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Wednesday, November 21 2018
Caring For Your Tinted Windows

 

So, you’ve got some tinted car windows… congrats!

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.

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Wednesday, November 07 2018
Does Window Tint Prevent Skin Damage From the Sun?

**Spoiler Alert**

 

Yes!

 

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?

 

Wrong.

 

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.

 

Yikes!

 

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.

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