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High-quality Tints Aren’t Always a Dark Shade

As with the dot matrix, your rear window’s defroster is 3D. Any excess gap where the tint is firmly affixed to the window will become an excellent starting point for bubbles to form and expand over time. You want to make sure the tint is pressed as tightly against the defroster as possible.
Don’t automatically assume that a dark tint has the best heat-blocking properties. While the car is in the sun, put one hand directly in the sun and one hand behind the window, so you can feel the difference. So this is the window film with paint protection film tools.Yes, as a general rule, the darker the tint, the greater the heat reduction, but a high-quality ceramic tint like Huper Optik or a spectrally selective tint like 3M’s Crystalline line is more efficient, meaning a lighter shade can still be more effective than a dark shade of the cheap stuff.

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Car Vinyl Installation Tool Stainless Steel Tweezers with Flat and Round Tips

Car Vinyl Installation Tool Stainless Steel Tweezers with Flat and Round Tips

The precision Stainless Steel Tweezers  with Flat and Round Tips are made from highly polished stainless steel with healthy plastics. The stainless steel flat and round tips allow tinters to retrieve tiny pieces of film, remove debris from the adhesive side of vinyl, and to hold small edges while cutting with the razor.

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How to Choose a Window Tint Installer

Most areas, local or otherwise, have an abundance of tint shop stores. It is important that you learn what makes one tint job better than the other. Research and compile a list of a few local tint shops that would most likely do good work. Ask your friends and neighbors who have tinted their cars which tint shops they have used.


  1. Find out how long they have been in business at this location
  • Good tint shops prosper despite local competition by offering good service at reasonable prices.
  • Find a tint shop that has been in business for 5 or more years at the same location. This shows a stable business that will be there years down the road if somehow the tint goes bad.
  • Often times, successful tint shops open car tinting branches in neighboring cities. Although the installers of the branches may not be the master tint of the bunch, since opening new shops means training new employees; however, branches are a sure sign of a successful tinting business.

Inquire about the types of film they carry, and what type of warranty they offer.

  • Quality tint shops carry complete lines of window film from one or multiple window film manufacturers. They should carry dyed, hybrid, and metallic in a variety of colors and darkness. Beware of tint shops that only carry one or two lines of film, and sells them aggressively. They may have acquired this film on sale, and may not be thinking of your unique requirements and concerns.
  • The warranty on the car tint varies depending on the window film you choose. Try to install only window film backed with a lifetime warranty for materials and labor. Most films don’t guarantee color and fading, it is recommended that you also choose one that does.
  • For the warranty to take effect, check out the window tint laws for your state. Illegal tint can nullify any manufacturer’s warranty. When you purchase your tint, be sure sure you get a manufacturer’s warranty card from the dealer with the date, the window film used on each window, and the total cost of installation as well as the receipt.

Try to visit a few tint shops to see a sample of their work.

  • Tint shops can sound like the best shop on the phone, but 15 minutes on-site should tell you all you need to know.
  •  Good dealers pay attention to customer service. They should be happy and willing to spend the time to talk to you and explain how their shops work. Remember, if they don’t spend time with you now, they might not spend time with you when something goes wrong with your tint job down the road.
  • A tint shop’s work area should be indoors and clean. Their tools and window films are organized in a professional manner. If the tint shop is outdoors or in a parking lot, this is a negative since it is critical to remove all dust and dirt from the windows before applying window film.
  • Take a look at a car they have already tinted, and look at the rear window. Is the window film applied in a single piece or is it cut into strips that surround the defroster lines. The best tint shops always apply film in a single piece. Look at the borders of the rear window, in many cars there is a black ‘frit’ edge on the window, Make sure the window film is securely attached to the frit as well.
  • Look for slices in window gasket material inside and out.
  • Look for nicks in the paint around the windows.
  • Pay attention to side-windows. The window film should be applied to the inside and be completely flush against all 4 edges of the window. Now look at the window film itself. Don’t worry if the film looks slightly streaky and discolored, window film takes a couple weeks to dry out and become completely clear. If there are bubbles of air under the film or the film itself is not complete flat against the window, this is a sure sign of sloppy tinting.

Get price quotes from a few dealers for the exact darkness, color, and type of window film you want. Never compromise because there are plenty of other dealers out there that will offer your perfect tint. With these price quotes and your research on each tint shop, make the decision.

Make your decision and then remember to make an appointment with the tint shop before you tint your car. Even if they say “drop-ins accepted” or “bring it over any time”, you want your tinter to be calm and prepared for you when you arrive. Tinting may take a couple hours to half a day, so either arrange a ride or go to a nearby coffee shop with a good book. Enjoy!





