I have to admit that I am the first one to acknowledge that there is no need to do one more article on window tinting shades, but the question keeps coming up so I figured that rather than sending customers to another website I would publish, yet, another article on window tinting shades. I think that when it comes to window tinting shades, the biggest confusion is that the specified number on window tinting film refers to the amount of light the film allows to come through, rather than how much it blocks!
The first thing I have to say is that Car-Alarm-Miami.Com is an authorized 3M car window tinting dealer, but the importance of that is something we’ll touch on a little later! With that said we can special order any film that 3M manufactures but out regular inventory consist of 50%, 35%, 20%, and 5% window tint film. These come in both metallic and die (black) tone. Let’s explain this in more details:
As the specs denote, a 50% (fifty percent) shade blocks fifty-percent of the available light from reaching the interior of the car. This type of film is a great option for blocking heat in a climate with no more than eight months of warm weather. It is also quite effective in blocking ultraviolet radiation. In Florida, 50% window tinting film is not very popular since it does very little to stop the raving sun if commute during the day.
35% (thirty-five percent) shade window tinting allow “not block” but allows 35% of light to pass through. This type of car window tinting film is very popular with folk who resides part-time in Florida but call places like New York, New Jersey, and even Canada home! In many places, this is the maximum allowed by local state law. Although, this may look quite light to the naked eye, 35% window tinting film is very efficient at not only combating heat but also rejecting a lot of UV radiation.
20% window tinting is probably the most popular with South Florida residents and especially in the Miami area. Even though the Florida Window Tinting Law says that the “Front Side windows: Must allow more than 28% of light in,” unless you run into a total dick of a State Trooper (and they do exist!) many in law enforcement will let you get away with 20% window tinting shade. Twenty percent window shade tint or as it it is also called “Factory Tint” is very popular because of that! Today a huge number of car manufacturers ship vehicles to the South Florida market with the rear windows tinted with a shade ranging from 15% to 26%. In many cases, a 3M 20% tint in the two front windows will make the vehicle look unified and if it came like that from the factory.
Five percent shade is also called “Limo Tint,” or the gangster look was very popular during the 80s and 90s and it fact responsible for some of the window tinting laws we have on the books today. This type of film only allows in 5% of the available light to past through. As a formal user of 5% limo tints myself, I will tell you that it is quite dangerous, especially at night. After scratching my truck while backing up and damaging a $500 wheel, I decided to part ways with the dark tints and switched to a better and more efficient 28% Titanium. After all the objective of tinting, your vehicle is to protect the interior, keep it cooler, and keep dangerous UV rays from reaching you while you are stuck in traffic. When it comes to all of that 5% limo tinting fall way short when compared to high performance metallic or ceramic film.
When it comes to Black Tint vs. Titanium Tint, we need to give credit where credit is due, and the truth is that without dark or black window tinting film we would have some of the high performance metallic or ceramic film we have today. The main difference between the two in the manufacturing process. Black or dark window film, for the most part, are considered dyed films. They are still around because they are a cost-effective way to offer protection from the sun. As the name implies is simply a film containing a dyed layer (no metal) that provides a dark look for privacy, coupled with excellent heat absorption properties. Aside from limited UV protection, dyed films have a propensity for failure, specially if exposed to ammonia from window cleaning solutions like Windex. The ammonia in Windex cause that dye to turn purple, pretty much the way it turns your hair blond.
In some cases, it also causes the glue to fail. On the other hand, high-performance metallic films get its name from the extremely thin metal layer within the film. This metal layer results in the tint being somewhat reflective while having excellent heat rejection and blocking up to 99% of the UV radiation. IN recent time 3M has developed a new type of window film and category called high-performance ceramic films. Ceramic tint films are the true crème de la crème of the industry, and while not offering quite as much privacy as dyes films, the ceramic film outperforms both dye and metallic film in every category. In the manufacturing process of high-performance ceramic window tinting films, metals, and dyes are put to the side in favor of state-of-the-art ceramics to create a film that retains its precise color and appearance for many years. When combined with 3M proprietary adhesive you a car window tinting job with a “national” lifetime warranty when installed by an “authorized dealer.”
So, we hope that the next time you Google “Window Tinting Miami” you keep these facts in mind and end up choosing a better window tint type for your vehicle instead of a darker one! For more information, please call us or stop by for a 3M window film sample!