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Tinted Windows

Tinted (darkened) car windows have been popular for many years. A light tinting can reduce UV rays (which can harm a car's interior) and keep a car cooler in the summer. Darker tinting can add privacy and up a car's "sex appeal" while reducing break-ins and theft of contents by making it harder to see items left inside the car. If the tinted is accomplished by applying a plastic film to the interior, there is the added benefit of increased scratch and breakage resistance.

If you are in the market for tinting your windows, here are some tips:

  • tinted glass - offered by the manufacturer, these are glass windows that already embody the tinting. Tinted glass generally has only a light tint, but may include heavier tinting in the "visor" region at the top of windshields. These windows generally conform to the strictest state guidelines on tinting.
  • tinted film - this plastic film has a sticky side that is used to attach the film to the inside of the window. Tinted film is considerably less expensive than tinted glass, but it can be tricky to apply and may start to crack or bubble in only a few years.
  • spray on coatings - sprays allow for even coatings that can outlast film; however, applying the coating generally requires removing the glass from the car before spraying.

Be sure to check your state's regulations on tinting. As some types and degrees of tinting can obscure vision (both the driver's and that of law enforcement), many states have laws governing which windows can be tinted and to what degree.

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