choosing The Right Tint for You
Window tints are some of the simplest, most beneficial, and most cost-effective aftermarket vehicle accessories. With quick turnaround times from experienced shops, an application of window tint can completely transform the UV control, heat control capabilities, and aesthetic of any vehicle. Regardless of if you’re rocking a beloved beater or an out-of-the-box brand new model, there is a variety of window tint that is right for you. While the popularity of window tint is exploding, so is the general confusion about varieties and options. Many people are under the false impression that window tint only comes in one variety, and you need to take it or leave it.
The truth is that window tint technology has improved hugely over the past decade, and continues to improve every day. This has resulted in more choice for consumers, enabling you to get the exact mix of performance characteristics that you desire.
What Does Window Tint Do?
The two biggest priorities for any driver are keeping occupants safe and protecting the vehicle itself. Sunlight is a hazard that is often ignored, even though it presents a constant threat to your safety and your vehicle’s well-being. Too much sunlight can be overwhelming, and the glare caused by reflected light off of wet roads or the windows of passing cars or buildings can blind drivers at the precise wrong moment. Have you even crested a hill and been blinded by the sun as it sits low in the sky? Window tint can protect you from this problem once and for all. Window tint will also reject UV rays that enter through your vehicle’s windows. Most skin cancer of the face in North America occurs on the left side of the body, and this is because that is the side of the body that is exposed while we drive. Heat rejecting window films let you keep the windows closed and block UV rays to keep occupants safe.
Which Tint Is Right For You?
The explosion of window tint choices is a boon for drivers, as it allows you to get the exact combination of performance and aesthetics that you desire. However, it can also make it confusing. If you like the sleek look of dark window tint and are on a budget, something like Autobahn Black is perfect for you. Dyed films can give you a deep and dark appearance while remaining budget friendly. However, if you aren’t a fan of the blacked-out look, and/or you demand the highest performing films on the market, then you should take a look at Autobahn Air Ceramic, Autobahn Black Ceramic, or Autobahn Ceramic i3. The heat rejecting capabilities of these ceramic films are exponentially more than their dyed counterparts, while giving you the opportunity to find the exact shade that matches your dream-car vision. These are just two examples of the different options available to modern drivers. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your questions, we’re always happy to chat about what’s new.
An Accessory Designed to Help Drivers
The variety of styles available makes window tint one of the most versatile aftermarket accessories out there. Not only do tints increase the safety and comfort of your vehicle, but they come in a variety of darkness levels which enables you to dial in exactly the look you desire. Get protection and style simultaneously, and don’t worry about interference with radio waves or bluetooth, modern tint technology is way beyond that.
Why Do People Choose PPF?
In addition to the “new car smell”, the way a new vehicle gleams and shines is one of its most beautiful characteristics. However, this shiny layer of paint is vulnerable to damage and degradation. Without proper protection, your vehicle will lose its lustre.
Paint Protection Film (PPF) is the ultimate solution for maintaining the shape of your vehicle. PPF protects your paint against common hazards so it will maintain its beauty and avoid permanent damage.
Value for Owners
Instead of constantly paying to have your vehicle touched up, resprayed, and detailed, PPF represents a preventative solution. If you can keep your vehicle safe from damage, you won’t have to constantly pay for reconstruction. Avoiding problems is always easier and more cost effective than reacting to them.
The way our vehicles look matters to us while we are driving it, but the appearance of your car never matters as much as when it comes time to sell. A damaged paint job is an automatic red flag for potential buyers that your vehicle may not have been properly cared for. Getting PPF installed on your vehicle by a certified shop means that selling your vehicle will be easy, and you will get more value out of your car.
How Strong is PPF?
PPF was designed for use by military and industry, and modern PPF for consumers maintains this legacy of toughness and durability. That means that you can depend on PPF to be a product that will last. PPF resists extreme temperatures, abrasion, chemical damage (such as road salts and bird droppings), as well as impact.
The PPF requirements of every vehicle and driver are different, which is why we treat every customer who walks into our shop on an individual level. We will talk with you to determine our expectation as well as the needs of your vehicle, and then recommend a customized solution. We consider variables like vehicle size, type of paint, and type of road hazard to decide which variety of film your vehicle requires and where it should be focused. Proper application of PPF by skilled technicians will preserve the paint on any vehicle in any conditions.
