Are you thinking of having your windows tinted? At Wheel Gods, we provide high quality window tinting services for your vehicle.
Whether you want to reduce the amount of glare for children in the backseats, minimise the risk of exposure to harmful UV rays or just update your car’s aesthetics, at Wheel Gods, we’ve got you covered.
WHAT IS CAR WINDOW TINTING?
Window tinting refers to the process of applying a thin laminate film to the glass on a vehicle to darken it.
People choose to tint their car windows for a variety of reasons, including:
- Privacy or security
- Protection from UV rays
- Reducing solar gain
- Aesthetic purposes
Is window tinting legal in the UK?
Yes, window tinting is legal in the UK but there are certain restrictions around it.
If you have your windows tinted, it's a good idea to let your insurer know so you don’t experience any unexpected premium increases.
What is the darkest legal car window tint?
Your front windscreen must let at least 75% of the light through, while the front side windows must let at least 70% of the light through.
Any windows to the back of the vehicle can have any level of window tinting on, as there are no UK laws restricting the level of darkness in that area.
How window tinting works
Window tinting works by using a specific type of polyester film that has a scratch free coating on it. The film allows some rays of light to pass through whilst absorbing or reflecting others.
The primary objective of window tinting is to reflect the majority of the harmful rays from the sun with what is known as a “sputter coating”. This is a coating of metal particles which affects how much light is rejected by the tint.
The tint also works by absorbing some of the sun rays, reducing the visible amount of light and glare from the sun.
How long does window tinting take to install?
On an average four door car, it can take an hour to an hour and a half to fully tint every window.
Bigger vehicles with lots of glass or complex window curves can take around two hours to complete, if not longer.
How long does window tinting take to dry?
Freshly tinted windows can take around 3 days to fully dry, which is generally the optimal curing time.
Depending on the size of your vehicle, it could take up to a week for the tint to fully be cured.
Do you have to wait to drive after window tinting?
While you can drive after having your windows tinted, you may have to be patient with the curing process.
If you have just had your windows tinted, make sure to keep them rolled up to prevent any risk of the tint peeling off.
Hold off from washing your car or visiting a car wash as this can affect how well the tint will cure.
How much does window tinting cost?
The average winding tinting can cost around £150-£350, however this can vary from car to car depending on the size and details. Generally speaking, the installation is the largest cost of the process.
If you’re thinking of getting your vehicle's windows tinted, get in touch with our specialist team today at Wheel Gods to see how we can help you.