How Long Does Tinting Last on a Car?
When you tint your windows you're investing in not only your vehicle's longevity and performance, but also in your health. A good ceramic window tint will protect you from UV rays that can be damaging to your skin after year of exposure while driving. Keeping you and your passengers safe from harmful sun rays is important in order to possibly prevent skin diseases. Adding window tint to your vehicle can also make your commute more comfortable by blocking out IR heat and keeping your vehicle cooler. Blocking the sun rays from coming through the glass will help you from being too hot, especially in the San Antonio heat we have all become accustomed to almost year round. At Lonestar Tint we specialize in applying only high grade ceramic window tint to cars in order to assure peak performance as well as prevent discoloring, cracking or bubbling that you find in cheap films. The film we use is not dyed, so you wont end up with purple or orange windows that you typically see on vehicles that are tinted with non ceramic films. At Lonestar Tint we recommend staying away from dyed films completely, not only to avoid these negative appearance effects, but also to assure that your investment lasts longer and you get the biggest bang for your buck. Ceramic window film can last up to 10 years when properly maintained, whereas low grade films only last 3-4 years.
In order to make sure you get the longest lifespan possible out of your window film there are a few things to keep in mind, and a few tips we have for you. Depending on where you live and how you store your vehicle (garage, driveway, parking lot .etc) one factor to consider is the amount of sunlight that your vehicle receives each day. Direct exposure to sunlight can cause window film to degrade quicker, especially if the film is a lower quality film. This is why we always recommend a higher grade ceramic film especially for Texas where the sun is strong. When picking your window tint, always take into account sun exposure, as the harsh sun can significantly decrease the life of the window tint. Another factor that will determine the lifespan of your window tint is how you clean your vehicle and windows. Some cleaners contain ammonia and other chemicals that can cause window film to deteriorate. When looking for a glass cleaner this is worth considering as you read the label. If you aren't sure about what products to choose, or are still not sure about the film grade you'd like we encourage you to ask additional questions about window tint lifespan and tint maintenance from one of our team members at Lonestar Tint & Auto Boutique. Cleaning your vehicle correctly can significantly increase the life of an auto tint.
If your vehicle already has window tint on it that is aged and needs to be replaced, it is best to have it professionally removed so that all residue and leftover tint is correctly removed. Visible signs like bubbling, peeling, cracking, or scrapes are a good indicator that it's time to replace the film on your vehicle. Now that you're ready to make an informed decision, contact us now to get a quote or schedule an appointment as soon as possible!