Window tinting has been around for decades and has become a very popular option for drivers looking to not only improve the aesthetic of their vehicle but also reduce glare, protect the interior from ultraviolet radiation, and increase privacy.

Despite its popularity and numerous advantages, there are still misconceptions about window tinting among some people. In this blog, we will debunk three common vehicle window tinting myths so you can make an informed decision regarding your tinting needs!

#1 You can tint your windows as dark as you want.

It is a common misconception that you can tint your windows as dark as you want. This, however, is simply not true and varies across the United States. For example, in Arizona drivers are only allowed to apply non-reflective tint to the windshield above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line, while front side windows must allow more than 33% of light in. Despite the restrictions to the front windows, Arizona does allow you to tint the rear windows as dark as you would like. The darkest type of auto window tint film is commonly called “limo tint” which is a 5% tint, meaning this film only lets in 5% of available light.

Although some people may desire a deep tint for privacy or aesthetics, it is important to remember that laws exist for a reason. Darker tints reduce visibility which can make driving more dangerous since drivers will have a more difficult time seeing pedestrians and other cars on the road.

#2 Applying window tint in winter is not good.

It is common for people to believe that winter weather negatively affects window tinting, however, this is not true as it can be done safely and with great results. The cold temperatures may cause the tinting process to take slightly longer than in warmer months, but this does not detract from the quality of the window tint. Since all of our tintings take place inside our shop, there is no effect on the actual installation process; however, there are some differences in the drying time.

Cold weather simply means a longer drying period—it takes more time for residual moisture to evaporate, due to less sun and cooler air temperature. This may leave what appears to be streaks on windows for a few days after installation, but this is completely normal and harmless. After some extra time passes, these streaks will disappear and you will be left with beautiful tinted windows that last for years to come!

#3 A cheaper quality film is equally as good as a more costly film.

People often think that the only difference between a cheap window tint and a premium window tint is the price. However, this is not the case. Premium tints often cost more upfront but last longer and require less maintenance over time. A cheap window tint may last for 3 years, while a premium tint can last for many years beyond that. Additionally, a cheap window tint is more likely to fade, bubble, and peel, whereas a premium tint will retain its color and clarity. In the long run, a premium tint will actually save you money as you won’t have to replace it as often and you won’t have to deal with issues like fading and bubbling. This is why we carefully vetted multiple window tint brands and only work with the best brand on the market, the Llumar FormulaOne Series! In fact, all of our films come with a 3-year “no fault” warranty which allows you to bring your vehicle back for 100% FREE re-tinting regardless of how the blemish occurred within the first 3 years. In addition, at any time during the life of your vehicle, you can bring it back to us and we will replace your film for labor costs only.

Window tint cost is also determined by the care and expertise of the technician applying the window tint film. A cheaper overall cost generally means the technician spends less time on your vehicle and this can be seen in the end result. By paying for the expertise of an experienced technician you can minimize the chances of having to get your tint redone down the road. Our experienced technicians provide several different tint packages so that you can decide which one works best for you!

A technician at Inspector's Auto cuts window tint to fit the back window of a vehicle.

Auto Window Tinting Service In Flagstaff AZ

Window tinting is a common practice, especially in sunny places like Flagstaff, Arizona. Despite being very popular amongst drivers there are still many misconceptions surrounding the process, products, and laws regarding auto window tinting. This blog tackles three of the most common misconceptions we get about auto window tinting services but it is far from exhaustive. If we did not answer your specific question surrounding vehicle window tinting check out our window tinting frequently asked questions section on our website! If you have any additional questions feel free to call us today! We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about car window tinting! Interested in reading more about window tinting? Check out our How Much Does It Cost To Tint Car Windows In Arizona blog!

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