Automotive Tinting

Car Window Tint FAQs

How FormulaOne Window Film Can Keep You Happier, Healthier and Safer on the Road
white Ferrari with window tint
If you’re considering a window tint installation for your car, truck, SUV or mini-van, it’s good to know the facts. FormulaOne is a cutting-edge polyester window film that’s applied to the inside of your windows and won’t interfere with your rear window defroster. Application on all windows can take anywhere from one to four hours. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions: Q. What Benefits Does UV Protection With FormulaOne Ceramic Tint Provide? UV light in Austin, Texas, is destructive; it causes fabric and carpeting inside your car to fade and deteriorate. It also causes skin cancer, particularly on the left side of the face. Window tint screens out 99 percent of UV rays to keep your car’s interior looking good and to protect your skin from cancer, wrinkles and premature aging. Q. Does Window Tint Reduce Heat and Glare? Window film has excellent heat and glare-reducing properties. Less glare means less eye fatigue [...]

What Kind of Auto-Tint is Legal in Texas?

Don't break the law with excessively dark glass.
black tesla with window tint
Automotive window tinting delivers many valuable benefits. It can protect your eyes, enhance privacy, reduce interior temperatures and prevent upholstery from fading. However, extremely dark glass may compromise safety. Texas Department of Public Safety enforces laws that govern the placement and darkness of tinting films. State approved vehicle safety inspections require that the vehicle’s glass be inspected to assure that it meets certain visible light transmission levels in order to pass inspection. Windshield Tint Limitations The Lone Star State requires windshield glass to allow at least 70% of outdoor light to enter vehicles. A tinted windshield must also have a luminous reflectance level that doesn’t exceed 25 percent. This number indicates the amount of light reflected by a window. Texas has banned red, amber and blue tints. Texas law allows for the entire front windshield to be filmed/tinted with a “clear” un- tinted film that does not visibly alter or color the glass when viewed [...]

