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It is important to have as much knowledge as possible about the right window film product and the company that installs it, similar to any other consumer retail purchase. While there are many window film installers, Tint City has been able to carve out a unique amount of experience through the years. Originating in a small shop, Tint City has been a family-run business for over 20 years that has grown to three locations across Southern California.

Tint City adheres to the promise that window film provides many functional benefits that will make people’s lives better. This is the reason we are dedicated to installing the most optimal window film products which allows us to stand behind a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy.
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Why You Need Window Film

It is vital to know the basics of what a window film is made of and how it performs when applied to glass. Basically there are 7 reasons to choose window film:
  • Decreases heat - Window film is the most efficient way to reduce unwanted solar heat transferring through your windows. When compared with untreated glass, it can provide up to 78% heat reduction. It can also control hot spots and cools off sun-drenched areas in your home or office
  • Reduces fading and health risks - Window film blocks up to 99% of UV rays along with significantly reducing heat. This helps in protecting your valuable furnishings from fading and acts as a sunscreen by protecting your skin against the harmful effects of the sun
  • Cuts glare - A perfect window film solution helps reduce the annoying glare coming from direct sun, reflections from snow, water or the surrounding buildings
  • Energy savings - Many designers, architects, and building engineers use window film as it reduces temperature imbalances caused by extreme sunlight. The reduced heat loss will increase HVAC efficiency and lower energy costs
  • Increases safety - A pane of glass can instantly turn into life-threatening shards due to accidents, environmental effects, and vandalism. Window film can hold the shattered glass together by acting as a safety net.
  • Enhances appearance - Whether you need a contemporary look or a uniform design, you can choose from a range of window film products that can aesthetically complement the exterior of a home or office building
  • Fast and easy - Its professional installation is quick and simple and there is minimal disruption to one’s daily lifestyle or work schedule
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How it Works

Window film is a self-adhesive polyester film that is applied to the interior surface of the glass. It is used for existing glass on automobiles, homes and commercial buildings as a retrofit in order to upgrade solar control and safety.

There are 3 components of solar radiation from the sun - visible light that we can see, and infrared and ultraviolet rays, which we can only feel. When the solar radiation strikes a piece of glass, window film acts as a sunscreen by blocking harmful UV rays as well as regulating the level of heat and light passing through the glass. The amount of heat and light rejected is dependent on the type of window film selected.

There are two types of window films – non-reflective or dyed films that primarily absorb solar energy and reflective or metallized films that absorb as well as reflect the solar energy.
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Care and Maintenance

There are many important tips on how to take care of a glass window with film and ensure product longevity. It is very common to see a slight haziness and / or small water pockets after the installation of the window film. This is a normal part of the adhesive bonding process called curing. It may take up to 30 days for the film to be fully cured as it depends on the film type and weather conditions. The remaining water used in installation must evaporate through the film which makes the curing process slow. Sputtered and heavy security films take the longest to dry and will take even longer for any hazy appearance to disappear.

Once the film is dry and cured, it is then safe for the film to be cleaned. A simple solution of water and a small amount of soap is the best cleaner, but you can also use any normal strength glass cleaner. Clean the window and then squeegee dry with overlapping strokes in the same way you would clean the outside of your car windows. Products with ammonia will not damage the film if used in reasonable quantities and if the film is not left to soak in it. Avoid any abrasive cleaners, industrial strength glass cleaners and / or any other window cleaning tools that may scratch the window film. You need to keep in mind that the surface of the film is coated with a scratch resistant, not scratch proof coating.
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Myth vs. Reality

There are many misconceptions surrounding window film. You can find some of them below:

Myth: Window film will stop fading of interior furnishings 100%.
Reality: Window film does a tremendous job in reducing the amount of harmful UV Rays (up to 99%) and solar heat (up to 78%). However, it will not completely eliminate the deteriorating effects of the sun, especially over a long period of time. But window film is significantly better at stopping fading in comparison to untreated glass.

Myth: Window film will ruin my view.
Reality: Although a dark or reflective film may reduce the view from the outside looking into a car, home or office, the same optical restrictions is not applicable from the inside looking out. This is due to Visual Acuity where the human eye basically adjusts to its light surroundings and stabilizes sight enabling an unrestricted sight, even when the light transmission has been reduced by up to 70%.

