It’s all too easy for your car window tinting job to bubble, fade or simply disintegrate, although when tinting is done properly, it looks great and is functional too.
Looking after your windows properly can ensure your window tint looks good for years to come.
These tips can help to keep your tinted windows looking good for as long as possible.
Always let the window tints cure
You should get clear instructions from the specialist who tinted your windows on how long it will take them to cure. In general, you should reckon on the curing process to take between a week and a month, depending on various factors, including climate.
Immediately after having your windows tinted, you shouldn’t roll down your windows for at least a week. You can potentially damage the tint as it hasn’t cured completely yet.
Use the correct products
Your window tint is protected against regular wear and tear through its scratch-resistant finish. However, using materials or items that are abrasive or sharp can still damage your tint.
The technician who applied your window tinting should be able to recommend some cleaning products that are gentle and won’t cause damage.
Microfiber cloths and cotton cloths won’t harm your tinted windows, and a rubber squeegee and warm soapy water are quite safe too. And if you’re using a product designed specifically for tinted windows, you don’t need to worry.
Razor blades, metal scrapers, steel sponges and metal-edged squeegees should never be used on your tinted windows, and any cleaning products that have harsh chemicals such as ammonia in them should be avoided. And products with vinegar or baking soda aren’t good to use.
How to clean your tinted windows
Use a microfiber or soft cotton cloth to gently clean your windows, having first sprayed them with a recommended cleaning solution. A rubber squeegee should then be used in an up to down motion, followed by any cleaning residue being removed with a cloth.
The outside of your car’s windows can be cleaned in a regular way, as a window tint is applied to the inside of the windows.
Cleaning off any adhesive
To avoid damaging the tint, apply acetone lightly to a clean cotton cloth; this can safely be used to remove any adhesives or remaining glue.
Bubbling and how to deal with it
Bubbling occurs when air or water becomes trapped under the window tint film.
However, preventing bubbling from happening in the first place is much more preferable to dealing with it after it’s happened. These tips can help to avoid any bubbling.
Always use quality tint
The chances of the tint breaking down quickly and the adhesive failing are much less likely if you use a durable and high-quality tint.
Have your tint applied professionally
Always have your window tint carried out by an experienced professional, regardless of how tempting it is to do it yourself to save money.
There’s a lot less chance of being bothered with bubbling when a professional does the job for you.
Regularly using safe and recommended cleaning products on your windows can minimize the chances of damage and wear and tear.
How to get rid of air bubbles
The professional who installed your window tint should be able to get rid of any bubbling that appears after your tint is in place. However, you may have to pay a window tinting company to have the bubbles removed if someone else ends up tackling the issue for you.
Follow these steps to remove air bubbles yourself:
1) Using a hairdryer or by simply parking in direct sunlight, warm up the window where bubbles can be seen.
2) Moisten (but don’t soak) the window by using a spray bottle filled with water at room temperature.
3) Pierce each bubble with a tiny needle or pin.
4) Smooth the bubbles out by sliding a straight edge such as a credit card over the bubbles, firstly making sure that the area is still damp and warm. Move the card gently, firmly and slowly and hold it at a 45-degree angle.
5) Use a lint-free and soft cloth to dry your windows afterwards, and verify there are no further bubbles or any damage.
You can still damage your tinted windows by doing this, and removing bubbles are best left to an expert if possible.
Having your window tint professionally installed and using high quality and long-lasting tint allows you to enjoy your new look for as long as possible. And because tints can and do fade and can suffer from damage, the tips above should help you to prevent damage and be able to identify and deal with any bubbling issues. Tinted windows really do look good, and by caring for them the right way, they will hopefully last as long as you own the car.