Types of Window Tint for Texas Summer Travel

For most San Antonio families, the Memorial Day weekend is a signal that school is (or soon to be) over and plans for a holiday road trip or Summer travel have begun. Maybe less so this year, but we can all still remain hopeful. And when we think of travel, preparing for the drive is half the battle. Simple maintenance, like changing the oil and checking tire pressure are a given. But what about safety and comfort? If you are considering window tint, then there are several things you should know. Window tint does block up to 99% of harmful UV rays and, with varying levels of heat rejection, reduces the temperature inside your vehicle. It also protects passengers from shattered glass in the event of an accident, and provides added privacy, which lessens the chances of theft. Not all window tints are the same, however, and have different characteristics that are suited to different types of vehicles. Depending on your budget and preference, each has its unique benefit. Here are four types to consider: Dyed Window Tinting Among all the types of tint film, dyed window tint is the least expensive. However, it should never be underestimated because it still blocks UV rays from the sun and hides your possessions inside your vehicle in broad daylight. The downside of using a dyed tint is fading over time, which means that it would need to be replaced.  Dyed window tint blocks light rays by the addition of dye to the film. The dye is placed in a layer next to the adhesive, and then applied to the window. Solar heat is absorbed by the dye in the film, thus preventing some of the heat from entering through the window. Dyed window tinting film, however, is used primarily for appearance. From the outside, dyed film looks flat and opaque, providing some privacy while still permitting visibility from the interior. When used on the windows of your vehicle, it will appear black. The heat reduction provided by most varieties of dyed film is not particularly high, but they are a cost-efficient option for those on a budget. Metalized Window Tinting Like dyed film, metalized film keeps heat away from interior space by reflecting it away. This is done by very small metallic particles embedded in the film. The metallic content also strengthens the window, making the window much more shatter-resistant. And it is more resistant to scratches than dyed film.  Metalized window tint film creates a shiny appearance from the outside. When used on a vehicle, however, one drawback of metallized film is the fact that its metallic content has a tendency to interfere with electronic devices, such as cell phone and GPS and radio transmission. The reflective properties may not be the look you want, as most tints have a matte finish. However, metalized window tints are still functional. Hybrid Window Tinting As what the name suggests, hybrid window tints are a combination of metalized and dyed window tint films. They are made to combine the positive qualities of both while eliminating its negative ones. For example, titanium grey dye is known for being not too dark nor too reflective. This kind of window tint provides the necessary amount of darkness to provide privacy while blocking a decent amount of UV rays. The initial piece of the window tint is an adhesive layer that adheres to the glass. Next, a dyed and metalized layer is incorporated into the film along with a protective top coat to prevent scrapes. Each film bonds together with the use of a laminating adhesive. Because of the dyed layer, hybrid film can block a fair amount of light, while its metallic parts create a crisp, dark appearance.  With hybrid films, the commonly-held belief that “the darker the film, the more heat-resistant it is” no longer holds true. In fact, most people choose darker films simply because they provide the best privacy. Ceramic Window Tinting Ceramic film is the highest quality of window tint film, and also the most expensive, contains neither metal, dye, nor metal, but instead a kind of ceramic particle that is both non-conductive and non-metallic. Ceramic film is a relatively new option on the market, but has already proven its worth in terms of performance and reliability. Ceramic window tint film reduces the solar heat that enters through the windows in the form of infrared light, while allowing maximum visibility both by day and night.  Like hybrid film, ceramic window-tinting film allows maximum efficiency in the functioning of radios, cell phones, GPS systems, and all other such devices being operated from inside the protected space. It surpasses the other types in its resistance to glare and fading, and renders windows highly shatter-proof. Ceramic film is also most effective in its blocking of ultraviolet light from the interior; in the case of ultraviolet light (the kind of light rays that contribute to sunburn and skin cancer), ceramic window-tinting film can block up to 99% from entering the interior. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but we wanted to arm you with valuable information to help you make the right decision. Just make sure that you have your tint installed by a reputable business and that you are aware of the window tint laws in your state – each state has restrictions on allowable darkness for your vehicle. If you are looking for a high-quality window film, installed by certified professionals, then contact us for a quote today. Or if you still have questions, please view our window tint product pages to see our XPEL PRIME dyed, hybrid and ceramic offerings. Until then, safe travels, wherever the road may lead you.

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Toyota 4Runner Gets the STEALTH Treatment

