In fact, there’s just about a DIY guide for almost anything and everything you could possibly imagine.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good idea to follow them all. Because, for every easy DIY guide you find on the internet, there are a dozen failure videos to along with them.
DIY projects are great for crafts, accessories, small furnishings. But when it comes to big expensive items like your car? Specifically, window tinting? Well, sometimes it’s best to back away from the DIY guides, and let a professional help.
The risk of damaging your car and having to throw away money just to fix what could have easily been done the first time around by a professional- is just not one you want to take.
Not to mention the time wasted completing the DIY project, and then the time wasted having to get it fixed. It’s not worth it.
Still not convinced? Here are some of the most common DIY window tinting fails.
Biggest DIY Window Tinting Fails
#1 – Bubbles and Bumps
If you don’t have impeccably clean windows, dust or dirt can easily get caught underneath the tint film, causing bubbles and bumps. This is a common problem with DIY window tinting. Worst part is, these bubbles and bumps cause distortions making it difficult to actually see through your windows. Sometimes, the bubbles don’t even show up until months down the road, at which point there’s nothing left for you to do but redo the tint.
#2 – Illegally Dark
Every state has its own legal percentages of how dark car windows can be. If you accidentally tint your window too dark – you won’t be able to pass inspection. Not only that, but you might even get pulled over and/or fined.
#3 – Wide Margins
The ideal window tint starts as close to the window’s edge as possible. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. Often, the mark of a DIY window tint is that the film begins far from the actual edge of the window, leaving a gaping margin.
#4 – Scratches
A crucial step in window tinting is the cutting of the film. Not only is it difficult to cut the film evenly and exactly to the size you want, it’s also hard not to accidently cut your car. That is, if you don’t have the right equipment. Professional window tinters have top notch tools and methods to flawlessly cut the film to your windows, without leaving a single scratch on your car’s paint job or windows themselves.
So, Now What?
Call a professional window tinter to do the job!
Don’t leave the quality of your window tinting up to chance, and get a professional car tinter to do a job well done.
Here in Philadelphia, Car Pretty is known to have the #1 automotive window tinting specialists. If you’re looking to get that perfect tint, give us a call at 215-688-2000!
Looking to spruce up your ride, but don’t have the money?
Good news! You don't need to spend thousands on a new car to have some of the latest convenience features like a remote car starter!
Remote car starters are an affordable solution that can make any car a little more stylish and up to date.
The Benefits of Having a Remote Starter…
… are amazing.
Warming up the engine
In the winter, how many times have you gotten into your car to drive and have had to sit around waiting, while the windshield defrosts? In the summer, how many times have you gotten into your car, been unable to sit or touch the steering wheel comfortably because of the heat, and have had to wait around while the AC gets going?
Answer: too many times to count.
With a remote starter, you can get your engine roaring in advance. While you’re still getting ready to go, you can simply tap on the remote starter and have your engine warm and ready to go by the time you get out to the car. You’ll never have to worry about being late because your engine’s cold, ever again. It’s a brilliant convenience.
Now, tell us how many times you’ve dropped all your belongings fiddling with the key to your car?
Answer: definitely too many times to count.
With a remote starter, rather than having to fit the key exactly and turn, you can simply press a single button and you’re in! Plus, you can even do this from indoors before you pick up all your things in the first place. It’s a small convenience that can make a whole world of a difference in your day to day happenings.
Many remote starters come with an additional security feature, so that you can monitor your car from indoors. Remote starters with security alarms, will let you know immediately if someone is trying to break into your car. This way, you can try to stop the theft before it happens.
Getting your remote starter installed in Philly
Now that you’ve decided to get the most affordable of car conveniences -the remote starter- the next question is: where to get it installed?
It’s important to get your remote starter installed by professional car mechanics. Specialists whom you can count on to do a job well done. Like Car Pretty!
Here at Car Pretty, we offer outstanding services when it comes to remote starters. Our process begins by helping you find the starter that’s right for you. With all our clients, we suggest only the highest of quality remotes.
Once you’ve decided on a remote, we then move on to the actual installation and setup process. We get the job done with expertise and quality customer service. Afterward, we’ll show you how to use your brand new remote with comfort and ease.
