Common Questions

Do I need to clean my windows first?

Absolutely not! We will do a thorough cleaning of every window before installation.

However, the cleaner your car is the cleaner the installation will be. If you car happens to be full of pet hair, it is nearly a sure thing that a hair will end up in the window tint. We’ve been installing window tint for over 10 years but unfortunately some things cannot be avoided. We do recommend giving your car a good vacuuming if it happens to be a little messy before the installation. A full detail isn’t at all necessary, in fact we usually will end up wiping any vinyl protectant off the door panels during installation anyways.

Can I get my windshield tinted if it’s chipped?

We absolutely do not recommend this. Window tint works in two ways, reflecting and absorbing solar heat. If you have a crack or chip the tint will absorb heat and almost immediately cause the defect to spread and break further. We can tint the windshield if you’re planning to have it repaired as soon as possible, however that is also not suggested. When chips are repaired they use an open flame on the glass to cure and this can cause problems when used on the film side. That’s not to say if you inform them there is tint on the windshield they cannot still do the repair.

What if my tinted windshield is broken beyond repair?

If your tinted windshield is broken and needs to be replaced there are a couple options.  In most cases your automotive insurance policy (comprehensive or other-than-collision coverage)  will cover the replacement of the window tint as well, you will simply need to inform them. Often you will pay for the film to be installed and your insurance company will reimburse your expenses.

Let’s say insurance deductible is higher than the cost to replace the windshield out of pocket and you choose to have it replaced yourself, contact our office and we may be able to provide a discounted rate for replacement windshield tint.

We highly recommend Dash-N-Glass at (919) 755-9111 for windshield repair and replacement needs. They provide a mobile service, excellent rates and first class customer service.

Does the film go on the inside of the window?

If you watch us install the window tint on your car you will be seriously wondering this question. The window tint is cut and heat formed to the outside of the window, then installed on the inside.

How long until I can roll the tinted windows down and why?

The length of time is determined on an individual basis, every car is different. You must wait to roll down the window to allow the film to finish drying. If it’s hot outside the film will dry much faster than in cooler weather, and we recommend parking your car in the sun to expedite drying. Car’s with very stiff window seals that touch the glass will require longer drying time, to ensure when the windows are rolled down it will not peel away from the window. Typically the recommended time is 3-5 days before rolling down the windows.

My windows look hazy after tint installation

For the first one-two weeks this is very normal.  This is simply due to the excess moisture that is still drying out.  The warmer the weather, the faster it will dry.  From the inside-out, windows will appear normal but looking from the outside-in, you may notice a hazy pattern for the first two weeks after installation.  If this haze persists beyond the initial two week period, please let us know so that we can inspect the tint and address any potential issues.

What are the NC legal window tint limits?

The window tinting limits are different for every state, and your car must follow the state law in which it’s registered (or to-be registered). NC requires a yearly safety and/or emission inspection of your vehicle to obtain the registration and renewal. For NC the legal limits are as follows:

Windows may not be any darker than 35% visible light transmission. This standard is considered to be met if the window tint is no lower than 32% visible light transmission when measured by the station with a photometer.

However, they do not apply to any other window of the following vehicle types:

  • A window of a multipurpose vehicle that is behind the driver of the vehicle. A multipurpose vehicle is a passenger vehicle that is designed to carry 10 or fewer passengers and either is constructed on a truck chassis or has special features designed for occasional off‐road operation. A minivan and a pickup truck are multipurpose vehicles.
  • A window of a vehicle for which DMV has issued a medical exception permit.

Can I choose a darker film than is legal?

We are absolutely able to offer you any film for your vehicle, but we will also make sure you understand all the consequences. There are some exceptions to the rules, and our office staff will be able to help you make the best decision and offer you any guidance you may need.

What should I use to clean my tinted windows?

Tinted Atmospheres only offers high performance window films, such as LLumar and SunTek, that will last a lifetime. These films will never fade, turn purple, bubble, peel or delaminate. Therefor you can safely clean the windows with Windex or any ammonia based glass cleaners.

We strongly recommend purchasing glass cleaning microfiber cloths which can be found at all auto part stores. They are excellent for quickly cleaning and drying windows and will save paper towels. You should buy two different colored towels for the inside and the outside of the glass respectively. You should not clean the outside of the windows then the inside with the same towel, any sand or gravel picked up will scratch the window film. Always clean the inside then the outside with the same towel or use two separate.

If you prefer paper towels just be careful. When pulling them off the roll use the inside of the towel to clean the window. For example if you dropped the roll on the ground the outside could be dirty while the inside is still clean.

Do I need to clean my windows before installation?

Absolutely not! We will do a thorough cleaning of every window before installation.

My windows look hazy after installation.

For the first one-two weeks this is very normal.  This is simply due to the excess moisture that is still drying out.  The warmer the weather, the faster it will dry.  From the inside-out, windows will appear normal but looking from the outside-in, you may notice a hazy pattern for the first two weeks after installation.  If this haze persists beyond the initial two week period, please let us know so that we can inspect the tint and address any potential issues.

What should I use to clean my tinted windows?

For best results, clean your windows with a soft, clean, rubber squeegee or cotton (or microfiber) cloth and common
household-strength liquid glass cleaners, such as Windex®, GlassPlus®, or silicone cleaner/polishing compounds
specifically made for window films. We personally like glass microfibers that can be purchased from nearly any automotive retail store, they’re perfect for all glass, can be tossed into the wash and constantly reused.

Ammonia-based cleaners are fine and will not harm the window film, however oddly enough there is something about dog snot that can ruin window film. We strongly suggest cleaning Fido’s snot from your windows at least once a month.

Are there rebates for home window tinting?

Unfortunately this year the federal government has not extended the Energy Efficiency tax credit, which we think is a huge bummer. However, if you have had film installed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 you are still eligible to file the tax credit! For more information on the Tax Credits click here.

What should I use to clean my tinted windows?

For best results, clean your windows with a soft, clean, rubber squeegee or cotton (or microfiber) cloth and common
household-strength liquid glass cleaners, such as Windex®, GlassPlus®, or silicone cleaner/polishing compounds
specifically made for window films. We personally like glass microfibers that can be purchased from nearly any automotive retail store, they’re perfect for all glass, can be tossed into the wash and constantly reused.

Ammonia-based cleaners are fine and will not harm the window film, however oddly enough there is something about dog snot that can ruin window film. We strongly suggest cleaning Fido’s snot from your windows at least once a month.

My windows look hazy after tint installation.

For the first one-two weeks this is very normal.  This is simply due to the excess moisture that is still drying out.  The warmer the weather, the faster it will dry.  From the inside-out, windows will appear normal but looking from the outside-in, you may notice a hazy pattern for the first two weeks after installation.  If this haze persists beyond the initial two week period, please let us know so that we can inspect the tint and address any potential issues.

What should I use to clean my tinted windows?

For best results, clean your windows with a soft, clean, rubber squeegee or cotton (or microfiber) cloth and common
household-strength liquid glass cleaners, such as Windex®, GlassPlus®, or silicone cleaner/polishing compounds
specifically made for window films. We personally like glass microfibers that can be purchased from nearly any automotive retail store, they’re perfect for all glass, can be tossed into the wash and constantly reused.

Ammonia-based cleaners are fine and will not harm the window film, however oddly enough there is something about dog snot that can ruin window film. We strongly suggest cleaning Fido’s snot from your windows at least once a month.

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