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There are plenty of reasons to tint the windows in your car. Tinting reduces glare, keeps the interior of your car cool and gives you privacy. It is possible to tint your windows yourself with a do it yourself window tinting kit, but because of federal regulations on tinted windows as well as saving time tinting correctly the first time, it may be more efficient to hire a professional, such as Doctor Window Tint. Here is what you need to know about doing auto window tint yourself:
Many cities have rules on how dark you can tint your windows for the safety of their police officers when making a traffic stop. Professional companies are required to stay up to date on regulations, but unless you do the research yourself on both the city regulations and the DIY kits, it will be difficult to know how much you are permitted to tint your windows. Here are some things to remember if you choose to tint your own windows:
- Remember that you can be pulled over for your window tint being too dark. It is one of the first things that cops look for. If cops cannot see inside the window, they cannot see if you have a weapon in the car or hiding something when they stop you.
- Police have a device that can measure your window tint from afar.
- Each state has different tinting laws. For example, Florida requires that at least 28% of light come through your front passenger window. The rear passenger windows must allow at least 15% of light. To add more complications, these numbers are different for SUVs and Vans.
The Quality of DIY Kits
Unless you want to pay top dollar for your window tinting kit, the quality will likely be lacking. Low price tinting kits, often do not protect your car interior from fading and cracking. There are also many items that you would need to tint your own windows, including:
- A window tint film solution
- Lint free cleaning cloth
- A razor knife
- Scraper blade
- An application sponge
- A heat gun
You also have to find a dust free place to work and make sure that the day you tint, is not a day that is too hot or cold or humid. When tinting the car, you must remove the dust and grime off the window, but also be careful not to scratch up and gouge the window with the razor knife or scraper blade. If you tint the window yourself, you also need to make sure that you get it right the first time because it is more difficult to take the tint off than to put it on.
Decide if You Want to Hire a Professional
Hiring a professional is a sure-fire way to make sure that your window tint follows the correct regulations. If a company fails to provide a proper tint, they will fix it for you. Whereas, if you shell out the money for a DIY kit and it doesn’t work out, you may not only need to pay someone to take off your window tint and put on another, but also to fix gouges and scratches on your windows from the razor knife and scraper blade.