Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.
Window tinting laws were enacted in 2009. Prior to that, no tinting was allowed on vehicles registered in the state. In general, you must allow more than 35% Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) on all windows except the windshield which cannot be tinted except for the top 6" with a non-reflective tint. Factory tinting on most vehicles is 20% VLT which will prevent you from legally applying tint to the front driver and passenger side windows.
*We are not responsible for any tickets issued for window film on your vehicle nor are we providing you with legal advice regarding the installation of window film. To further research Illinois tint laws see the Illinois General Assembly Bill HB3325.
Film percentages stand for Visible Light Transmission (VLT), or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.
In most cases, window film is installed on the inside of the glass. This allows for maximum durability. The window tint is heat shrunk on the outside of the glass allowing it to conform to the curve of the window, then installed on the interior of the glass.
No, window film and a car’s rear defroster will not affect one another.
The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, blotchy appearance. It takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take a couple of days, or even a couple of months. When the water evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.
We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for at least 5 days after the window film installation. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved. In warm weather, wait at least 3 days.
After window film installation, wait a week before cleaning the inside of the window where the film was installed. After a week, use a window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth or rubber squeegee. We recommend foam cleaners because they do not streak, and are usually ammonia-free. Never scrape the film with any type of blade or clean your tinted windows with anything abrasive, as it will scratch the film.
Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and the glass can be retinted.
Yes. However, having this level of window film on front doors is not legal in Illinois. Vehicle factory window tint is usually 26%-15% film level. Illinois law states that the front door legal light transmission must be greater than 35%, which is lighter than the rear window of your factory tinted vehicle.
Yes. As long as it is factory window tint, we can install window film directly on the glass. Factory window tint’s color is actually a pigment in the glass. Aftermarket window film also has many more solar benefits than factory window tint. Factory tint only rejects part of the UV rays, and only rejects a small amount of heat. Aftermarket window film rejects 99% of ultraviolet rays and between 35%-80% of heat, depending on the film level used. In addition to these benefits, darkening factory tinted glass will give you more privacy for storing your personal items in the back of the vehicle.
Yes, window film does increase the safety of the glass; due to a very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of broken glass together in the event the glass breaks, due to an auto accident, a person running into it, or an attempted break-in. The glass will shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass together making clean-up easier and the likelihood of you getting cut a lot less.
Yes. The same sun that brightens a car’s interior can be detrimental to fabrics, leather, and vinyl. Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade almost all interior surfaces of your vehicle. Heat and light also play a part in fading, but using window film to block nearly 100% of UV rays will increase the life of your personal property for years.