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Automotive Bulldozer Handled Squeegee for Front and Rear Windows Tinting

Automotive Bulldozer Handled Squeegee for Front and Rear Windows TintingJust like handled Scrubber squeegee, the Automotive Handled Bulldozer Squeegee helps professional tinter to clean up and get at the place difficult to reach while applying films. Designed with an ergonomic handle, this bulldozer squeegee makes it easier to hold and avoids hand fatigue or injury effectively. The long bulldozer-style body is larger and stronger enough to clean every corner of the rear and front windows, such as behind speakers and  brake lights in a the rear deck areas and into the bottom of very low angle rear windows. Made of high-quality vinyl material, the surface of this Automotive Bulldozer handled Squeegee is safe and flexible to remove dust and squeegee water, making you a perfect tinting job.

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Tinting Windows

Whether it’s for keeping the sun and heat out, or for privacy on the road or when parked, window tinting is a necessity in the sunshine states and a popular option for drivers everywhere.

Why tint?

Reduced heat. Reducing heat and UV radiation entering your vehicle adds life to the interior and prevents fabric from weakening and plastic trim from fading and cracking. Because tinted windows block heat from the sun, having them improves the performance of your air conditioner and in turn improves fuel economy. Tinted windows filter out about 80 percent of solar heat, versus less than 30 percent for non-tinted windows.

Reduced glare and UV exposure. Glare through side windows can be distracting to forward vision, and it can lead to eyestrain and fatigue on longer drives. Sunburn can also be an issue for some people. Non-tinted windows typically filter out less than 30 percent of UV light, while darker tinted windows will filter out 95 percent or more.

Increased security. Window tinting makes it more difficult to see your occupants and belongings inside your vehicle, so it’s safe to say that your chances of being targeted for a crime are lessened.

How is tinting done?

There are three major ways to achieve tinted windows:

OEM tinted glass is tinted within the glass, as part of the actual glassmaking process. It lasts the life of the glass. OEM tinted glass usually has only a mild tint that is legal even in the most stringent areas. Keep in mind that OEM tinted glass may be more expensive to replace in a collision.

Film tinting is by far the most popular aftermarket method. A thin tinted polymer film is applied very carefully to specially prepared window glass. The film is available in many different shades of tint and outward appearances, such as flat, reflective, metallic, or even mirrored. Advantages of film tinting are that it’s very inexpensive, and installers claim that it also might help prevent glass from shattering in crashes. Disadvantages are that the film tinting will only typically last five years before cracking, peeling, and bubbling of the plastic film occurs, and also sometimes yellowing or degradation of the tinting itself. Removal of old window film is more difficult than the installation itself.

If you have a shop do the work, make sure they’re approved through an industry group such as the International Window Film Association (IWFA). Also, check that they always use the same brand of film (3M and Johnson are two of the major brands), and that they fully support the manufacturer’s warranty.

You might be tempted by tinted window films — the type available at discount auto parts stores and department stores — claiming easy “stick-on” installation and only requiring scissors or a razor blade for installation. Beware that these solutions sometimes end up with bubbles or wrinkles and rarely end up looking professional, and again, removal is usually more difficult than installation.

Coating tinting applies a special tinted solution to the existing glass, usually as a spray. This type of tint lasts much longer than film tinting, though there are few shops who do it for automotive glass because if properly done it requires removal of the window glass.

Why is window tinting regulated?

Dark-tinted front windows make it difficult for law enforcement to identify hit-and-run drivers, or to establish eye contact with suspects during traffic stops. They make it more dangerous for police, and easier for suspects to conceal weapons behind the tinted windows. Police in some areas of the country carry portable “tintmeters” to check windows that might be darker than the law allows.

How do you find out what’s allowed in your state?

Most states have specific regulations on tinted windows, calling out maximum percentages for visible light transmission and reflectivity. Sunshine states tend to have rules that are more tolerant of deep-tinted windows—and even allow some measure of driver’s side window tinting—though there are exceptions to this rule. The regulations vary drastically by state, so check with your local installer for more information. Click here for a chart with the specific state-by-state rules, provided by the IFWA. The installer should be able to provide you with a product information sheet that has numbers to compare with what’s allowed.

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9″ Blue Pastic Tinting Quick Foot Squeegee

9" Blue Pastic Tinting Quick Foot SqueegeeThe Quick Foot Squeegee is an essential car window film application tool achieving bubble free. With tapered edge, the Quick Foot Squeegee makes your hard to reach installs easier. Unlike rigid plastic applicators this flexible tool can be used to work on the hard to reach places of your wrap or tint install. Tough and durable so they can be used again and again.

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Short Handle Stainless Scraper Glass Cleaning Tool

Short Handle Stainless Scraper Glass Cleaning ToolThis Short Handle Stainless Scraper has a larger stainless steel edge. The comfort-to-grip plastic short handle gives user more control while cleaning and scrapping, making sure the best protection and safty of the film and window.  It can be wrapped in Super Pre Towel or microfiber cloth to work as a squeegee for water or bubble squeezing when tinting and wrapping. Edge sharpeness can be maintained by using sandpaper.

