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Who doesn’t dream of having the privacy of all blacked-out windows in their vehicle? Here are some honest tips from our technicians to consider before you tint your vehicle’s windows.

Different Types

The first thing to know about window tint is there are different types, of course. After doing a few quick searches, you will come to know there are about 4-6 different types of window tint:

Dyed Window Tint

  • Perfect option for a tight budget
  • Block sunlight using multiple layers of dye
  • Will provide minimal heat protection
  • Will fade over time and need to be replaced

Metallized

  • Similar to dyed window tint (filters heat by reflecting it)
  • Adds to the window strength
  • Higher scratch-resistant
  • Effective glare and UV blocking

Carbon

  • Has unique matte-finish
  • Blocks 40% of IR radiations responsible for heating interiors
  • Helps save energy by reducing the need for cooling in summer and heating during winter
  • Durable and does not fade over time

Ceramic

  • High quality
  • Can block up to 99% of UV rays
  • Relatively new type of tinting

Hybrid

  • Has both metallic particles and dye
  • Commonly used combination is titanium and grey dye
  • It’s neither too dark nor too reflective/mirror-like
  • Provides a good amount of privacy while blocking good percentage of UV rays

Crystalline

  • If you want to tint your windows without that dark look, this is your best option
  • This will block UV radiations and solar heat without the need of a dark film
  • Will seem like there’s no tinting at all

Do Your Research

It should be obvious to do research before any big purchase or upgrade for your vehicle. Ask your friends for recommendations of a reputable body shop, or visit our technicians at Universal. We can point you in the right direction to one of our expert body shop partners.

Check reviews, before and after pictures, websites, etc and get a feel for the company that you may be investing in.  

Benefits of Window Tint

  1. Makes your interior last longer
  2. Improves interior comfort (ie: temperatures in winter and summer)
  3. Obscures valuables from would-be thieves
  4. Makes your vehicle look much cooler, just saying

Don’t Hesitate To Question The Experts

If you have any questions regarding window tint or would like to discuss options with a trained tech, be sure to call us. We hope our tips will help you make an informed decision before you decide to get window tint installed.