No matter how you do the math, PPF always ends up on top. Top-quality PPF will slow the depreciation of your vehicle, meaning you will reap the pay off when you decide to sell. PPF gives you the double benefit of protecting your car while you drive it, and commanding a higher price at the end of its road.
If you want to keep your vehicle looking spectacular and protected from the worst nature has to throw at it, PPF is the right call. If you have any specific questions about exactly what PPF can do for you, just give us a shout.
The True Price of Cheap Tint
Advertisements like this pop up from time to time. Chances are, if you’re reading this, that you’ve been researching your next tint job and have most likely noticed a massive price range. From a quick internet search, we’ve found that it’s possible to pay anywhere from $99 to nearly $800 for a tint job. At first glance, why not go for the cheap option? Before jumping into anything, it’s best to get fully informed. Cheap tints cost less for a reason, and you will be left unhappy down the road. Cheap tints are not a good deal.
Quality and Experience
When it comes to automotive window film, you really do “get what you pay for”. Low quality tint, or even good tint that is poorly installed, won’t perform well and will quickly fall apart. We’ve all seen the victims of low quality tint… cars with bubbling, cracked, purple, and torn window tint. Don’t let this happen to your beloved vehicle.
Tints bubble, crack, and tear because of low quality adhesive. All tint is stuck to a window with some form of adhesive. Cheap tints use sub-standard adhesives that are quickly degraded by solar radiation. As soon as the adhesive fails, the film separates from the glass and creates bubbles, weakness, and loss of clarity. The consequences of bad tint aren’t just ugly, but also make your windows difficult to properly see out of, especially at night. Bad tint is both ugly and dangerous.
Protecting yourself against poor quality films that will separate from the glass is easy – make sure you choose high-quality tint from a bulletproof installer. At Tint Shield, we only deal in Autobahn window tints. That means that when you select an installer that is part of our network, you are guaranteed to get the best.
Inferior Films Age Poorly
We hate seeing films that have lost their tint, or worse, turned into that terrible opaque purple colour. Cheap tint manufacturers use low-quality dyes to give colours to their films. These dyes look great until you take them out into the sun. With just a little bit of sun exposure, these dyes either bleach or turn purple.
If you’re going through the trouble of having your windows tinted, you need to make sure you get an option that will last. High quality films like Hüper Optik and Autobahn are premium products that use sophisticated technology to protect their films against solar degradation.
After decades in the tinting business, we have learned that cheap tint jobs will end up costing you more than a premium job. It’s easy to explain why this is the case. Removing old, cracked window tint with poor quality adhesives is a nasty and time consuming job. When people need to get their gross old tint removed so they can finally upgrade to a decent tint, they can end up paying up to $250 just to get the old stuff off. On the other hand, removing high-quality tint is actually quite easy and fast.
Don’t be tempted by cheap tint; do it once, and do it right. When it comes to your ride, quality is the best choice. If you have any questions, are looking for a quote, or want to know which formula of tint is right for you, give us a shout.
Window Tint and Privacy
Most of us don’t think twice about taking measures to increase the privacy of our homes. Simply installing blinds or shutters on our windows, purchasing custom glass panels, or investing in privacy-enhancing window films are just some of the things that we all do to feel more comfortable at home. One thing many of us miss is that the luxury of privacy, and its corresponding benefits, aren’t limited to the home. We can take similar steps to increase the privacy of our vehicles.
Privacy helps us feel secure and comfortable, however, our privacy is often compromised during our daily drives. Usually, the stock features of a vehicle don’t take driver privacy into consideration. Fortunately, strategic application of window film is a quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve your vehicle’s privacy. This simple modification helps protect drivers from unwanted attention, while also adding a bit of style and flair to their vehicle.
Vehicles typically don’t come for the factory set up with your privacy in mind. Because of this, our privacy is often compromised and it feels like we are sitting on display in a glass box. A quick application of window tint is the most effective way to transform the way we feel in our vehicles and keep out unwanted attention. And if a bit of style is a by-product of this improvement, we won’t complain.
Privacy, Style, and Security
In many ways, our cars are extensions of our homes; like a little room-on-wheels that gets us where we need to go. Nothing is worse than feeling uncomfortable or tense in our own vehicles because we feel like everyone is looking in at us. Tinted windows prevent other motorists and pedestrians from seeing in your vehicle, while leaving your view out undisturbed. Window tinting is a simple modification thats benefits include privacy, security, performance, and style.
