Professional or DIY: Window Tint

on 13 Dec 2021 5:01 PM

Which Window Tinting Method is Best for You

Chances are, you already have a good idea of what professional window tinting is and what it can do for your vehicle. It’s easily one of the most cost-effective upgrades in the auto industry, and a very popular item out here in sunny California. It’s super cheap to get installed and pays off with numerous long-lasting benefits. Not only is professional window tinting an aesthetic upgrade that elevates the overall look and feel of your ride, it performs the important job of reflecting approximately 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. This keeps the temperature of your interior under control, especially during hot and sunny days. Additionally, tinted window film protects the interior of your vehicle from being damaged by the sun. One final (and often overlooked) benefit of car window tint installation is that it conceals the interior of your car, which comes in handy in the event that any would-be thieves are in the area. They likely won’t attempt to steal what they can’t see.

“What’s the Difference Between a Professional Install and Doing it Myself?”

This is a question that we get from time to time. Look…we totally understand trying to save a few bucks on something that you may be able to do yourself. In our experience though, there are a few common pitfalls that people fall into when attempting their own installs or not asking the right questions before making their tinted window film purchase. Let’s break these down one-by-one.
  1. Not consulting your state’s window tinting laws: The thing about window tinting laws is that they vary by state, and it’s not like the window tint manufacturers are listing each state’s laws on their products. That means the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the buyer to check their state’s local tinting laws. By forgetting to do this, you may accidentally purchase car window tinting that is either too dark or violates a reflection law.
  2. Picking a window tint that’s cheap in quality: This is a very common mistake that customers make. Window tinting is definitely an area where “you get what you pay for” applies. If you go cheap on price, you tend to get an inferior product that is susceptible to warping, peeling, cracking, or otherwise not getting the job done. You’ll end up needing to replace it sooner rather than later.
  3. The car window tint installation is performed wrong: The process of installing window tint is by no means simple. It takes finesse and the correct tools to get the job done right. The most common mistake that DIY installers make is having air bubbles get trapped underneath the film. This can lead to obstructed views which ultimately makes the car unsafe to drive. And it bears mentioning that uninstalling window tint is even more difficult than getting it on in the first place. You also run the risk of ruining your windows.

The Advantage of Going with a Professional Car Window Tint Installation

The best part of working with a professional installer like El Cajon Window Tinting is that we know all the common mistakes that DIY installers have a hard time avoiding. Our years of experience and familiarity with window tint laws mean that we’ll never sell you window tint that’s not street legal or that we feel is an inferior product. When we install window tinting products, we want them to last as long as possible. That means we only recommend high-quality window tint and we make sure that the job is free of any flaws so you don’t have to return to the shop to get it fixed. In the event that something goes wrong with your window tint, the work that we do here at El Cajon Window Tinting is guaranteed.

Contact the Pros at El Cajon for Window Tinting or Other Upgrades

Not only can we get you set up with professionally installed window tinting at an affordable price, we also offer car paint protection films, vinyl car wraps, car detailing, and more. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have about these products. No need to Google “auto window tinting near me.” Simply pay our shop a visit at 1156 Broadway in El Cajon, California. You can also contact us by phone at 619-988-7048 to speak with a member of our team or email us using our contact form.