Car tinting is a bigger investment that given credit for. It takes time, money, and if not done properly, can result in bad damage that would take even more time and money to fix. So whether you’re sending your new ride for tinting or are just fed up of getting too much sun and heat while on the road, here are some FAQs to help you with your decision to go to the dark side.
HOW DARK CAN I GO?
In Malaysia, JPJ regulations state that tint on the windscreen should allow no less than 70% of light through, while all other windows should allow no less than 50% light through. Exemption can be obtained from the transport minister to get a darker tint for health or security purposes.
WHAT COLOUR TO GO FOR?
It’s a safe bet to stick with the usual colours, which are shades of black. Come on, we’re not in the 80’s anymore.
WHAT TYPE TO GET?
There are many different types of tints available out there. It is important to also note that darker doesn’t really mean more protection from the sun. To get proper sun protection, opt for a reflective tint that comes with 99% UV protection. If you’re worried about your car being broken into, you can also spend a little more getting a security-film type of tint. They are thicker, hardier, and are tougher to break through, and should give you a little more protection from carjackers, snatch thieves, or God forbid, assassins.
WHERE TO INSTALL IT?
There is no hard and fast rule about this, as there are many workshops that offer car tinting. So your options would be to either get a recommendation from a friend, or make inquiries at a few workshops before making up your mind. There are DIY tinting kits available in car accessory shops, but unless you’ve had a fair enough of experience fitting them on, your best bet would be to leave it to the pros who are equipped and experienced in tinting.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I SPEND?
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You might find cheap offers online, but think twice before you go for those. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better, especially if you have to end up replacing them anytime soon. Tint removal costs a lot of money too. Going for well established brands will hit your pocket a little harder, but might be more effective and cost-efficient in the long run.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Tinting your car should take around 3 hours depending on the size of your car, and how busy the workshop is. It is best to budget around half a day to a day for car tinting. The adhesive on the other hand, takes several days to dry, and your workshop would usually not recommend cleaning or winding down your windows for about 3-5 days.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY TINT?
Avoid contact with metal objects which can scratch the tint. Also, be mindful when pulling your seatbelt on, so that the buckle doesn’t accidentally swipe the surface of the tint. To clean the inside of your windows where the tint is, the safest way would be to use water and a soft cloth. Avoid using ammonia based products on the tinted portions. Check with your workshop what is safe to use and what is not.