passengers, from damaging sun rays. Metallized Films offer superior protection and longevity and is warranted for a lifetime.

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What is the warranty or life span of the automotive films? The effective life span of window film depends on the types of film, glass, and climate. There are documented cases of film lasting 12 to 22 years or more in some instances. This should not, however, be assumed to be the normal expected life of Automotive Window Films. In Canada, most professional grade films should last over ten years. Global Window Films are lifetime warrantied for all their metallized films of the vehicle's original owner.

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What do the professionals recommend? Professionals recommend the Metallized Automotive Window Films because they offer extra protection for both you and the product. The extra protection means the film will last longer and stand up to the damaging sun's rays longer.

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How dark are automotive films? Automotive Films are available in four main shades or approximate light transmissions: 50%, 35%, 20% and 5%. These numbers correspond to how much light the film allows in. 5% or “limo” tint is the darkest shade allowing only 5% of the light to pass into the vehicle.

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Will it help my air-conditioning unit in my vehicle? Applying Global Window Films to your vehicle will help reduce heat gain into your driving compartment. This will subsequently help your air-conditioning unit from continuously pumping out cool air at a maximum setting. Therefore, once a comfort level is reached by your vehicle's air-conditioning unit, maintaining that comfort level will not be as difficult.

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Does automotive film stop fading of my interior vehicle? No window film can stop fading, but Sun-Gard Automotive Window Films will help reduce the fading process. With Global Window Films, less than 5% of damaging UV Rays are transmitted, and varying degrees of heat and visible light are blocked helping slow the fading process as well.

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Does automotive film provide extra protection if the window is broken? Automotive glass, except for the windshield, is tempered. Meaning, when it breaks, it breaks into hundreds of little pieces. When Global Window Films are applied to this type of glass, it holds the little pieces together. This lessens the possibility of human injury and interior damage if you are in an accident and makes clean up quite easy.

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How is the film protected from scratches caused by keys and rings, etc.? Automotive Window Films are protected with a durable scratch resistant coating constructed of silicone. This coating is designed to protect the film from normal wear and tear, as well as regular cleaning, when done with a paper towel or soft cloth and mild soapy water.

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Will automotive films make it difficult for me to see at night? Depending on what your personal preference is, and what percentage tint you apply, your visibility will be reduced in varying degrees. It is not recommended that one put the darkest percentage window tint on the rear windows of your vehicle if you engage in a lot of night driving. However, darker tints help cut the glare of headlights approaching from behind.

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How is automotive film applied? How long does it take? Automotive glass is curved. Since Automotive Window Films are flat, putting film on auto glass is like trying to wrap a basketball with a sheet of paper and not getting any wrinkles. Professional installers have developed various methods of installation including stretching, seaming or piecing, heat-molding to combat this problem. All these methods have proven successful and guarantee a form fitted application. Installing window films takes approximately 2 hours, depending on the complexity of the vehicle's curved glass, but installers will often ask to keep the vehicle for the day.

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What are the laws of automotive window tinting? The laws regarding window film vary from province to province. The following are a summation of the laws in each province:

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