Car Window Tinting Myths

If you have been shopping for window tint for your car, especially if you have been shopping online, you may have come across some window tint misconceptions that have left you confused. Before investing in window tint, take some time to learn more about what these products can and cannot do for your car. Here is the truth behind some window tint myths.

Myth 1 — Car Window Tint Is a Waste of Money Because It Will Bubble and Lose Effectiveness Over Time

The purple, bubbling tinting you have seen on cars in your community is not professionally installed window film. These products are DIY films that are not designed to be a permanent addition to the car. While window tint can fade over many years, it should last up to 20 years, which is probably longer than you will have your car. If you use Rayno Window Film’s Phantom line for your window tint needs, and have the products installed by a qualified professional, you can expect many years of protection from your windows with minimal fading.

Myth 2 — Window Tint Will Make My Car Too Dark

Window tint comes in a variety of shades, but none of them block all of the light coming into your car. In fact, some are almost invisible, providing a barrier against UV rays without darkening the car too much. You can choose the level of darkening — as long as you stay within your state’s guidelines — that fits your needs.

Myth 3 — Window Tint Is Entirely Cosmetic and Provides No Real Benefit

Window tint can be cosmetic, improving the aesthetics of your car, but the reality is that window tint has much more benefit than cosmetics alone. In fact, today’s window tint is designed to block UV rays, and our Phantom product line blocks almost 100 percent of UV rays, to help protect your car’s interior and prevent fading. Tinting can also protect your skin from UV exposure.

In addition, window tint can make your car safer to drive because it blocks solar glare. This means you won’t have to shade your eyes from the light shining off nearby buildings or snow and water on the road.

Window tinting also reduces the amount of heat that your car takes in while parked, so you will not have to spend as much time and energy cooling the vehicle on a hot day. This can improve the efficiency of your car’s systems.

Myth 4 — Window Tint Protects Windows From Breaking

Window tint is designed to filter UV rays and prevent theft by limiting how much a potential thief sees inside your car, but tinting products have no power to stop windows from breaking. They do not strengthen the integrity of the glass. However, window tint can actually help to reduce potential glass fragments from scattering provided that the piece of window film stays intact.

Myth 5 — Window Tint Is Too Expensive

Window tint for your car does not have to be an expensive investment. While window tinting prices will vary depending on the product you buy and the company that installs it, you will probably find that the cost is less than you expect. Also, the protection window tint provides to your body and your car’s interior is well worth any investment amount.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of window tinting, or are ready to have tint installed on your car, find an authorized Rayno Window Film installer near you to get started.

When Is The Best Time To Tint Car Windows?

Have you considered window tint for your car’s windows? Window tint helps block UV rays and glare, protecting visibility for the driver, as well as the safety of the car’s occupants and the interior of the car. The right window tint can strengthen the windows, reduce the risk of theft, and make the car look more attractive.

With these benefits, car window tint makes a lot of sense, but it does represent an investment. You can expect to pay around $200 to $400 for professional window tinting. Because car window tinting needs time to cure to ensure full adhesion to the windows, weather can be a big factor in the quality of window tint application. Choosing the right time of year can help improve the application process for your window tint, ensuring that your investment is not wasted. Properly installed and cured window tint will last 10 years or more. Some film manufacturers, including Rayno Window Film, offer a limited lifetime warranty. Installed window tint can last for 10+ years if treated properly.

Understanding the Window Tinting Process

The length of time it takes to tint your window depends on the type of vehicle. Tinting all the windows of your car can take anywhere from two to four hours. Full-sized sedans take about one to two hours to install. If you only want to tint your two front doors, thirty to forty minutes is usually the time it takes to tint those windows.

Here’s what goes into the process. Window tinting starts with cleaning the windows inside and out. Then, the film is cut to the exact size of the car’s window. The installer will place the film on the window and use a squeegee or similar tool to remove all wrinkles and bubbles, checking for a perfect fit. This process takes less than a day, but the window tint needs time to cure. Curing can take approximately three days in ideal weather conditions, so you will need to avoid rolling the windows up or down during this time. However, temperatures and humidity can affect this curing time, which is why you need to carefully consider what time of year your windows are tinted.

Spring and Fall Are Ideal Times

Spring or fall are the best times to tint windows. The mild temperatures and typically low humidity levels during those seasons help ensure that the tint can properly adhere to the windows. In spring, humidity and rain can be a problem, especially in southern parts of the country, and hot temperatures can occur in the fall if the summer season is extended. In general though, these are the best times of year to choose for window tinting.

