Doing Proper maintenance on your window tint will let your window film last a lot longer even though you get a warranty his best to maintain it properly so you don’t have to get it redone. Many times when you have to redo the windows they may damage your defrosters or scratch your glass. Also, a lot of times a company might not be in business still. So your warranty might not be worth anything so if you follow the following steps it will let your window tinting on your vehicle last a lot longer.
When You First Get Your Window Tint?
When you first get your window tint it needs time for it to dry to the glass property. The installer cannot take out all the water time of insulation. So you cannot roll the windows down for three to five days while the sun dries out the rest of the water out and then the heat from the sun sticks the solar film to the window properly. So don’t be concerned if you see a fuse minor bubbles in the window tint when you first pick it up they will go away.
Best way to clean your Window Tint
The best product to clean your window is to use a window cleaner that does not have ammonia. The window tint has a clear coat on the top layer which protects the tinted layer from scratching and chemicals and damaging it. But ammonia in glass cleaners after a period of time starts to destroy the clear coat. Once that clear coat damaged it will look blurry and needs to be replaced. So we recommend a window tint cleaner that is ammonia free. The one our shop recommends using our shop daily called Spray away window cleaner.
How long window tint last depends on the brand and warranty you get from the manufacturer?
Just maintaining the Windows using the proper cleaning and not damaging it may not necessarily make your windows last forever. A major factor in the longevity of your tint is the quality of the material. American-made Window Films last a lot longer than the imported window films from China or India as their main focus is a cheap price so they use cheaper materials. Another major reason that will affect the length of your window tint job is where you live. if you live and the Northern United States or you have a very short summer your window tint will last a lot longer than if you live in the Southern United States like Florida or Arizona where you get the Sun a lot longer.
Things that you damaged your window tint that’s you wouldn’t expect?
Some things you might expect to damage your window tint are things like seatbelts hitting it. When you take off the seatbelt do not let it fly off as some have a strong spring on it and it might hit it on the glass beside you. After a period you will see small holes in the tint on the glass. Also carrying a ladder, tools, aluminum beach chairs, etc in the rear of your vehicle and it hits the glass will scratch it. Many people lend their cars are friends to move stuff and they bring it back scratched or damaged. So if lending out your car it might be wise to advise people to be careful on the window tint on the inside.
So just a bit of care when you have sharp metal objects you transporting in your car. We find the only thing that makes any scratches are things that have a metal edge. Wood or plastic doesn’t seem to damage it.
Having pets around your window tint?
Having pets in your car does not damage your window tint. We find the claws of cats and dogs are not sharp enough to scratch the tint. The biggest problem is when they rub their nose they leave a lot of smudges on the glass. But a good glass cleaner will clean that off and we had advised not to leave the smudges on too long . You can also get a plastic silicone cleaner that leaves a silicone film on the window and sorts of acts like an insulator against things sticking on the glass. Just make sure it’s chemical-free that won’t hurt your pets
Car washes don’t always use the right product to clean your car
Most car washes know not to use harsh chemicals on window tint. We find here in Florida they are knowledgeable on the best products that won’t damage your tint. But if you live up north where Window tint is not as popular you might want to tell them first that you have window tint and to use ammonia-free chemicals. Also, make sure they don’t have any sharp objects like buttons on clothes or when they’re cleaning it not to have their rings damage it.
How much your car is exposed to the Sun during the day
One of the final factors we find that determines the life of your window tint is how much sun exposure it has during the day. Some people parking and Underground parking While others are parked outside. If you park outside and the sun shines on your Windows 8 hours a day. It will reduce the life of your window tint. We recommend parking the windshield towards the Sun or parK under a tree or shaded area. If that’s not possible rotate the car each day so not one window is towards the sun all the time
in conclusion, the best way to maintain your film is to prevent it from scratches and to reduce the amount of sun that exposed to a daily. Most films in cooler weather will last 15 to 20 years if it’s a good quality film. In the South when it’s a warmer climate good quality film usually lasts between 10 to 12 years. if you get a good quality film like llumar 3M they come with a lifetime warranty and if you keep the receipt they will redo it free of charge parts and labor.