Stop by Monday through Saturday at 9915 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia or call us at 215-688-2000.
It’s a move you’ll be happy you made for a long time to come.
Now it’s time to learn about properly maintaining your tinted windows, so they can properly protect your car and your health. But, don’t be overwhelmed- the upkeep is simple!
Here’s what you need to know:
Cleaning Your Tinted Windows
First of all, if your car windows are newly installed, hold off on the cleaning for at least a week. Depending on a number of factors, window films can take up to a week to dry and effectively cure. Waiting to wipe at the windows until they’ve fully settled is the best way to ensure no unnecessary damage to the film.
Only wash your windows with soft, cushioned materials. Such as, microfiber cloths, cotton rags, paper towels, tissues, etc.
It’s also important that you only use temperate solutions when cleaning your treated windows. Stay away from harsh chemicals that could potentially damage the window finish. This means using mild cleaners like foam cleansers, dish soap, and even just warm water to wipe away the grime and dirt.
We highly recommend asking your local installer what the best cleaning solution is for your particular car windows.
Other Tips to Keep in Mind
Right after the installation job, keep the windows rolled up. It can take anywhere between 24 hours to a week for newly installed film interior to dry. And, if you roll down your windows while the film is still wet, the tint is likely to get damaged.
Check in with your local installer, and ask how long they recommend waiting before rolling down the windows. The time will depend mainly on the type of tint you have and the weather conditions where you live (humid, dry, etc.)
No sharp objects. As tough as the pollen, ice, or bird droppings might be to get off the window, do not use sharp objects that might scratch up the glass. Tools like razors, keys, scrapers are terrible for the window film.
If a part of your window film ever gets damaged, that piece cannot be repaired. However, it can be replaced. It’s good to keep this information in your head, so that if you ever need to take a damaged window to an installer, you know what to ask for.
What Really Increases the Longevity of Your Tinted Windows
Properly maintaining your tinted windows plays a huge role in longevity. If you want your windows to last as long as possible and give you the most bang for your buck, then you’ve got to meet your windows’ needs.
However, at the end of the day when all is said and done, the main factor that truly determines window tint longevity is quality- tint quality and installation quality.
So, be sure to go to a professional window installer that recommends only the best quality products and does the best quality workmanship.
When you’re driving around in your car, it’s easy to forget what’s lurking outside. There’s a roof, four walls, and locks. So, you’re safe. Right?
Well, sort of. Because you can be safe, but only if you take the right precautions. You see, while you’re out driving –picking up your kids from work, heading to the gym, meeting up with friends– the sun is giving off harmful UV rays. And, even though you’re tucked away inside your car, these harmful UV rays are penetrating through your (non-tinted) glass windows.
Where do these harmful UV rays go exactly? Straight to your skin.
In fact, the UV rays seep into your skin, causing long term effects, which can lead to skin cancer.
But not to worry. Because we’re here to give you some advice on how you can effectively protect your skin from UV damage, and stay happy and healthy.
Let’s get started!
What exactly are UV rays?
UV is an abbreviation for ultraviolet. When we talk about UV rays from the sun, we are talking about ultraviolet rays, and the effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Though sunshine is integral to our existence on Earth, giving us all sorts of nutrients and other health benefits, it is not without its downsides. Which, for us measly humans, is its noxious UV rays.
Essentially, the sun gives off energy, and UV rays are just a type of energy that the sun gives off. There are two types of UV rays: UVB and UVA.
UVB rays are what cause you to get sunburns and blisters, but don’t cause long term harm.
UVA rays, on the other hand, go deep into your skin. UVA rays toy with your skin’s aging process, and can, ultimately, cause skin cancer.
How can I protect myself from harmful UV rays?
There are two crucial (but easy!) ways to protect your skin from harmful UV rays: sunscreen and window tinting.
First off, always wear sunscreen. Even if it’s cloudy outside. Ideally, the higher the SPF the better. But if you’re not that big on sunscreen, then 15 SPF is the recommended minimum.
Second, get your car windows tinted. We spend hours every day in our cars, and that means hours spent exposing ourselves to cancer inducing sun rays.
