Tinting FAQs
What is the California Tint Law?
The California law states that you may tint your rear side windows and the back window as dark or as light as you want as long as you have a rear view mirror on both sides of the vehicle. Your front driver and passenger door windows must have a minimum of 70% visible light transmission (VLT) with or without film. Most cars have a very slight factory tint integrated into the glass (approx.12% shading/88% VLT) which does little to block heat or harmful UV rays. Our 80% VLT film with high IR heat rejection combined with the minimal shading CURRENTLY in the factory glass will be below the legal limit of 70% VLT required by law. OC Tint Master provides you with a certificate of compliance along with your warranty card and care instructions.
Does window film stop fading?
Ultra violet, visible light and heat make up approximately ninety percent of fabric fading. A window film with a visible light transmission of 15% stops almost 80% of fabric fading while a window film with a visible light transmission of 60% stops approximately 60% of fabric fading by confining the amount Ultra violet, visible light and heat entering through the window.
What is the life span of window film?
The effective life span of window film depends on the types of film, glass, and climate. There are documented cases of film lasting 15 to 20 years or more in some instances. However, each installation comes with a lifetime warranty.
Can window film ever be removed?
Yes, window film can be removed at any time after the installation. As tint professionals we know all the tips and tricks on proper tint removal. Please call us if you require a removal. It is a very tough and messy job, not recommended for beginners.
Will tinted windows inhibit my visibility at night?
This all depends on the shade and quality of film you select. Dark or “limo” tint will definitely decrease your visibility at night. If this is a concern, a lighter-medium shade would be advisable.
Does Window Film go on the inside or the outside?
Automotive Window Film goes on the inside surface thus keeping it out of the elements.
Will the application of window film help my cooling costs in the summer?
Yes. High performance window films are designed to reject up to 79% of the sun's total solar energy. This means that the more glass you cover that receives direct sunlight, the more heat you will prevent from entering the room. Remember, the film blocks solar heat and does not affect the ambient air temperature.