Tinting FAQs

by | Aug 19, 2016

Auto Tint FAQ’s

1. What are the benefits of automotive window tinting on my car’s windows?

Automotive Window Tinting film protects both you and your car from the damaging effects of the sun.

With the ever-increasing breakdown of our ozone layer, dermatologists warn against overexposure to the sun.

Polarized sunglasses protect the eyes, sunblock protects the skin, and window film protects the interior of your car.

*Put the $3000.00 that it would cost you to get your car reupholstered from sun damage back in your pocket!

*Reject up to 89 percent of the sun’s total solar energy

*Block out almost 100 percent of harmful and damaging ultraviolet rays

*Reduce interior heat

*Reduce utility costs

*Improve occupant comfort

*Reduce glare – great when driving at night with headlights in your rear window.

*Increased privacy also means increased security. What a thief can’t see, he won’t steal. “Out of sight, out of mind”

*Extend air conditioning equipment life

*Add shatter protection from accidents, storms, and burglars

*Drastically improves the appearance of the car – “Some cars just look like fishbowls without tint.”

2. What is window tint?

Automotive Window Tinting film is made up of alternating layers of a polyester polymer and a laminating adhesive.

Depending on the specific type of film, the polyester layer may be dyed, metalized, coated with an ultraviolet inhibitor, or simply added for additional strength.


Dyes are added to give the film its characteristic color.


Metalized film is high performance and gives the tint its color and greater heat reduction capability.

3. What do I use to clean my tinted windows?

 Spray Away or Warm water and a soft cloth.

Never use a window cleaner unless it is specifically formulated for use on aftermarket tinted windows.

4. Why should I choose one kind of automotive window tinting over the other?

If you want the best tint, a lifetime warranty, and you are willing to pay a little extra, then go with metalized film.

Otherwise, it is fine to go with a regular tint.

5. Is window tinting legal and how dark can I legally tint my automotive windows?

On the back half of trucks, SUVs, and Van’s, all windows behind driver and passenger windows can be as dark as you like legally in South Carolina and front driver and passenger windows have to meter her at 27% VLT.

Sedans on the other hand legally have to be 27% VLT on all sides and back window. 

The darkness of tint is measured by the Visible Light Transmission percentage (VLT%).

In South Carolina, this percentage refers to the percentage of visible light allowed in through the combination of film and the window.

That is to say, it’s my job to educate you about the law and explain which products cross that line. It’s your ride and you can do what you like… We will go over your different tint shade options on the day of your appointment.

6. How long does it take to have automotive window tinting installed?

It depends on the type of vehicle you have, how many windows it has, and what kind of film you want.

But… Typically, a tint job on a four-door sedan takes about 2 to 4 hours, but you should expect to leave your vehicle for most of the day to allow for cleanup and unforeseen challenges that may pop up.

7. Can automotive window tinting ever be removed?

Yes. As an Automotive Window Tinting tint professional, I can remove your old tint.

For example, if you acquire a car with faded or bubbling tint, or if you lease a car and want to remove it at the end of the lease before returning it to the dealership, contact our shop!

8. Why is your warranty better than everyone else’s & do you guarantee your work and products?

We perform the warranty work for you and deal with the factory instead of asking you to.

Our warranty covers both labor and materials if the tint fades, bubbles, or comes away from the glass for any reason. The warranty does not cover scratches or tears.

However, all of my customers receive a 50% discount on tint replacement if this should ever occur.

These warranties are in effect as long as you own your vehicle—product guarantees don’t transfer if the vehicle is sold. If there’s ever a problem with your window film, you can bring it to me or any nationwide dealer shop and get it redone for free. 

9. Why do I see bubbled or purple tint on cars?

The tint is either very old or of poor quality.

If our tint ever bubbles, we will replace it at no additional cost to you and it will never turn purple on you.

10. Is automotive window tinting legal?

Yes, automotive window tinting is legal, but there are limits on how dark you can go that vary by type of vehicle and window. Consult one of our specialists for details. Contact Us HERE!

11. How much does automotive window tinting cost?

It depends on the type of vehicle and windows to be tinted… There are several ways to get pricing for window tinting… 

Call for your FREE Tint Quote.

Texting is an even better way to reach us for a quote.

Message us on Facebook. 

or enter your information in one of our Get A Quote request forms on this site. 

…and last but not least one of my favorites is to check out our Auto Tint Packages online. 

12. Can’t I just go to the store and buy some tint and do it myself?

You’ll wish you didn’t.

You’ll end up extremely frustrated, and you will probably end up paying, even more, to have it removed and re-tinted professionally…

Be careful, a tint-cut is worse than a Paper-cut…

You want to have a skilled steady hand for cutting exact patterns to custom fit each window…

Make sure you have plenty of bright lighting and all the right specific tools for each scenario. 

13. Will automotive window tinting damage my rear defroster?

No, it will not. Our technique is compatible with rear defrosters.

14. Will you come to my location?

Yes, we do come mobile to your location as long as you have a garage space to work in. We prefer a controlled environment to better guarantee a cleaner job. We go mobile within the Simpsonville, South Carolina, and Greenville SC areas.

15. Where are you located?

We are based out of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Please call and set up an appointment.

16. Do you offer any discounts, specials, or deals for Automotive Window Tinting?
Yes sometimes we do, but you have to be on our Perfect Darkness Tint email mailing newsletter list to get the offers when they come up!
17. How do I get a price quote?

My website shows everything I have to offer, including film benefits and pricing packages, but I can also answer questions over the phone or by text and give you an idea of the prices that are associated with each option.

18. Do you have to remove my windows to tint them?

No. I tint the inside surfaces of the windows while in the vehicle because they’re more stable and at a better angle, and so I can guarantee a cleaner job. This also protects your car’s windows and doors from accidental damage that can occur during window removal and replacement.

19. How long do I have to wait before rolling down my windows?

I recommend waiting three to five days before rolling down the windows. I’ll put stickers on your window switches to remind you.

20. Do you install window tint that offers UV protection?

Yes. All of the films I install are certified by the Skin Cancer Foundation—they block harmful UVA and UVB rays that can cause cancer and premature aging.

22. What’s the best window film for heat rejection?

I recommend Nano-Ceramic film. it’s designed to cut out much more heat than other films on the market… Up to 98% IR Heat Rejection. 

23. Will my window tint interfere with my navigation system or radio?

That happens with some metalized films, but I don’t use any of those products, so your window film won’t interfere with your vehicle’s systems.

24. Is there really a difference in quality between certain types of film?

Definitely. You can buy cheap window tint at any auto parts store, but it’ll probably deteriorate, fade and bubble very quickly. Every manufacturer makes multiple lines of film—some are better than others and each carries a different warranty. I only use high-quality products. There are different quality levels within the products I offer as well, so I can walk you through your options and find the right product for your needs. 

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Have a great day!

Warmest Regards,
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