How much does car window tinting cost?
APR offers tints starting at $50. Tinting is one of the most popular ways to improve a vehicle’s appearance because it looks good, and it’s an investment in your vinyl and upholstery, not to mention your comfort. Even bigger auto window tinting jobs on large vans often costs less than $400.
We need to see your vehicle to give you a solid estimate, but here are some guidelines that will give you a close idea:
- 2 windows – $75
- 2-door car – $150
- 4-door car – $185
What are my car window tinting options?
Window film comes in various tint levels, which are measured in VLT percentages; the amount of Visible Light Transmission (VLT) they allow into the cabin. If you want mild darkening, mainly for UV protection, you can go as low as 2.5 percent VLT, which means 97.5 percent of the visible light is blocked from the vehicle interior.
Films are available up to 90 percent VLT, which makes your interior, as well as the people and possessions in it, very difficult to see from the outside under many lighting conditions. Low VLT ratings provide better interior and exterior visibility. Not sure what you need? We’ll help you pick out the right film, and we’ll give you an installation you can trust to last.
Car window tinting protects your vehicle interior
Sun is the worst thing that happens to most vehicle interiors. Even the finest upholstery and vinyl begin to break down after enough days and years absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Window tinting can reduce this UV exposure by up to 99 percent, which prolongs the life of your car interior and maintains the value of your vehicle.
Auto window tinting protects you
As we all know, car interiors aren’t the only thing that can be harmed by UV radiation; your skin doesn’t tolerate it well for extended periods, either. So the reduction of UV radiation in your car’s interior actually has a health benefit, like wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV light. Still, the first thing most people notice after customizing their vehicles with window film is the overall heat difference in the cabin—up to a 70 interior heat reduction on hot days. Finally, window tinting can help prevent auto glass from shattering and throwing shards during a car accident (like a second layer of laminate); not a huge thing, but it has been known to reduce injuries.
Darker tints make it difficult for people to see your music system and other valuables inside the car because tinting films have a “one-way mirror” effect that creates good visibility from the inside, but a reflective surface on the outside. Thieves often “case” vehicles interiors to see find the easiest and most valuable targets. If they can’t quickly spot something of value inside the cabin, they may move on rather than performing a more conspicuous inspection.
The best window tint feature: it gets you “out of the oven”
Unlike factory tinted glass, which offers no UV and solar heat protection, film tinting can make a real temperature difference inside your vehicle, reducing interior heat by up to 70 percent. This is actually the most common reason people add window tinting to their vehicles, with the enhanced aesthetic value being more of a fringe benefit. From a heat reduction standpoint, you might want a different type of film in Wichita, Kansas, than you would in cooler climates, so the right film and the right quality are important considerations. At APR, we use some of the best window tint products on the market, which have some pretty amazing chemical and optical properties that allow visible light wavelengths to pass, but block out the lower wavelengths that transmit the sun’s heat.
What’s wrong with a DIY car window tint?
Car window tint kits aren’t much fun
There are DIY (do-it-yourself) window tint kits and plenty of how-to videos on YouTube, and they can save you some money, but the materials alone are only half the battle, if you want your tint to last. And many DIY kits use consumer grade films, which are both lower quality and more difficult to deal with than the professional grade films we use at APR. Window film application actually does take a lot of practice, too, and you have to get it right on the first try because the films are designed to adhere to glass—not to be easily removed from it like a sticky note. DIY car window tint films are often flimsy and tend to stick to themselves, attract dust and debris, and are generally not much fun.
There are car window tinting laws
In many parts of the country dark window tints are considered a safety concern for law enforcement officers who need to see inside vehicles during traffic stops, so a lot of states and cities have regulations limiting how dark your windows can be. A few states have no regulations, but most do, ranging from 20 to 70 percent VLT maximums. (Here’s the window tinting regulation for Kansas.) If you live outside of South Central Kansas and decide to install your own film, be sure to check the car window tinting laws in your city and state.
It’s nice to have a warranty
Even if you succeed admirably at the challenge of installing your own window film, you’ll have no warranty on the work you did. We guarantee both materials and installation at APR, so you’re covered if you run into problems down the road.
Ready to talk about professional installation for the comfort and beauty your ride deserves? Give us a call in Wichita, KS, at (316) 262-8888.