You may have noticed that most vehicles in print and TV advertisements have tinted windows. This is because automotive window films complement the style and colour scheme of pretty much every vehicle, increasing its style and appeal. Tinted windows are one of the simplest and easiest ways to increase the value of your car by improving its style and performance.
Vehicle break-ins are something that we don’t typically worry about, until it happens to us or someone we know. However, we should all be taking proactive measures to prevent thieves from targeting our vehicles. Most vehicle break-ins are opportunistic; meaning that the criminal could see something of value inside a parked vehicle, maybe a wallet, computer, phone, or full shopping bags. Auto crime is risky, and thieves will only target a vehicle if there is a guaranteed pay-off. Tinted windows prevent thieves from seeing into your vehicle, therefore acting as a strong deterrent.
A Simple Change
Many modifications available to car owners these days are expensive, complicated, and time consuming. However, automotive window films are an inexpensive, simple, and quick way to improve your vehicle. Privacy is a right of all car owners, and window films offer the best option to achieve that right.
Contrary to most vehicle modifications these days, high quality window films are an inexpensive, simple, and fast way to upgrade your vehicle. We all have a right to privacy, and that right doesn’t disappear when we hit the road. Check out our selection of window tint, and contact us today.
5 Reasons to Consider PPF
Clear paint protection film is a great way to protect your vehicle and keep it looking good. The clear thermoplastic polyurethane film is the same concept as the films that protect your cell phone from scratches, and is a protective layer between your car’s paint and rocks, dust, chemicals, and solar UV radiation. Paint protection film does more than protect the cosmetic perfection of your paint, it protects your investment.
Paint Protection Film Protects Your Vehicle’s Exterior from Rock Chips, Scratches and Other Debris
Any driving subjects your car to road debris, rocks, and scratches. Even parking can result in accidental dings and dents. Paint protection film installed on your vehicle is a clear layer between your vehicles precious paint and things that could harm it like rocks, other cars, and even the weather.
You Won’t Even Know It’s There
Clear paint protection film is virtually invisible, and your car’s beautiful finish will shine through while being shielded from damage. There are a huge selection of films available on the market, but you want to make sure you get the highest quality.
Originally Developed to the U.S. Military So You Know It’s Tough
Clear urethane protection film was originally designed to protect helicopter blades from airborne debris in the Vietnam War. Repairing the blades often became expensive, so the military developed clear film to shield the blades from gravel and stones, and they rely on films to this day.
In the 1990’s, racecar drivers also took notice of the advantages of automotive protective film and used it to protect their vehicles from track dust and gravel. Paint protection film is still a favourite solution to protecting a vehicle from the wear and tear of track use.
Custom Installation Offers Better Protection
Highly-trained technicians specialize in custom cut and professionally installed automotive films. This custom process designs a film that perfectly fits your vehicle, needs, and budget. When high quality films are combined with expert installation, you are guaranteed coverage over all vehicle surfaces, including those awkward edges.
Professional installers performing custom installations is highly valuable, especially for if you have a vintage or exotic vehicle with unique lines.
You are Protected by a Warranty
Paint protection film technology has made many advancements since its inception in the Vietnam war. Modern day film is flexible and won’t fade, bubble or crack. In fact, when dealing with any Autobahn dealer, you will enjoy a lifetime warranty on both materials AND labor.
Tinting and Heat Reduction
A blinding sun can make driving very uncomfortable. During the hot summer months, there seems to be no escape from it, especially in your vehicle. After a while, air conditioning will only offer so much relief, not to mention the blinding glare from direct sunlight can become a dangerous distraction.
High performance automotive window films can change all that, putting you back in control for a cooler, more comfortable ride. By blocking more than 99% of harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, our window tint protects passengers from skin damage and the interior of your vehicle from fading and cracking. And on the road, window tint helps reduce blinding glare and painful eye strain.
You can choose from a variety of shades and privacy levels, and can opt for premium ceramic films that have the same heat rejection properties without the deep black shade of dyed films. Window tint is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as part of a comprehensive skin care program.
How Does it Work?
Basically, window film is designed to reject the thermal rays that make sunlight increase temperature. Autobahn’s window film is spectrally-selective, meaning that it only lets certain wavelengths of radiation pass through. By blocking the wavelengths that create heat, and passing the ones that create natural light, our window films act as a filter that prevents interior heating without blocking the illuminating features of the sun’s rays.
How Much Heat Can It Block?
