Manufacturer car window tinting refers to the use of tinted auto glass. In most models it is very light, especially for the harsh Australian weather conditions. Adding a further tint makes sense – but it involves adding a further protective adhesive layer to your car windows, so it needs care.
Professionally applied car window tint takes 3-5 days to dry completely, so avoid winding windows up and down during that time. The tint is applied to the inside of the car’s windows. Be aware that as the film sits on top of the glass, it may be affected by sharp objects, including carelessly tossed seatbelt buckles and heavy objects loaded sloppily into the car. Glass is also affected by this sort of haphazard treatment, but the small nicks and scratches may be more evident through tint film.
Tint film is actually smoother than a glass surface, so marks less and will require less cleaning. When you do clean it, use an alcohol based cleaner, a neutral soap or dishwashing liquid diluted to at least 1:100, plain water, or plain water mixed with a little vinegar. Avoid Windex and other branded window cleaners, especially anything that contains ammonia, which may cause the tint to turn purple. If you prefer to use a branded product, look for one that is suitable for tinted surfaces.
Use a soft cloth with a low fibre count. Chamois leather, sponges, cotton cleaning cloths or microfibre are all fine; anything abrasive such as steel wool or the green plastic scourers used to wash dishes are not. Likewise, if you need to scrape the window, use a squeegee with a rubber blade and not any scraper or metal blade. Be aware that if you stick anything on top of the window tint, such as stickers or labels, removing them may damage the tint and will not be covered by your warranty.
Take extra care washing around the edges of the window tint. Water or cleaning products can creep under the surface and cause bubbling. Whilst some manufacturers advise careful removal of edge bubbling with a plastic card (credit card or equivalent) covered in a smooth cloth, we would prefer to see you call ask and ask us to professionally rectify the damage.
If you hand carwash duty over to someone else – whether it be the kids earning pocket money, the local Scout troop earning a few dollars, or a high street chain – make sure they know you have a tint and that there are certain products they must avoid.