When it comes to window tinting, there are a lot of questions that people have. One of the most common questions is whether or not you can put a tint over a tint.
You can put a tint over tint on car windows, but it is essential to make sure that you do it correctly. If you don’t, the film can peel or bubble up, and your windows may not be as dark as you want them to be. Let’s find out the best way to put a tint over tint on your car windows to get the expected results!
Table of Contents
- Is It Bad To Put Tint Over Tint?
- Are There Benefits To Applying Tint Over Tint?
- Can I Tint Over Factory Tint?
- Different Kinds of Car Window Tints.
- Post-Tinting Tips For A Better Looking Car Window
- How To Remove Car Window Tint?
Is It Bad To Put Tint Over Tint?
If you’ve got an older (pre-cut) tint that has been in place for a while, then adding another layer may not be such a good idea. When two layers of window film are applied to the same window at the same time, it’s called “double-dipping.”
Double-dipping can cause bubbling and air pockets between film layers, which creates a highly unsatisfactory result.
Are There Benefits To Applying Tint Over Tint?
There are some benefits to applying window tint over existing window tint. If the previous layer is old and peeling, then putting a new window tint on top can help keep it from worsening or getting scraped off by your new tint. It can also help reduce the glass’s brightness, depending on how far you go with it.
Even if your previous layer still looks pretty good, there are still benefits to applying a new layer of window tint over the top. Putting two film layers will double up on everything – abrasion protection, heating prevention, chemical resistance, UV protection, and more.
Some car owners try to save money by applying tint over existing window tint, but they risk diminished benefits.
If you had some window tinting done on your vehicle or home windows in the past, then you might consider putting some new window tint over the top if it’s beginning to peel or fade.
Applying a new layer of window tinting over the existing one will help keep it from worsening and make your glass look bad while potentially extending its life. If you choose to add a new layer of film on top, make sure that you go with the same level and style to avoid losing any of your benefits.
Can I Tint Over Factory Tint?
Factory tint is usually very thick and chalky, which will make your new coat of tint rub off. Your best option is to have the car windows stripped of their old tint and apply a new layer.
This may require some sanding and chemical assistance. If so, take care not to let any of this residue get under the new coat of tint, as it will cause peeling later down the road.
Different Kinds of Car Window Tints.
Ceramic window tint costs more than regular window tints. It has a higher visible light transmittance (VLT) and is also scratch-resistant, making it a popular choice for car owners who like to protect their cars from the sun’s UV rays.
Ceramic tints can be divided further into two types: dyed and dyed-in. Dye-in tints use an infrared dye to color the film, while dyed films use a coating of pigment particles on top of the outside layer to achieve color.
This dye or pigment is usually photochromic, which means that it might change color under the influence of light. Ceramic tints are some of the darkest tints available on the market today.
Fully-colored tints are dyed tints with a VLT of 7%. They are popular due to their sharp look and ability to absorb heat more effectively than other types of window tints but are more expensive than dyed-in tints.
Carbon Tint is a more radical style of window tint. This style is typically dull and dark, dulling your windows to a matte finish. A carbon tint will reduce the amount of light that enters the car while keeping the original color of your windows intact.
Carbon tints are usually reserved for cars with dark or black exterior colors because it would be hard to see into the car with dark windows on light-colored cars.
Metallic Window Tint
The metallic window tint is a unique alternative to the ordinary window tint. It’s a more effective and efficient way of blocking heat from entering a car or home during hot days.
Metallic window tint reflects heat away instead of absorbing it like ordinary car window tint.
The reason why it’s so effective is that it blocks out heat and prevents UV rays from entering buildings or homes. It does this by changing the composition of light passing through. The film’s surface reflects almost all light away from the building or vehicle, making it an invisible front barrier to heat gain.
The tint is made of skinny layers of metal, each one reflecting a particular wavelength of light that passes through it. By selectively restricting these wavelengths, metallic window tints can increase privacy while blocking out heat.
Window tint with dye comes in a roll. It sticks to the window with an adhesive and has a top coat to protect it.
All dyed films are not legal for use on windows that have to be used by drivers or passengers inside of vehicles; they are meant for decorative purposes only.
The green film is viral; this kind of tint is usually legal for use on windows that the driver or passengers use.
One of the most popular dyed films is purple; this kind of tint is often illegal to use on windows with clear visibility in vehicles.
One drawback of using dyed films is that they can be difficult to remove. Professionals should only remove this kind of film, and the adhesive used to hold this type of tint in place can damage the window if not done correctly.
Post-Tinting Tips For A Better Looking Car Window
Be Patient With Window Tint Bubbles.
When you newly tint your window, you will see some tint bubbles under the tint.
You can squeeze them to help them flatten down, but it is best not to touch them for at least 24 hours. Once they are flattened, you will want to use a squeegee or credit card to push out these remaining bubbles.
Skip the Car Wash.
Your tinted windows already have a layer of protection against the elements, and you can skip on going to the car wash and clean them with a damp cloth used for cleaning.
If necessary, you can use a trusted auto glass soap or non-streaking product that won’t damage the surface of your windshield. Remember not to use anything that contains ammonia.
Be patient with your tint, but if you want to be on the safe side, wait 24 hours before washing your car.
Let the tint dry.
Wait until the weather is warm enough for your window tint installer to work. Then it will be safe to drive, but windows probably won’t be dry for several days. If you drive the car before then, the film may stick to your windows and damage them.
Wait three days.
The window tint film is cured after three days and won’t damage your windows by sticking to them. If you drive before then, the film will peel off and stick to other parts of your car – like vents and speakers. That can be pretty hard to get rid of!
The film is ready to be driven on the fourth day, but some installers recommend waiting two weeks before washing your car.
How To Remove Car Window Tint?
Window tint can be a great way to protect your car’s interior from the sun and reduce glare, but it also has drawbacks. The biggest drawback is that window tint can make it difficult to see out of the windows, driving at night more dangerous. Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can remove window tint yourself, so you don’t have to pay someone else for this service.
1. Loosen the film with a razor blade.
First, loosen the film by using a razor blade to cut the film from around the windows carefully. Try not to cut into or scratch the paint, but there is a chance that this will happen. If it does, try using a fine-grit rubbing compound to remove any paint marks.
2. Pull the film up and off.
Then, take your fingers and carefully peel the film back. The adhesive should come off with it, but if not, you can use a heat gun to soften the adhesive first.
To do this, use a heat gun or hair dryer and aim it at low heat on an excellent surface near the film directly where you need to peel some of the adhesive off. Keep applying heat until you can easily pull more of the film off, then continue until all of the films have been removed.
3. Use a razor blade to scrape off the remaining adhesive.
Once all the window tints have been removed, use a razor blade or box cutter to scrape off any remaining adhesive. If necessary, you can reapply heat and try using a razor again until the film comes off.
4. Clean the window with a glass cleaner.
Finally, wipe down the windows with glass cleaner and paper towels or microfiber cloth to remove any last traces of adhesive and leave a clean, clear surface.
You can easily remove car window tints simply by following the above steps. In my experience, you must have some patience to do this task, especially when cutting or scratching the tint on the glass.