There are many perks to living in Louisiana, but one sacrifice that Louisiana natives must make is taking extra care of their cars because of the warm climate. Tinting car windows in hot weather is not a must for every car owner but it certainly pays off. If you spend a lot of time in the car, tinted windows can block up to 99% of UV Rays that can cause skin cancer. In addition, they can block up to 65% of the solar heat that comes into a regular car, resulting in a cooler ride and less-faded interior. It is important to remember that like all car additions, tinted windows do need some TLC. Mobile One Auto Sound in Metairie, Covington, and Gretna are always available to answer window tinting questions. But when in doubt, follow these instructions to care for your newly-tinted windows.
Some cars come with tinting, and this is a factory tint. Factory tinting is achieved by dying the back windows in the dealership or company warehouse, but this is not normally how post-warehouse window tinting is achieved. Window tinting outside the factory is usually done by applying a film to the interior of the window professionally. It is important to get this service done professionally, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because certain states have window-tinting laws.
It can be tempting to press on a bubble in the film or call your auto shop and yell at them for a poor job, but in reality, it takes up to 3 weeks for window film to set. Therefore, it is normal for window tint to seem blurry and or bubbly. In that time, it is recommended that those who have just had their windows tinted to wait at least three days before rolling windows down. Otherwise, your tint is in danger of peeling, and damage caused by disregard of mechanic recommendations is not generally covered in warranties. In addition, it is best to wait to clean interior windows until the standard wait period for putting pressure on the newly-tinted window is over.
While this is true with all cars, it is best to wash your car in the shade. This prevents the sun from speeding up evaporation and leaving streaks all over your car before you can rinse off your washing product. Window tints are normally applied on the interior of the window, which means that the exterior of the vehicle (unless otherwise advised) is good to receive the same sorts of treatments that it had received prior to treatment. For many, this will include a good spray-down with Windex or a similar glass cleaner. While Ammonia-based cleaners are relished for leaving a streak-free shine on glass, they can severely damage the integrity of the film. Cleaners like Meguiar’s G8224 or Invisible Glass 92194 are among the best cleaners for tinted windows because they do not contain ammonia. Also, be sure to use a soft cloth when cleaning, like a microfiber or a shop towel. These are much higher quality than the average paper towel and will help extend the life of your window tint.
If you come to the end of your tinted film’s “settling period” and find that it still has air bubbles and/or looks foggy, take it back to the same licensed mechanic that you took it to. For Metairie, Covington, and Gretna window tint customers, try Mobile One Auto Sound in one of those three locations. Mechanics who are not licensed should not be applying window tint, and those who are will work with you to fix any issues within the first few months of its application. Attempting to fix the imperfections yourself can result in additional air bubbles, scratches in the tint, blurry windows, and a shorter lifespan for your window tint.
Window tint is strong, but it isn’t invincible. If it were, there would be no need to replace the tint within a five-year span. Sharp objects, pets, and children drastically shorten the lifespan of your windows. If transporting anything in your car that could potentially scratch up against the windows, be sure to protect them. For pet owners, this could mean belting your beloved dog in. For everyone else, be sure to set boundaries, especially in relation to seat belt rules. Seat belt buckles are one of the biggest culprits in window tint tears and asking children and adults who will be using your back seat to be mindful of where their buckle goes when they take it off could make the difference.
Finally, talk to your mechanic or window tint installer about the quality of the tint. A lower-quality tint runs a risk of bubbling or peeling due to heat and sun exposure – something that it is supposed to protect your car against. Just ensuring that your window tint is top-of-the-line means that your tint has a good chance of surviving for a long time.
Five years can creep up on you, especially when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. Film window tint needs to be replaced every five years to best serve its purposes. If you forgot to mark it in your calendar and it looks as though your window tint is cracking or peeling, make an appointment with your mechanic. Failure to replace window tint in a timely fashion could cost more than just aesthetics. Tears in window tint are a hindrance to safe driving.
Window tinting in a hot climate is more than a luxury, it is an investment that pays off in saved fuel from a cooler vehicle and saved medical costs from protected skin. While caring for newly-tinted windows is not the hardest of jobs, leaving it to the elements or applying it yourself can spell a disaster. These tips are good to follow regardless of what type of window tint you’ve received or where you’ve got it done because they are basic maintenance. If proper maintenance is performed it is possible to extend its life and save you even more time and money.