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How to Remove Car Tint

Removing window tint yourself risks scratching and other damage, but this can be avoided if you’re patient and cautious. Don’t try to improvise or use a shortcut, especially on the difficult rear window. That said, if you do learn how to remove your tint, you can save quite a bit of money.

Removing Tint with Steam

Find a clothes steamer or similar tool.Careful use of steam can remove the tint in one piece, instead of separating it into layers. Some professional mechanics use a clothes steamer, which you can find for a fairly cheap price at a department store. You can try using a clothes iron on steam setting instead. If you only have a heat gun or a hair dryer, using the “household objects” method below is recommended instead.

  • A few modern, metal-based tints cannot be removed by steam. Use the methods below instead if this doesn’t work out.
Heat one corner of the tint. Use the steamer to heat the inside surface of the window in one corner of the tint, for at least thirty seconds. Note that most windows are surrounded by a black band and dotted outline, which are not part of the tint. (These are both “frit,” or a baked ceramic glass that protects the adhesive between the glass and the car frame.[1])

  • Steamers and clothes irons typically need a few seconds to heat up before you can start steaming.
Peel the corner with a fingernail.Work the corner you were heating with your fingernail. If it doesn’t come off, apply heat for another thirty to sixty seconds and try again. Stop immediately and reheat if the tint separates and leaves a layer of tint on the glass.

  • You can make a small cut with a razor blade as a last resort, but avoid scratching the surrounding frit. If the tint can’t be lifted even after cutting, your tint may not be steam-removable. Try one of the methods below instead.
Slowly heat and peel the tint. Steam or heat the tint next to the corner you just detached, for at least a few seconds. Gently pull the tint a short distance, peeling off the heated area. Repeat slowly and methodically with each new section of tint. This may take a while, but don’t be tempted to speed up. If you pull too fast or before heating, the tint can tear or separate into layers, making it much more difficult to remove.
Clean up the window.Once the tint has peeled off in one piece, use window cleaner and a clean cloth to wipe off any adhesive remaining on the window.

  • If the tint tore and left small pieces on the window, heat it and peel it off using the same method. If the piece is nowhere near the rear window defroster lines, you can wet the area with soapy water and scrape it off with a razor blade instead.
  • If the tint separated, removing one layer of tint but leaving a second on the window, you can try to repeat this method, but may need to take the car to a professional.
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Car Window Tinting Options

Car Window Tinting Options Selecting the right film for your windows is key

One Size Fits All?:

One Size Fits All? You know you want to take the leap and get your car’s window’s tinted, but your decisions don’t stop there. You’ll actually have to choose the window film that works best for you . Here’s a quick overview of your choices.

SunTek High Performance:

SunTek High Performance SunTek window films mean keeping the heat out of your car day after day. It can also reduce the glare you see. It comes in a charcoal shade that makes your car look amazing, and it includes a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.

3M Crystalline:

3M Crystalline Ready to reduce the heat in your car by up to 60%? Looking to block 99.9% of the sun’s UV rays? Then the 3M Crystalline film product for you . It reduces glare, never turns purples, and keeps your vehicle’s original appearance intact. It even enhances your visibility at night.

SunTek Carbon XP:

SunTek Carbon XP If you want to go with the latest window film technology , this is absolutely the way to go. SunTek Carbon XP is the hottest development in non-metal, nano -hybrid, carbon technology. It includes a non-reflective, non-fading black finish, and it won’t interfere with your phone, GPS, or even your radio.

3M Color Stable Technology:

3M Color Stable Technology The 3M Color Stable product can block up to 99% of UV rays and reduces the heat in your car up to 57%. It, too, never turns purple, and it’s made from a revolutionary material called nano -carbon polyester. It offers serious color stability few others do.

Paint Protection Films:

Paint Protection Films Window tinting is awesome, but customizing your car is better . 3M Scotschprint 1080 – A cast-wrap film, this whole series comes in amazing colors as well as brushed metal and a carbon fiber look. You can use it immediately without an overlaminate . Suntek Paint Protection Film – Keep your car safe from rocks, salt, and even insects with this product. It’s scratch and crack resistant and comes with a 5 year warranty.

Making the Choice:

Making the Choice Having your car’s windows tinted or paint protection film applied can mean real benefits. When you are ready and have made your window film choice , turn to Cactus Window Tinting for the best job in the business.
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Auto Tinting Scraper Gator Blade I Chizler Tool

Auto Tinting Scraper Gator Blade I Chizler Tool

The “Gator Blade” is as sharp as they come, but won’t scratch or damage the film. Safer and easier to use than razors, the Gator Blade is fast becoming the favorite everywhere. This handy scraper can be sued for cleaning glass, removing excess adhesive and scraping off decals. Gator Blades are available in two unique shapes, both featuring an easy-grip ribbed construction that makes them easy to hang on to, and reduces installation fatigue.

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