When Should it be a DIY Job?
In 20 years we have seen a lot of bad tint. Here is how to avoid the pitfalls of cheap auto tinting.
Congratulations, you’ve researched the many benefits of tinting the windows of your vehicle, and you’re ready to go. Before you roll up your sleeves and dig into the unknown, there’s a few reasons to ask for the help of a window tinting professional.
1. Familiarity with local regulations
The level of tint on your vehicles can mean the difference between a cool ride and a violation ticket from your local law enforcement. Darkly tinted windows are a safety concern for law enforcement officers when they’re making a traffic stop, and each city has different regulations. Professional window tinting companies are required to stay up-to-date on window tint regulations, and promote good recommendations to their customers based on the local guidelines, to ensure their customers don’t drive away with a law-breaking tint.
Unfortunately, most of the time DIY window tint kits are lower in quality and durability when compared to commercial grade window tinting products. Not only that, but DIY window tint is notorious for being a pain to work with and come with no directions on how to prevent bits of dust and debris sticking to the film. Unlike the commercial grade window film, the cheaper materials are more prone to tearing, bubbling, and not adhering properly.
3. First-time success
The way to gauge whether your window film installation experiment was successful isn’t just whether you made the film stick to the window. Are there wrinkles or creases? Are there tiny bits of debris that will eventually create a tear or bubble? Window tint is finicky, and a one-shot deal. If you make an error and have to remove it, window film leaves sticky residue on the surface of your window and won’t adhere a second time properly.
4. Guaranteed work
Professional window tinting companies will usually offer a guarantee on their work. If mistakes are made, you can hold someone accountable. However if you do a bad job, you’re out your time, money, and possibly a replacement window film kit for a second try.
The cost for a DIY window tinting kit can range in price from $120 for a small car up to $380 for large vans. But the cheaper window film lacks the protective qualities of commercial grade window tint. For example, one of the main reasons car owners are interested in window tinting are to gain from features that protect their car’s interior from fading and cracking, and minimize the heat from the sun. Commercial grade tint eliminates harmful UV rays, protecting skin and fabrics alike. The funny thing is, it will actually work out CHEAPER to have a pro do it. They purchase higher quality film in bulk and pass on that savings to you.
As always, give us a call for a free quote for your next tinting job. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about how our window tinting professionals can help you.