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What is Auto Tinting?

Automotive window tinting is produced from the same "opti.0cal grade" extruded polyester as commercial films. However, these products are designed to meet the legal requirements for cars and trucks. The film is usually dyed to provide various colors and densities. Higher-grade films are metalized for greater efficiency and longevity. A few films are made from pure metal (without dyes) for maximum efficiency and stability.

All films utilize a pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive mounting system. The interior surface has a scratch resistant coating to protect the film. Automotive films are produced in various widths from 20" to 60".

How does auto tint work?

Window tinting reduces heat gain, glare, and fading rays. It also makes glass safer.

Window tinting absorbs heat at the surface of the glass. Less heat penetrates into the car because the heat is drawn off the glass by the flow of air across the windows while the car is in motion.

Metalized window tint is more effective because it absorbs and reflects heat back outside the same way a mirror reflects light. The density of the tinting reduces glare. NOTE: The darkness of the tint is regulated by the laws of each state. For the specific law in your state, you may contact the IWFA (International Window Film Association) web site,

Fading is reduced because ultraviolet filters are added to the film when it is manufactured. Good quality films should block out at least 98% of the UV rays, the leading cause of fading. Some special films can block out 99.9% of the UV rays. These films are recommended if you are susceptible to skin disease caused by the sun.

Film makes glass safer because of the tremendous strength of the polyester and the superior-bonding adhesive used to mount film to the window. In most cases, broken glass is held together by the film. Special safety films are produced to reduce smash and grab crime ad to add greater protection to occupants in case of an accident. NOTE: Window film does not keep glass from breaking, and film does not stop bullets.

How can I be sure I'm getting a HIGH QUALITY window tint for my car?

Start with the product. Both Huper Optik and Madico are known to produce the finest quality window films in the industry. Most of their products come with a lifetime warranty (as long as you own your car) provided by the manufacturer that is good anywhere in the country. This means that even if you move, you can always get your car redone if something goes wrong.

Next, use a manufacturer/distributor approved installer. These people are professionals who have been carefully trained and have years of experience. Tinting is more than a skill, it is an art. Quality tinters are not available on every corner. You will seldom find them in a "hole in the wall" tint shop. For the best tinter in your area, call one of our regional offices, or send an e-mail and include your location. If you are not in our region, we can refer you.

High quality installation should always include "micro-edge" installation of all roll-up windows, taking the film to within 1/8th inch of the top of the glass, as well as "seamless" installation of back windows. Your installation should be super clean and there should be a quality control inspection upon delivery of your car. Be sure to ask for a manufacturer's written warranty card. Keep it and your receipt in the glove box of your car.

How much will it cost?

Good question. If what you read above makes sense and you want top quality, then you can expect to pay more than the budget prices promoted by the "Slap-n-Gap" slop shops. Here is what you can expect.

For basic tinted, non-metalized film on a 2-door or 4-door car, you should expect to pay from $125 to $150, depending on the make of your car. For standard metalized film, you should expect tot pay from $150 to $200 for the same vehicle. For superior heat-resistant or pure metal film of for extra-strong security film, you may expect to pay from $200 to as much as $600. NOTE: Some films made for cars today are so highly evolved that it takes a scientist to explain how they work. As with anything else, the sky is the limit when you seek quality. For more information on these specialized films, please contact us.

How long does the entire process take?

The time involved in each job varies on the type of vehicle involved and the number of windows being tinted. It usually takes about 2 to 3 hours.

What's the warranty for your work?

Because we use high quality Huper Optik, Madico and Crown automotive window films, we're able to offer a lifetime warranty on materials and labour.

Do I have to schedule an appointment?

Yes, you will definitely need to schedule an appointment first. This allows us to ensure that we will have enough time to work on your car in a professional manner. You can schedule by phone or email.

How much does it cost?

Pricing depends on the type of vehicle and the number of windows being tinted. Please contact us by phone or email for more detailed pricing regarding your vehicle.

How long does it take the application to dry?

Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to fully dry. Until this time your tinted windows may appear hazy from the outside and not smooth from the inside. This is only temporary during the drying process. Do not roll your tinted windows down for at least 3 days!

How do I clean my tinted windows?

