Good reasons to be a winter tinter

When you think about the benefits of car window tinting, it’s natural to assume that summer would be the best time of year to fit them. But there are good reasons to fit tinted car window film in winter too.

Not least because on sunny winter days, while you won’t feel the heat, you will certainly still be able to see the glare from the sun when you drive, and that can cause major problems. The sun tends to be lower in the sky for longer during the winter months, so it’s more likely to get in your line of sight while you’re behind the wheel. A car window tint will reduce that troublesome glare and make driving easier.

Skiers wear dark glasses for good reason. Snow can produce an extremely bright glare when the sun reflects off it. Driving in snow is hazardous enough, without the added worry of not being able to clearly see the way ahead. Even if the roads have been cleared, the area either side and in the distance is still likely to be a blanket of white. While it might look like a scene from a picturesque Christmas card, the glare can be off-putting and not a little dangerous. Again, a window tint will help reduce that glare to help you get home safely to a nice, roaring fire (or warm radiators!)

The cold weather won’t mean that everyone will be looking to stay inside and keep warm. Unfortunately, thieves will still be out and about, looking to get their hands on some early Christmas presents. Dark tints on your windows will make them think twice about breaking into your car, as they won’t be able to see what’s going on inside, or if you’ve got anything worth stealing.

Finally, on a lighter note, winter tends to be the time of year when the number of DIY jobs around the house dries up. So fans of DIY with itchy fingers they’re looking to put to good use will enjoy fitting our window tints. They’re pre cut to fit your vehicle and each kit comes with full instructions, making getting your car tinted for the winter really quick and easy.

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The benefits of tinted windows for female drivers

If you are one of the many people who hold the misconception that tinted car windows are only fitted by male drivers, then think again. These days, more and more women drivers are opening up to the idea of tinting their windows, not only to make their cars look more attractive, but also for a number of practical reasons. If you are a female driver and have never considered the idea of car window tinting, then now is the time to look at some of the benefits you can get by modifying your vehicle with stylish tinted windows.

Create more privacy

Privacy inside vehicles is always an issue, especially for female drivers who may be concerned about their personal safety whilst driving. If you commonly drive in the city or travel late at night, you are probably already concerned about your safety when stopping at traffic lights or parking in a dark street. It’s always important to keep personal belongings, like handbags and mobile phones, out of sight, but fitting tinted windows on your vehicle can also help to hinder criminal activity. Thieves are less likely to target your car if the interior is obscured and therefore less likely to break in to steal your belongings.

Protect your children

Every mother worries about the health and safety of their child, so it is natural to be concerned about the damaging effects of the sun’s rays during travel. Surprisingly, fitting tinted windows is an excellent way to protect your child from heat and sunburn in hot weather. Not only will your child feel more comfortable in the cool shade, but the car window film also actively reduces the damaging impact of the sun. Plus, you don’t have to go to the trouble of fitting awkward sun shades that block your vision whilst driving.

Consume less power

One of the many hidden benefits of fitting tinted windows is a reduction in fuel consumption. The direct result of creating a cooler environment inside your car means that you are less likely to need air conditioning, which in turn means that your car will become more economical. Basically, if you want to save more money on your car, try fitting tinted windows.

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Window tinting: for your health and safety?

It’s pretty rare to hear people mention the health and safety benefits when they explain why they’re thinking of adding a tint to their car windows. They’re far more likely to point out how cool a certain shade of tint will make their car look. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to your car to look amazing. However, if you choose the right kind of car window tint, you could soon be looking good on the road and keeping yourself safer to boot.

Did you know, for example, that as well as looking cool, the tint you choose could actually keep you cool? The reason for that is that the car window film reduces the impact of radiant heat as it hits your windows. It could save you money on your fuel bill as you may have less need to use the air con. The pre cut tint could make a car journey on a hot day a lot more comfortable for everyone, but a word of warning – it won’t make it safe to leave your dog in the car on a hot day!

The hot days may be over for this year, but as winter draws in the sun is low in the sky, and drivers often find they suffer more from the effects of glare around this time of year. Again, car window tinting can reduce the effect of that glare, improving visibility on the road. That’s good news for you, your passengers and other road users. As well as reducing glare, the tints help to block UV rays from the sun that can harm your skin at any time of year.

Tints can also help to keep your car safe even when it’s parked. While they’re not a substitute for locks and car alarms, a pre cut window tint can help reduce the risk of someone breaking into your car. That’s because it makes it a little more difficult for people to see what you’ve got in there. While you may not care too much about a nosy neighbour checking that book perched on your dashboard or spotting that frozen pizza you’ve just bought, you certainly don’t want would-be thieves spotting any valuables you might have in there.

Tints don’t just look great, they actually deliver some great practical benefits. So the next time someone asks you why your car windows are tinted, maybe a better question is: why aren’t yours?

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Tinting: not just for cars

While our minds might immediately jump straight to the world of automobiles and car window tinting when we think about tinting, you can also give the windows in your home the tinted treatment. Available in a range of different finishes, window tints offer a host of advantages that can help protect your home and the valuables within.

One of the most popular reasons people tint their windows is to minimise heat. The sun may be great at keeping our tans topped up, but it can have a damaging effect on furniture, flooring and decorations. If you want to keep those precious appointments to your pad looking just as good as the day you bought them, think about investing in a window film that possesses a high ultraviolet light rejection percentage. Some films are so effective they can block out a whopping 99% percent of the ultraviolet rays the sun beams earthwards.

