How Long Does It Take to Tint Car Windows?
The most common question asked by anyone considering having their car windows tinted for the first time is how long it will take. And with a number of factors to consider, it is a question that doesn’t have standard answer. Let’s look at some of those factors.
How Many Windows Are Being Tinted
As with many things in life, the more there is, the longer it takes. A big influence on the amount of time needed to tint your car windows is how many windows your car has, and how many of them you are having tinted. Having all the windows on a typical four-door sedan type vehicle tinted could take as little as 90 minutes to two hours to complete, while SUVs and minivans could take four hours or longer to complete if you’re having all the windows tinted. However, some smaller vehicles could take a lot longer to tint if the windows are larger than normal, or the vehicle is quite compact and doesn’t have a lot of room for the installers to work in.
The Windows Are Already Tinted
If the windows of your car are already tinted and you’re either switching to a different tint range or replacing damaged or scratched tinting film, this could mean it takes a little longer than normal to apply the new tint. The reason for this is that the tint installers first need to remove the old tint and clean the glass to ensure all adhesive residue is properly removed. Only once the glass is clean and dry can they begin applying the new tint. The age of the old tint and the number of windows that need tinting replaced will influence how much longer than normal it will take to complete.
The Time of Year
Even when working in a covered or enclosed area or workshop, the time of year can significantly influence how long it takes to tint your car windows. Depending on the area you live in, spring and autumn are generally the best seasons for car window tinting. This is because the temperature is milder, and humidity is also usually lower. High temperatures don’t make window tinting more difficult to install, but high levels of humidity do, while extremely low temperatures result in longer curing times for the tint. There are two components to curing time for newly applied window tints; the first is some curing time immediately after the film has been applied, which means waiting a few minutes before you can drive your car. The second is waiting two to three days for the film to fully cure. You can drive the car during this time, but you cannot open any windows that have just been tinted during this time. In very cold weather both curing times will increase, meaning you will need to wait longer before you can drive your car, and you won’t be able to open the windows for longer than three days. None of this affects your ability to have your car windows tinted in the middle of summer or winter, it just means you need to factor in additional time for the installation to be completed.
The best way to determine how long it will take to tint your car windows is to visit an Instant Windscreens & Tinting branch or service centre near you and speak to one of our professional automotive tint installers. They will be able to consider all of the factors mentioned above before giving you a more accurate time estimate, allowing you to properly plan when to bring your car in for tinting.