DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINDOW TINT
What are my options?
When you tint your car's windows, you get to choose what sort of "look" or appearance you're going for: blacked out or smoked? Metallic? Color tinted?
When window tinting in Chicago, there are a few specific options to consider as well. For example: how much time will your car spend in the sun, and how much do you need to protect the interior? You'll also want to consider Chicago (and Illinois) Window Tint Law.
All of these questions can be answered by one or a combination of the four main window film types. Each offers distinct pros and cons, so you'll want to think about all of your options before choosing which you want for your car.
DYED WINDOW TINT FILM
Dyed tints look dark because of layers. Typical dyed films have 3 layers: the adhesive, the dye, and the protective top coat. The adhesive sticks to your car's windows. The dye layer is what makes it appear dark. The protective coat is typically made of a polyester material, and protects the dyed layer from getting scratched up or damaged. Dyed tints can block a TON of light from entering your car, but as always, you'll want to be aware of the law before you make your decision. (Too dark, and the long arm of the law might be writing you tickets!)
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METALLIC WINDOW TINT FILM
Metallic or "metalized" window film is yet another option for your car's new look. It typically grants a shiny or mirrored appearance. Metallic window tints usually consist of four layers. The first is the adhesive layer, which sticks to your car's windows. The next is a clear piece of material that is designed to block UV rays and radiation. Next is the metallic layer, which reflects heat (much like a home's silver coated roof is said to keep the home cooler). This layer also darkens the windows. Finally, is the protective layer, which is designed to keep the metallic layer from getting dinged up. Like dyed window tints, metallic tints can block out A TON of light: up to 60 - 90% of the incoming light. Be sure to consult with us before choosing how dark to go - we'll let you know what is permissible within the law. (We don't want you getting any tickets!)
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HYBRID WINDOW TINT FILM
Hybrid tints are designed to capture the pros of metallic and dyed window tint films. They consist of four layers, bonded together. The adhesive layer, which sticks to your car van or truck's windows. After that is the dyed layer, which gives is a dark appearance. Then comes the metallic layer. Finally, the protective top coat. This option can block about 50% to 90% of outside light.
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CERAMIC WINDOW TINT FILMS
Ceramic window tint films represent relatively new technology in the window tinting space. This is a three-layer product. First is the adhesive layer that bonds to your car's window. Then is the ceramic layer. Finally, the protective poly top coat. Ceramic tints can reflect light and heat, while darkening your windows. They can block 50% - 70% of all light.
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CHICAGO TINTING PROS
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THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD INSTALLATION
If you want to be sure that your new window tints look their best, then you should have a professional like Chicago Tinting Pros install them. Not only will we do the job right, but we will stand by our work.
You're already paying for the materials. Why leave the installation to chance? Yes, a self-installation is the most wallet-friendly choice, but this also leaves the greatest room for error and air-bubbles under the film if you don't know what you're doing. Self-installers require:
Give us a call today, and we'll be happy to review your tint options and give you a free quote for service. We'll have your car in and out in no time, so you can get to enjoying your ride's brand new look and functionality!