Whether you’re planning to install (or have already installed) tinted windows on your car for the UV and heat blocking, the added security and privacy, or simply because they look sleek and cool, it’s important to protect your investment. Car window tint is applied to the inside of the glass, which will shield it from road debris and the elements, but there are other considerations as well if you want to keep your shaded, chic privacy window tint in prime condition for years.
Take a look at the following Dos and Don’ts for how to care for your newly tinted car windows.
DO keep your windows rolled up
Brand-new tinted windows might provide instant benefits, but the adhesive that sticks the film to the glass doesn’t cure immediately. It can take anywhere from two to four days to set, and if you roll your windows down before then the tint may peel.
DON’T worry about hazy film or water pockets
The last thing you’d expect from newly-tinted windows is haziness and maybe little water pocket forming underneath the film, but don’t try to do anything about it or jump to the conclusion of faulty installation. This is completely normal—and temporary. For the first few days after the film is applied, your windows might appear hazy or cloudy due to excess water between the glass and film because the squeegee used to apply the film can’t get every last drop. But rest easy—window film is porous and the water will evaporate on its own, even if it pools together in little pockets.
The time it will take to evaporate depends on the weather—hot, sunny environments will dry the film quickest, but in general it takes anywhere from two days to up to a month.
DO wait to clean your windows
Wait a couple days before heading to the car wash, as the tinted film needs time to cure. Once you do clean them, a light wipe with a microfiber cloth or soft paper towel should be enough considering the tint is applied on the inside of the window instead of the outside where road dirt and rude birds pose a serious threat.
But if you have kids in the sticky-hands stage or wet-nosed dogs, your windows might need a more robust clean now and again, and for that we recommend a soft, non-abrasive cloth or paper towel and any cleaner without ammonia (we’re looking at you, Windex, although the brand does offer vinegar and citrus varieties with no ammonia). There are even some cleaners made specifically for tinted windows on the market, but a simple mix of soap and water or vinegar and water will do. Just remember: NO AMMONIA—it will ruin your tint.
DON’T assume tint is invincible
Tinted film is quite durable, and the scratch-resistant coating on quality tint products is great for protecting your car windows from everyday use—and kids and pets, if you have them. But remember, scratch-resistant does not mean scratch-proof. Even if little fingers and paws aren’t a problem, there are still several ways you can unintentionally scratch the film.
Be careful when loading and unloading anything with sharp or hard edges like boxes and sporting equipment, and also watch out for an unexpected culprit: your seat belt. People usually don’t notice how often the metal buckle dings the window when pulling the belt on and off, and it only takes one ding to tear your tint.
DO consider tinting your windows if you haven’t already
If you’re still driving around with bare car windows, you might want to check out our blog for the top five reasons why window tinting is the best car care for living in San Diego. After you’ve done that, call us for a quote. At Car Audio City, our professional technicians use only the best window tinting materials like American Standard Window Film—one of the best and most trusted brands in tint.
Call or drop by today! We’re on Highland Avenue in National City.