Window Tinting: A Beginner’s Guide

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Many people new to the world of window tinting wonder what it actually is and how to apply it to the window effectively. In simple terms, window tint is a self adhesive film with a clear backing that is peeled away as you apply the film to the window. If you think in terms of sticky back plastic, you’re not far off!

Some sort of squeegee or other tool is extremely useful when applying the film, as it helps it to go on smoothly and to eliminate any bubbles that might appear during the process. If you haven’t got a squeegee to hand, a credit card can produce a fairly similar result. A full set of instructions on how to install window tint film can be viewed on our website.

So what do the different percentages of tint mean? Basically, it refers to the percentage of light that is able to pass through the film. A high percentage of 70% means that a large proportion of light can get through the film, while a low percentage of 5% means that only a small amount of light can pass through, and so the tint is much darker and is more difficult to see through.

The different options of window tinting film available at Window-Tint.co.uk are:

5% – limo tint
20% – dark smoke
35% – light smoke
50% – ultra light smoke
70% – ultra ultra light smoke

When thinking about which percentage of tint would be best for your needs, it is useful to consider what it is that you require the film for. For example, if you wanted more security for the back of your car, you might pick a darker tint such as 5% for the rear window. It is important to note that the UK law states that a tint of higher than 70% CANNOT legally be used on the front windows of the car, but on the rear windows only.

Other benefits of window film include that of styling, UV protection and added privacy.

There are more images of tinted vehicles on our website showing what the different tint shades look like.

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The SEMA Show, Las Vegas

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The SEMA Show is the biggest and most prestigious automotive speciality products show in the world. Last week we were fortunate enough to attend SEMA and saw tons of amazing cars.

We spent most of our time at the ‘Restyling and Car Accessories’ section, but also got to see some other vehicles like the one below.

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We met some of our international suppliers and watched a few great demonstrations of new products such as the Paint Protection Film, which we will be excited to offer to our customers in the very near future.

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We ate some hor d’ouevres and a few too many cakes at the SunTek Window Films party, and met some cool old American men, one of who told us lots of stories from his youth when he was a professional baseball player. Apparently he was quite a star back then, and we must admit that we were quite impressed!

Now that we are back in the UK, we are working hard to implement what we learned at the show, as well as developing our range of products that we offer our customers. We are as determined and motivated as ever to continue delivering excellent quality, service and customer satisfaction, and are really excited as to what 2017 has in store.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for your continued support and custom – we really do appreciate it.

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Window tinting training courses

We’ve recently launched our online window tinting training course which cover everything you need to know about window tinting and running your own window tinting business.

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Produced by our founder Tom Smith who has over 10 years experience in the window tinting industry, the training course includes HD videos and articles, and also gives you exclusive access to discounted rates on window tint rolls and fitting tools.

Find out more about our window tint training course.

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Pre-shrunk window tint kits now available

We are excited to announce that we now offer pre-shrunk rear windscreen for a selection of our pre-cut window tint kits. This means the hardest part of installing our kits – heat shrinking the rear windscreen – is already done for you.

The pre-shrunk kits are currently available for the following cars:

BMW 3-Series Coupe E92
Citroen C4 5-door
Mini Cooper 2002-06
Vauxhall Corsa C 3-door
Vauxhall Corsa C 5-door
Vauxhall Corsa D 3-door

We are will be expanding the range we offer very quickly so if your car is not listed, please check back soon.

Here is the fitting video which shows how easy they are to install:

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Christmas 2015 Opening Times & Delivery

Christmas Opening Times

We will close at 1:30pm on December 23rd and reopen on Monday January 4th. Orders can still be placed during this time and will be processed when we reopen.

Last Posting Dates

Our products make a great present, so if you want them in time for Christmas day please take a look at our list of recommend dates when you should place your order by. Our 24 hour service is the only guaranteed service, so the sooner you order the more chance it will arrive before Christmas.

United Kingdom

Royal Mail 48 – Order by 12pm on Friday 18th December

Royal Mail 24 – Order by 8am on Monday 21st December

24 Hour Courier – Order by 11am on Wednesday 23rd December

Europe 

Order by 12pm on Monday 14th December

Rest of World

Order by 12pm on Thursday 3rd December

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Cheshire Business Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce that our director, Tom Smith, has been short-listed for the Young Business Person of the Year sponsored by Bentley at the Cheshire Business Awards.

The young business person of the year will be aged 35 or under and will display excellent career progression, leadership and management.

The awards ceremony take place on 2nd October at Chester Cathedral.

Cheshire Business Awards Finalist

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Some benefits of tinted windows

Everyone knows that car window tinting brings the great benefit of privacy. Without it, some drivers even feel like they are travelling around in a goldfish bowl, where they can be seen by everyone.

At the same time, having a car window tint provides a number of other benefits that you may not have thought about previously.

In particular, tinted windows can make a real difference when it comes to driving in the summer, as the tint helps to keep the sun’s rays away from the car. So you will have the advantage of a cooler vehicle, meaning you feel a lot more comfortable, and won’t have to use as much petrol to run your air conditioning system.