How does window tinting protect me from UV rays?
Window tints contain special shading properties that create a barrier between you and the sun’s harmful rays. In fact, window tinting can protect you from up to 99% of UV rays.
In general, windshields are usually treated to block UVA rays, and regular glass windows are usually treated to block UVB rays. But that still means that UVA rays are coming into the car through the side and back windows. Which means, your skin is at risk.
Be smart. Protect yourself and your passengers with tinted car windows, and block those nasty UV rays from ever harming your skin.
Keep your luxury car feeling cool and new, with window tinting!
Tinted windows protect your car interior from fading, while also protecting your skin from harmful UV rays. It’s a win-win for both your luxury car and your health, making tinted windows a must- have item. How can you resist?
But, when you’re getting a must-have item, you’ve got to get it from a trustworthy company. The kind of car mechanics whom you know will do a job well done.
How can you really know if a mechanic is reliable or not?
Well when it comes to determining the reliability of a car window tinting company, there are three main things to look at: employee experience, product quality, and installation quality.
Lucky for you- here, at Car Pretty Window Tinting, we’ve got top marks in all three of these categories, making us a definite choice for your installations.
Located on Bustleton Avenue, in Philadelphia, we have been in business for over twenty years. Throughout our many years in the industry, we have accumulated top customer reviews and outstanding testimonials. We owe it all to our competent and caring employees.
Car Pretty employees are fully experienced window tinters, who do only the best work. And, they’ve got practical know-how for handling expensive cars and the rare form windows that go with them. You can even check out our online gallery to get an idea of the awesome window tinting jobs our employees have done.
The parts you add to your luxury car matter. Because, when it comes to your luxury car’s value, you want to be sure you’re adding good quality pieces that won’t bring down the worth of your car.
Which is why- at Car Pretty, we get our materials and products from only the best brands, like Suntek and Llumar Films. So that the upgrades to your luxury car keep, if not increase, your car’s total worth. Plus, higher quality products also mean higher mechanic efficiency and less troubles. When a car company uses excellent products, you don’t have to worry about the pieces breaking down and having to be fixed. They just work. And you can just drive.
With Car Pretty, you can rest assured you’re getting top quality installers paired with top quality products.
The last important piece of the puzzle for your luxury car window tinting, is the handiwork of actually installing the windows. In order to get the perfect cut for your luxury car’s rare form windows, we use computer cut film technology. This precision cut method allows for a clean and accurate cut, so you can be sure there won’t be any window gaps or faults.
The Bottom Line Is…
High quality workers, matched with high quality products, and high quality installation tools, makes for a high quality window tinting company with whom you can entrust your luxury car.
And with that convenient formula in mind, let Car Pretty be at the top of your list.
Looking to revamp your car but not sure where to start?
Thinking to get some new tech for your ride, but can’t decide which product to buy first?
Fear no more!
We live in an age where technological advancements and innovative gadgets are produced around the clock. With so many options out there, it can be hard to narrow down the choices.
So, here are two awesome accessories for your car to get you started: high-tech alarms and remote starters. Together, these two items make for a fresh new ride (some car electronics companies even offer both the alarm and remote starter in one system).
New age alarms and remote starters keep your car safe, sound, and stylish.
Let’s take a look:
Nowadays, people practically live in their cars. They leave wallets, cellphones, laptops, and all sorts of expensive gear inside. Not to mention, the car itself and all its glorious mechanical parts.
That’s why, it’s important to have the best security for your car. It’s not enough for an alarm to simply be a horn that you may or may not hear from indoors. A good, dependable alarm, will not only set off a security siren, but will also send you direct alerts to your phone. Certain high-tech alarms will even send you regular vehicle status alerts and track your car’s location at all times.
Take your car security seriously, and invest in something that’s seriously going to protect your car.
Say goodbye to days of old- scraping away at ice covered windshields, sitting in freezing cold cars, burning your hands on the too-hot leather steering wheel. Because, now, you can use a remote starter!
Remote starters are handy little remotes connected to your car wirelessly. They allow you to start your car, and get that engine roaring, without having to be directly in your car.
