With hundreds of tints on the market, I think you'll agree with me when I say:
It's damn hard to find a good one.
Luckily for you, I've made a pick of 5 tints that really are worth the money they cost.
I've even made a cool comparison between them to help you buy the perfect one for your needs and budget.
Another key thing to consider is whether the tint you want is legal in your state or not.
Have a look at our window tinting percentages page to check that before you buy any tint.
Automotive Tint Comparison Chart
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Best Car Window Tint Film Reviews
Benefits of Tinting your Windows
- It will help keeping the car’s inside cooler. Big deal if you live in places where summer sunlight feels like fire.
- Block harmful UV rays (one of the causing factors of premature skin aging, cataracts, and skin cancers)
- Reduce inside’s brightness and glare, reducing eye fatigue. If you drive long miles, this is vital.
- Give you more privacy, specially on the backseat area.
- Cool looks.
- Increased glass resistance to shattering (the adhesive layer will keep the glass pieces together)
You probably already had in your mind some of those advantages and maybe you didn’t know some of the others.
What is the best tint film material?
There are three main types of window tint, each one of them with its advantages and disadvantages, being some of the latter something to really consider before deciding what to install on your car.
- Dyed film
- Metallic film
- CERAMIC FILM
Dyed window film is made by placing a layer of dye between an adhesive layer (that sticks on the window) and a protective polyester top coating.
It provides a flat and opaque look from the outside, and good visibility from the inside regardless the tint percentage.
- Less expensive option.
- Dyed film produces the darkest effect, and it’s non-reflective.
- Dyed film does not block radio waves.
- This film blocks unwanted glare from headlights and other bright lights.
- Easy to leave bubbles when installing.
- Offers the least heat and UV reduction of all tints.
- Under high heat, it can delaminate, with layers separating from one another.
- Over time, the UV rays will age the dye, fading it, and turning the color from black to purple-ish.
The second type we’re going to analyze is metallic or metallized tint.
It consists in a multi-layered film, with a base adhesive layer, a layer treated to block UV radiation, a metallic layer that reflects light and a protective outer layer.
The visual look is metallic.
- Fantastic heat reducing performance and UV reduction.
- This type of tinting film will not fade over time.
- Metallic tinting film is extremely durable.
- Metallic window film interferes with radio waves as well as other electronic signals. It may block your cellphone signal, cause bad GPS reception, and interfere with tire pressure monitoring systems among other problems. Goodbye in-glass antennae.
- More expensive than dyed film
Ceramic film somewhat recent in the film industry.
It is the highest performing film.
It is not dyed and contains no metal particles, but rather ceramic particles that are non-conductive.
It comes in different looks depending on the manufacturer.
- It provides with temperature isolation both ways, keeping the temperature of the car’s inside as desired.
- It blocks up to 99% of UV radiation.
- Reduces glare the most.
- It does not fade over time.
- It does not cause interference with electronic signals.
- The most expensive option from all three.
How to install window tint
The best window tint won’t look like the best if it is installed the wrong way.
But don’t worry! It really isn’t that hard.
You just need the right tools and someone to show you the step by step method.
In the following video, Ralph Van Pelt from FlexFilm shows in great detail how to install window tint.
Additionally, if your car already has some old window tint that you want to get rid of before you install your brand new window tint, you can check this guide on how to remove window tint from car windows.
Got Questions? Leave a comment below! I read every single one of them and try to answer in as much detail as I can 🙂