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What You'll Get
Choose from Three Options
- $38 for $100 Value Towards Carbon Auto Window Tinting ($100 value)
- $85 for Carbon Film Legal Window Tinting for a 4-Door Sedan or Coupe ($200 value)
- $118 for Carbon Film Legal Window Tinting for a 4-Door SUV or Truck ($280 value)
Tinted Glass: Soaking Up the Shade
Whether it’s on a rented limousine or a family sedan, tinted glass can do a lot for a car. Read on to learn how it works and how it’s applied.
A car’s windshield and windows can keep out a lot of things: wind, bugs, snow, obnoxiously fresh air. Most modern auto glass has some UV protection built in, but if you want to keep things cooler—or prevent people from stealing your idea for an invention on your way to the patent office—tinting film might be a solution. There are four main types on the market:
Dyed: When the sun’s rays hit a surface coated with dyed film, the dark color absorbs the sun’s light and heat. The natural flow of air around a car then whisks it away from the glass, reducing how much penetrates to the vehicle’s interior. Dyed films tend to be less expensive than other options, but some can discolor over time.
Metallic: In metallic films, extremely thin layers of reflective metals rest between layers of polyester—you might be able to identify a car with this type of film by its slightly mirrored look. These metals do an excellent job of blocking harmful rays and reducing interior heat, but there’s one potential drawback: the metal in some of these films can slightly distort radio, phone, or GPS signals.
Hybrid: Made using a combination of dyed and metallic materials, hybrid films boast many of the benefits that these separate techniques offer. For instance, combining a gray dye with a thin layer of titanium produces a window film that’s neither too dark nor too reflective.
Ceramic: This durable, scratch-resistant material was developed for the thermal-protection systems of NASA’s space shuttles, and it works exceptionally well on earth. Ceramic films are among the thinnest on the market and are even available for windshields, since they can be made completely transparent. Beyond their automotive use, ceramic films are a popular choice for home windows, blocking out heat in the summer and holding it in during the winter.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. May be repurchased every 90 days. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Additional fee for front windshield or sun roof. Appointment Required. Not valid for antique cars. May apply towards other tint options of 3M or Ceramic tint upgrades. Quarter windows are considered as separate windows. Text is not included. Additional fee for Volkswagen Beetles and Corvettes. Additional fee for tint remover. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.