There’s something truly amazing that happens when applying XPEL STEALTH to a white vehicle. It’s subtle, but the frosted, smooth, finish is unmistakably unique. Last week we had the opportunity to install it on this 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road. A question we often get is, “What’s the difference between vinyl and PPF?” In the car world a "wrap" can mean a couple things. It can mean wrapping the entire vehicle in vinyl to change the color, add an advertising logo, or to enhance aesthetic looks of the vehicle or it can mean covering a vehicle in paint protective film (PPF).  Unlike PPF, vinyl is purely cosmetic and provides relatively no paint protection or defense against rock chips.  For this 4Runner, we did a full wrap, which means full coverage of a vehicle's painted surfaces in PPF. Our most popular paint protection film is XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS; a beautiful additional clearcoat urethane film that protects a vehicle's paint and provides a high gloss finish. Another, more unique option, is XPEL STEALTH; a beautiful satin urethane film that protects a vehicle's paint while providing a sleek satin finish. Both ULTIMATE PLUS and STEALTH protect a vehicle from unsightly damage and maximizes re-sale value. Both also are self-healing, stain resistant and have a 10-year transferable warranty.This 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a beautiful example of a full wrap in STEALTH PPF. The once super white glossy paint of this vehicle is not only protected on every surface but now sports a gorgeous frozen looking matte satin finish! This 4Runner was also tinted with XPEL XR PLUS window tint to add up to 98% heat rejection to the windows, windshield and sunroofs. Do you have questions about window tint, paint protection film or ceramic coating? See our services pages for more details or let us know how we can help. You can contact us online or ask for Brett Clark if you come by our location near IH-10 and UTSA Blvd.

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Hello Beautiful – Corvette C8 Gets Ultimate Protection

A very unique Chevrolet Corvette C8 has arrived…meet Black and Blue from Corpus Christi, Texas. To keep her cool and protected, we gave her the full treatment of window tint, paint protection film, and finally a ceramic coating to maintain her flawless appearance. We applied XPEL PRIME XR window film, that has a multi-layer, nano-ceramic technology and provides superior heat rejection, blocking up to 98% of the infrared heat. Also, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective UV protectant. To protect the paint, we applied XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS™ paint protection film. This is a virtually invisible urethane layer that protects your vehicle’s paint from everyday damages including scuffs, scratches, chips, and more. We covered the full front of the vehicle, as well as A Pillar, Roof Leading Edge Guard, Rocker Panels, Rear Spoiler, Aero Blades, and Door Edges. And for that extra layer of protection and shine, we applied XPEL FUSION PLUS™ ceramic coating. This professionally applied product is specifically formulated to use on XPEL paint protection film. It enhances gloss and increases color depth, improves stain resistance, and has a self-cleaning hydrophobic formula. Do you have questions about window tint, paint protection film or ceramic coating? See our services pages for more details or let us know how we can help. You can contact us online or ask for Brett Clark if you come by our location near IH-10 and UTSA Blvd.

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Range Rover HSE gets Tint and Paint Protection Film

Even without a Spurs playoff run, we’re optimistic about what May will bring. The past few weeks have certainly been challenging, but our customers are keeping us busy. So, we wanted to recognize Land Rover of San Antonio for bringing us this new 2020 Range Rover HSE for PPF and window tint. Thank you. We applied XPEL PRIME XR window film, to keep it cool and protected. The multi-layer, nano-ceramic technology of this film provides superior heat rejection, blocking up to 98% of the infrared heat. For more about window film benefits check out our services page. Daniel and Elisa made the magic happen with a full body wrap, using XPEL STEALTH paint protection film. This film has the same qualities as XPEL ULTIMATE PLUS and effectively changes the finish on the vehicle to a matte finish. Together, the combination provides the same aliphatic polyurethane film protection to the automotive paint and other surfaces including headlights, A-B-C Pillars, side gills, mirrors and accent lines. Do you have questions about paint protection film? See our services page for details. Stay safe out there San Antonio and let us know how we can help. You can contact us online or ask for Brett Clark if you come by our location near IH-10 and UTSA Blvd. Go Spurs Go!

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Automotive Window Tint Frequently Asked Questions

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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2020 Chevy Corvette C8 Gets Fully Protected with ULTIMATE PLUS PPF, FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating & PRIME XR PLUS Window Tint

https://youtu.be/ikbYRE9M7ScChevrolet's latest C8 Corvette is finally starting to hit the streets. Recently, a Sebring Orange version came by XPEL San Antonio for the works! Check out the full video & photos below to see the new C8 getting the protection it deserves. We installed ULTIMATE PLUS PPF, FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating, and PRIME XR PLUS Window Tint!If you've got a new C8 on order, or one waiting in your garage, there's never been a better time to think about protecting it. From the most basic install to full coverage, we can handle it. This C8 in particular received ULTIMATE PLUS PPF on all high impact areas to keep them free of chips, scratches and other unsightly damage. Full hood protection is an essential part of any XPEL PPF package. You get the most protection possible, with no visible line or film edge on the hood We also recommend protecting the Corvette C8's rocker panels. With wide, grippy rubber, it's easy to kick up rocks and debris that can damage the paint. With the PPF install complete, it's time to top it all off with XPEL FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating. FUSION PLUS provides an extra layer of hydrophobic protection, adding depth and shine to the beautiful Sebring Orange finish. Of course, when driving such a hot car, you need to stay cool. This new Vette will beat the Texas heat with PRIME XR PLUS Window Tint. Our top of the line film offers 98% IR heat reduction while blocking 99% of harmful cancer-causing UV rays. Without a doubt, the new 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette is going to be a major hit for car fans everywhere, and XPEL San Antonio is here to help. Need a custom quote on any of the services we mentioned? Contact us today & we'll do our best to assist.

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