Aside from prematurely ageing your upholstery, excessive exposure to ultraviolet rate can have a serious impact on your health. The main culprit behind sunburns and a leading contributor to the risks of skin cancer, radiation from ultraviolet light is a recognised carcinogen in humans. To limit your exposure and ensure you stay fighting fit, one of our home window films would make an ideal addition to your room. The films come in a variety of styles and finishes: darker options will help eliminate glare almost completely, while lighter films will give you all the benefits outlined, as well as the benefit of lots of natural light.

We know it doesn’t bear thinking about, but from time to time windows do break. Whether it’s due to a penalty shootout in the back garden gone horribly wrong or vandalism, accidents can and will happen. Luckily, with a cut window film you can reduce the risk of shattering and help keep yourself and your family safe. The film itself acts as a kind of protective barrier, keeping glass shards contained and out of harm’s way.

So, next time you think about car window films, spare a thought for the window’s in your home, as well. It really can make a difference.

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How pre-cut window tint products save you time, money and frustration

At window-tint.co.uk, we have developed a range of pre-measured and pre-cut window tinting products for some of the most popular brands and models of cars in the United Kingdom. We could have taken the lazy way out and just decided to only ship rolls and sheets of car window film, but we knew that the opportunity of selling ‘ready to use’ tints was too good to pass up. Trying to measure and cut everything manually was always a frustrating experience for us as regular motorists, and this is what drove us to offer our comprehensive range of designs.

Saving our loyal customers time is a major factor, and our pre-cut window tints are designed to just peel off and fit the exact window dimensions for many different car manufacturers. You can forget about taking measurements, cutting the tint material, fitting it, taking it off again when you discover a mistake… you get the picture. When you shop with us, you know that your window tint will arrive ready to be fitted into your vehicle, and your garage or driveway won’t become a sea of discarded off-cuts. (Don’t worry if you would prefer to work with a roll of car window tint material, however – we still sell these too!)

Buying a whole roll of tinting film can be expensive when you only need to install it in a single car, and ordering a set of pre-prepared window treatments will ensure that you are not left with excess material. You are only paying for the tints that you actually need, and you are also saving a considerable amount of money in comparison to taking your vehicle to a professional tinting installer. For those with a less than steady hand, having everything in the right dimensions is a huge bonus, and you don’t have to worry about gaps, wonky cutting and the other pitfalls that clumsy car enthusiasts can sometimes suffer from.

In theory, the only way that it could all go wrong is if you order the wrong type of film for your car windows. Most people can tell the difference between an Alfa Romeo and a Fiat, so this shouldn’t really be a worry. Combine this convenience with the downloadable instruction manual from our website, and you will be admiring your handiwork in no time.

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How to remove old window tint

If you have a car with tinted windows, you may eventually need to replace the tint. Bubbling or a purple tone are sure signs that your window tint needs to be redone, but before you can apply your new car window tint, you need to get rid of the old. Window tint consists of two layers, and when you are removing it you should ideally avoid separating the two layers. If the upper layer comes away from the lower, you will end up with a flaky layer that is more difficult to get off.

There are several different options for removing old window tint:

Steamer

If you have or can get hold of a steamer, this is probably the simplest way of removing old tint. Follow the equipment instructions for setting up, then steam your car window until the adhesive begins to melt and the tint can be peeled off. When you have peeled off all of the tint, apply an adhesive remover to the screen to clean it fully.

Ammonia

This approach can only be used on a warm sunny day. First park your car in a position so that the relevant window is facing the sun. Coat the outside of your window with soapy water and cover with one or more black plastic bags, as smoothly as possible. Cover up the interior close to the window to avoid any damage to surfaces. Protect yourself with a face mask then spray plenty of undiluted ammonia onto the window to ensure complete coverage. Place a sheet of plastic over the window so that the ammonia will not evaporate. Leave for one hour. Use a razor blade to peel away the tinted film. If you are removing tint from the rear window you will need to be very careful to ensure that you do not damage the demister. Apply more ammonia if needed.

Soaking with soapy water

This basic method is slower, but is a good option if you don’t want to use ammonia and don’t have access to a steamer. Use a razor blade to cut into the tint and peel off the film layer. Spray soapy water on the remaining layer of adhesive and scrape it off carefully.

Whichever method you choose, the important thing is to do a thorough job so that your car is prepared for you to apply your new car window tint.

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New pre cut window tint kits added!

We’re always working hard to expand our range of car window templates so we can offer even more pre cut window tint kits for sale.

We’ve just added a load of kits to our BMW, Lexus and Skoda categories and will be adding new cars to other categories over the next few weeks and then in the future as they become available.

Remember, if you can’t find window tint listed for your car, please contact us as we may have the template in our database but not listed on the site.

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Merry Christmas from Window-Tint

Well that time of year is upon us once again, and here at Window-Tint HQ we are feeling festive and would like to take the opportunity to wish all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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Lights, camera, tinting!

Well, not so much camera, but here at Window-Tint, we’re the experts in headlight and tail light tinting film so there’s definitely a lot of action to be had.

Why should I invest in tinting film for my headlights and rear lights, we hear you cry. Because there’s nothing better than a car with a well-tinted front and an even more tinted back. Continue reading

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Christmas Posting Dates and Opening Times

Christmas Opening Times

We will close at 1pm on December 24th and reopen on Monday 30th December. 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. Continue reading

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