Repairing Your Car

Automotive Tint Properties

Window tint reflects UV rays. Learn the difference between factory window tinting and aftermarket tint products. Then, seek a tint product that will equip your vehicle with the amount of protection you prefer.

Visible Light Transference

Visible light transference (VLT) percentages are used to rate tint products. The percentage is indicative of the amount of light that passes through a tinted window. A tint product with a lower percentage provides a glass pane with more coverage than a tint product with a higher percentage.

All tint products reflect the sun's rays. The percentage is indicative of how effective a tint product is. A product with a lower percentage will be darker in color than one with a higher percentage.

State laws may mandate that a tint product falls within a specific VLT percentage range. Some states restrict vehicle owners from covering their automotive glass entirely or using a tint product that is rated with a low VLT percentage.

Factory Tint

Factory tint is produced at automotive manufacturing facilities. Factory tint consists of pigment that is added to the glass that is being used to produce automotive glass panes. Factory tint typically features products with a high VLT rating. Products with a higher rating are legal nationwide.

Aftermarket Tint

Aftermarket tint products are sold through automotive supply retailers and automotive shops. Aftermarket tint is typically installed along the interior side of the glass. Modern tint products typically consist of multiple layers. An adhesive layer is designed to be secured to the interior side of a glass pane.

The tint layer is the film that is attached to the adhesive. The tint may consist of dyes, polymers, metal fragments, carbon fragments, and ceramic fragments. The actual components that an aftermarket tint product is made of will determine how strong the film is.

There are some types of aftermarket tints that are designed to be shiny in appearance. This type of tint will provide a mirror-like surface.

Some tint products are designed to be more subdued in appearance. They may have a flat finish.

The Top Layer

A top layer is added to most manufactured tint products. This top layer is designed to protect the tint from scratches. The top layer adds more thickness to a tint product, making it more resilient to moisture and extreme sunlight.

Professional Guidance

An automotive technician can guide you in choosing a tint that will provide your vehicle with adequate coverage. They will take into account the type of aesthetics you prefer, prior to recommending a tint product.

To learn more, contact an auto glass tinting service in your area.