Three Window Tinting Options for Your Auto Glass

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There are different window tinting options to consider when purchasing replacement auto glass for your vehicle. An ideal tint should reduce the heat filtering into the interior space and minimise the glare from sunlight. In addition, the treatment should limit the flow of ultraviolet radiation because this causes bleaching of the internal surfaces. When choosing the right tint, it is prudent to also consider obvious factors like cost, brand and consumer ratings. Here is a description of the primary types of window tinting films in the modern auto market. 

Dyed Film

The dyed window film is an inexpensive option, but it has limitations with regard to the functionality. This type of tinting product is manufactured by addition of dye to a polyester film, which is then applied to the auto glass. The tint will absorb sunlight, and the appearance is usually quite dark. It is ideal for reducing the fading of the interior features like seat covers, and the glare produced is minimal. On the other hand, this is not suitable for reducing heat, so the cooling benefits are not extensive. In addition, the dye might fade with time, depending on the driving and parking conditions. 

Metallised Film

Metallised window tints are designed to provide protection against solar heat and light by reflection. Basically, this product is created by embedding some small metallic components on a polymeric film. These combined elements will form a reflective surface which will prevent infiltration of solar energy through the glass. In addition, they will strengthen the structure of the window, and this will contribute to better shatter resistance. Unfortunately, the metallic content can cause significant interference in the transmission of wireless signals that are crucial in GPS, cell phone and radio communication.

Hybrid Film

The hybrid window film is fabricated by combining the beneficial elements of both the dyed and metallised tinting products. Generally, these two layers are bonded together in a single tinting film using a laminating adhesive. The dyed layer is more effective in blocking out sunlight and reducing the uncomfortable glare. The metallised layer will reduce heat and protect the dye in the film from accelerated fading. Additionally, this product prevents signal interference problems because the hybrid film has lower metal content.

The auto industry is constantly advancing, so you should inquire about other tinting options in the market. For example, ceramic films are fairly recent, but they provide numerous advantages in terms UV protection, low reflectivity and better protection against external heat.


22 February 2016

Keeping Your Auto Safe and Secure

Hey! My name is Damian and this blog contains some very important information about caring for and protecting your auto. I am not an automotive expert but I do have some experiences which have taught me some important lessons. When I bought a new car a couple of years ago, I was so happy. However, that happiness turned to anger when someone broke into my car. They didn't manage to drive it away but I was super mad. My friend who works in an auto shop recommended that I buy some accessories to improve the security of my car. He also gave me some great tips on how I could keep my car secure.