TEMPE, AZ | PHOENIX, AZ
Automotive Window Tint
3M & Suntek Pro Series Window Tint
At Apex Customs Phoenix, our authorized installers specialize in the professional installation of automotive window tint. Our professional line of 3M and Suntek window tinting films will not only greatly enhance the look and value of your ride, but most importantly in our desert heat, will significantly reduce UV rays and heat inside your vehicle. Installing window tint on your car, truck or SUV will also improve the safety of your vehicle through window tinting’s Glass Fragment Retention properties.
Available in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler and surrounding areas in Arizona, our window tinting services include:
Heavy Equipment Vehicles
Differences in Window Tint Installations
Window tint films are offered in a wide range of types, colors, and prices on today's market. That $99 special tint job offered at the local corner gas station is vastly different from a professionally installed 3M commercial grade film application. The adage "You Get What You Pay For!" couldn't be truer when it comes to car window tinting. Not only to cheap films not offer the superior UV and sun protection that a professional grade film will, but cheap tint will fade, discolor, bubble and tear in no time flat after you shell out the cash and drive off the lot.
Not All Window Tint is the Same!
In addition to a wide variety of film qualities on the market, there are also different installation methods. Cheap shops leave a small gap or micro-edge at the top of the roll down windows to speed up the install process. At Apex Customs Phoenix, we take the tint all the way to the edge of the glass when the window is rolled down. The latter method looks way better, especially when you roll your windows down. In addition to looking better, the clean edge reduces the risk of bubbling when rolling your windows up and down.
Not All Window Tint Installations Are The Same!
Even more important than the window edge is the rear window. Cheap shops will install a rear window tint using several pieces to speed up the process as well as to make up for their lack of installation skills. At Apex we install the install as one solid piece. Solid piece rear window tint installations not only look better due to their lack of creases, but they are also more durable making your investment last longer.
What is Window Tint?
Window tint film is a thin film/laminate applied to the interior glass windows of a car, truck, or SUV to reduce the ultraviolet (UV) radiation, infrared, and visible light that enters the vehicle. Window tint is a cost-effective method to reduce heat in your vehicle by lessening the amount of heat transfer through glazing while adding a uniquely custom look.
Window tinting film is made from polyester which is used for its clarity, tensile strength, dimensional stability (retains its shape and shrinks minimally over time) and ability to accept a variety of surface applied or embedded substances (i.e. ceramics, metals, pigments, dyes, ultraviolet inhibitors, etc.)
Window tinting film is dyed or metalized in order to convert solar radiation that enters the vehicle to infrared radiation. The infrared radiation is then sent back out of the car to the exterior which reduces heat and glare from the sun. Thanks to advancements in technology, window tint manufacturers have developed ceramic window films which are a non-metallic counterpart to the dyed films that are notorious for discoloration and fading. Metallic and ceramic window films also reduce energy transmission up to eighty percent and are considered premium tinting films which generally cost ten to fifteen percent more than their dyed entry-level counterparts. While ceramic and metallic window tint films cost slightly more, they provide a substantial increase in UV blocking and heat control.
Types of Window Tint
Factory window tint that comes stock from a vehicle manufacturer is accomplished by dying the glass rather than applying a film to the window. This results in a vastly superior product as the glass itself is tinted rather than a film that is applied. There are varying levels of window tint colors and darkness that come with factory tint and vehicle manufacturers typically one tint the rear windows to avoid any legality issues.
Aftermarket window tint is accomplished by applying tinted film to the inside of a truck, car, or SUV’s interior glass. DIY kits are available for window tinting, however applying window tint is a challenging tasks and should typically be left to certified professionals as DIY installations generally result in air bubbles, streaks, and crooked placement. Window tint darkness is graded by the percentage of light that transfers through the film. The lower the window tint percentage, the darker the resulting tint is.
Window Tint Selection
When choosing a window tinting film, the most important decision to make is the level of tint darkness you want installed. Window tint is measured by the amount of light or VLT that the window tinting film allows into your vehicle. The level you choose depends on the style you're looking for on your vehicle as well as the amount of light you want to come through the windows. There are trade-offs for each choice, the lighter you go, the more light is allowed into your car, truck, or SUV and the easier it easy to see at night. Darker window tints tend to be more stylish however, they also limit your visibility at night which can make it difficult to drive and impact the safety of your vehicle.
Factory Tint: The VLT of factory window tint is typically 75 to 85% depending on where the car was originally sold. Factory tint is dyed glass rather than a film applied to the inside of the window.
Film Tint: Film window tint is available with a VLT as high as 90% or as low as 2.5%. 5% window tint is considered “Limo Tint” as it is the darkness of tint you will find on the rear windows of limousines. Film window tinting is typically applied by a certified installer by cutting large rolls of window tint film to perfectly fit your vehicle's windows. It is applied by spraying a soapy water onto the cars windows which allows for the film to be repositioned until it is perfectly in place. Once the film is positioned properly, an installer uses a special squeegee to remove the water from the back of the tint allowing the adhesive to dry for a permanent installation.
How Many Windows to I Have?
The cost of a window tint installation in Phoenix depends on two factors, the quality of window tint film you choose and the number of windows your car, truck, or SUV has. While it may seem like an obvious answer, many people overlook side or split windows. While a split window may seem like a single window, you have to consider that anytime there is trim or split between windows, our installers have to cut, place, trim, and finish a new piece of window tint film. Here are a few photos that can service as a guide for understanding how many windows you really have:
Benefits of Window Tint
Window Tinting Phoenix
Car window tinting creates a custom, unique look for your vehicle. Beyond the custom look for your ride, there are also many function benefits that window tint can offer. Here are a few practical advantages of window tinting that are a value added addition to your investment: