Window tinting is a popular choice among vehicle owners in Arkansas– it offers plenty of benefits, like increased privacy, reduced glare, and protection against harmful UV rays.
However, quality window tinting is an investment that you’ll want to protect as long as possible. In order to ensure the performance and longevity of your window tint, proper maintenance is essential.
Wait for the curing period
Immediately after getting your windows tinted, you’ll have to wait for a little while to clean or roll down your windows. Your auto glass professional will let you know an exact timeframe, but it’s a good rule of thumb to just avoid touching them or rolling them down for at least a few days.
This is important because it allows the adhesive to fully bond, ensuring the longevity and durability of your window tint.
Use gentle cleaning techniques
When the adhesive has fully bonded and it’s safe to clean your windows again, you should still be as gentle as possible to avoid causing any damage to the tint.
Because window tint is actually a material that’s applied to your windows, using harsh cleaners or abrasive cleaning techniques can damage it or even remove it from your windows– long before the end of its lifetime!
Avoid using any abrasive materials or harsh chemicals that could scratch or degrade the tint. Instead, use a microfiber cloth and a mild, non-ammonia-based cleaning solution.
Simply gently wipe the tinted surface with the microfiber cloth, making sure not to apply any extra pressure.
Avoid sharp objects and abrasive surfaces
This one is pretty straightforward, but if you’ve had a tint on your windows for a long time and are completely used to it, you might forget it’s even there– and potentially damage it!
You should do your best to avoid sharp objects or any abrasive surfaces near the surface of your tinted windows. Any scratches or cuts can compromise the film, causing the potential for increased damage and, of course, greatly diminishing its effectiveness.
Protect against sun damage
This one might seem counterintuitive because the window tint does such a good job protecting you and the interior of your vehicle from harmful UV rays.
However, it’s a good practice to avoid direct sunlight on your vehicle whenever possible anyway. Direct sunlight can be damaging to your auto glass in general because it can cause extreme temperature fluctuations. If a window tint is exposed to direct sunlight for a long time, it can fade and its performance can be negatively impacted– so it’s best to be as careful as possible!
A little effort goes a long way
It’s not too difficult to keep your window tint in good shape over the course of its lifespan– all you need to do is remember the simple tips we’ve outlined here. Be careful around it and avoid exposing it to anything that might affect its performance or damage the material, and you’ll enjoy its benefits for a long time to come!
If you’re in the market for a window tint upgrade, or simply have questions about your auto glass, the expert glass technicians here at Fast Glass Service are here to help. Give us a call today!