Understanding the Different Types of Window Films


Types of Window Films

Car tinting has been a widespread practice among car owners for quite some time now. Besides enhancing your car’s appearance, it also provides many advantages, including increased privacy, reduced glare, and protection from harmful UV rays.

The type and quality of car window tinting will affect its ability to provide protection and longevity. All window film requires maintenance to ensure that it continues to provide its original benefits and endures for a long time.

Read on as the window tinting experts at Automotive Protection Services in Fairfax, Virginia, review four types of window films and their estimated lifespan.

3M Obsidian Series

The 3M Obsidian window tint film is perfect for those looking for a long-lasting and affordable tint. The patented 3M™ technology blocks up to 44% of solar rays to keep you cool and up to 99% of UV light with a glare reduction of up to 91%.

A range of tint levels is available, blocking up to 92% of visible light, and this budget-friendly, low-maintenance window tint comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

SunTek CXP Series

The CXP Series is known for its high-quality materials and long-lasting durability. This type of window tinting is perfect for those who live in warmer climates because it has high heat rejection and a non-reflective appearance with advanced protection from glare, solar heat, infrared rays, and 99% UV rays.

In addition, as with all SunTek automotive window films, it has a limited lifetime warranty against color change, peeling, cracking, adhesive failure, and delamination.

SunTek CeramicIR Series

The SunTek CeramicIR Series is one of the most popular window films on the market because it’s known for its high heat reduction and color stability, making it ideal for those who prioritize the aesthetic value of their car.

Unlike other tinting films, the CeramicIR Series doesn’t fade or change color over time. Nine levels of darkness are available, shielding you and your passengers from up to 99% harmful UV rays. It, too, comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

SunTek Evolve Series

SunTek’s highest-performing ceramic window tint, the Evolve Series, blocks over 99% of UV rays, safeguarding your car’s interior against damage.

With proprietary HeatResist™ ceramic technology, it reduces infrared rays by up to 94%, keeping your vehicle cooler and improving fuel efficiency or electric car range.

It’s a metal-free film that increases privacy and safety, reduces glare, and protects against shattered glass without interfering with navigation systems, satellite radios, cell phones, or other electronic devices.

Life Span of Window Tinting

The lifespan of car window tint varies drastically depending on the brand, the product, the quality of installation, how well maintained it is, and its environment. Most high-quality window films are designed to last at least 10-15 years; some last up to 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance.

The best way to ensure your window film will last a long time is to choose a high-quality product (like those above) and have it installed by a professional. In addition, taking care to use the correct cleaning products and having regular professional car detailing will also extend the life of your window film.

Installing car window tinting is a practical way to add privacy and comfort to your vehicle. With the wide variety of window films available at Automotive Protection Services in Fairfax, VA – 3M Obsidian, SunTek CXP, SunTek CeramicIR, and SunTek Evolve series of window tinting films –  you will be able to choose the one that best suits your preferences and your budget.

Remember, choosing the right tint shop matters. Choose one with a good reputation and years of car window tinting experience, like Automotive Protection Services in Fairfax, VA. Contact us  today for your free quote!