Tinting your car windows the DIY way may seem a simple job, and a great way to save a few dollars, but it’s not. The process can get quite tricky, especially if you have no experience and lack the right tools. If you are not careful, you may end up ruining your car windows because it’s even harder peeling the tint back should problems occur.
Is It Hard to Tint Your Own Windows?
While you may save a few bucks at the beginning, there is no guarantee that you won’t run into problems. Fixing those problems may cost you much more than if you had taken your car to a professional car tinting service provider in the first place. A professional car tinting company has the right tools and experience needed to do a perfect job, and give you peace of mind.
Here are the common problems you may encounter with DIY car window tinting:
Development of bubbles
Bubbles may develop when your car tint has run its course, and need replacement. But when they form immediately after installation, then you have a problem on your hands. This problem is common after a DIY car window tinting, especially when it comes to inexperienced hands. If you lack the experience, it would be a good idea to engage the help of professional car tinting companies.
The bubbles themselves may not be such a big problem. But they may inhibit your visibility when driving at night, and even during the day because the reflection and bending of light rays as they go through the bubbles may distort everything in your view. The imminent dangers of the bubbles far outweigh any savings you might have made by avoiding car tinting companies and doing the tinting yourself.
Peeling off of films
Like bubbles, peeling films aren’t anything out of the ordinary if the tint has lasted several years. It could mean you need to replace them or maintain them – if you can. But if the tints begin to peel off a few days after the DIY tinting job, then you know something has gone wrong.
You may have used poor-quality materials, especially adhesives, or could have applied the tint on a wet surface. Professional car window tinters know the best materials to use, and how to prime the car window surfaces before applying the tints. They can’t go wrong when it comes to offering the best services to their clients.
Sticky defective tints
If you aren’t a professional, you may not know how to deal with the sticky residue left behind after completing the window tinting exercise. Removing it can be tricky and time-consuming, and if you don’t know how to do it, you may damage your car windows.
Sticky windows after tinting could be the result of its effectiveness. You may still want to remove it on your own by using a hand-held clothing or upholstery steamer, which you blow on the residue while carefully peeling them off with a straight razor or cutter.
But it is never a good idea if you don’t possess the skills needed to fix this problem. Getting an expert to install the car window tint may cost you at first but would save you lots of trouble in the long run. This is because the expert would know how to remove any residue left behind or prevent the development of the residues altogether.
Blurry or hazy windows
You get all the materials and tools you need for a perfect DIY car window tinting job. You get to work immediately, and after some hours, you have a sparkling new tint. But when you get behind the wheel, you realize your vision is blurred or hazy. It isn’t your eyesight, but the most likely culprit is the tint you’ve just installed on your 4-wheeler.
It would make your drive a dangerous one, so you would need to have it fixed with immediate effect. Removing the tint could prove to more difficult than applying it, forcing you to seek the services of a professional car window tinting company. You will spend more because you will pay for the cost of tint removal, as well as the application of a new tint.
Heat transfer problems
Another common problem with DIY car window tinting is causing heat transfer problems. Without the experience and knowledge of the various tints available in the market, and the role they play in heat transfer between your vehicle and the outside world, you are likely to run into this problem. Your car becomes stuffy, or colder because the tint you applied prevents effective movement of heat.
You may have saved a few dollars installing the tint yourself, but the consequences may be more costly. Removing the faulty tint and replacing it with the correct one may be time-consuming and more costly since you would have to hire the services of expert tinters and pay by the hour. You can avoid these inconveniences by going for the professionals in the first place.
Noticeable gaps or uneven lines
Blame your inexperience when you find noticeable gaps between the shade and edges of your car windows. They are a clear indication that you don’t possess the skills needed for a seamless finish, resulting in a poor job. You may still have to peel off the entire tint and start afresh, an uphill task for the uninitiated.
What makes a perfect car window tinting?
You will know a good tint job when you see it. Here is what to look for:
- Small and clean edges
- High-quality tint films
- Film well-placed and firmly affixed to defrost bars
- Warranties — a DIY car tinting job won’t have any warranties as you are on your own
Red Rocks Window Tint and Clear Bra
We are a professional car window tinting company in Colorado, and we offer installation of window tints as well as paint protection film on all types of cars. Our vast experience and highly-trained staff ensure we give your car a perfect tint that should last for a long time. Save yourself the trouble of a poorly done DIY tinting job and work with the experts.
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