Window Tinting FAQ
Q. What’s causing bubbles to form in my tint? Or, why is the tint starting to turn purple.
A. UV rays from our sun are damaging to your car or home’s interior surface. We have an overabundance of UV rays here in the Las Vegas valley, so excessive heat is quite common here. The excessive heat build-up can cause the bubble problem. The bubbles are actually a result of a failure in the tint films adhesive. You can protect yourself from this problem by purchasing a higher quality or brand name tint material. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your tint is backed by some sort of a manufacturer’s warranty.
Q. I just got my windows tinted. What should I use to safely clean them?
After you have had your windows tinted. You must wait at least a couple of days to clean them. The risk of damaging your brand new tint is much higher within the first few days. You wouldn’t want to pull off or risk ripping your brand new tint. After a few days you’ll be able to clean the new tinted window with a soft paper or cloth towel with a non-ammonia based cleaner. Do not use the Blue Windex that contains Ammonia-D. Our recommendation is that you use the Vinegar based Windex or any other type of glass cleaner that doesn’t contain Ammonia-D.
You can purchase window cleaner that’s specifically designed for cleaning tinted windows.
Q. Will the weather affect my window tinting application and end quality?
With modern window tinting adhesive systems we’re able to apply or install your tint in any adverse conditions. It’s possible to even tint your windows while freezing. Here in Las Vegas we’re lucky to not have to deal with extremely low temperatures. All we recommend is that you choose a name brand high quality tint.
Q. How long does the window tinting process take?
The time it takes to tint will vary based on the size of the job. Automotive applications usually are fairly quick (3-6 hours), while residential and commercial applications can take much longer (days).
Q. I just got my windows tinted and they look hazy. Is this normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal and will not stay that way. You may notice that your windows start to get hazy or cloudy after you’ve tinted them. Don’t worry as this is only a temporary effect and will start to clear up. You may also notice tiny air bubbles that form underneath the tint layer as well. This is a typical part of the commercial, residential, and automotive tinting process. During the window tinting process a professional uses a squeegee to remove as much water and air bubbles between the glass and tint layer as possible. The squeegee can only remove so much water from between the glass and tint layers. It’s very typical within the process. As the tinting film dries, the water within these small bubble pockets will evaporate. As it dries the tint will adhere to the glass surface. The amount of time it will take to dry will depend on weather conditions, how much sunlight it receives, and the temperature. This time range can span anywhere from two days up to one month.
Q. How durable is my new window tint?
More often than not the occasional heavy-duty smudge and occasional cleaning will need to be performed. Most of the top rated tint products have a hard scratch-resistant coating that will hold up to some pretty major scuffs and scratches. Please keep in mind that is call “scratch-resistant” and not “scratch-less”. Also, window tinting is usually installed on the inside of a window. So you can still get commercial storefront windows painted during the Holidays. It would be a good idea to check and make sure the window tint was applied on the inside before doing so though. You can also check the manufacturers specifications to find out detailed information about your tint material. Even if you accidently cause major damage to your window, it’s usually pretty inexpensive to re-tint the window. Scratches, scuffs, and tears are not usually covered under the warranty.
Q. Is tinting done on the inside or outside of my window?
Tint is supposed to be applied to the inside of a window.
Q. Can I tint my commercial storefront or my residential home?
Absolutely, you can tint your home of commercial business windows. It’s quite common these days and is really popular here in the Las Vegas area. It also lends to the energy efficiency aspect of your home and can help to reduce the temperature. Saving you money as well as making your home or business a much more comfortable environment. Allow A Cutting Edge Glass of Las Vegas, Nevada to help you save money when cooling your home.