For those who wonder about the advantages of car window tinting, the family-owned shop answers several common questions about the application.
Q: Do black dots and lines at the edge of a window on newer cars affect window tinting?
A: The black dots, or matrix patters, as well as the lines at the top of some windows are made of a Teflon material that is applied at the factory. Purely cosmetic, they hide trim lines and edges on different styles of autos. The thickness of these Teflon-type areas makes them incredibly difficult when applying window tint. Window tint is designed to adhere directly to the glass. The black lines across the top of some windows can prevent window tint from sticking and cannot be covered. When black dots are encountered, the window tint sticks to the slightly raised dot. This can give, depending on the thickness of the material, a lighter or different look in the area of the black matrix dots. This poses no risk of peeling. In some cases, the dot pattern or lines usually put at the top of some windows are so thick that it makes it impossible for the tint to stick at all.
Q: How long will it take to install window tint on my vehicle?
A: Installation time ranges from 1 to 3 hours depending on how many windows are being tinted and what type of vehicle it is.
Q: Should I drop off my vehicle or wait?
A: Both options are available and you can do what works best with your schedule. We prefer that the vehicle be dropped off for couple hours. ** we are remodeling our place but we have a waiting area available, with free WiFi, cable TV and magazines for customers who choose to stay for the installation.
Q: How dark can you tint my windows?
A: In California the amount of light that can pass through your car windows is measured in percentages (called VLT), so make sure your tinting film is up to these standards! In California there is no difference in regulations for sedans, or SUVs and vans, so these laws are for all vehicles.
Windshield doesn’t legally allow any tinting applied to it
Front side windows must pass through more than 70% of light inside your car (70% VLT)
Back side windows and rear window can have any darkness
The good news is that the California tint law does allow the use of certain tint on the front side passenger windows on a motor vehicle. However, the tint film must be: 1) transparent, 2) clear and 3) colorless. Therefore, you can apply transparent, clear, colorless tint to the front side windows which will reject harmful UV rays. Although it is not technically legal, some clients opt to apply window tinting to the front side windows that is not transparent, clear and colorless, but is several shades lighter than the rear window tint. Some clients feel the contrast between the light and dark tint makes the light tint much less conspicuous, and nearly undetectable
Q: How long should I keep my windows rolled up after I have window tint installed?
A: We recommend keeping your windows up for at least 3-5 days. If windows are rolled down before that time frame the tint often peels off because it has not had enough time to cure. Should this happen we can redo your window at a low cost, but it is not covered under the warranty.
Q: I just had my windows tinted and they look a little hazy. Is this normal?
A: Yes, this is completely normal and temporary. For the first few days after your windows are tinted they might appear cloudy, hazy, and you may see little water pockets forming underneath the film. This is very typical. When windows are tinted, the squeegee can only remove a certain amount of the water from between the film and the glass. As the film dries, the remaining water will form little pockets. Window film is a porous material that allows water to evaporate, so these water pockets will simply evaporate and go away by themselves as the film fully adheres to the glass. The amount of time before your new tint will be totally dry is determined by the amount of sunlight it gets. If it's cloudy and overcast outside, it will take longer, if it's hot and sunny, then the film dries very quickly. This time frame can range from 2 days, up to 1 month.
Q: I've called several shops in the area and received cheaper quotes for window tint. Why is Bluemax W. T more expensive?
This is a question we get a lot. But we have competitive prices. Also Our name is only as good as the work we produce, so we only offer the highest quality, nano-ceramic, automotive, window films to our customers and handle every install with care. Many other shops that offer window tinting will quote you for an installation of their lowest grade film just to get you in the door. Not until you get there, do you realize that to get the kind of film you desire, you’ll end up spending more. We are transparent about the films we offer, install, and always price each application accordingly to the vehicle’s size rather than just off the cuff.
Q: What is dot matrix in windows?
The dots on the edges of your windows are there to provide a smooth transition from that crucial solid black frit band in order to prevent distortion and to look more aesthetically pleasing, while the dots behind your rearview mirror keep the sun from your eyes. **there are two main issues that installers deal with regarding dot matrix during a window film installation. The first is getting window film to stick properly in the matrix area. Often the film will want to peel back and not want to stick in this area. The second issue is that the installer can get the film to adhere to the dots, but the film appears to have a “silvering” in the matrix area when viewed from the outside. (See Picture) To make matters worse, this “silvering is often not uniform or consistent across the window drawing even more attention to this problem.
What causes the silvering? The basic explanation is that the profile of the dots serve to keep the film floating above the actual surface of the glass. The dots are spaced too closely together and the film rides on the top of the dots unable to deflect into the valleys between the dots to stick to the actual glass. The resulting gap between the glass and the film in these areas is what you are seeing when “silvering” is present. You may notice that as the film cures that you can push down in these areas and reduce or eliminate the silvering. This is because once the mounting solution is completely dried out you can often push the film into these valleys and get it to stick to the glass. Often, even you are successful getting this to occur, the “silvering” will return to these areas again as the film cannot maintain adhesion in these valleys. again, the use of adhesive promoters in these areas might help this, but getting uniform adhesion across the entire matrix is difficult.
The dots on the edges of your windows are there to provide a smooth transition from that crucial solid black frit band in order to prevent distortion and to look more aesthetically pleasing, while the dots behind your rearview mirror keep the sun from your eyes.
**there are two main issues that installers deal with regarding dot matrix during a window film installation. The first is getting window film to stick properly in the matrix area. Often the film will want to peel back and not want to stick in this area. The second issue is that the installer can get the film to adhere to the dots, but the film appears to have a “silvering” in the matrix area when viewed from the outside. (See Picture) To make matters worse, this “silvering is often not uniform or consistent across the window drawing even more attention to this problem.
The only way to truly take care of silvering is to fill in the gaps left when the film rides on the top of the dots. This is often done through the use of a clear glue stick. The idea is to fold back the film to just below the matrix and run a bead of glue at the juncture of the film to glass. Then lay the film back down and squeegee the glue line evenly through the matrix. The excess glue will flood the valleys between the dots and eliminate the “silvering” as that gap is now filled with glue. The last option is to trim the window film just below the matrix and apply a black vinyl in the area that the matrix exists. This can be done very neatly via a butt seam method and give goo visual results from the exterior. However, it does change the look of the window from the inside and some customers might want that.
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