Heat rejection properties vary by tint type, shade, and quality. All Autobahn and Hüper Optik window films offer more than 99% UV protection as well as heat protection. Choosing the Autobahn Ceramic i3 will provide superior heat rejection. But, if the look of traditional dark window film is not your style, Autobahn Air Ceramic film offers similar levels of UV protection and heat rejection.
Exterior Paint Protection Tips
In addition to making your vehicle look great, exterior paint is the first line of defence against rusted body panels. Thus, it is important to keep your vehicle’s paint job in good condition. Here are some tips to keep your car’s paint job in top shape this summer.
If parking your car in a garage isn’t an option, try parking it in the shade or use a car cover to protect it from sun exposure, which can damage your car’s paint. Car covers offer a thin layer of cushioning against light impact, like hail or a tipped bicycle, as well as protecting against the sun’s ultraviolet rays, bird droppings, sap, and rain.
Waxing your car regularly is an important step in caring for the paint, as the wax creates a hard, protective shell against the elements. While waxing your car can be a time-consuming process, the hard work is always rewarded. Liquid and spray waxes offer a quick shine, but do little in actually protecting your car, so paste wax is still the best option to get the most durable finish. When selecting a paste wax, try to find one with a high carnauba wax content.
Consider these tips to get the most out of an afternoon spent waxing your car.
Prevent, Don’t Repair
The best thing you can do for your vehicle’s paint is to keep it newer, longer. You do this by preventing damage before it happens, instead of trying to repair and mask carless damage after the fact. For this, your best option to protect your car’s body panels is to give it a new skin. Paint Protection films are designed to protect the exterior of your vehicle from chips and abrasions. These films can be washed and waxed along with the rest of your vehicle, and are simply removed at any time if you decide to get rid of them. To ensure proper installation, it is best to have them put on by a professional. Our installers do this all day, and as trained technicians in the autobahn™ program you will enjoy LIFETIME WARRANTY on their work. That is how good they are.
Many people we speak to seem interested in automotive window tint because of the style it adds to their vehicle. We also love how window tint improves the look of the vehicles we work on, but we always make sure to inform our customers about the many other benefits of window tint, besides the “cool factor”. There are numerous benefits to tinting your windows, including occupant safety, comfort, and security.
Glare is a huge hazard that drivers deal with on a daily basis, especially in the morning and evening when we are driving to/from work. Glare seriously impairs drivers’ ability to see their surroundings. The impaired vision caused by glare makes driving hazardous and increases the risk of an accident. Window tint doesn’t need to be dark to significantly reduce the effect of glare as sunlight directly shines in your vehicle, or as light reflects off of buildings’ windows, wet roads, or other vehicles.
In the event of a crash, occupants of a vehicle can be seriously injured by broken glass. The adhesive nature and strength of professional window tint acts as a safety feature by holding shards of broken glass together. This little-known fact about window tint seriously improves the safety of drivers and passengers.
Non-tinted windows allow criminals to see easily into your vehicle, where they might spot your valuable personal items. Due to the opportunistic nature of auto theft, tinted windows act as effective deterrents against thieves. The best thing to do is obviously to never leave your valuables in the vehicle, but we can’t always remove everything from our cars every time we get out. Window tint gives you peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is less likely to be targeted for auto theft.
Automotive window tint controls the amount of heat that passes through the glass. This means that your car will stay cooler in the summer, so you can be more comfortable and less reliant on your air conditioning system. By reducing the amount of AC you use, you will notice improvements in your fuel economy. Automotive window tint also blocks up to 99% of UVA and UVB rays from entering your vehicle. Eliminating UV rays keeps you and other vehicle occupants safe from solar radiation, which causes sunburns and skin cancer.
Automotive window tint comes in almost limitless configurations, and we custom fit each film to your vehicle’s glass. Add safety, security, comfort, and style to your vehicle with window tint. If you have any questions about what how window tint can improve your life, contact us today.
The Perks of Automotive Films
Most people consider their vehicles to be among their most important personal assets. People depend on their cars to get them to and from work, handle daily errands, and be reliable during life’s unexpected twists and turns. A person’s vehicle is also often one of their most expensive possessions, therefore, the long-term performance and reliability of their car is of utmost importance.
Due to the huge role that cars play in most of our day-to-day lives, owners are usually extremely selective when it comes to choosing accessories or modifications for their autos. Motorists need to know that any accessory or modification provides both immediate and long-term benefits.
Sometimes, it’s the details that make the biggest difference. An example of this is having your car’s windows tinted with Automotive Window Films, or installing Paint Protection Film (PPF) on the body of your car. These minor upgrades can significantly improve your vehicle’s value and durability for years to come.
