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What You Should Know About Automotive Window Tinting

Automotive window tinting can be used to protect from UV rays, to create the desired appearance or to provide privacy. There are benefits and things to consider when tinting your windows and there are regulations that must be adhered to. Here is everything that you need to know about automotive window tinting.

How are windows tinted?

Windows may be tinted during the manufacturing process through the use of a dye. After manufacturing, windows can be tinted through the use of a film that is applied to the window.


Windscreens can also be tinted. They also have to meet regulations for the degree of tinting that is used. A film cannot be used to fully tint windscreens, but it can be used to create a small band of tinting above the wipers.

Tinted film

Tints created using film must adhere to legal standards. The film should not have any bubbles, marks, wrinkles or colour variations as this will make it more difficult to see. However, the tinted film should not be reflective as this can disrupt other drivers when they use their lights. A security film may also be applied to your vehicle. The degree of tinting permitted depends on the type of vehicle that is being tinted.

Removing or replacing an existing tint

If your windows have previously been tinted using film, the film can be removed, and if required, a new tint can be added to the window. Over time, the film can become damaged or the colour may fade. You also may wish to change the tint that is already on your windows.

UV protection

Tinted windows can block UV rays, safeguarding you whilst in your vehicle. This also means that heat gain into your vehicle is reduced, allowing it to stay cool. Additionally, less heat is lost through your vehicle which will be beneficial during winter.


Tinted windows offer a level of privacy. Depending on the level of tinting, people may not be able to see into your vehicle, but you will be able to see out.

Reduced lighting

Automotive window tinting makes it more difficult to see when light levels are low. This means that pedestrians are less visible and carrying out maneuvers is more difficult. This is why there are limits to the level of tinting that can be used. You can counteract the reduction in visibility by using a window tint that is clear or a lighter colour.