Window tinting is popular in Australia and elsewhere, to help with safety and maintaining the resale value of their vehicles, and may be an original feature of a vehicle or may be offered as an optional extra at the time of purchase. In applying tinting to the vehicle windows, a thin, transparent sheet of film is applied. The thickness ranges from 0.0025 to 0.01cm, and will reduce radiation and damage to the interior of the vehicle which may be caused by the sun. There are 3 methods – film tinting which uses flat, metallic and mirrored materials, OEM tinted glass where tint is added during the auto glass manufacturing process, or by spraying the windows with a coated tint.
What are the benefits?
Lower inside temperatures – tinting is the most fuel-efficient way of ensuring a more comfortable temperature inside your car. With the right window tint you can reduce the heat inside your car by up to 60%.
Protection from UV rays – the amount of protection will vary depending on the tint.
Added security and privacy – tinting makes it very difficult to see inside the vehicle, and so will act as a deterrent for any would-be thief.
Protects the interior of your vehicle – upholstery, leather and carpets will last and look better for longer.
Appearance – tinting adds to the overall appearance of the vehicle. Tinted windows on a car look so much more sophisticated and professional than untinted windows.
Along with benefits, normally there is a downside.
Police may pull you over more than if your windows were not tinted – for them, not being able to see into your vehicle is a cause for suspicion.
Different states have different laws regulating the amount of tint that is permissible. If you don’t adhere to these regulations, your vehicle may not pass a state inspection.
Sometimes, tinting on the windows may lower driver’s visibility – for instance at night, or in a dark tunnel.
The tinting film may peel over time, detracting from the appearance of your vehicle – in which case you will have to have the tint removed or redone.