How to Tell It’s Time to Replace Your Car Window Tint
Most people have their car windows tinted for the various benefits it offers. From extra security, through to shielding you and your car’s interior against harmful UV rays, and less dependence on the air conditioner to keep your car cool. But the tint film used does not last forever. High-end tints do offer stronger benefits and last longer than low-quality tints, but there will come a time when even your top-of-the-range tint needs to be replaced.
Aside from the ability to block UV rays decreasing over time, other more visible signs of wear and tear will give you an idea that it is time to replace your car window tint. Some of this might be the result of the film not being applied properly, or you not maintaining the tint properly. But most of it is simply the result of age.
It Develops Bubbles and Air Pockets
Bubbles and air pockets that form between the tint film and the auto glass soon after you’ve have the tint applied are signs that the installation was faulty. Or you might have opened and closed the windows before the tint had time to properly bond to the glass. But it is normal for bubbles and air pockets to form after a few years, as the adhesive weakens and the tint begins to lift. Regardless of when this happens, it is a very noticeable sign that it is time to replace your car window tint. It doesn’t only look unattractive, it also means the tint is no longer as effective as it should be.
It Begins to Discolour
Low-quality tints will fade or discolour faster, but all tints will fade or discolour over time. Depending on the tint used, the fading may either result in the tint becoming more transparent in places, or taking on a purple hue. When this happens, more solar energy and UV rays are allowed through, meaning the interior of your car is less cool and you and the car interior are being exposed to more harmful rays. This, however, is less noticeable if you’ve had a Clear UV tint applied.
The Edges Begin to Peel or Lift
As with air pockets and bubbling appearing in your car window tint, whenever the edges of the tint begin to lift or peel it is time to have it replaced. Even if you do your best to maintain your window tint, this type of wear and tear is inevitable as the adhesive bond weakens for sun exposure.
The Interior of Your Car Shows Damage
UV rays and solar energy don’t only affect us, they also affect the interior of our vehicles. Upholstery begins to fade, and vinyl or leather surfaces will begin to crack or warp. If your car windows are tinted but you notice interior damage happening more quickly, it might be time to have the tint replaced. Remember that this is a sign that more harmful UV rays are making it through the tint, so you are also being exposed to a higher risk of skin damage.
If you’re not sure if it is time to replace your car window tint, schedule a visit with one our expert tinting technicians to have your car assessed for both visible and invisible signs of wear and tear.