Ceramic WIndow Tint and Why You Need It
Window Tint Basics
Window tint is actually a polymer film that is installed on the inside of your vehicle’s glass. It’s been around for decades and its aesthetic appeal and the element of privacy are the two primary reasons to have it installed in your vehicle. Standard window film is dyed and offers no heat rejection, and, it tended to fade over time due to UV degradation.
Recently scientists discovered that by infusing nano-ceramic particles into the film, it would block infrared (heat) and UV rays. And, ceramic infused film is superior in appearance than standard window tint, and it is fade resistant. Unlike older film, the ceramic film is non-metallic and does not contain dyes, which causes discoloration. Today the superior ceramic window film represents the lion’s share of the automotive window film market.
Factory Window Tint
Most newer vehicles have factory tinted rear windows. Unfortunately factory “tint” is simply dyed glass and offers no infrared nor any UV protection. For this reason many window film companies offer ceramic window film in light shades. It offers the benefits of ceramic window tint without making factory dyed windows darker.
The Myth About Tint Shade
Tint shade is not an indicator of how well a ceramic window film blocks heat and UV rays. Some of the lighter shades offer just s much protection as darker shades. The heat and UV blocking properties area a function of the nano-ceramic particles rather than the film’s darkness.
And while we are on the subject of tint shade, the percentage of the film represents the amount of visible light that is let through. So, 85% is almost clear and 5% is “limo”. In Texas, tint shade on the front windows must be at least 25%. Anything darker and you may find yourself getting a ticket, or unable to pass inspection. And, a clear UV film on the windshield is allowed without a medical exemption. Hopefully this clears up the confusion about tint percentages and heat and UV rejection.
Ceramic window film comes in a variety of shades and offers heat and UV rejection capability. This protects passengers, interior trim and upholstery, and keeps the cabin cooler in the hot Texas summers.