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What Are Window Films

What Are Window Films

CarWise, 1 year(s) ago | Categories: Tips, Car Maintenance

All Questions About Window Films and Their Benefits

If you are living in a hot country like the UAE, window films on your car windows should be number 1 in your list of priorities. Besides being an aesthetic improvement on your car, the window film also provides a number of functional improvements to your car. Some vehicle manufacturers have windows that come with a window tint, but that is done only on the rear windows, this factory tinting is done by dying the glass. As an aftermarket upgrade, window tinting is achieved by applying a film to the interior of the car windows. DIY kits are available but the results will be a bit messy if you do it yourself. Window tinting is best left to professionals who can do a good job of making your car shield the sun’s harsh rays with window films on cars.

Questions to ask before going for window films

  • How long will the window tint last?

There are many factors that influence the life of the window film on cars. These include the product type and the quality, the climate and the amount of sunlight that your car is exposed to on a daily basis. In general, most automotive films are engineered to last much longer than the normal owner will keep the car. Many kinds of window films perform well past 10 years or so.

  • How long will it take to tint my car windows?

The process of tinting car windows with window films will take anywhere between 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted. If you are adding window film to only the front two doors it will take less time to do than doing all four doors and the front and back windows. The professional who is tinting your car windows may want to keep your car overnight to best do the job and allow the film the time to dry before he returns the car to you. You should enlist the help of a well- known and established professional to window tint your car for the best results.

  • Will the film have a warranty?

Most window films for cars will come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, before you purchase the window film, you should confirm the warranty length and the stipulations of the warranty. You also need to ensure that you receive a manufacturer’s warranty that is totally filled out by the installer. This will ensure that you are covered even if by chance your installer goes out of business. Your window tint will have to abide by the laws governing these things. Remember that your warranty is void if the window film installation is illegal. The local film installing dealer is expected to know all the laws concerning window tint that applies to you.

  • Which window tint is good for me?

In order to select the best window film for your car, you should consult a professional window tint dealer. Dealers will offer a wide range of products with a wide variety of colors and shades. The window films will also have different performance benefits and styles. You can ask the dealer to show you swatches and will discuss with you which window tint best suits your car. After all, is said and done, the choice of window film and tint is entirely dependent upon you.

There are a number of benefits attached to having window films on cars; we talk about a few here;

Fade reduction

Your car happens to be a valuable piece of investment and you would naturally want it to last as long as possible. If you have professionally installed window tinting done, it is a great way to protect and enhance your investment. The window film will screen out the harsh sunlight that has the potential to fade upholstery and also discolor leather and vinyl. Window films protect the interior of the car from cracking and warping, as a result, the car looks newer for longer. Window tinting will also block windshield glare so that eye fatigue is lowered and you also get protection against glaring nighttime headlights that threaten to blind you.

UV ray blockage

  Car window films can block up to 99% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays that can accelerate ageing and even cause skin cancer. Even if you have clear window films or a light tint, it blocks out damaging UVA and UVB rays. For those who drive for extended periods of time, window film protection offers great protection against the risk of skin cancer.

Solar Heat Rejection

 If you have ever strained to find the right level of air conditioning for all your passengers, window film can achieve that for you. Depending upon the grade, window film can block from 35 % to 65% of the solar heat that gets built up in a car. With window films, you can balance comfort and climate for all passengers and also cut down on fuel consumption from excessive air conditioning use.

Shattered glass protection

 When the installer installs the car window film, it is done from the insides of the car. Window film is designed to keep the glass of the car window from shattering if it is hit by an object. In the unfortunate event of a car accident, the passengers are protected from flying shards of glass. The tendency to fly out of the window is also negated by the use of window films. Also as a bonus, thieves will find it very difficult to break into your car when it is equipped with window film for cars.

Security and Privacy

 Car window films come in a wide variety of shades from light to dark and you can take your pick from them. if you have a darker shade installed, you will have the peace of mind that prying eyes cannot look through the windows of your car and also cannot see the valuables that you have inside. The advantages of installing window tint are more than simply improving the look of your car. It contributes to your peace of mind and protects those who travel with you.

Different levels of tint

Which method of window tinting a vehicle owner chooses is partly determined by how dark the tint of the window is. Each method produces a different Visible Light Transference or VLT. There are three different levels of tint, they are;

  • Factory tint: the VLT of this tint is 74% to 85% and this depends on where the car is originally shipped for sale. This tint I achieved by dyeing the glass prior to the sale of the car.
  • OEM tint: OEM tint can be adjusted for any level of VLT that is desired. OEM tint is done by adding a mixture to the glass during the manufacturing process.
  • Film tint: Film tint can come with a VLT as much as 90% or as little as 2.5 %. Filmed tints are always applied by a mechanic who is licensed.


Window films and window films for cars are indispensable to hot countries like the UAE. Along with this, you should learn simple DIY car fixes that can help you save time and money. These will stand you in good stead when you come across a car problem and the garage is quite far away.


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