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How to Take Proper Care of Your Window Tint

If you?re going to spend money on quality window tinting, it?s important to ensure the longest life for your purchase by exercising proper care. There are few worse feelings than shelling out a wad of cash on something only to see it in disrepair shortly thereafter. The longevity of your investment will certainly increase if you go with a reputable tint shop, but there are also steps you can take yourself to care for your film and extend the life of your tint. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you head out on the road with your newly tinted windows.
Be patient
You might feel compelled to start cleaning your windows right when you get home from the tint shop. Don?t. You first need to wait for the film to cure, which can take anywhere from two to 30 days depending on climate and a few other factors. Warmer and sunnier environments tend to help the film dry more quickly, but even folks in Arizona and Texas should still wait at least a few days before doing any cleaning. You should also make sure to not roll down your windows in the first few days after tinting as this can interfere with the curing process and cause the film to peel. Hazing and water pockets may occur during these first few days, which are completely normal and not a cause for panic. These are only temporary and will evaporate as the film dries.
Clean properly
The most important aspect of cleaning your tinted windows is to make sure you do NOT use any substance that contains ammonia. Ammonia is essentially kryptonite to even the most professional tint job. This and other harsh chemicals eat away at the film over time and must be avoided. Use a cleaner specifically made for window film. Warm, soapy water is also an option that is more readily available at home. As far as the cleaning process itself, start by lightly misting the windows with your cleaning substance of choice and then wipe them clean with a microfiber or cotton cloth. Since window film is applied to the interior of your windows, you can clean the outside of your car as you normally would as soon as you?d prefer.
Be careful
Since the film is applied to the inside of the windows, it is safe from road debris and the elements, which helps it retain its condition longer. However, there are still concerns to keep in mind to prevent chipping or other damage that can occur from the interior of the vehicle. Be careful when loading and unloading cargo or fastening and unfastening seatbelts, as small chips can be made in the film if you?re being too careless with your movements. Quality film will be scratch-resistant but not 100 percent scratch-proof, so exercise some caution when moving within the vehicle.
Recap: Dos and Don?ts for protecting your tint
Do:
? Go to a reputable shop for your tinting
? Wait for the film to cure before cleaning
? Use either a cleaner specifically made for window film or warm, soapy water
? Clean the outside of your car as you normally would as soon as you?d prefer
? Exercise care when loading and unloading cargo or fastening and unfastening seatbelts
Don?t:
? Roll down your windows for the first three days after tinting
? Panic if you see hazing or water pockets in the first few days after tinting
? Clean your windows with any substance that includes ammonia
? Be careless with your movements inside the vehicle as this can chip the film
Trust your installer
If you have any questions about caring for your tint, just ask your installer. A trustworthy tint shop will be happy to provide expert-level tips and advice to keep your tint looking and performing its best. TintWorks provides high-quality tinting on all types of vehicles and is here to answer any questions you might have about the right film for you, installation, or care. Contact us today to request a quote and achieve a better life for your vehicle.