The Window Tinting Process
The process starts with selecting which film tint you want on your car. When deciding on which tint percentage for your car, consider the aesthetics, how much light will be coming into the car during the day, think about how easy it will be to see out the windows at night, and of course, what’s legal in your state. In Tennessee, at least 35 percent VLT (visible light transmitted) must be allowed through the side windows and the front and back windows.
Next, cleaning the outside of the windows. This step is completed throughout the process and ensures the film is put on the windows without any trace of dust or dirt. The outside of the windows are washed in order to be able to see any dirt or bubbles when the tint is being placed on the inside. The tint is first applied on the outside so that the shrinking process can take place. The film is then removed and placed on the inside for a perfect fit.
Now, cutting the film. This can be done both by hand or by machine. Many window tinting companies use a machine in order to keep the cut as accurate as possible; however, for older cars, or more detailed jobs, cutting by hand may be required. When a computer is used, it’s able to store measurements for specific makes and models of cars. All Accu Tint needs to do is look up your car to create a template.
Placing the film on a car’s windows isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. This is because car windows have a slight curvature to them. The film is placed on a wet and cleaned window and the edges are trimmed down. To ensure that the film matches the curve of the window, a heat gun is used so that the film shrinks to the shape of the window. The heat gun and a squeegee is used to remove any bubbles.
Cleaning the inside of the windows is another essential step. A thoroughly clean window makes the application process much smoother. Applying the film on the inside needs to be done quickly and takes skill and precision to ensure it’s done properly. A variety of tools, including squeegees and razor blades are used to apply the film smoothly to the glass and to remove any air bubbles.