What Causes Blurry Window Tint?
After a tint job, motorists will often experience cloudy or blurry windows. This is very common problem. Autobahntm technicians are trained to ensure that your window tint is perfectly installed from the moment you pick up your vehicle. Even still, there may be a bit of haze on your windows for the first few days. Here is why it happens, and what to expect after your tint job is complete.
Climate and Window Film Installation
With traditional installations this is completely normal and temporary. For the first few days after your windows are tinted they might appear cloudy, hazy, and you may see little water pockets forming underneath the film. When windows are tinted, the squeegee can only remove a certain amount of the water from between the film and the glass. As the film dries, the remaining water may form little bubbles. Window film is a porous material that allows water to evaporate, so these water pockets will simply evaporate and go away by themselves as the film fully cures to the glass. The amount of time before your new tint will be totally dry is determined by the skill of the installer, the amount of sunlight it gets, and the type of film chosen. If it’s cloudy and overcast outside, it will take longer, if it’s hot and sunny, then the film dries very quickly. With a typical installation this could take anywhere from 3 days to one week. In the winter you can expect this to take a bit longer because of the moist cool air slowing down surface evaporation.
Two Types of Haze
Installation Haze: Installation haze is what is described above. Tiny molecules of water are trapped between the film and the glass and evaporate over the course of a week or so. This effect can be minimized by spending extra time with a heat gun during application, or making a few extra passes with a squeegee during installation. Give it a few days and your windows will be perfectly clear, just as expected.
Tip: Avoid any extra stress on your windows during the curing period, this includes rolling the windows up and down. You are best to leave them closed until the films are fully cured.
Low-Angle Haze: Low-angle haze is a completely different sort of blurriness altogether. This type of haze refers to a fuzziness in the windows that is only visible when looking at a steep angle through the glass such as a windshield or a side window in front of you. This is not seen in all films, but it is visible in some ceramic “nano dispersion” films. To create a ceramic film of this type, the polyester film is surface coated in a solution with tiny particles of ceramic. If you were to look at them under a microscope you would see that they are not completely round, they are actually more of a pebble shape. That means that when light hits them at a very low angle there is a slight disruption in the light transmittance that causes a blurry effect.
Tip: To combat this problem, you should consider going with Hüper Optik Ceramic films. Where traditional blends cause low-angle haze, Hüper Optik Ceramic’s particles are “sputter coated”one titanium nitride molecule at a time forming more of an organized structure than the random orientation of a “dispersion” film.
Fuel Economy & Window Films
Applying window tint to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions. How can automotive window tint increase your fuel economy? Simple. Every driver has felt the discomfort of climbing into their car or truck on a hot summer day only to discover every surface is scalding hot. Most people reach immediately for the air conditioning, and it remains on at full tilt until you feel the temperature cool down.
Air conditioning runs on power and power is created by fuel, so there is a direct line between using the A/C and fuel consumption, and depending on your surrounding climate and how hot your vehicle gets, your air conditioning can decrease gas mileage from 5 and 25%.
This is where automotive window tinting comes into the equation.
Window Tint to Conserve Fuel
Tinted windows are designed to block between 40 and 75% of the solar heat before it even gets into your car. Our manufacturers also provide tint that blocks harmful UV rays. Not only will the interior of your vehicle be cooler, and more comfortable for the occupants but all the surfaces and fixtures inside your vehicle will remain in good condition because they’re not being damaged by repeated exposure to extreme heat.
The fuel economy comes into play because with the interior of your vehicle much cooler, if you turn the A/C on, your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to cool a temperature that’s many degrees cooler already. In some cases, you won’t require your air conditioning system at all, because you’ll be entering a more comfortable environment.
Window tinting offers another angle on saving money, aside from conserving fuel by running the air conditioner less often. With a reduced dependence on A/C, your cooling unit will last longer and require fewer expensive repairs.
