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Window Tint is All The Same, Right? – 2024’s Great Advances

If you’re like most people, you probably assume all vehicle window tint is the same. Sure it comes in different shades of darkness and maybe even varying levels of reflectivity, but it’s all the same, right? Actually, no.

The truth is that the world’s ever-advancing technology has created significant differences that are important for you to understand before getting window tint put on your next ride.

First, let me begin with a little history: window tint evolution. At one time, not too long ago, window tint fell primarily into two simple categories.

First, you had the basic dyed polyester film. This was typically inexpensive and just gave your windows the tinted appearance you were looking for without much in the way of performance. These dyed films often had a limited lifespan, typically turning purple after three to five years of sun exposure.

The other tint option you had available was metalized film that integrated a layer of metal into the dyed polyester, giving the tinted look while providing a little heat rejection. These films cost more than the dyed films and were considered the upgrade option in most shops. The performance was better and the film lasted longer because of the metal layer. The downside to metalized films was that they had more reflectivity (because of the metal layer) and they could interfere with the vehicle’s electronics and antenna systems.

Unfortunately, for many years, these were the only two window tint options someone had when wanting to get their vehicle’s windows tinted…the supposed ‘good’ dyed film and the ‘better’ option of metalized film. Neither was truly ideal. To achieve a higher heat rejection, your only choice was to just go with a darker shade. Well, those days are long gone!

How is Window Tint Different in 2024?

Is Window Tint in 2024 the same?Fast-forward to 2024 and the introduction of ceramic and IR-rejecting window tint. These films changed the game as you can now get significant heat rejection without going dark.

One example is the recently launched color-stable (no fading) nano-ceramic DUB iR Luxury Window Tint. Check out these details see just how far window tint technology has come.

DUB iR is light years ahead of traditional vehicle window film, and with its superior infrared blocking technology installed, you achieve an extraordinary degree of heat rejection, even from the lightest of shades (DUB iR 70% has a Total Solar Energy Rejection of 46%). DUB iR is non-reflective and won’t interfere with any electronics as its construction is nano-ceramic, not metal. The look is a true black hue, making it appear like factory-installed tint.

Another important note is that these innovative films create a protective barrier from the sun’s damaging UV rays for both your skin and the cabin of the vehicle. Studies show the incidence of skin cancer among passengers corresponds directly with the side of their body exposed to the window. For example, a driver in North America tends to have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side, the one exposed to the sun while driving. These new window film is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective protection from the sun. Check out their article on this subject by clicking HERE.

So, as you can see, not all tints are created equal. When you go into your local tint shop, make sure to ask what types of film they carry. Understand the film technology they use so you can make an informed decision for your car and more importantly for yourself. Often, if you just ask to have your vehicle tinted a specific darkness, a shop may use the least expensive window film they carry. While this may give you the look you want, but you may miss out on the performance you could have. Window tint shouldn’t be an afterthought. Most of us don’t compromise when it comes to the vehicle we drive. Why should we compromise on our tint?

Please Note: Check your local tint laws in the US and Canada to see what shade of film is legal in your State or Province by clicking HERE.

We hope that this brief article prepares you to make a more informed decision when it come to having window tint installed on your ride.