Equally, thanks to the reduction in glare, you will be able to see far more of the road in front of you, however strong the sun is.

What’s more, you may not realise that if the sun shines straight through your car windows, you can even damage the inside of your motor. The upholstery on your seats, for example, may fade, just as furniture and carpets can fade in your home if they are exposed to too much direct sunlight.

So plan to have tinted windows if you know you are going to be driving a lot this summer.

On top of this, there are the safety benefits as well. Should you be unlucky enough to be involved in an accident, the tint can help keep all the broken glass together in one piece – whether you go for a pre cut tint or any other kind. This will, of course, lessen the chances of becoming cut.

Darker windows also offer the security benefit of making it harder to see inside your car. Given that every thief is an opportunist, this is a real deterrent. So if they can’t see inside your car, they’re far likelier to decide it’s not worth breaking into. Even if they do, it will be a lot harder for any thief to smash the glass and gain entry.

Choose tinted windows for your vehicle – and start feeling these benefits today.

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Top tips for a successful car window tint

Car window tinting is becoming an increasingly popular feature with drivers who want additional privacy and security, protection from the sun’s glare and heat, or just to update their vehicle’s appearance.

There is always the option to tint your windows yourself, and although this might sound like a daunting prospect a DIY kit will offer you cost savings and convenience where a traditional service will not. Also, the advances in car window tinting kits in recent years has made it relatively easy to go down the DIY route.

Here are our top tips to help you choose a professional car window tint kit:

1. Check the regulations

Before you start, check the regulations for your make and model of car in the place that you are going to drive it. In the UK, there are no rules for tinting the rear passenger windows or the rear windscreen. However, for front side windows and front windscreens, the rules can change depending on when the vehicle was first used.

2. Decide on your tint

There are a plethora of car window tints available. Whether you want a specific finish or effect, make sure you research and decide which tint will look best and also fulfil all your requirements. If possible, see if you can source a simulator so that you will get an idea on how the finished product will look on your car.

It is also important to work out whether you would like to use a car window tint kit that has been pre-cut for your car’s make and model. These systems are often easier to fit as no cutting is required and some sections will be cut into strips for added convenience during the fit.

3. Pick an expert supplier

As demand has increased for car window tint kits, so have the numbers of unscrupulous suppliers. Make sure that you pick a supplier that offers clear advice on how to fit your tint, and also offers free expert advice before, during and after your car window tint has been carried out.

Also check for user reviews and testimonials on a supplier’s products and service. A good and established supplier will always be happy to provide examples of previous work, should be easy to contact and provide a knowledge base for its customers.

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Christmas Delivery and Opening Information

Christmas Opening Times

We will close at 4:30pm on December 23rd and reopen on Monday January 5th. Orders can still be placed during this time and will be processed when we reopen.

Last Posting Dates

Any of our products will make a great Christmas present, so if you want them in time for the big day please take a look at our list of recommend dates when you should place your order by. Our 24 hour service is the only guaranteed service, so the sooner you order the better.

United Kingdom

Royal Mail 48 – Order by 1pm on Thursday 18th December

Royal Mail 24 – Order by 1pm on Friday 19th December

24 Hour Courier – Order by 11am on Tuesday 23rd December 

Western Europe (excluding Greece, Poland) and USA

Order by 1pm on Friday 12th December

Canada, France, Greece, Poland

Order by 1pm on Tuesday 9th December

Cyprus, Eastern Europe and Greece

Order by 1pm on Monday 8th December

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Window tinting as a long-term investment

Tinted windows on a car immediately conjure up images of important businessmen, foreign diplomats and Hollywood stars. But there is a more sensible – and realistic – reason to consider getting your car windows tinted; as a long-term investment in your automobile.

The reason that many, if not most, people do not immediately think of window tinting as a long-term investment is because the savings it provides are mostly of a negative rather than a positive type. What this means is that through preventing a variety of possible accidents and environmental costs, your tinted windows could actually save you a significant sum of money over the lifetime of your car, and may also contribute to it fetching a higher market price if you do eventually decide to sell it.

In un-tinted windows, glare from the sun enters into your car, often making it harder to focus on the road in front of you and therefore increasing the possibility of costly – and possibly lethal – road traffic accidents. In the winter months tinted windows also help to keep the cold out; saving you money on heating your car in much the same way that double-glazed windows do in a house.

Tinting has also been shown again to potentially save you a significant sum of money in the long term by dissuading thieves: firstly because they cannot see any valuables that might be sitting inside your car; and secondly because they cannot see if you are sitting inside either, thus making your automobile too risky of an option for most potential criminals.

Finally it is worth considering that, if you do ever decide to sell your car, tinted windows could significantly increase the final price that it is able to fetch. This is due to the fact small additional ‘features’ – such as a decent stereo system or leather seats – can seriously increase an individual’s valuation of a car they wish to purchase.

So, for all these reasons and more, it should be obvious that tinting is not simply an attractive option for your car but can also be a serious long term investment choice as well.

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