Other Window Tinting Benefits
Lowering a need for air conditioning and reducing your fuel consumption isn’t just good for your wallet. The environmental impact of air conditioning emissions and fuel consumption is well documented as having a negative impact on the environment. The movement towards lowering our eco “footprint” has created a huge market for window film of all kinds, because it does work to reduce the need for expensive cooling and heating systems. Even commercial buildings can be eligible for tax credits when they retrofit their windows with window film.
Installing window film on your vehicle won’t completely eliminate the carbon footprint of your car, but it will minimize the impact your vehicle creates.
Improve your fuel economy and comfort while reducing damaging UV exposure inside the vehicle and your carbon footprint outside the vehicle. Automotive tinting film has these multiple benefits, and looks great too. Ready to take the next step? Just give us a shout and we can get started on finding the perfect window tint product for you.
Paint Protection: 5 Reasons Why
Similar in concept and function to the stick-on films that protect your iPhone from scratches- automotive paint protection film provides a layer between the surface of a vehicle and is designed to provide a bumper between a car’s paint and gravel, scratches, pollution, and UV rays. Clear films had their inception in the military, and protect vehicles and expensive components. They’ve now made it to the consumer market and are used to protect automotive surfaces against scrapes, rock chips and airborne contaminants.
Paint protection film can be applied on the vulnerable parts of your vehicle like the hood, bumper and quarter panels for optimal aesthetics and durability. Here are five benefits customers enjoy by investing in car protection film:
Protect a Car’s Paint From Environmental Hazards
Every time a car goes on the road it naturally comes into contact with a variety of environmental hazards. Corrosive materials such as tree sap or bird droppings can damage or stain a vehicle’s paint. Pollutants found in rain can damage the paint. The chemicals in acid rain will burn themselves into a paint job and ruin it. The sun’s rays turn a water droplet into a powerful magnifying glass, which is why even plain water will damage a paint finish. Let’s not forget about flying rocks and pebbles can chip the paint resulting in an expensive trip to the repair shop.
Reduce the Impact of UV Radiation
Just like our skin, a vehicle’s exterior is at risk to be damaged by UV radiation. Think of paint protection film as sunscreen for a car. Car paint protection film is specifically designed to block UV rays from the surface of the paint, preventing fading and ensuring the paint keeps its bright shiny lustre.
Spend Less Time on Car Care
Paint protection film makes washing easier, and results in less vehicle maintenance overall, freeing people up to enjoy their cars. If time is short or water restrictions prohibit vehicle cleaning, a clean cloth is all that’s needed to polish up.
Increase a Car’s Resale Value
Presenting a clean, like-new exterior can net significantly more money when it comes to sell. First impressions mean a lot, and car paint protection film keep the paint looking good and prevents damage that could detract from value. Unlike other upgrades that are performance based, most buyers will see the value in paint protection film, because it makes the car more durable and cheaper to maintain.
Eliminate the Need to Wax
The look of a freshly waxed car can be had without the waxing. Paint protection film gives the protective coat that wax would provide, with additional benefits of protecting from flying rocks and debris.
It might seem counter-intuitive to apply window films to a vehicle that came with dark windows from the factory. The fact of the matter is that darkened windows alone won’t give you the results you are looking for.
One of the most frequent questions our specialists get asked about automotive window tinting is to explain the difference between factory tinted windows and aftermarket window tinting. It very common for vehicles to have some tinting applied in the factory. Most newer models, especially SUV’s and Mini-Vans have a factory installed tint with approximately 15% - 20% visible light transmission on most windows except the windshield and driver and front passenger windows.
What are the benefits to aftermarket automotive window film? The truth is the factory tinted glass doesn’t provide nearly the same benefit as professionally installed window film. Tint from the factory is really more of a cosmetic enhancement, and while it slightly reduces glare, factory tint doesn’t deflect heat or protect the vehicle occupants from damaging ultraviolet UVA and UVB rays.