Window film may be cleaned with a soft clean cloth and mild cleaner or plain water. Ammonia based products should not be used on tinted windows.

What's with these black dotted edges?

Most newer vehicles have a black ceramic "frit" edge on the rear window. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, but sometimes it will have a dotted edge. These ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the film from sticking to the area between the dots. This results in a white-like colored strip trimming the glass. Typically this isn't very noticeable on most vehicles, however there are some cars that have a wide band of dots trimming the top rear window. The area is so wide that the white colored strip effect is slight more noticeable. After the film has dried out, some of the air can be squeezed out, but the effect is unavoidable to a certain extent on select cars.

What about imperfections?

While we strive for perfection in our work, but due to the nature of the product, some degree of dust contamination and or minor imperfections are present in every tint application.

Metal rubs and scratches?

Small silvery looking spots aka "metal rubs" on some windows are usually found in station wagons or other utility vehicles. These are caused by a metallic object (such as a baby stroller handle) rubbing against the inner surface of the glass during travel. This rubbing action causes a deposit of metal onto the glass which creates a silver or gray stain. Usually these metal rubs aren't very noticeable and often aren't noticed until the windows become tinted. The same applies to surface scratches as well.

Headlamp Protection Products

" I have installed the kit on my headlights and they looked fine, but now they look foggy. Did I do something wrong?"
When using the wet application technique, this is normal. The fog is the result of the alcohol/water solution evaporating from beneath the plastic. The water vapor that is produced results in a hazy appearance for several days. The haze will clear as the vapor dissipates.

"Is it best to apply your light protection kit to the lenses wet or dry?"
We have found that the wet installation yields the best-looking installation with the least amount of difficulty in most cases. On larger headlamp pieces, bubbles and improper alignment of the material are far less likely using the wet installation method. However, on smaller pieces, such as fog lamps, the dry installation method is sometimes easier. This is especially the case if the lamp is spherical in shape.

"The lights on my car are heavily contoured. Is your kit hard to install on this type of light or should I have them professionally installed?"
Our headlamp protection material is extremely pliable and can easily be contoured over dome shaped surfaces. Professional installation should not be necessary provided that you follow the instructions closely. If you still feel uncomfortable attempting installation on your own, check our installer finder for an installer near you.

"I have the headlamp kit almost completely applied using the wet application method, but I can't seem to get the edges to completely stick down. What am I doing wrong?"
It is absolutely imperative that a hairdryer or heat gun is used in this area to seal the edges. The heat serves two purposes. First, it helps evaporate the remaining alcohol/water solution from under the edges, and second it makes the plastic more pliable so that it can contour to the edge of the light. Be careful if you are using a heat gun to warm the plastic. It takes only a small amount of heat to apply the material. If you apply too much heat you can damage the surface of the plastic.

Paint Protection Products

" I don't think the kit is cut right. It seems to be too short."
Depending on the kit you are applying, some kits are purposely designed short so that you have to stretch them into place. The purpose of this type of design is to compensate for a contour on the vehicles surface or to allow room to pull out excess material around the edges that would otherwise be very difficult to lay down. The analogy that is most commonly used in talking about applying this material to a contoured surface is: "Imagine gift wrapping a basket ball, and all of the wrinkles that you would have in the wrapping paper. Not much you can do about it, right? Now imagine wrapping the same basketball in Saran Wrap instead. Stretching the Saran wrap allows it to take the shape of what you are stretching it over."

"I can't get the material to stick to the paint in some areas. It seems like there is no adhesive left on the material."
A few things can cause this:

Not removing the wax from the vehicle's paint before starting installation. Not washing out all of the soap/water solution with the alcohol/water solution before squeegeeing down the material. Using too much soap or alcohol in your solutions.

"How long should I wait to apply your product if my car has been repainted?"
You will need to talk to your body shop and see what they recommend. The time will vary depending on the type of paint the body shop used, and whether or not the paint was baked. In any case, the time that they say you should wait to wax the paint, is the same time you will need to wait to install our product.

Clear Choice Auto Edmonton Window Tinting
Clear Choice Auto Edmonton Window Tinting
Clear Choice Auto Edmonton Window Tinting
Clear Choice Auto Edmonton Window Tinting
Clear Choice Auto Edmonton Window Tinting

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