Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of window film?


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




Is the tint applied on 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.




What causes window film to turn purple?


Solar Gard film has the technology to make 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.




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


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




Does window film prevent glass from breaking?


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.




How long does it take to tint my vehicle?


The amount of time varies, depending on your type of vehicle. A complete car can take 2 to 4 hours. Full-sized trucks generally take between an hour and an hour and a half. A set of front doors usually only takes 30-45 minutes. If old aftermarket film has to be removed, that can add anywhere from 30 minutes to half a day.




Can window film reduce glare?


Yes. Glare not only can cause eye fatigue, but it can also be dangerous when driving. It reduces the amount of light allowed through the film, therefore allowing you to see better and not stress your eyes.




Do I need to wait to roll my windows down?


We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for at least 24 hours after window film has been installed. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved.




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


No, window film nor the car’s rear defroster will be affected.




What is the legal limit of tint in California?


California law states that front passenger windows can be no darker than 70%, but you can go as dark as you'd like on rear side and back windows.





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