Summer and Winter Need Special Considerations

In summer, hot air can make the tint cure faster, which is good. However, high humidity levels make tinting difficult to install. In winter, you may not be able to have your window tinting installed because the cold weather increases the curing time significantly. In northern parts of the country, shops that do not have an interior facility may not be able to install window tint. Also, if you have your window tint installed during winter, you may need to wait to use the windows a bit longer than recommended to ensure full curing. Cold weather window film still needs adequate time to cure to guarantee it adheres well.

Does this mean you can’t have your window tinting installed in the summer or winter seasons? No. If your installer has a climate-controlled environment, and you are willing to give the windows more time to cure, you can have your windows tinted year-round.

Window Tint Drying Times 

There are certain things to keep in mind right after you tint your windows. Freshly tinted windows go through a curing process. Curing is the time the tint will take to dry. After you have your windows tinted, it’s essential to wait a minimum of three to four days before you roll down your windows. Window tinting involves the application of a sheer film to the windows, and the specialized adhesive will take a few days to dry.

Because temperature and humidity are critical factors in drying time, how long after tint to roll down windows depends mainly on the weather. On sunny, warm days in the spring and summer, three or four days is often enough time for window tint to dry. Even on warm days, wet weather and high humidity will lengthen the drying time. In the fall and winter, when the weather is more cold and damp, the dry time will likely extend beyond four days.

Your installer can discuss the specifics of how long for window tint to dry. Since window tinting is a custom job, there may be some variation in the time your window tint takes to dry. When the curing process is complete, you can use your windows regularly and enjoy the sun protection and privacy that tinting affords.

If you are interested in having your windows tinted, get in touch with Rayno Window Film. Our superior products are stronger and last longer than others on the market, so you can enjoy years of quality window tinting on your vehicle. Our dealership partners use proper installation techniques to ensure that weather is not an issue when tinting car windows. Find a qualified Rayno dealer today to schedule your car window tint installation.

What Is Electrochromic Glass?

From smartwatches to smartphones, it seems like everywhere we look, people are adding “smart” technology to day-to-day life. In the window tinting and window film industry, this trend has arrived. “Smart glass” is a new technology that allows the user to turn glass opaque when needed, and clear when not — providing exceptional versatility in the window film market. Here’s how it works.

The Science Behind Smart Glass

“Smart glass” is the street name for electrochromic glass. This glass allows the user to switch a button on a wall or a smartphone app to control the amount of light and heat passing through the window. The glass can be completely transparent or tinted to reduce light and heat, without the need to fumble with blinds and curtains. Some can also be set to block light while maintaining a view.

Electrochromic glass windows work by passing low-voltage electrical charges across an electrochromic coating on the surface of the glass. When activated, the electrochromic layer changes from clear to opaque, and will maintain this color once the color change is in effect. When the user wants to change to clear, another charge will reverse the change. No additional electricity is required to maintain either color.

For those who want this technology but do not want to invest in all new windows for their facilities, electrochromic film is a great option. This film covers existing windows and uses the same basic technology to create glass that turns opaque, without actually having to change your windows.

The Future of This Technology

Smart windows may feel like something out of a sci-fi movie, but the technology is very real and currently being used in a number of applications. However, like most technology, electrochromic windows are continuing to evolve.

Electrochromic windows have two main drawbacks: First, the darkening of the window filters light, but does not create full privacy. People can still see in the windows. Also, these windows can take up to 10 minutes to fully switch.

For this reason, researchers have developed a new technology called polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) technology. PDLC windows combine polymers and liquid crystal materials to provide full privacy and the ability to switch in less than an instant. This is the technology that Rayno Window Film uses to create switchable glass using our privacy glass film.

Rayno PDLC Film

Rayno brings a PDLC smart window film to the market that uses innovative sponge construction. This allows for great flexibly in both design and application, allowing the film to be applied to any window that has adequate electrical current. The result is a surface that, when opaque, can be used as a projection screen while also blocking 99 percent of UV rays and 65 percent of infrared rays. The film comes in a variety of colors and uses only a small amount of electricity to run — making it an effective and efficient way to add privacy and tinting to your facility’s windows.

Whether you are looking to create a projection-worthy surface on your office window or want to make your clear shower door opaque when in use, our switchable film is the answer. Contact a Rayno Window Film installer in your area to learn more about our smart film options or to get a quote for having this film installed at your facility.