Fading Windows: Causes and Prevention

We all know that prolonged exposure to sunlight can have detrimental effects on our cars. But has it ever crossed your mind which part of the car is the most affected? The answer to that is fairly simple, those large areas that receive the most sunlight such as the front window, hood, and dashboard. 

Therefore, it’s in your best interests as a car owner to invest on protection in these parts. This damages can be referred to as “fading”. Basically, it’s just material deterioration specifically caused by sunlight.

But fret not, there are certain ways that we can do to prevent fading windows from happening. One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways that you can do is tinting your windows.

To know more about tinting your windows and how exactly does sunlight fade materials, especially the windows, then keep reading.

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How does Sunlight Fade Your Car’s Window?

Before delving deeper into fading windows, one must be familiar first with the composition of sunlight. It has 3 elements as follows:

1. Ultraviolet Rays

Considered as the most harmful of the 3, ultraviolet rays can cause skin damages and fading windows.

2. Visible Light

The part of sunlight that allows us to see and is now known as a harmful element of sunlight. It can also cause solar heat gain; albeit far more less as compared to infrared rays.

3. Infrared Rays

Accounts for more than half of the total solar heat produced due to infrared radiation.

However, the only element that can cause fading windows is ultraviolet rays. Due to its damaging potential, it accounts to as much as 90% of the total fading while the remaining 10% is caused by other means such as humidity, pollutants, and other issues.

Due to the large energy potential of ultraviolet rays, it can easily damage any material it touches. Just like the skin on our body, it ages faster and reddens quickly when exposed to sunlight in prolonged periods of time. This is also true with windows. As our skin ages, windows also fade when exposed to sunlight.

Facts about Window Fading:

1. Fading is inevitable.

All materials fade in time due to wear and tear, and exposure to outside elements such as sunlight, pollutants, and weather, among many others.

2. Fading can only be minimized.

Fading can only be minimized if we restrict a material from being exposed to such elements mentioned above.

Can  Fading be Prevented?

Yes, but not entirely. Since there are many factors that can cause fading as mentioned before, opting for a preventive measure addressing all factors would be impractical and uneconomical. Imagine having to resort to solutions addressing ultraviolet rays, pollutants, and weather?

What you can do is find out what causes the most fading? In this case is ultraviolet rays. Then find a solution addressing only that matter. Though it will not address the problem altogether, it’s still more than enough to prolong the lifespan of your windows.

One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways that you can do to prevent fading is tinting your windows. There are various types of window tint films that can block certain percentages of ultraviolet rays. One you should opt for is a high quality tint film with high TSER values.

Though window tint films are not a full-proof solution to fading, it can still significantly prolong the lifespan of your windows and your car as a whole. Plus, correct maintenance practices and habits can also help in sustaining the integrity of your car.

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Factors Affecting Longevity of Tint Films:

Since tint films are crucial for the increased protection of your windows against fading, the factors that may and will affect the longevity of your tint films also plays a major role in fading your windows.

1. Quality of tint films used.

Low quality tint films such as dyed and metallic generally lasts 5 and 10 years, respectively. High quality ones such as ceramic or crystalline has lifetime warranty.

If you’re concerned about sustaining your car for a long time, you should get your hands on reputable window tint film suppliers.

2. Workmanship and installation of tint films. 

Despite having the best window tint film in town or however special it is, it wouldn’t matter if it’s installed incorrectly.

So installation is just as important as the quality of tint films used. Though it might look like a simply process to do, it’s more delicate than you think it is.

Poor workmanship installation can result to bubbling, blisters, peeling, or adhesion failure. So it’s important to get your hands on professional tint installers.

3. Piercing your tint films accidentally. 

Accidents do happen and we know it. Despite how careful you are around your car, it’s only a matter of time until you lose focus and accidentally pierce your tint films.

After that, if left untreated, peeling may occur which then gradually turn into bubbling. Make it a habit to place sharp objects away from the windows.

4. Using ammonia-based cleaners while cleaning the windows.

Ammonia-based cleaners have the tendency to corrode tint films. Avoid using such cleaners and opt for ammonia-free products. Soap and water will suffice at times. Besides, ammonia-based cleaners are more expensive than regular cleaners.

About the Writer:

This was written by Steven Hopkinson owner/operator of Flying Window Tinting. We have been in business in Orlando, Florida in the same location for 20 years! 

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