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Elite Window Tinting | Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Take a look at our frequently asked questions to learn more about window tint and paint protection film. If you still have questions or concerns, feel free to contact us to see how we can help you.

Q: What is window tint and where is it applied?
A: Window tint application is the process where we apply a multi-layered film usually made from polyester to the inside of a car's window. The tint helps control heat and protect your vehicle's interior from sun damage.

Q: Why choose XPEL products?
A: After years of working with different paint protection and window tint products, we’ve found that the XPEL line not only offers the highest performance quality of all products on the market, but also comes in a wide range of different options. With its self-healing technology, XPEL is more durable and resistant to damage than other films, ensuring that you can get the most from your investment.

Q: What is a lifetime-transferable warranty?
A: The XPEL lifetime-transferable warranty covers against cracking, bubbling, delamination, and fading for the life of the film. It will also transfer with the vehicle if it’s sold, which may increase your vehicle’s resale value.

Q: Why would I want to get my windows tinted?
A: Window film has many benefits for vehicles, such as blocking UV radiation and heat, reducing glare, adding privacy and creating an aesthetically pleasing look.

Q: Is your tint the same as “factory tinted” glass?
A: Factory window tint involves a pigment that’s applied to the glass during the manufacturing process, so it doesn’t have the ability to reduce UV radiation or heat. Aftermarket window film adheres to the surface of the glass, providing you with such benefits as UV protection and glare reduction.

Q: Are there legal restrictions for window tinting?
A: Each state has its own laws regarding window tint. In Oregon, your windows can be tinted with a material that allows a light transmittance of 50 percent or greater, and the combined light transmittance once the film is applied cannot exceed 35 percent. In the rear sections of multi-purpose vehicles, however, there are no restrictions on the light transmittance.

Q: What does the light transmittance percentage mean?
A: The percentage of light transmittance refers to how much light can pass through the material. A lower percentage means less light can pass through, which usually means the material is darker.

Q: Can you tint windows with a rear defroster?
A: Yes, window film has no effect on a rear defroster.

Q: Can I operate my windows after having film applied?
A: Window film installation uses adhesives that take a certain period of time to set properly, which is usually 48 hours. During that time, it’s best not to operate your windows to protect your window film. After that, your windows will operate normally.

Q: Why do my windows look blotchy after window tint installation?
A: When a window tint is first applied, it can look hazy and streaky from the moisture between the film and the glass. Over time, this moisture will evaporate, leaving your windows with a crystal-clear look.

Q: How do I clean tinted windows?
A: Tinted windows don’t require special cleaners, but it’s best to avoid glass cleaner with ammonia or scraping the tint with a blade, as it can damage window tint film over time. Tinted windows can be cleaned with a soft, non-abrasive cloth for best results.

Q: How soon can I get a window tint appointment?
A: Summer is typically the busiest time for window tinting, but our schedule can vary. It’s best to make your appointment several days in advance to ensure that you get the time that works best for you.

Q: How long does window tint installation take?
A: The installation process can vary according to the complexity and type of vehicle you’re tinting, but most installations can be completed in a few hours.

Q: Where is your shop located?
A: 14200 SE McLoughlin Blvd. Unit K Milwaukie, OR 97267 503-786-1020