Car tints provide a stylish look to your ride and improve visibility by reducing glare. They also provided an added layer of privacy and security since it’s more difficult to see inside the car. However, before you bring your car into a professional window tint installer to have your car windows tinted, here’s what you need to do first.
While there are plenty of benefits to getting your car windows tinted, it can also come with some drawbacks if you aren’t careful. One thing that dark tints can do is negatively impact your ability to see out your windows. Specifically, you need to consider how your tinted windows will affect your visibility at night. If you think they will significantly hinder your ability to see at night, consider a higher tint percentage or foregoing tinted windows altogether.
Know the Limit
Every state has a legal tint percentage it allows. Maryland’s tint laws state that Net VLT% can be no darker than 35%. That means for sedans, the front side windows, back side windows, rear window, and on the top 5 inches of the windshield must allow more than 35% of light in. For SUVs and vans, the front side windows and top 5 inches of the windshield must allow at least 35% of light in, but any percentage of darkness can be used for the back side windows and rear window.
Know the Different Kinds of Tint
Did you know that there are different types of car window tints? There are five types of tint you can choose from, and each one has its own pros and cons. Ceramic window tint can be costly but brings maximum visibility. Carbon tint gives you a matte finish. Metallic window tint looks metallic and bonds to your window to help make it shatterproof and prevent scratches. Hybrid tint gives both metallic and dyed finish. And lastly, dyed film is the least expensive option and protects against interference with electronics.
Choose the Right Tinter
Window tints can turn out bad if you don’t have an experienced car window tint installer doing it for you. Look for suitable car window tint installers by asking friends, family, and looking at online reviews. You want to hire a window tinter that has experience and great reviews. If a window tinter doesn’t have any references or images of their previous work, consider looking for an alternative window tint installer.
Call to Schedule an Appointment
Once you’ve educated yourself on car window tints, the only thing you need to do to get your car windows tinted is to schedule an appointment with Apex Auto Performance. We have over 30 years of experience in automotive detailing, reconditioning, and repair. We guarantee that you’ll leave our shop feeling good about your new car tints. Give us a call now at (410) 709-0707 to schedule your appointment.