This means, that while you’re still getting ready to leave the house, you can already start defrosting your windshield, warming up your engine, or cooling down your car’s interior temperature. Summer, winter, spring, or fall, remote starters are a real convenient game changer.
Pro Tip #1
Ask your local car installations company about alarms and remote starters that can hook up to your smartphone. Having everything in one place (i.e one smartphone), makes keeping track of your car a real pleasure. It’s easy, simple, and clears up your back pocket.
Pro Tip #2
While DIY projects are a huge fad now, professional installation is HIGHLY recommended for these two car tech accessories. You can’t be sure you won’t get accidentally locked out of your car or that you’ll be alerted in the case of a car break-in, if you didn’t install the systems correctly- and some of these systems can be quite tricky to set up correctly.
Take the sure path, and have your new car alarms and remote starters set up by an experienced and reliable car installation company.
Back in the day, you used to be stuck with whatever windows your car came with. But, today, you can get your windows customized to be anywhere between 0% and 70% tinted - making them lighter or darker as you please.
So, why exactly are people crazy about customized window tinting, now? Because tinted windows are creating safer, more comfortable rides, giving drivers and passengers alike the luxury they deserve.
Plus, they’re pretty cool. Literally.
Here’s what window tinting can do for your ride:
Having tinted windows means that people can’t see into your car. Depending on the percentage of tint, your windows will be lighter or darker, but they’ll always be shaded. And that keeps away peeping Toms and any other snoopers. You can walk away from your car, with the assurance that no one is looking in on your stuff. AND, you can do whatever you need to inside the car, without having to worry about the public eye.
Continuous exposure to the sun will make any fabric fade and weaken. Before you know it, you’ll be having to dish out money to repair seat cushion holes and discolorations. BUT, with window tinting, your fabric is protected from such damaging exposure. Window tinting lets your car interior stay bright and sturdy, getting you the most bang for your buck.
Tinted windows come with an extra layer of protection in the form of tempered glass. Which simply means they’re shatterproof. Basically, if you have tempered/tinted windows, you won’t have to worry about glass shards flying toward you, in the unfortunate case of an accident. As an added bonus, the more durable windows make your car much harder to break into.
If you care about your health, then you care about having UV protection. You wouldn’t risk spending a day at the beach under the smoldering sun without sunscreen, so why spend hours upon hours driving beneath it? It’s a fact that although much of what the sun gives us is essential to life, the sun also gives us things that take away life. Such as, harmful ultraviolet sun rays (also known as UV rays) that can cause skin aging and, later on down the road, skin cancer. Luckily, tinted windows keep up to 99% of UV rays out of the car and off your skin. So, you can drive happily, knowing your skin is being protected.
Ever get into your car on a sunny, summer afternoon, and have physical pain from how hot the car can get? It’s a problem we’ve all faced. But, with tinted windows, it’s a problem we no longer have to face. Tinted windows block out up to 65% of the heat that would usually get trapped inside your car. This makes summer driving a whole lot easier, and a whole lot breezier.
Whether you’re a soccer mom with a minivan, a bachelor with a Porsche, a limousine driver with clients to keep happy, or a truck driver with a load to deliver, tinted car windows are the way to go.
Tinted windows allow for a smarter, safer drive no matter the mileage. The extra shading shields your car fabric from potential sun damage and protects your skin from harmful UV rays.
Plus, the darker windows give you loads of privacy, which can be hard to find in a world that moves so quickly.
So, what are the top car and truck window tints in Philly? And, how exactly can you get in on the action?
Here’s what you need to know:
It’s all in the Percentage
When getting your windows tinted, understand that there are different tinting percentages. These percentages effect how dark (or light) your windows will be and how glare resistant they will act. Percentages range anywhere from zero to 70%. Which means, you’ve got a lot of options to choose from.
Check out different car tints until you find the one that best fits your needs. If you love the sun, but hate the glare you’ll want a milder tint, so you can drive safely and still watch the sunset. If you’re worried about skin damage, and have small kids on board, then you’ll probably want a stronger shade.
Whichever window tint you choose, just be sure it’s compliant with your state’s tinting laws. Some states don’t allow you to have windows that go beyond a particular tint percentage. So, it’s important to know the law before you pay.
