As vehicle owners, we often give great thought towards regular maintenance and tune-ups, but we often ignore our car’s windows?
Window film or window tint isn’t just another aesthetic enhancement for your vehicle but provides long-lasting functional benefits to protect you and your car.
When it comes to tinting your car’s windows, you have two options to choose from—custom window tint installation or pre-cut window tint.
A custom window tint film is specifically cut for your vehicle, so it fits perfectly on each window, Pre-cut window tints are just that—a film that is cut using a computer for a specific make or model of a vehicle.
What Comes in a Pre-Cut Window Tint Kit?
Pre-cut window tint kits come with all of the films for the driver and passenger side windows, and the rear window (backglass).
Depending on the manufacturer, some pre-cut window tint kits come with a squeegee, low lint cloth, and/or a utility knife to apply the tint on your vehicle.
Length of Life of DIY Window Tint Kits
The length of life of DIY window tint kits depends on the quality of the film, how well it is cared for, and of course how well it’s applied.
These economical window tint options can last anywhere between one to five years. The main problem that exists with pre-cut tints is low quality. Most pre-cut tints cost less because the process, materials used, and protection are substandard.
Furthermore, most pre-cut tints aren’t engineered to meet a high level of quality or longevity, but rather a low price point.
A DIY window tint kit will undoubtedly save you a fair bit of cash upfront but will disappoint in the long term.
Something as simple as tiny dirt particles trapped under the film can lead to issues after application.
How to Fix Bad DIY Window Tint Jobs?
Fixing a bad DIY window tint job is much harder than the first application. Should you fix the bad tint job yourself—sometimes yes, and sometimes no! Keep in mind that if you didn’t do a good job at applying the DIY tint, your repairs may be of a lower quality.
Bubbles are the most common issue with DIY tint jobs, and small bubbles should go away within a couple of weeks.
Larger bubbles however will not go away, but you can try pricking on them with a pin or sewing needle, after which you can smooth them out with a credit card to make the bubbles disappear.
Getting rid of wrinkles in DIY tint can be done with distilled water. Start by gently lifting the tint of the window with a razor blade. Next, pull the wrinkled area back, and then spray water on both the film and the glass. Press the DIY tint firmly back onto the window using a squeegee, starting from the inside.
If you’re unable to fix bad DIY window tint issues, your best bet is to get rid of it completely, and hire a professional to get it done right the first time.
How Hiring a Window Tint Installer Can Save You Money?
Hiring a professional window tint installer can not only save you money, but also from the heartache of dealing with a bad tint job.
If you’ve never applied a window tint before, let us tell you that this process isn’t as easy as it looks from cutting the window tint, to applying the tinting without bubbling.
What started out as a weekend job could drag on for weeks, which is precious time that you could’ve spent doing what you’re cut out for. Hiring a window installer can save you some serious cash on tickets and fines if your tint is too thick and covers your car.
Tint masters are familiar with local tint laws, and can recommend the type, and level of window tint you should apply to your vehicle.
Why Hire Sterling’s Customs for Professional Window Tinting?
Sterling’s Customs window tint is in a league of its own, thanks to its long-lasting footprint that’s free of any imperfections.
What sets Sterling’s Customs apart from other tint installers is that we use the highest-grade films from leading brands such as Llumar, and our favorite Scorpion’s Venom ceramic-carbon film.