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Tuesday, May 28 2019
Do You Know Your State's Car Tint Laws?

Everything comes with a set of rules.
And when it comes to the rules and regulations for car window tinting, things can get a little complicated.

But that’s only if you’re doing it on your own. Because, if you’ve got experienced window tinters you can rely on, they’ll teach you everything you need to know about tint laws.

The basics to get you started.

Before getting into the actual laws, it’s important to understand how window tinting works on a fundamental level. 

When you get your car windows tinted, a ceramic film is placed on the windows’ glass. The film remains darker on the outside and lighter on the inside, so that you can see out while keeping others from seeing in.

As with all good things, the privacy gained from tinting, must come with some safety precautions. This is where tint laws come into play.

State regulations for window tinting.

There are two main sets of regulations when it comes to car window tinting: federal and state.

Every state has its own maximum tint percentage that is allowed for car windows. Some states do not allow tints that are too dark or visually restrictive from the outside. For this reason, you should know what percentage is allowed in your state before getting your windows tinted.

Some state percentages to be aware of are:

Pennsylvania -70% for front side, back side, and rear windows. 0% for windshield.

New York -70% for front side and back side windows. Any percent for rear windows. 6 inches for windshield.

New Jersey -0% for front side windows. Any percent for back side and rear windows. 0% for windshield.

Delaware -70% for front side windows. Any percent for back side and rear windows. Tints that are non-reflective and above a certain line, may be used for windshield.


 
Getting the right information.

Yes, there are a lot of rules when it comes to car window tinting.
Yes, those rules are manageable.

All you need is a little help and guidance. You’ll be well on your way to having tinted windows that give you the benefits of privacy and safety, while also complying with state and federal laws.
If you’re planning to get your car windows tinted, be sure to talk to a professional in the industry. Tell them what your needs are for tinted windows, and let them help you find the tint that works best for you and your neighborhood. A good car window tinter will be able to match your needs with the tint laws of your state.

A car window tinter you can rely on.

When you come to Car Pretty Window Tinting, we help you understand the tint laws first, and then we help you make a decision. We don’t just want you to blindly buy tints. We want you to make educated decisions about the tints that are going to drive with you everywhere.

So that you can come away feeling happy, knowing you made a worthwhile choice.

Have any questions or concerns? Give us a call at (215) 688-2000.
We’re happy to help!

Posted by: AT 12:51 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, May 14 2019
Tech Demystified: What's with the Dots on Car Windows?

Ever notice the funny dots by the sides of your car windows?

Well, if you haven’t go take a look. 
Because they’re not just there for decoration. They’re there for function!

And, if it weren’t for those silly dots, your ride wouldn’t be quite as convenient.

What exactly are the dots?

It all starts with the black band that runs alongside the window’s edges. The black is made of a ceramic paint (similar to the material of window tint films). The purpose of this band is mainly to protect the sealant that holds your windows in place.

Though we love (and need) the sun, sometimes its effects can be a bit troublesome. When it comes to our cars, the sun’s heat and powerful rays can actually damage and fade parts of the car –in this case, window sealants. Left on its own, window sealant would get totally faded from the sun’s rays, and that would result in wobbly windows and not-so sturdy glass. 

That’s where the black band comes in. The band protects the window sealant, keeping it safe and secure out of sight from the sun. 

You can drive on knowing your window is not going to fall out or on top of you.

So, where do the dots enter the picture?

A thick black band is a stark contrast to transparent glass. That’s why car and window manufacturers add the dots. Those small black circles are there to create an easy gradient that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. This way, your eyes don’t get distracted or pulled toward the color variation, and you can keep focused on the road.

The dots also help in another way. Since black absorbs heat faster, and thus heats up quicker, the direct temperature contrast between the black and the transparent can cause visual distortions. But the dots stop this from happening by creating a fluid transition between the two colors. 

Plus, it makes your ride look that much sleeker.

And, there’s one more thing.

What about the dots around the rearview mirror? The ones on the front windshield that usually form a funny shape? Well those are there for a different reason.

The black dots on the front window are there to keep the sun out of your eyes. That’s why they’re at the top. They add an extra layer of protection in case the sun gets past or around your sun visors.

What can you learn from these dots?

Even the smallest of things in this world can have purpose. 
And sometimes, it’s those little things in life that deserve the most attention and biggest gratitude. Don’t just write something off until you’ve really taken the time to learn what it is and know how it works.

Because chances are, whatever it is, it’s there for a reason.

The next time you notice the black bands and small black dots lining your windows, be thankful they’re there. Because, they’re keeping you safe.

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