At top tier shops with the Autobahn™ seal of approval, you will find dealers that maintain the cosmetic aesthetics of your vehicle, to ensure you drive away safe, satisfied and looking great. Here’s how they do it:
Achieve Cosmetic Consistency
We ensure our after-market tint matches the factory tint in both shade and degree of reflectivity. At Tint Shield, we have a large selection of Autobahn window film in a wide variety of shade levels, as well as tints that are reflective and non-reflective. In most cases a non-reflective window film will match perfectly to the factory tint on the rear glass.
The aftermarket, professionally installed films by Autobahn™ prevent 99.9% solar heat, and UVA and UVB from getting in through those windows. This means your vehicle will remain cooler all summer long, and have to rely less on your air conditioning system. This results in tangible fuel savings, that add up over time.
Our aftermarket window films can also protect driver and passengers from injuries caused by glass shattering. In the event of a motor vehicle incident or a crack from a stray pebble or rock, the adhesive on aftermarket window films acts as a protective layer that holds glass together in one piece instead of shattering all over the inside of the car.
Autobahn™ dealers have creative solutions to almost any challenge. Some SUV drivers want window film installed on the inside of their factory tinted windows, to gain double the heat rejection and UV protection without adding any reflectivity to the glass.
We Know the Limitations
We are aware of the local laws around aftermarket window film. We follow the guidelines to ensure each tint installation meets window visible light transmission films statutes. In most provinces, the installation of window film on a windshield is limited to a small strip across the top of the windshield, and is not permitted on front driver or passenger side windows.
We also are aware of technological advancements in the rapid growth of on-board electronics, and can reassure our customers that our aftermarket window film won’t interfere with the operation of their Bluetooth, GPS signals, radar detectors or premium satellite radio options like XM or Sirius.
More Protection is Better
If you are looking for increased heat rejection in the summer, better heat retention in the winter, improved security and privacy, and 99.9% rejection of UV rays in your vehicle, aftermarket tint is the only way to go. Give us a shout today, we would love to answer your questions and help find a qualified dealer near you.
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Who Is autobahn™?
It is not enough to just make great products in this industry. To give a customer an industry leading experience, they need expert professionals to help them make the best choice to suit their needs. That is why Tint Shield works with autobahn™ to source the best window films, work with the best installers, and helps to train new industry professionals to spread quality workmanship across the country.
At Tint Shield, we feel that we are better because of the professional window tinting companies that have chosen to do business with us. This exclusive network of autobahn™ Dealers is the best group of businesses and professionals in our industry. Their keen attention to detail will ensure your car is treated as one of their own. In addition, their autobahn™ showrooms represent only the best products available in the window tinting and paint protection film (PPF) markets.
Huper Optik window films have been leading the industry for nearly 20 years. Our product line includes Huper Optik advanced films and have a proven track record of performance, durability and clarity. We offer the best performing film available in the industry and Huper Optik Patented Nano-Ceramic technology is the first ceramic film with over 15 years of history, performance and durability.
Who is autobahn™ Black made for? These window films are made with the budget conscious automotive customer in mind. If you are looking for an option to go dark with your tint and achieve a stylish, modern, blacked out look, this is a really great choice. Other films on the market begin life with blue, green, or brown bases, so they never achieve a rich a satisfying black like autobahn™.
Who is autobahn™ Black Ceramic made for? These window films are made with the price conscious but extremely discerning automotive customer in mind. You will also enjoy increased heat rejection and reduced glare compared to competing products at this price point because autobahn’s proven nano-ceramic dispersion technology. Read on for the full specs to compare the performance indicators of each shade.
Who is Hüper Optik made for? Hüper Optik window films are highest performing films on the market. If you are looking for a window film that will match the aesthetic of your sports car or luxury vehicle, Hüper Ceramic is what you need. You will also enjoy increased heat rejection and reduced glare compared to competing products at this price point. Read on for the full specs to compare the performance indicators of each shade.
