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Dos and Don’ts of Ceramic Window Tint


Ceramic window tints are a great way for you to show off your personal style while also protecting your vehicle from the sun’s harmful rays. With their exceptional heat rejection properties, longevity, and durability, ceramic window tints can keep your car both looking and feeling cool for years to come.

However, to make the most of your investment, it's essential to know the dos and don'ts that ensure a successful and long-lasting ceramic window tint experience.

Read on to learn the key elements of installing and maintaining your vehicle’s ceramic window tint.

 

Don’t roll down the windows too soon.

 

Woman in car with the window down

 

One of the easiest ways to damage a window tint is rolling the windows down before they are ready.

After installation, the ceramic window tint needs time to cure and adhere properly to the glass. The curing process usually takes about a week—depending on environmental conditions like temperature and humidity.

During this process, it is important to avoid rolling down your windows. This can disturb the adhesive and cause the tint to peel, bubble, or develop creases. Instead, allow the adhesive to fully set and bond with the glass before you decide to let in the breeze.

 

Do know and understand the laws in your state.

 

Applying a ceramic window tint

 

When it comes to tinting your vehicle's windows, it's crucial to have a good understanding of the laws and regulations specific to your state.

Each state has its own guidelines regarding permissible levels of window tint darkness—often expressed as the maximum visible light transmission (VLT) percentage. Lower VLT percentages indicate darker tints that allow less light to enter the vehicle. Higher VLT percentages refer to lighter tints that allow more light to pass through.

It’s important to understand what regulations apply to you and your vehicle before choosing the level of ceramic window tint to have applied to your vehicle.

 

Do have your ceramic window tint professionally installed.

 

Professional applying a ceramic window tint

 

While there are DIY ceramic window tint kits out there, it is always recommended to have your window tints applied by a professional.

With their experience, a professional can make sure your ceramic window tint is applied flawlessly—avoiding any bubbles, creases, or unevenness that could ruin the look. They have the knowledge and expertise to handle the delicate film, ensuring proper installation the first time and guaranteeing optimal performance and longevity. They can also give you access to professional grade window tints such as the Evolve window tint

 

Do clean and maintain your tinted windows properly.

 

Cleaning a ceramic window tint

 

In between regular professional auto details—cleaning your windows with the proper supplies can help keep your ceramic window tint protected and looking like new.

It’s best to use a mild, non-ammonia-based cleaner specifically formulated for tinted windows. Ammonia-based cleaners can cause the film to degrade, discolor, or develop a hazy appearance over time. Opt for a microfiber cloth or a soft, lint-free cloth to gently clean the windows without scratching the film's surface.

While you may be tempted to start cleaning and maintaining your new ceramic window tints immediately after installation, you need to wait until the curing process is finished and the tint has had time to fully adhere to your windows. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging the film.

 

Don’t apply stickers or decals to your ceramic window tint.

 

Sticker on ceramic window tint

 

While it's common to want to personalize your vehicle’s appearance, it's best to avoid applying stickers or decals directly onto the tinted surface. The adhesive used in these products can cause damage to the film—leading to peeling, discoloration, or adhesive residue.

This doesn’t mean you can’t add a little flair to your vehicle! Instead of applying stickers or decals to your tint, place them on the interior of the window or choose static cling options that adhere without using adhesive.

 

A ceramic window tint offers a host of benefits including heat reduction, UV protection, enhanced privacy, and a great look. By understanding the dos and don’ts of installing and maintaining your tint, you can make the most of your investment and enjoy the advantages of a ceramic window tint for years to come!

 

Ready to protect your vehicle in style?
Schedule your ceramic window tint service today!

 

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If you’re ready to restore, protect, or style your car—book an auto detailing service in Lafayette, Indiana or Kokomo, Indiana. Our professionally trained staff (and satisfaction guarantee) promise that you’ll be impressed with our attention to detail and blown away with the final results.

* There will be an additional charge of $50 for Iron Decontamination. If your vehicle has tar, overspray, or road paint on it, we will provide a custom quote for removal.

* Removing stains is an intricate service, and while we always try to do everything possible to remove stains, we cannot guarantee full stain removal. In the event a stain cannot be fully removed, we will try to attenuate it as much as possible.

* Headliners are extremely delicate. Excessive cleaning and wetting of the headliner can cause it to fail, so excessive soiling may not be able to be removed.

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Ceramic Wash, Clay, and Seal

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

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Interior Detail

* These prices are based on a vehicle in average condition. For a more accurate quote, pictures or a detailer’s estimate may be needed to see if your vehicle qualifies for this price.

*The paint polish is not intended to remove any deep paint defects. It is only intended to enhance gloss and deep clean the paint in preparation for the coating application. Additional paint correction services can be quoted at an additional charge.

Because we value you and your vehicle as much as you do, we recommend following a maintenance protocol after the initial curing time of your ceramic coatings application.

This maintenance plan will keep your warranty intact and allow you to enjoy a smooth, glass-like finish for years to come.

A professional hand wash—with a specialized ceramic coatings approved cleaning agent—is recommended every week to every other week. As a ceramic coatings VIP, you'll receive a $20 discount on all hand washes.

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Why is ceramic coating the most elite paint protection product on the market?

Premier ceramic coating offers nano-ceramic compounds that provide the maximum level of slickness, protection, and durability.

A normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. However, ceramic coatings have a hardness above 9H. This shield is the hardest paint coating on the market today and prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer.

Think of ceramic coatings as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

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Permanent Protection

* We protect all plastics, vinyl, leather, Alcantara, carpet, and upholstery to help repel dirt, dust, and stains. We do not coat interior glass as it will cause fogging issues.

* A new tint can be applied to driver and passenger windows to match other factory-tinted windows on SUVs and trucks.