What are the window tinting laws in Texas?
Window Tint Standards can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Part 1, Rule 21.3. You can review them here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/consumerinfo/windowtint.htm
How dark can I tint my windows?
In Texas, the legal limit for the two front windows is 25% Visible Light Transmittance. The rear windows and the rest of the vehicle can be as dark as you would like.
Can I tint over my factory privacy glass in the rear of my vehicle?
For sure! Auto manufacturers often add dye to the rear glass to help reduce glare. It makes the glass darker but it does very little to reduce heat and UV rays entering the vehicle. Tinting over the colored glass will make your car more comfortable, protect you from harmful UV rays, further reduce glare, and protect your privacy.
What do I need to do to prepare my vehicle for window tint?
Simply call to set up an appointment and show up. It is helpful to us if you get a basic car wash before bringing in your vehicle in order to achieve the best results. If you can’t get your car washed American Tinters will thoroughly clean your windows before we apply the film. Also, since tint is applied on the inside of the glass, we request you remove any personal items that may get in the way during the installation.
Why does my new film have bubbles or water streaks in it?
The moisture we use for installation can remain between the film and windows for up to 2 to 3 weeks and sometimes longer in colder climates. This can make the window look hazy but it will clear up as all the water evaporates.
How long should I wait before rolling down the windows?
We recommend that you wait 2 to 3 days before rolling down the windows
How durable is the film?
The hard scratch-resistant coating on our films do an excellent job of protecting the window tint from everyday use, however hard and sharp objects can scratch them. You should keep that in mind when loading items into your vehicle. Also, be careful when unhooking your seat belt to prevent the metal tab from hitting the side glass.
Can window tint be removed?
Yes, it can. The existing film can be removed, however, it can be time-consuming particularly if the back window has defroster lines. Even if the film is purpled and bubbled, we are often able to remove the film without damaging the defrosters. There are certain instances when it would be impossible to remove the film without scraping defroster lines. If that is the case, we will advise the customer prior to performing the work.
What causes window tint to turn purple and to bubble?
Window tint can be susceptible to purpling and bubbling in response to the chemical changes that are caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) and infrareds (IR) electromagnetic radiation from the sun. This typically occurs only with low-cost, low-quality window film. American Tinters provides an extensive array of premium quality window films. All films we apply include a lifetime manufacturer-backed warranty.