How to Choose the Right Window Tint

There are several factors to consider when choosing vehicle tint for your vehicle including state laws. We've outlined how to choose the best tint for your vehicle.

Posted: 09/01/2021

How to Choose the Right Window Tint

Understanding Car Window Tint Percentages

Window Tint is measured in visible light transmission (VLT). A lower VLT percentage indicates a lower amount of visible light able to transmit through the glass. Most vehicles that come with a factory tint is usually between 15% and 20% though keep in mind, the front windows might be at a different percentage than the rear windows to accommodate most state law requirements though this varies state-to-state. This means that the windows (usually the rare window) lets in just about the 15-20 % of visible light and deflect 85-85%.

A 50% tint is a great option if you don't want complete darkness on your windows. It'll only block half the light coming into your vehicle, but it still blocks out UV rays and heat. Plus, it'll still reduce eye strain and glare, which makes for safer driving.

A 35% tint will give you more darkness, but it's still easy to see through. Drivers like this tint because of it's stylish and sleek aesthetic.

If privacy is your purpose for tinting, a 20% tint is an excellent choice. You can see through windows with a 20% tint if you're up close, but it's still difficult. Typically, it's enough to deter snoopers, though.

A 5% is the darkest tint you can get, and you can't see through 5% tinted car windows at all. In most states, a 5% tint is illegal. It's most commonly used on the back windows of private cars and limousines.

VLT Percentage

Is Tint Darkness The Same As Visible Light Transmission Percentage?

Compared to the level of darkness, the VLT percentage describes how much light is let through, while darkness indicates how much isn't. No matter the level of VLT you install, you will still benefit from all the advantages of car film tints.

Choosing the Best Tint Percentage

One crucial factor in determining what percentage tint to get for your vehicle is the legal tint percentage in your state.

There are laws for each state that you must follow when choosing a window tint percentage for your vehicle. If you opt to install a film that lets in less percentage than your state's law dictates, you run the risk of getting pulled over and hit with costly tickets. Eventually, you'll have to remove the film and replace it with one that satisfies your state's laws. What are Montana Tint Laws?

Consider the Look of Your Car

Tinting your car changes the look of it unless you go with a significantly high VLT percentage rating or lighter film. While your exterior will result in a more contrasted appearance, your interior will feel different with tinted windows. Look at other cars to get an idea of what look you're going for which will help determine what car tint percentage you choose.

Determine Why You Want Tint

The car tint percentage you choose really depends heavily on how you want the film to perform. If UV rays are your main concern, but you don't want darker windows, you can get a translucent film with little to no darkness that still blocks almost 100% of the sun's UV rays. The film will still protect you from those harmful rays and keep your vehicle's interior looking new.

However, if you want to keep your car safer and reduce the risk of a break-in, go with a darker film.

If you want a more comfortable driving experience, go with a percentage that keeps out a lot of light, but doesn't darken your windows entirely. This is usually the most common application which benefits the look and feel of your vehicle inside and out.

Get it Professionally Installed

It's possible to install your own car window tint, but is something we do not recommended. Each film product is a little different which requires training and expertise to ensure the film doesn't bubble up. If your film bubbles, your car will look run-down over time. It could also end up fading or changing colors after just a few months after installation.

Professional installers will offer a warranty and quality workmanship. Plus, they'll help you decide on a tint percentage for your car and ensure your choice falls in line with state laws.

Vehicle Window Tinting Tint Levels

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