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Our Automotive Window Films will exceed your expectations with their superior performance. In addition to improving the overall comfort of riding in your vehicle, these films offer fade control and extend the life of your vehicle’s interior. By cutting out excessive glare to the eyes and cancer-causing rays to the skin, occupants are protected from the harmful effects of the sun. By cutting down unbearable heat, these window films cool the vehicle more efficiently and reduce fuel consumption. Let us enhance the overall aesthetics of your vehicle and improve your driving experience today!
Increased Fuel Economy
Any car sitting outside in the summer gets extremely hot. If you have a black or dark coloured vehicle with dark interior, it can feel 10 times worse than that. This is why most of us blast our A/C all summer long to reduce the heat and enjoy a good cruise around the city. It turns out, though, that keeping your A/C on all day can cost you A LOT of money in extra fuel costs.
Most vehicle air conditioners require engine power to operate. Of all auxiliary power requirements, a/c systems use has the greatest impact on fuel consumption. Using the air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by up to 20% because of the extra load on the engine. This phenomenon does not just happen in the summer. In the winter, vehicles use the heat from the engine to warm the cabin air. However, if the defrost setting is selected, the A/C system may also be engaged automatically to keep the windows from fogging.
What can you do? Simply put, install window films on your vehicle. The latest technology in window films does not just block UVA/UVB rays, they also reduce the sun’s heat entering your vehicle in the summer and reduce radiant heat loss in the winter by up to 50%. This means your vehicle stays very comfortable all summer without the A/C, and it retains heat better in the winter as well.
Increase style while increasing performance, opt for advanced window films on your vehicle today.
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Deciding to have your vehicle’s windows tinted is one of the smartest automotive decisions you can make. However, to avoid unwanted run-ins with the law, it is important to have the job done by an experienced professional.
Installing tint on your vehicle’s windows has a variety of advantages, including enhanced appearance and cooler interior temperatures during hot days. Unfortunately, darker window tint can impact safety and attract undesired attention from police officers, here is why.
Compromised Safety for Law Enforcement
A major reason why window tint regulations exist is to protect police officers from potentially dangerous situations. Excessively dark window tint can eliminate a police officer’s ability to make eye contact with individuals inside a vehicle and see what they are doing while approaching a stopped vehicle. Officers are put on high alert when approaching vehicles with very dark window tint, as the windows make it possible to conceal illegal activity.
Reduced Visibility for the Driver
Extremely dark windows on a vehicle can lead to dangerous situations for the driver and for others on the road, especially when combined with other factors that impact visibility such as night and poor weather. Cars with excessively dark windows can limit the driver’s ability to interpret images on their side mirrors, as well as prevent eye contact between the driver and others on the road, such as other motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Monitoring Seat Belt and Cell Phone Usage
In Canada, all provinces have laws regarding the usage of seat belts and mobile devices. If a car’s windows are tinted too much, police officers can’t enforce these regulations through passive visual inspections, and may have to pull vehicles over to confirm or discredit their suspicions. This is time consuming and annoying for both drivers and police officers.
How Dark is too Dark?
A rule of thumb for law enforcement is that officers must have a clear line of sight through both front windows of a car, however, each province in Canada has a different specific regulation regarding appropriate window tint. Some allow no films to be installed on the front windows, while others allow only certain tint percentages. If you are not sure about your local laws, the International Window Film Association keeps a convenient list that cross references all provinces with their current laws and exceptions. Exceptions to these rules are often made for people with medical conditions that are aggravated by sun exposure. If that is the case for you, be sure to consult your physician to see what your options are.
To avoid undesired run-ins with the police, and to make sure you get the best product for you, ensure that you consult an experienced window tint shop. As always, if you have any questions regarding automotive window tint, don’t hesitate to get in touch. What do you think?
Heat rejection film is not only an investment in occupant comfort, but also in vehicle protection.
