These are some of the questions we get often. If you have a question not addressed here, please do not hesitate to call us or visit the shop.
Q: What is window tinting?
A: Window tinting is the application of a multi-layered, polyester based film material that adheres to the interior surface of automobile windows for solar control.
Q: Why would I want to get my windows tinted?
A: Window films can do many amazing things such as block ultraviolet radiation, block heat and reduce glare in addition to enhancing the aesthetics of a vehicle and providing privacy. It also adds a safety component in the event of an accident because it holds broken glass together, preventing glass shards from flying about.
Q: Is your tint the same as “factory tinted” glass?
A: While after-market window films and factory tinted glass look very similar, they are not the same thing. Factory tinted glass is pigment that is put into the glass during the manufacturing process making it simply, colored glass. Factory tinted glass does not do many of the things that window films can do, such as block heat and UV rays.
Q: Are there legal restrictions for window tinting?
A: Every state has different laws regarding what they will permit on their roads. In Oregon, it is perfectly legal to tint your windows provided that the material has a light transmittance of 50% or greater, AND the combined light transmittance once applied to your vehicle’s glass does not exceed 35%. There are no restrictions on the light transmittance of the windows in the rear section of multi-purpose vehicles (trucks, vans, SUVs).
Q: What is meant by a window film with X% light transmittance?
A: That number is a measurement of how much light passes through the material. A lower number means less light is passing through, and therefore the material is darker.
Q: What if I have a rear window defroster? Can I still have that window tinted?
A: Yes. Neither thing will affect the other.
Q: Can I operate my windows after having film applied?
A: Window films are applied with adhesives, and like all adhesives, they needs time to “set”. Until the adhesive sets, it is best not to subject it to unnecessary stress, so you should not operate your windows for 48 hours after film is applied.
Q: I just had my windows tinted. Why do they look blotchy?
A: After film is freshly applied, it appears hazy and streaky because there are trace amounts of moisture still remaining between the film and the glass. This is normal and temporary. How long it takes for this moisture to dissipate depends on the temperature and the humidity, but it always goes away eventually.
Q: What should I clean my tinted windows with?
A: It is important that you avoid glass cleaners that contain ammonia, because repeated applications of ammonia can damage the film over time. Otherwise though, window tinting does not require special cleaners. You should use a soft, non-abrasive cloth, and never scrape the tint with any type of blade.
Q: I would like to get my vehicle’s windows tinted. How soon can I get an appointment?
A: Summer is our busiest time, but our schedule is always fluctuating, so it is best to arrange your appointment several days in advance to secure the spot that works best for you.
Q: How long does window tinting take?
A: It depends on the vehicle and the complexity of your particular project, but the average vehicle can be completed in just a few hours.
Q: Where is your shop located?
A: We have one in Portland and one in Milwaukie (view maps).