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FAQ

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please call our office or contact us online.

Q: How does window film improve year-round comfort?

A: Window film creates a more comfortable environment through consistent climate control. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, no matter where the sun is shining.

Q: Can window film reduce glare?

A: Yes. Glare not only causes eye fatigue, but it can also be dangerous when driving. Drawing curtains or closing blinds can make a room feel darker and smaller, and it can increase utility bills due to artificial lighting. Window films allow light through but not glare, and it helps maintain a more “open” feeling. Glare can be dangerous when driving as well; window film can reduce glare 50%-90%, allowing for a much safer driving experience.

Q: Can window film help with privacy?

A: Yes. Window films give a clear view to the outside. Depending on the degree of privacy desired, you can select films that prevent others from looking in during the daytime.

Q: Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?

A: Yes. The same sun that brightens a room’s interior can be detrimental to fabrics, furnishings, artwork, and rugs. Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fading and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade richly colored furniture, tapestries, wood and artwork. Heat and light also play a part in fading, but using window film to block nearly 100% of UV rays will increase the life of your personal property for years.

Q: What is “One-Way Film?”

A: “One-Way Film” actually has more to do with lighting than the film itself. If the light on the side that you see is brighter than the side you are looking out of, then the film appears as “One-Way Film.”

Q: Can window film be applied to any surface?

A: No. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish, since the adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only. Plastics, Plexiglas, or Lexan contain too much oil for the film to adhere properly for a long period of time.

Q: How does window film lower energy costs?

A: In summer, window film reflects the hot sun, reducing heat gain and lowering air conditioning costs. In winter, window film retains heat — up to 50% — to reduce heating costs. This year-after-year reduction in energy costs can yield an impressive return on investment.

Q: Can I darken vehicle factory window tint?

A: Yes. As long as it is factory window tint, we can install window film directly on the glass. Factory window tint’s color is actually a pigment in the glass. Aftermarket window film also has many more solar benefits than factory window tint. Factory tint only rejects part of the UV rays, and only rejects a small amount of heat. Aftermarket window film rejects 99% of ultraviolet rays and between 50%-90% of heat, depending on the type of film used. In addition to these benefits, darkening factory tinted glass will give you more privacy for storing your personal items in the back of the vehicle.

Q: Does window film prevent glass from breaking?

A: No, window film does not prevent glass from breaking. Window film does increase the safety of the glass; due to a very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of broken glass together. In the event the glass breaks, due to an auto accident, a person running into it, or an attempted break-in, the glass will shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass together.

Q: Can window film increase safety and security?

A: Yes, window film adds a degree of shatter resistance to the glass areas of your home, building, or vehicle. These films bond to glass and help hold dangerous glass fragments in place, should breakage occur due to accident, natural disaster, or illegal entry.

Q: What if my vehicle already has old film on the windows? Will it need removed before I have my windows tinted? (aka: Can I tint over tint?)

A: Old film will need to be removed before installation of new window film. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, as the vehicle’s rear defroster can be easily damaged. There is an additional charge for removal of old film, and the process adds an average of two hours to the window film installation process. If your vehicle has old film that will require removal before installing new film, it is best to drop your vehicle off in the morning and let us call you when the job is completed.

Q: If my window film is damaged, can it be fixed?

A: Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and the glass can be retinted.

Q: Can the front two doors be matched to the vehicle factory window tint?

A: Yes. However, having this level of window film on front doors is not legal in some states. Vehicle factory window tint is usually 35%-20% film level. Nevada law states that the front door legal light transmission is 35%, which is sometimes lighter than the rear window of your factory tinted vehicle.

Q: Can I roll my windows down right away after I’ve had film installed?

A: We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for at least 48 hours after the window film installation. In some cases 4-5 days if the vehicle will be parked in a shaded area. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved.

Q: What should I use to clean my windows after I’ve had them tinted?

A: After window film installation, wait a week before cleaning the inside of the window where the film was installed. After a week, use a window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth such as microfiber. We recommend foam cleaners because they do not streak, and are usually ammonia-free. Never scrape the film with any type of blade or clean your tinted windows with anything abrasive, as it will scratch the film.

Q: What causes window film to turn purple?

A: We use only high grade window film products which have the technology to keep film color stable, thus carrying a lifetime warranty that guarantees no color change. This means that our window films do not turn purple like the cheap films sold in other shops or auto parts stores. Please see our Lifetime Limited Warranty for more information.

Q: Will the film affect my rear defroster, or will my rear defroster affect the film?

A: No, window film and a car’s rear defroster will not affect one another.

Q: How long does it take to tint my vehicle?

A: The amount of time it would take to tint your vehicle depends on the vehicle type. A complete car can take anywhere from an hour to three hours. Full-sized trucks generally take about an hour or so. If you are interested in only tinting the two front doors, thirty to forty minutes is usually satisfactory. If your vehicle has old film that needs to be removed, this process adds about two to four additional hours to the film installation. These time estimates are for ideal situations; as with anything, things may happen that can extend window film installation time. Please keep this in mind when making your appointment.

Q: I just had my windows tinted, why do they look hazy?

A: The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, or blotchy appearance. It takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take a couple of days, or even a couple of months. When the water evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.

Q: What is window film?

A: Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.

Q: What are the benefits of window film?

A: The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.

Q: What do the different levels of film mean?

A: Film percentages stand for light transmission, or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.

Q: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?

A: No. In most cases, window film is installed on the inside of the glass. This allows for maximum durability. On vehicles, the window tint is hand-cut on the outside of the glass, then installed on the interior of the glass.