The Importance of Window Tint and Reducing UV Exposure

Could a lengthy commute harm a person's skin?
UV Protection Window Tinting
If you live in or near the greater Austin area, you’re probably familiar with the city’s traffic problems. Interstate 35 has some of the nation’s worst congestion. Average daily commuting times exceed 80 minutes in several neighborhoods, according to the Austin Business Journal. They include Anderson Arbor, Tress Sonesta and Turtle Rock Estates. Long-Term Exposure to Sunlight Like many cities in Texas, Austin experiences plenty of cloudless weather. The sun shines brightly for over 300 days in an average year. Local skies remain clear especially often between June and December. Consequently, motorists expose themselves to ultraviolet rays for long periods of time as they drive and sit in traffic jams. Many people mistakenly believe that automotive glass fully protects them. Two Different Types of UV Rays Exposure to UVB rays can cause visible sunburns. Standard window glass provides thorough protection from this kind of radiation. On the other hand, UVA rays pass through most glass. They [...]
Window Tint Appearance
If you’ve always thought of tinting your car windows as more of a luxury than a practical option for average car owners, think again. Tinted car windows may protect your privacy and make you look like a rock star, but they also offer plenty of money-saving benefits over time. Even more surprising is the fact that window tinting could help save your life. The Ultimate in Driving Privacy Celebrities aren’t the only ones who can use a break from the public eye. Whether you’re driving through the city or hauling the kids to after-school activities in the suburbs, auto tinting shields the people in your car from prying eyes. More importantly, even when your car is parked, window tinting hides belongings left inside from passersby. Safer Driving, Healthier Passengers Auto tint reduces glare and improves your ability to see the road under the sun’s harshest rays. Windows that are tinted with Sunbusters’ FormulaOne Hi-Performance window [...]
Most people want to take good care of their cars; after all, we spend a lot of time and money on them, and we want to protect that investment. You know about changing the oil, taking care of regularly scheduled maintenance, and all the other tasks they mention in the owner’s manual. But did you know there’s a simple way to protect your car that many car owners overlook? Picture this: It’s a hot, sunny day, and you’re pulling into a parking lot for the day. Maybe you’re going to the beach or maybe it’s just a regular work day, but your car will be parked there for a while. You try to park in the shade when you can, you faithfully use the window shade to cover the front window, but still you’re not doing all you can to protect your car. Failing to protect your car’s interior is one of the most critical [...]
Austin’s climate can be particularly hot, sunny and dry in the summer. This weather is great for swimmers at Barton Springs, but it certainly doesn’t appeal to motorists in traffic. Fortunately, window tinting can protect you, your passengers and your vehicle from extreme heat. Discomfort Bright sunlight makes commutes less pleasant and causes cars to consume extra energy running the AC on high. It also increases the time it takes air conditioners to adequately reduce temperatures. Interior heat levels can quickly become dangerous if a car’s cooling system fails. Tinted windows will enhance safety by helping you preserve cool air inside the vehicle reducing your discomfort. Warm Groceries A summer heat wave might make you feel like you’re going to melt. On the other hand, this may literally happen to refrigerated or frozen items from the supermarket. Even if you need to briefly stop at [...]
Sun exposure Window Tinting Can Keep You Looking Young and Protect You from Skin Cancer Did you know that UVA solar rays are damaging your skin whenever you hop in your car? Not only will these rays accelerate the aging process, they can also give you skin cancer. Most of us think of sun damage as a beach thing, but UVA rays can get you whenever it’s daylight, especially when you’re behind the wheel. Although glass will protect you from UVB rays — the burning rays — it will not protect you from UVA rays — the aging rays. Why Are UVA Rays So Dangerous? Unlike UVB rays that cause visible burning on the skin’s surface, UVA rays go deep into the skin and cause damage you can’t immediately see. They break down the supportive structures formed by collagen fibers that keep the skin firm. UVA rays [...]
clear auto tint If you’ve heard about the many benefits of automotive window films and you’re ready to protect your own vehicle from UV damage, your next task is to find a tinting shop to do the work. You wouldn’t let just anyone tamper with your valuable car; top-quality results are paramount. While all window films work in a similar way, the application process can be quite different. In the past, film tint patterns were cut by hand directly on the outside surface of the vehicle’s glass. Today’s technology has made the process much smoother. Top-rated tinting shops prefer using a computer cutting plotter to pre-cut the film patterns that match your car’s exact dimensions before the film ever touches the vehicle. Here are four reasons why this process is superior. 4 Reasons That a Computer Cutting Plotter Is the Better Choice
  1. Computer plotters cut film [...]
Window Tinted Car It’s already starting to warm up in Texas, and it’s only going to get hotter. For drivers with professionally tinted windshields and windows, the summer is a little less intimidating; they’ll enjoy protection from both the searing heat and the dangerous ultraviolet rays. If the mention of auto tinting makes you think of mysterious, dark cars that are hiding dead bodies, the facts might surprise you. Your Car Doesn’t Have to Look Suspicious It’s a common misconception that car tinting only provides adequate protection when it’s dark enough to look suspicious. Dark tints are illegal in many areas, and this may contribute to the false impression. In reality, IR films don’t have to be dark to perform. You’ve probably seen tinted car windows many times and never had any idea that they were different. Films that are clear and virtually invisible can deliver exceptional [...]
window tinting Window Tint for Austinites: The Many Great Benefits You already know that window tint will make your car look awesome from the outside, but have you stopped to consider all of the other benefits it might offer? If you’re on the fence about having your car tinted, you won’t be after reading this article! 1. Privacy and Security Tinted windows are about a lot more than just appearances. They also provide a greater deal of privacy. If you’ve ever been in a situation that required you to change your clothes in a parking lot, you’re probably already aware why this is a wonderful thing. A much more practical reason is that it can also help discourage crime. If a crook doesn’t notice the valuables in the backseat of your car because they can’t see in the windows, then there’s a good chance they will move [...]
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