Window Tinting and Installation FAQ
Below are common questions that we receive regarding window tinting and installation in the Portland, OR, and Vancouver, WA, areas. If you do not see your question here, please feel free to give us a call or make an appointment to visit our shop. Our friendly staff is here for you.
Q: What is window tinting?
A: Window tinting is the application of a polyester based, multilayered film material that adheres to the interior surface of vehicle windows for solar control.
Q: Why should I get my windows tinted?
A: There are many benefits to window tinting. Some benefits include the ability to block heat and ultraviolet radiation, reduce glare, enhance the aesthetics of a vehicle and provide privacy. Window films also add a safety component in the event of an accident, as they prevent glass shards from flying around by holding broken glass together.
Q: Can I still have my windows tinted if I have a rear window defroster?
A: Yes, they will not affect each other at all.
Q: Are there any legal restrictions for window tinting?
A: Depending on the state in which you live, there are different laws regarding window tinting and what is allowed on the road. In Oregon, window tinting is completely legal as long as that the material has a light transmittance of 50% or greater, and the combined light transmittance once applied to your vehicle’s glass does not exceed 35%. Trucks, vans and SUVs have no restrictions on the light transmittance of their rear section windows.
Q: What is a window film with X% light transmittance?
A: This number is a measurement of how much light passes through the material. Darker materials have lower numbers, meaning that less light is passing through.
Q: Is “factory tinted” glass the same as your window tint?
A: After-market window films and factory-tinted glass may look very similar; however, they are not the same. Factory tinted glass is simply colored glass created by pigment that is put into the glass during the manufacturing process. Unlike window films, factory tinted glass cannot block heat and UV rays.
Q: Can I use my windows immediately following the window tinting process?
A: Because window films are applied with adhesives, they needs time to “set” like all adhesive materials. It is best to wait 48 hours after the adhesive is set before operating your windows, so as to avoid any unnecessary stress to the product and installation.
Q: What should my tinted windows be cleaned with?
A: Window tinting does not require any special cleaners; however, it is important to avoid glass cleaners that contain ammonia, as repeated applications of ammonia can damage the film over time. Use a nonabrasive, soft cloth and do not scrape the tint with any kind of blade.
Q: My windows were just tinted. So why do they look blotchy?
A: Right after the film is applied, it may appear hazy and streaky, as there are trace amounts of moisture that may still be remaining between the glass and the film. This is completely normal and temporary, and once the moisture dissipates (depending on temperature and humidity), it will go away completely.
Q: How long does the process of window tinting take?
A: Depending on your vehicle and the complexity of your project, the average process can be fully completed in just a few hours.
Q: I am interested in getting my vehicle’s windows tinted. How soon can I book an appointment?
A: It is best to give us a call a few days in advance to secure a date and time that works best for you. Our schedule is always fluctuating, but summer is generally our busiest time. We look forward to hearing from you.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We are located on 82nd Avenue, right across Clackamas Town Center and behind Stereo King. Call us today to book your appointment.