Updated: Feb 9
Privacy, heat protection and an overall awesome look are all cause to want to darken your windows, yet raises an important question: What is the darkest legal tint in Texas? Here at Lonestar Tint we have the answer, and the tint you have been looking for.
Benefits of Window Tint
Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing to enhance your vehicle's appearance with darker than factory windows, but it also provides important health benefits that everyone should we aware of. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer happens more than 50% on the left side of individuals, since it typically is the side of a driver's body constantly exposed to the sun in the car.
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. Not only can this exposure to the sun be uncomfortable, but over years of having sun come through your vehicles windows it can be harmful and damaging to your skin. Also ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can damage the interior of a car. UV rays can cause fading, cracking, and deterioration of various interior materials such as the dashboard, seat upholstery, and door panels. This type of damage is more likely to occur in areas that receive direct sunlight for extended periods of time, such as the front windshield and side windows. To reduce the damaging effects of UV rays on a car's interior, it is recommended to use UV-resistant window tints, and to park in a shaded or covered area whenever possible.
What Types of Tints Are There?
Not all window film is the same, serving different purposes while targeting different types of light rays. At Lonestar Tint we use carbon ceramic window tint film because of its high quality and molecular structure. Carbon ceramic film uses advanced technology to reject heat, glare and UV rays by mixing carbon particles into film. This mixture is strong enough and holds enough integrity to be deemed the best type of window film on the market at this time. The carbon mixture not only provides this special nano technology, but also darkens the film allowing a darker look to the film, and a higher percentage of light rejection.
To take a deeper look at this film, carbon ceramic window tint is a type of window tint film that is made from a combination of carbon black and ceramic particles. This type of window tint is known for its ability to provide high levels of heat rejection and UV protection, while still allowing for good visibility through the windows.
The manufacturing process for carbon ceramic window tint typically involves the following steps:
Preparation of the base film: A clear polyester film is treated with adhesion-promoting chemicals to ensure good bonding with the tinting materials.
Mixing the tinting materials: Carbon black and ceramic particles are blended together to form a uniform mixture.
Applying the tinting material: The tinting material is evenly coated onto the prepared base film, creating a uniform layer of the carbon ceramic mixture.
Curing the tint: The tinted film is then subjected to high temperatures in order to bond the carbon and ceramic particles together, creating a stable and durable film.
Cutting and packaging: The final carbon ceramic film is then cut to the desired size and packaged for distribution.
Carbon ceramic window tint is often considered a premium product due to its high performance and durability. It is also more expensive than traditional window tint films, but it is well worth the investment for those who are looking for the best protection for their vehicle's interior.
What is the Darkest Legal Tint in Texas?
In the state of Texas the legal requirements according to Texas Department of Public Safety
state that "Windows immediately to the right and left of the driver that have less than 25% light transmission will fail inspection, regardless of the model year of the vehicle." Rear windows do not have any requirements or restrictions to the level of tint applied to them. Your front windshield is subject to different rules, where only clear film can be installed. At Lonestar Tint we can apply a clear film the rejects up to 99.9% of UVA/B rays, and up to 92% inferred heat allowing you to stay cool and protected while still being within legal state guidelines.
The state of Texas does grant medical and government exemptions in cases where a licensed physician provides a signed medical exemption.