Reasons to Tint
With proper tinting, your car's interior can stay 60% cooler during those hot summer days. Your air-conditioning unit will pump out less cool air to regulate the temperature. Once a comfort level is reached, maintaining the temperature is easier.
Protects Your Skin
Harmful UV rays from the sun can cause skin cancer. Tinting your car can block 99% of these damaging rays.
Durable in an Accident
In an auto accident, tinted glass shatters less that non-tinted glass, protecting your vehicle’s occupants.
Makes Driving Safer
Tinting reduces dangerous glare from the sun, snow, and other headlights, helping you drive safely.
Tinting increases your privacy and shields your vehicle's contents. If a burglar can't see, they won't steal.
Reduces Cracking and Fading
Harmful UV rays and heat can cause the upholstery to crack and fade. Think of tint as sunscreen for your car. Tinting can help reduce the fading process by filtering the amount of light.
What types of automotive films/tints are there?
There are basically two types of automotive window films available today: Dyed and high performance metalized.
- Dyed or Non-Reflective Automotive Films are just that, dyed polyester with an adhesive and scratch coating on them. This type of film offers the minimum life span and is warranted for 5 years. It is readily available in most shops.
- Metalized or High Performance Automotive Films have a layer of metal over top of the dyed polyester. This construction allows the film to last longer. The metal coating better protects the film and subsequently your vehicle and passengers from damaging sunrays. Metalized films offer superior protection and is warranted for a lifetime. However, they are not as easily found.
What do the Part Pros recommend?
We recommend the metalized automotive window films because they offer extra protection for both you and the product. The extra protection means the film will last longer and stand up to the damaging rays of the sun for longer.
What is the warranty or life span of the automotive films?
In Canada, most professional grade films should last over ten years. The effective life span of window film depends on the types of film, glass, and climate. There are documented cases of film lasting over twenty years.
How dark are automotive films?
Automotive films are available in four shades or approximate light transmissions: 50%, 35%, 20% and 5%. These percentages correspond to how much light the film allows in. 5% or “limo” tint is the darkest shade, allowing only 5% light to pass into the vehicle.
How is the film protected from scratches caused by keys and rings, etc.?
Automotive Window Films are protected with a durable scratch resistant coating constructed of silicone. This coating is designed to protect the film from normal wear and tear. Regular cleaning done with a paper towel or soft cloth and mild soapy water.
IMPORTANT: Do not use products that contain ammonia to clean tinted windows.
Will automotive films make it difficult for me to see at night?
Depending on what your personal preference is, and what percentage of tint you apply, your visibility will be reduced in varying degrees. It is not recommended that you put the darkest percentage of window tint on the rear windows of your vehicle if you drive a lot at night. However, darker tints do help cut the glare of headlights approaching from behind.
How is automotive film applied?
Automotive glass is curved. Since automotive window films are flat, putting film on auto glass is like trying to wrap a basketball with a sheet of paper and not getting any wrinkles. Professional installers have developed various methods of installation including stretching, seaming, piecing, and heat-molding. All of these methods guarantee a form fitted application.
How long does it take?
Installing window films takes approximately two hours, depending on the complexity of the vehicle’s curved glass, but installers will often ask to keep the vehicle for the day.
What are the laws of automotive window tinting?
The laws regarding window film vary from province to province. Here's a quick summary;
For the driver’s compartment, right and left, no film can be installed that would substantially obscure visibility from the exterior 35% is your best bet but you may get away with 15%. Behind the driver’s compartment, any film can be installed.
Alberta/ Saskatchewan/ British Columbia /Prince Edward Island
No film is permitted on the driver’s compartment, right and left. Any film may be installed on the side windows behind the driver. Any film may be applied to the rear window, provided the vehicle has 2 exterior rear view mirrors.
For driver’s compartment, right and left, the minimum visible light transmittance, net, is 50%. The maximum visible light transmittance, net, is 35%. For windows behind the driver’s compartment, the minimum Visible Light Transmittance, net, is 35%. Where film is installed behind the driver’s compartment, 2 external rear view mirrors are required. The net figures that are allowed are enforced at plus or minus 5%.
For the driver’s compartment, right and left, the minimum Visible Light Transmittance is 70% on automotive net basis. Any film may be installed behind the driver’s compartment, provided the vehicle is outfitted with 2 exterior rear view mirrors.
No film is permitted on any glazing surface.
NOTE: Laws vary from province to province and may change at any time.