Heat Rejection Films Keep You Comfortable
Personal taste in vehicles varies hugely. Some people like a low-riding sports coupe with a roaring engine and quick handling, others prefer a rugged 4×4 with chunky tires and a clever differential, and some would rather cruise around in leather-clad luxury.
Despite all this variation, there is one feature that unites the modern driver in their quest for driving heaven; comfort. At the end of the day, we all just want something that we will enjoy driving. A critical part of our comfort level in our vehicles is temperature. Being able to regulate the temperature of the cabin is paramount to driver and passenger comfort.
Autobahn’s superior window tint offers high-performance heat rejection and temperature moderation that puts you in control of your cabin’s climate, without having to rely 100% on your air conditioner.
Why Heat Rejection Matters
People usually consider things like fuel economy, power, features, aesthetics, and practicality when shopping for vehicles. Car shoppers rarely consider the heat rejection capabilities of a vehicle, which is why it’s such a popular after-market modification.
Heat rejection is vital for a comfortable trip year-round. On hot summer days heat rejection film will keep your car cool and comfortable while it sits outside in the sun, so you aren’t returning to a car-shaped sauna. During the winter, the heat control properties of Autobahn film means that your vehicle’s temperature remains consistent and you don’t have to open the window.
Heat rejection film lowers your dependence on your vehicle’s AC, meaning that the unit will last longer and you will save on fuel. Heat rejection film shields you from solar radiation, including heat and ultraviolet rays, keeping you cool, safe, and comfortable.
Protect the Driver and Passengers
Many of us find that our vehicles are primarily used to get ourselves to and from work, and our family members from A to B. Since so much of this type of driving is done in the morning and evening (morning commute and after-school soccer practice), solar glare is a serious concern. Window film cuts out glare so you can keep your eyes on the road, keeping your family safe on the road.
The Highest-Performing Film is a Smart Investment
There are lots of choices for anyone looking to add tint to their vehicles. Every tint manufacturer out there boasts about the benefits of their product, but only Autobahn has consistently delivered superior performance; that is why out network is so big.
When a motorist pays for the highest quality in window film, they are receiving a great product and making a smart investment. Cheaper, lower-quality films are prone to peeling, chipping, and turning purple which means they will need to be replaced after only a few years. This means that over time, cheap tint will actually cost more money than the good stuff.
We all take pride in our vehicles, so it makes sense to invest in modifications that will stand the test of time and perform to the highest standards for years to come. High quality window tint is a strategic investment, and Autobahn’s window films will be with you far down the road. Give us a shout with any questions you may have.
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Our vehicles are among our most prized and valuable possessions. The time we spend in our vehicles represents a significant portion of our days, so it makes sense that we want to make those hours as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. Autobahn window films are a simple upgrade that has numerous benefits. Use window films to make your ride more comfortable, more efficient, safer, and more stylish.
Autobahn Window Films: Solar Control, Style, and More
The majority of vehicle modifications have to do with style, and nothing is sleeker than tinted windows. Darkened windows can be used to make your vehicle look more sporty, classy, or rugged, depending on what you value most.
That being said, high-quality window tint isn’t a one-trick-pony. The same films that are used to improve the looks of your vehicle will also give you:
On hot and sunny days, our air conditioners can’t keep up with the relentless heat. Moreover, having our AC constantly on full blast will exhaust the unit and consume significant fuel. Window films block solar heat from entering your vehicle, ensuring that you stay cool and comfortable without having to rely on your maxed-out AC.
The best way to stop auto-crime is to remove the temptation. If criminals can’t see in your car to look for valuables, they will move on to an easier target. Window film is one of the strongest deterrents you can add to your vehicle to keep it safe. Not only will window film protect your vehicle and your valuables while you are away, but the tint will turn your car into a private, safe place during traffic.
