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New Tint Laws in Texas 2022 - What's Legal?

Nobody ever wants to get pulled over and have to pay a ticket, or take time to go to court especially for your vehicles window tint. The Lonestar State has flexible tint laws compared to other states, but in order to avoid a traffic violation its best to know exactly what those tint requirements are in Texas. The good thing is, we have you covered at Lonestar Tint & Auto Boutique, and can go over all of your options to stay compliant while beating the Texas heat.


What is the darkest tint allowed in Texas ?


As SA natives ourselves, we know that the sun can be out year round and even our winters can come with sunny days so window tint in San Antonio is especially needed . IR window tint is a great way to cut down on not only the heat that comes through your vehicles windows, but also the UV rays that can harm your skin or interior. Since we offer carbon ceramic window tint at The LAB, the darkness or color of the window tint wont impact the amount of heat and UV rejection the film you choose gives you, only the visibility and level of darkness inside of the vehicle. As we mentioned in a previous blog about legal tint requirements in Texas "Some windshields are manufactured with UV protection integrated into the glass, but side windows are not, leaving you and your passengers exposed to harmful sun rays every time you ride in a vehicle.", therefore its important to tint your car, truck or suv no matter how dark you choose to go on the tint level.


Why are there laws about window tint?


Public safety and state officials state that window tint laws help protect the safety of the public by ensuring drivers can see clearly during all hours of the day and night. Clear visibility will help drivers avoid accidents or cause traffic delays. These laws also help police and other safety officials see dangerous or illegal activities inside the vehicle.


What are the laws in Texas for window tint?


As of 2022 not much has changed regarding the Texas laws regarding how dark your window tint can be. Below we have listed the darkest legal tint in Texas for sedans, SUVs, and vans:


Windshield: 25% VLT tint or more is allowed above the manufacturer’s AS-1 line (top 5 inches).

Front Side Windows: 25% VLT or more light transmission is allowed.

Back Side Windows: any VLT % is allowed.

Rear Windows: any VLT % is allowed for vehicles with outside mirrors on each side of the vehicle. 25% VLT for vehicles without outside mirrors.

Reflectivity (tint reflection): No more than 25% reflective.

Other Restrictions: Red, amber, and blue are not allowed. Dual side mirrors are required for back tinted windows


*VLT stands for visible light transmission


Where can I go for San Antonio window tint?


As your San Antonio window tint specialists, Lonestar Tint & Auto Boutique is here to take care of all of your automotive cosmetic needs. We offer only the highest end carbon ceramic window tint, but we also offer an array of other services including ppf, vinyl wraps and ceramic coatings. Contact us now to get a quote or schedule an appointment as soon as possible!

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