It Doesn’t Need to Match
You don’t need to have the same window tinting for all your windows. I.e if you like a light tint for seeing the road, but don’t want the back seats to get sun spots, you can get different tints for the front and back seat windows.
They don’t need to be the same.
And that goes for the very back window too.
Plenty of people prefer having a softer tint for the windows they use for driving, and a stronger tint for the other windows. It’s all up to you, and you can customize it exactly as you want.
It Should Come With a Warranty
When you’ve done your research, consulted a specialist, and found the tint that works best for you, make sure it comes with a lifetime warranty.
There are no guarantees in life, so the least you can do is be sure you’ve got a backup. And that’s what a warranty is for. Tinting companies don’t always offer a warranty, or they make you pay extra for it. But there’s no reason you should have to pay more if their product breaks.
For that reason, be sure to choose a tinting company that provides a complimentary lifetime warranty for their window tinting products and workmanship.
Window tint is designed to keep your home, office or car both cool and comfortable, even in the midst of summer. Fresh window tint can improve the look of an old car and it can also make your living space much more comfortable all year long. If you are interested in window tinting, it might be tempting to consider completing the work yourself. Yet at Car Pretty, we advise against DIY window tinting. Here’s why.
Each city and state has its own regulations when it comes to window tint. Dark windows on a vehicle, for example are a safety concern. It’s important for drivers to be aware of the fact that installing windows that are too dark can land you in trouble if the darkness exceeds what is permissible in your particular city or state. To be safe, let the professionals, such as the ones at Car Pretty, handle your window tinting needs. Our company is always up to date with the window tint laws to ensure that we stay within the allowed percentages.
Tinting car windows or home windows requires both accuracy and precision. It also requires experience. The trusted professionals at Car Pretty always make sure that only the most qualified individuals install the window film for your home, office, or car. Correctly installed window film can result in both increased comfort and improved aesthetics. Incorrect installation, on the other hand, can lead to unsightly creasing. Poor quality tinting won’t last as long, either. Window tints are also temperature sensitive, making a DIY job potentially mote difficult to complete with ease.
DIY window tinting is not cost-effective, contrary to popular belief. This is because there are too many variables that can render the project ineffective. With many steps can easily go wrong with a window tinting project, it’s always best to leave this work in the hands of trusted professionals. You’ll save money in the long run of you entrust your window tinting needs with a company like Car Pretty.
With a DIY kit, there is usually no guarantee of either longevity or quality. This means that you have no idea how long the tint will last and no assurance that the window film won’t damage your home’s or car’s windows. A professional window tint installation provides you with the assurance needed that the job will be completed correctly and that you will not lose any money in the process.
Have you been wondering how home and office window tinting might be beneficial? At Car Pretty, we help customers with all of their window tinting needs. Window films provide several benefits, including savings in energy costs and upgrades to existing aesthetics. If you’ve always wondered if window tinting was a good idea for your home, consider speaking to a technician at Car Pretty for more details.
A good window film blocks up to one-hundred percent of UV rays. These rays are known to damage artwork, flooring and window treatments. If you are a store owner, then you might be concerned with the effect of UV rays on your retail merchandise. By taking measures to reduce fading, you consequently increase the longevity of your inventory. This will save you costs in the long run that might otherwise be spent on replacement items.
Decreased energy transfer
Window films are used to decrease the transfer of unwanted solar energy through your windows. A good window film can reduce infrared heat by almost ninety-eight percent. Unprotected windows do not provide the same results. Window films also help reduce heat imbalances inside a store or a home, thus creating a more comfortable space for either your customers or your family.
Another benefit of window film is its ability to reduce unwanted sun glare. Too much glare is a common complaint form both retail store owners and homeowners. The installation of window film can dramatically benefit this situation. Reduced sun glare results in less eye strain as well as increased visual comfort.
Reduced energy transfer inside your retail space or inside your home results in lower energy bills all year long. When your heating and cooling systems don’t have to work as hard, this has a positive effect on your maintenance costs, as well.
Window film also adds privacy to a retail space or a home. If you have always wanted to increase your store’s or home’s privacy, then considering window films is a great idea because it’s a cost-effective and simple way to achieve this goal.