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3M uses cookies on this site Detailed information on cookies and their use can be found in our Privacy Policy. Laws and regulation around car tinting and window films on cars varies from country to country.
To ensure that your choice is compliant with your local regulation, you can ask one of our certified dealers for support. You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. Unfortunately there are many open discussions regarding this topic - merging threads would make those threads that are open very difficult to follow and confusing.
There are many reasons to tint your car from protecting against health concerns, safety and privacy reasons, as well as preserving your investment in your car. My tint guy came by today and put American Standard 15% on everything but we left the front window as is.
I just had to remove my tint because I got a 5 day tag by the DMV but I've had it on for a year without any issues so I will re-do and try again! You can customize the cookie-related settings at any time by clicking on Cookie Preferences in the footer of this page.
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It is intended to provide basic information, links to specific topics regarding tints, laws, and a few current Forum discussions. Some discussions have pictures, some discuss pricing, some discuss the type of films, and some have questions without answers. I am sure there are many other good sources of information on the topic that may be helpful.

Accident protection – In an accident, tinting can help shattered glass hold together, protecting the occupants. Safer driving – Tinting reduces dangerous glare from the sun, snow, and other headlights. Prevent cracking and fading – Harmful UV rays and heat cause the interior upholstery to crack and fade.
Enhances the appearance of the vehicle.The Five Specific Types of Window FilmDyed or Colored FilmsThe most recognizable type of film is dyed or colored film which people are familiar seeing on cars and outdoor vehicles. Back window completely black 15% on everything but the front window --left the factory strip. I am by no means an expert on the subject - just trying to get control over many threads on the same topic. Hopefully this sticky will provide a starting point for those of you contemplating window tint or those that just want to educate themselves on the subject. If you have a specific link that you think should be included please post it up and I will add it to this post to keep it easy to use. This kind of film is colored during the melting and stretching process and works to absorb the sun's heat as opposed to repelling or deflecting it. I am really liking the 15 because it is dark enough during the day but i can still see out at night. The Forums are experiencing rapid growth in membership and with that comes many questions on a number of topics - this topic is just one of the them.
Sputtered (Metalized) FilmsMetalized films are infused with various kind of metals such as copper, nickel and aluminum among others. This metal deflects heat and sends it back to the outside during summer and also deflects interior heat back into your car during the winter.

The metals are inserted into the film during the creation process and they are infused on an atomic level. When this process is completed there is an even distribution of metals across the whole of the tinting film. This kind of film is most often used on homes and offices and not on automobiles.Deposited FilmsDeposited films are similar to metalized films in that they use a combination of various metals to achieve heat reduction. The kinds of metals used for this process are limited however and they usually contain nickel or aluminum.Hybrid FilmsHybrid films are exactly what they sound like. They take the best properties of both dyed and metalized films and combine them into one film which does it all. By combining the reflective and absorptive qualities they can achieve a lighter tint color while still reflective nearly all of the sun's energy which is typically transformed into ambient heat through unprotected windows.Ceramic FilmsNew to the window tinting arena is ceramic tint films.
These films are created using nanotechnology and are at the cutting edge of window tint technology.
Ceramic tints reduce the amount of interference sometimes found in colored or dyed films while literally strengthening the glass itself once it is installed. As it is such a new advancement, it is more expensive than other options available and is generally regarded as the best film for automotive applications.How Does Window Glass Come From The Factory?Window glass does not have a 100 percent light transmission.

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