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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How long do I have to wait to roll my window down after getting film installed?
    After getting window tint film installed at Shades Window Tinting, it is recommended to wait at least 2-4 days before rolling the windows down. This waiting period allows the film to properly adhere to the windows, ensuring a smooth and long-lasting finish.
  • What are the benefits of window tinting?
    The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.
  • What is window film?
    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.
  • Is the tint applied to the outside of the window?
    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.
  • I just had my windows tinted why do they look hazy?
    The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, 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.
  • Can I tint factory stained windows?
    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 35%-60% of heat, depending on the film level 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.
  • Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?
    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 fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade richly colored furniture, tapestries, 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.
  • Does old window tint film need to be removed before installing new tint?
    Old film will need to be removed before installing new window film. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, as the rear defroster can be easily damaged. The process does add 2 – 4 hours of labor, and there is a charge for the removal. We recommend dropping your vehicle in the morning and let us call you when the job is completed.
  • Will the film affect defrosters or will the defroster affect the film?
    No, window film nor the car’s rear defroster will be affected.
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