Caring for a vehicle with a window tint is very similar to taking care of the glass on any other vehicle but with a few key differences. If you have tinted windows or plan on getting window tint for your vehicle, make sure that you understand how to care for the tint. Proper care will help it last longer, giving you the privacy and reduced glare that you are looking for.
Initial Care After Installation
Before you get window tint, make sure that you know how to properly care for it in the days following its installation. This is the time when you need to take the most care so that you do not accidentally damage or even ruin the tint. The most important care instruction during this time is not to lower your windows until 72 hours have passed since the installation of the tint.
That is because the window tint is actually a thin film that has an adhesive backing. As such, it needs a soapy water solution that stops the adhesive from bonding with the glass immediately. After the application, there will still be a small quantity of the solution underneath the film. As it dries, the tint will be held securely in place. If you were to lower your window before it dries, the tint film might move.
Similarly, you should wait at least 72 hours to clean your windows after installing the window tint. As with rolling down your windows, you do not want to clean the windows until the solution under the film has dried. The windows will be cleaned during the process of installation and any haziness or cloudiness you notice after tinting will clear up as the solution dries.
Cleaning The Windows Properly
After the first few days have passed, you can move on to a regular cleaning schedule for your window tint. When it comes to selecting the cleaning solution, this is very important. Never use an ammonia-based cleaning product as this will cause the tint’s film to degrade. You could use a homemade solution of water with vinegar that will be easy to make and save you money since there is no need to buy a cleaning product. Alternatively, you could use a glass cleaner, as long as you confirm that your chosen cleaner does not contain ammonia. In the case of extremely dirty tinted windows, you could use a little bit of dishwashing soap and warm water.
Also, take care when choosing the tool that you will use to apply your chosen cleaning solution. Ideally, you will use a microfiber cloth since it will not leave behind any scratches. You could also use paper towels or a soft sponge if you prefer.
What To Look Out For
A final aspect of caring for your window tint is being on the lookout for any indications of damage. If you notice chips or scratches, then this can be problematic. In most cases, it is not possible to repair window tint, but a professional can carefully remove it and then replace the tint. Remember that while the window tint is durable and has a scratch-resistant coating, it is not invincible.