Solar glare is a major safety concern. Even momentary blindness caused by reflected sun can lead to disaster. Glare is especially dangerous during low-light conditions, such as dawn and dusk (in other words, when we are driving to and from work). Automotive window film cuts out glare and lets you see clearly, reducing eye strain and keeping you safe.
Anyone who’s thought of upgrading their vehicle has probably thought of window tint, but most people are unaware of the variety of benefits that tint provides. In addition to looking BEAUTIFUL, autobahn window tint will protect the occupants of your vehicle from sun, deter thieves, and keep your eyes on the road. Quality tint will last for decades, and you will fall in love with your car all over again.
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What sets autobahn™ apart from all other window films is our hassle free, transferable, lifetime warranty. Customer enjoy the peace of mind in the knowledge that any cracking or crazing, blistering, bubbling, peeling, demetalizing and delamination when installed by an authorized autobahn™ dealer will be replaced at absolutely no charge.
Below you can read about why we offer this warranty and how it speaks to our integrity as a company. We want nothing more than to give our customers the support they needs, the security they require, and the peace of mind in knowing they made the right choice with autobahn™ window films.
The investments you make in your vehicle should last, and choosing autobahn™ is no exception. We hold ourselves and our dealer-partners to the highest ethical standards. We understand the need to earn your business and trust, and not just expect.
Autobahn™ Performance Window Films guarantees your vehicle is under exceptional care. Backed by our National Dealer Network of the best factory trained and authorized technicians in the industry, you’ll always be certain to receive professional service and support for as long as you own your vehicle.
Enjoy peace of mind and security with the world’s most experienced manufacturer of patented nano-technology window films. German engineering and state of the art technologies have combined to deliver the best performing and most durable window films in the world.
Autobahn™ Performance Window Films guarantees your film will maintain its properties without discolouration, cracking, crazing, blistering, bubbling, delaminating, fadings, or demetalization for the life of your vehicle…
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Autobahn™ Performance Films, (the Product) is sold with a limited lifetime warranty backed by the Film Manufacturer against discoloration, cracking or crazing, blistering, bubbling, peeling, demetalizing and delamination when installed by an authorized autobahn™ Dealer. In the event the Product is found to be defective as covered under the warranty conditions it will be replaced at no charge to the vehicle owner by an authorized autobahn™ Dealer. It is the responsibility of the vehicle owner to provide the vehicle at his/her expense to the facility of the authorized Dealer. The Warranty Card and proof of purchase showing the type of film and date of purchase must be presented to the Dealer to obtain service. Autobahn™ products are to be used in compliance with all applicable state laws in which the vehicle is registered. Window film installed illegally is not covered by warranty for any reason. It is the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner to ensure the film is in compliance with all state or provincial laws should vehicle registration location change at any time. The Dealer and autobahn LLC disclaims all other warranties expressed or implied including without limitation, any warranty of merchantability, quality or fitness for any purpose whatsoever other than described herein.
Transferable Warranty Option
If you are a subsequent owner of this vehicle and not the original recipient of the autobahn window film installation, and have experienced a qualified warranty film replacement need approved by an authorized autobahn Dealer, you may exercise your transferable option. If for any reason you should need warranty service, contact your local authorized autobahn Dealer, or call the toll free number on this card for a Dealer nearest you. The required $99.00 fee paid directly to the installing authorized autobahn Dealer will cover the removal and replacement of any originally installed autobahn window film deemed defective. The new replacement window film will be of the same type and value classification as the original installation, and must be legal and within the guidelines of your state and federal laws.
No Fault Warranty Option
If you are the original purchaser of this autobahn window film installation, and should ever experience any accidental damage to your autobahn window film, you may exercise your one time ‘No Fault’ warranty option. If for any reason you should need to replace damaged window film, contact your local authorized autobahn Dealer for service, or call the toll free number on this card for a Dealer nearest you. This warranty entitles the original autobahn purchaser up to $75.00 retail value towards the replacement of one damaged window. Any costs in excess of $75.00 will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.
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