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Car Window Tint and UV Protection from The Sun

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Can Tinting Your Car Windows Offer UV Protection?

UV rays don’t just affect us when we’re standing outside. You’re exposed to the sun’s UV rays when you are driving, especially on longer trips. The sun’s UV rays can be damaging and cause sunburns. If you’re spending a lot of time in your vehicle, this can cause permanent damage to your skin over the years. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risks.

Tinting is not only beneficial to protect you from the sun’s UV rays. It can offer many other benefits that you may not have considered or known.

In this article, we explore how window tinting can help protect you from UV rays and the additional benefits tinting can offer on your car windows.


How UV Rays Can Harm You and Cause Damage to Your Car

UV rays are powerful. They can impact not only your health but your car too. Between the negative effects on your skin and eyes, along with fading materials, they can wreak havoc with long exposure. Some may think that UV rays would only have an impact on you when you are standing outside and directly exposed to the sun, but that is simply false. UV rays can penetrate on cloudy days and through your car’s windows, resulting in exposure to harmful effects that you may not have realized were impacting you.

What Exactly Is Car Window Tinting?

Window tinting is the process of applying a tinted and thin laminate film to a vehicle’s windows. This process darkens the windows of your car. It offers many benefits and is safer than driving without tinting on your windows. Window tints are not a one-size-fits-all process. There are many different quality standards to consider. If you have ever seen a vehicle with tint bubbling, this is a good indicator that the quality of tint applied was not good.


How Does it Work?

Depending on the percentage of VLT, which is a visible light transmission that can pass through the window, the amount of light coming through your car windows will be impacted by this percentage. The lower the percentage, the darker the tint, meaning the less light that will enter your vehicle.

What the Process Looks Like

The process of window tinting involves applying a solution of soap and water which is sprayed on your vehicle’s windows. The film is then applied, and the installer removes the liner, and squeegees remove the excess solution. The process is similar to applying a screen protector to your phone, where you would ensure that any debris is removed from the surface, and the film is applied, ensuring that there are no air pockets or debris. The adhesive is then activated, securing the film to the windows.

Additional Benefits of Window Tinting

There are far more benefits to window tinting than making your vehicle look incredible, style-wise. It’s a wise investment to make for several reasons. Let’s explore some of them.


Temperature Control

Window tinting can really have an impact on the temperature inside your vehicle. On those hot summer days when the sun is beaming into your car, your vehicle can turn into a hot box. It can also make your seats really hot to the point of not being able to sit on them until they cool down. Tinting can shield your vehicle from a lot of this heat. You will notice a big difference in your vehicle’s temperature by applying window tint.


Tinting offers an additional layer of privacy. It can feel a bit violating when you’re sitting at a traffic light or in rush hour traffic next to someone who is looking into your vehicle. Tinting offers you a sense of privacy. The lower the percentage of tint that you apply to your vehicle’s windows, the more privacy you will have. It is important to note your local laws regarding window tinting, however. Your tint shop will have the details you need to determine what percentage to apply and where.


How often do we read articles about thieves stealing merchandise that people have purchased over the holidays as gifts, only to have them stolen out of their vehicle as they shop? This is a very common practice amongst thieves who walk up and down parking lots, peering through windows to view the contents of your vehicle. Tinting your windows can prevent this by not allowing them to easily see what is inside, reducing your risk of having your vehicle broken into.

Style with Benefits

Tinting your car windows clearly offers far more benefits than just looking good. It can offer health benefits, offer additional privacy and protection and keep things cooler inside your vehicle. If you’re considering tinting, reach out to your local experts to go over the process. You’ll want to ensure you get things done right.