“It came with the car.”
This is probably the most common answer among Filipino car owners regarding where they got their car tint. Since most car dealers provide tint as part of the purchase, many car buyers do not pay much attention to the tint they end up with, only to realize later that their car tint does not match their driving needs.
So how can you tell the good from the bad? While there are a lot of things to consider in choosing window tints, it is vital to start with the basics. Here are the qualities of good automotive tints versus bad ones:
Good tint: Low heat penetration
Heat rejection is one of the main reasons car owners get window films, but heat rejection per se is not a unit of measure. Get familiar with the tint’s Total Solar Energy Rejected (TSER). It takes into account the three contributors to heat: infrared rays, visible light, and UV light. The higher the TSER, the less heat is transmitted.
Bad tint: High heat penetration
Sure your car may look cool on the outside but when it comes to keeping YOU cool, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Privacy and clarity
Good tint: Allows for privacy while providing good driving visibility
Window tints provide a sense of anonymity while on the road. Being seen from the outside can make you feel uncomfortable. Don’t think you have to sacrifice clarity just to maintain your privacy.
Bad tint: Too dark from the inside, or compromises privacy due to discoloration
Not all tints are created equal. Sure, some may look the same on the outside, but bad tint can often only be recognized from the inside or over time. Bad tint will discolor or fade in a short time, taking away privacy while driving.
Good tint: Comes with a warranty
Premium quality tints are offered with a warranty. This assures car owners that the tint can last for a long period of time. Thus, it is worth the investment.
Bad tint: No warranty at all
Some tint providers do not offer a basic warranty because they are very much aware that the tint’s quality claims will not stand the test of time.
Good tint: Taped strongly and evenly on the window surface
Tints with good quality have strong adhesives that are evenly applied throughout the film. This ensures that they hold well to window surfaces, leaving no spaces uncovered.
Bad tint: Creates bubbling effect, causing it to peel off and discolor easily
Bubbling is a mark of tint with poor quality. Sizeable bubbles leave a negative impact on the overall look of the car. Tiny bubbles on the other hand are a sign of poor installation skills.
Choose the right tint because you, your car, and your #TintMatters. Knowing these basic features will considerably help in distinguishing the good tints from the bad ones. As you encounter different tint types, learn to build your own tint standards. 3M™ Automotive Tints has a wide array of tint variants that are guaranteed to keep you cool, comfortable, safe, and private while on the road. To know more about 3M Automotive Tints, follow them on Facebook here.
3M also has Auto Care products for maintaining your car available at Ace Hardware stores nationwide.