People often assume that any worthwhile modifications are expensive, drastically alter your vehicle, and cumbersome to install. However, automotive films are simple solutions that provide subtle changes and huge benefits. Films protect your car from environmental factors such as excess moisture, road salt, sap, and other debris, while making your car look better for longer.
Immediate Benefits: Style & Safety
Automotive films used on your car’s windows provide immediate aesthetic appeal. Tinted windows complement almost any style of vehicle, and can be used to enhance your existing colour scheme. Whether you wish to make your car look more sporty, rugged, or formal, window films are a fantastic option to achieve your goals.
When it comes to safety, Solar Window Films help by reducing glare in the winter, the most dangerous time of year for bad conditions and excessive sun reflections. Glare and distracted driving play as big of a role in accidents as snow and ice do, and solar window films make a tremendous impact in reducing them. Tinted windows increase privacy as well, which in turn will help deter burglars, and UVA and UVB rejection offers a big step today in reducing major health problems tomorrow.
Long-Term Benefits: Pristine Exterior & Resale Values
The benefits of films used on the body of your vehicle (Paint Protection Films) become apparent as the car ages. When first applied, protective films don’t obscure the depth or richness of your vehicle’s paint, in fact, you won’t see them at all. But over time, the films will help prevent damage of your vehicle’s paint and clear coat. A vehicle with a well-maintained exterior is not only nicer to look at, but will command higher resale value when it is time to sell.
Both the immediate and long-term benefits of automotive film make this simple upgrade a no-brainer. As a tool to increase the functionality, appeal, and lifespan of your vehicle, nothing compares to automotive film.
How to Prepare for a Road Trip
The more we go on road trips around the country, the more we realize that with a bit of planning you can be prepared for the unexpected. Car troubles are the absolute fastest way to ruin a great road trip, but the vast majority of potential problems can be sorted out before you even leave. With mass construction going on all over the place, it’s important to prepare the exterior of your vehicle as well as the drivetrain. But don’t worry, we have a fix for that too.
The Owner’s Manual
This one seems silly, but it’s important that drivers have their owner’s manual handy (best to keep it in the glove box). The owner’s manual has fuse diagrams so you can fix a blown AC unit or problem with the interior lights while on the go, and has important info like where the jack is and how to deal with an overheating engine.
As soon as the snow melts, the construction begins. This means lots of gravel and rock spray from passing vehicles. Paint chips and windshield cracks are some of the most common damage inflicted during highway driving. At Tint Shield, we provide industry-leading paint protection films from autobahn™. Don’t settle for less, your car deserves the best protection it can get.
Under the Hood
Take a peek under your hood for any obvious problems like leaks or frayed engine belts. If you see anything serious, get it to your mechanic ASAP. After a visual inspection check your engine oil for quality and colour, then do the same for transmission fluid and coolant. Top up anything that needs it and be sure all of the caps are tightened when you put it all back together. Feeling uncomfortable with an under the hood check? Just bring it in to a quality mechanic and have them give it a once over. A trained eye you can trust is worth its weight in gold.
Nothing is better than basking in the beautiful summer sun, especially after the winter we’ve had across Canada. Although we are all aware of the hazards of UV radiation while we are at the lake, many of us don’t appreciate how vulnerable we are while driving to and from our vacation destinations. A high quality window tint is the best way to protect the occupants of your vehicle from solar radiation. Tint will also help keep your car cool and comfortable all summer long.
Check Your Battery
This one is easy. Check the battery terminals. If they are super corroded you need to give them a clean. You can do it in just a minute with some baking soda. Here is an illustrated guide to a DIY battery clean up to help you get the job done. This will help make sure you don’t get stranded unnecessarily while you wait for a jump. (You double checked that you have jumper cables in your trunk, just in case….right?)
Get it Cleaned!
The last step seems obvious, but many people skip it. Clean your car! Inside and out, thorough cleaning is going to make your drive much more enjoyable. You can take all the carpets out, give it a vacuum, wash the outside, and give it a spritz with Febreze to freshen it up. If you car is in a bad state, it might be smart to get it deep cleaned before you go. If the DIY solution doesn’t sound appealing, you can get amazing results from reputable automotive detailers.
Once your car is ready it is time to hit the road an enjoy some of this amazing summer. The best kind of vacation is one without any surprise visits from a tow truck along the way. Happy travels!