As the temperature begins to heat up, we anxiously anticipate freedom from our new normal of shelter in place or some version of self-quarantine. We want to get out, rekindle the love affair we have with our vehicles, and prepare for those daily commutes back to the office or much-needed, weekend road trips. With all that in mind, our customers have been asking more questions about the topic of window tint. From recent conversations, we have narrowed it down to five. Plus, added a few photos of recent tint installations – enjoy.
Do I Need Window Tint?
There are many reasons our customers ultimately decide to install window tint: Reduced glare from the sun, enhancing visibility and reducing eye strain; Blocks solar heat radiation, keeping vehicles cool and improve fuel efficiency; and Protection from harmful UV rays, that can cause skin cancer and skin damage. UItimately, it’s your decision.
What does VLT Mean?
The percentage of light that a window tint film allows to pass through your car windows is called the VLT (Visible Light Transmission), and each state has different legal allowable limits. A Higher VLT means that more light can pass through the window tint film. Example: a 75% tint will allow 75% of the light to pass through whereas a 25% tint will only allow 25% of the light to pass through, making the 25% tint a much darker film
Our installer, Trae is making magic happen, applying XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS PPF on the Full Front (Bumper, Mirrors, Headlights, Fog lights, Hood & Fenders) as well as rocker panels of a 2017 Corvette Stingray. This ‘Vette also received XPEL PRIME XR window tint that will now give it 88% IR heat rejection for those sunny Texas hill country drives.
Are There Different Kinds of Window Tint?
Yes. Film and film performance levels vary because of how the film is made. Films can be dyed, hybrid, nano-ceramic or – as with XPEL PRIME XR PLUS™ – made with a proprietary blend of metal and metal oxide nano particles. Depending on type, though, infrared heat rejection levels will vary from 45% to 98%. For more information check out our window tint page.
Will Window Tint Interfere with My Cell Phone Reception?
That depends on the type of window film you choose. For ceramic films no, they will not interfere with radio, cellular, or Bluetooth signals.
This 1973 Porsche 914, is an antique (by definition), but oh so fun to drive. No tint on this one, as it’s best to be enjoyed with the top off and windows down. We installed XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS paint protection film on the hood and fenders to keep it looking good.
Does XPEL Provide a Warranty?
Yes. All XPEL PRIME™ automotive window film is backed by a transferable, lifetime warranty against peeling, cracking, bubbling or turning purple.
If you have any other window tint related questions, we are here to answer them. Just call, stop by our XPEL San Antonio location or contact us online. For more answers to frequently asked questions, read here.
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