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Tuesday, June 09 2020
A Buyer's Guide to Understanding Car Window Tint Colors

The biggest decision you’ll have to make when buying your car window tints is what color to choose.


Getting your car windows tinted is a relatively easy process. As soon as you’ve chosen where to get your tints, you can let the professional window tint installer take care of the rest. The installer will recommend the best material and type for your needs, as well as take care of ordering, cutting, and installing them.


However, the one thing a professional can’t choose for you, is what color you want your tints to be. It’s just personal preference.


So, here’s a quick color guide to help you make your best choice.


What is a car window tint?

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of colors, it’s important to understand how exactly a window tint works. Because, it can affect what color you choose in the end.


When you buy a window tint, you’re not actually changing the window itself. Rather, you’re paying for a thin tinted film that is placed on the inside of your window. The result is the effect of a tinted window, but like we said before, the color of the window itself is not altered in anyway.


This is an important differentiation for two reasons. One, you don’t have to worry about ruining your window with too dark a color, because you’re not actually altering the window. Two, if you want to be rid of the tint or replace the tint, you don’t need to replace your whole window. As soon as the tint is off, the window will look just like it did originally.


What is the difference between tint percentage and tint color?

Now, there’s one last technical thing to learn before choosing a window tint color.


When you buy your window tint, your installer is going to be talking about tint color and tint percentage. It’s important not to be confused between the two, because they are two completely separate elements.


Tint color, as its name suggests, refers to the tinge of color the film will give off.


Tint percentage has to do with how light or dark the film is. Tint percentage is not the percentage of color; it is only the shade. For instance, if you choose a higher percentage on gold tinted film, your window will not look more gold because of the percentage. It will have the same tinge of gold, but differ in how much light it allows in through the window.


If you’re still not sure about the difference between the two, think of it like buying a pair of sunglasses. Some glasses are a little bluer, some a little blacker, and some a little browner. But, how light or dark the shades appear, have nothing to do with those colors.


What are the different window tint colors available?

So, now that we’ve gotten all the terminology out of the way, we can get into choosing the actual colors.


Car window tints generally come in one of five colors.

  1. Black
  2. Grey
  3. Charcoal
  4. Bronze
  5. Gold


The choices are very subtle, and appear more as a tinge than a full-on color. For instance, a gold colored tint would not look nearly as bright as a gold colored marker.


Ask your installer to look at some sample tints so you can get an exact idea of how the colors appear. And when you’re ready to make your decision, don’t stress.


Your window tints will look great no matter what color you chose.

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