Myth: Security film is bullet resistant and hurricane proof.
Reality: It is claimed by many companies that security window film will protect the glass from such extreme forces such as natural disasters and even bullets. The tests that are conducted often use ½" glass and multi-layers of security film, both of which are unrealistic situations in today’s market. The hurricane proof claim is a complete misnomer. If a hurricane can rip open a roof, it can destroy a thin piece of the glass window as well.

Myth: All automotive window film is illegal.
Reality: Laws vary from state to state, and country to country depending on the type of window film that is allowed. In the U.S., window film is prohibited on the front windshield but permissible on the rear side windows and back windshield. The amount of allowable light transmission varies depending on state laws. Many countries around the world allow window film on the entire car as long as they meet certain light transmission standards. It’s important to check with your dealer to ensure your film installation is legal.

Myth: Anyone can install window film.
Reality: Window film installation may look relatively easy but there are many circumstances that could lead to a poor installation. It is very easy for the film to become contaminated, which can lead to ruining of the film and creating dissatisfaction. A professional installer is experienced with many techniques to prevent problems with the film and ensure a proper and quality installation.

Variety of Usage

People utilize window film for a number of different reasons. Some of them are:
  • Solar control - People choose to add window film primarily to control the negative effects of the sun like heat, glare, and fading. Window films can minimize heat and provide a more comfortable and enjoyable environment for a car, home, or office. Reduction in annoying glare allows for a more pleasant scenic view and a less dangerous driving environment. Also, interior furnishings are better protected from the dangerous rays of the sun
  • Style and appearance - Window film comes in a variety of shades or colors that can enhance the look of a car window as well as compliment the design of a home or office. Window film can also provide additional privacy as well. You can check with your local dealer to find the style suitable for your needs
  • Safety - Accidents that happen to glass can create a dangerous situation, especially in residential homes with children. Safety film effectively holds glass together and prevents dangerous shards from flying when the glass is broken
  • Security - Thicker security films can help prevent vandalism and theft. While security films cannot entirely stop someone from breaking through glass, the thickness of the film makes it more difficult and time-consuming for vandals to complete their act
  • Anti-graffiti - Many commercial owners choose easy-to-move anti-graffiti film to protect their glass from damaging graffiti and glass etching as glass is expensive to replace
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How Window Film Affects Glass

It is very important to understand the effect of solar radiation on a glass window installed with window film. Glass is designed to provide a natural view of the outside world while being a barrier from exterior elements like wind, rain, and snow. When solar energy, comprising of heat, light, and UV rays, hits a glass window almost 90% of the energy is transmitted through.

When window film is applied to glass, its properties along with special dyes and / or metals incorporated within the film act as a solar energy barrier. It either absorbs a part of the energy or reflects a portion of the energy away from the glass.

The level of absorption and reflectance is dependant on how the film is constructed. Dyed films only absorb solar energy and are considered non-reflective as they contain no metal. They do not provide any solar reflectance and are not as effective in controlling solar heat and light. On the other hand, metallized films provide both solar absorption and reflectance. They do a much better job of solar control since the metal properties within the film reflect both heat and light away from the glass surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to install film on my car?
It all depends on the number of windows that need tint as well as the type of car. As long as you use a qualified, professional window film installer, the job will usually take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Is automotive window film installed on the inside or the outside of the glass?
Window film is always applied to the inside of the automotive glass. Installers simply use the outside of the window to cut & heat shrinks the window film for a proper fit.

What film is legal for my car?
Laws pertaining to how dark you can tint your car windows vary from state to state and country to country. Check your state or country where your car is registered to find out applicable tint laws. Go to www.tintlaws.com for the latest automotive tint laws.

Will window film stop all interior fading?
No. Window film will not completely eliminate fading from occurring. Depending on the type of window film that is applied, window film can reduce fading by up to 70%. It’s important to note there are multiple causes for fading – UV rays, solar heat, and visible light and window film can combat all of these threats.

Will window film damage my residential dual pane windows?
As long as your professional installer uses the right type of window film, your dual pane windows should not be affected.

Does security film prevent the glass from breaking?
No. Security film does an excellent job at holding broken glass together but it cannot prevent the window from breaking if it comes in contact with a severe force (e.g. hurricane, baseball bat blow).
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