Tinting your car's windows can provide you with a higher degree of privacy while protecting against the glare of the sun and making it more comfortable to drive during hot summer conditions. However, just like regular auto glass, window tints need to be properly maintained to ensure that they continue to provide a clear view of the road around you. Understanding the proper maintenance techniques for tinted windows can help you ensure that they stay in good condition for as long as possible.
To keep your windows in good condition, you should make sure to clean them fairly regularly. Though this will depend on the amount of driving that you do and in what conditions you drive in, cleaning your windows at least once a month should be more than enough to keep your window tints in good condition.
Window tints are installed using a thin plastic film that is placed over the interior side of your windows. This plastic film is susceptible to scuffing and scratching, so you'll want to make use of microfiber rags to do any cleaning. These rags can be found at most hardware and automotive stores.
Soap and Water
In a similar vein to the above point, make sure that you do not use harsh chemical cleaners to clean the interior of your window, as they can be abrasive and cause damage to your window tints. Instead, make use of normal soap and water, which should be more than enough to remove smudges from your window tint — especially since cleaning the tint itself means cleaning the interior of your window, which is less likely to experience smudges and dirt.
Avoid the Edges
You should also make an effort to avoid cleaning the edges of your windows, namely near the top of your window since this can cause the plastic film to begin to separate from the glass of your window if moisture is able to get behind the film. If you do have to clean dirt or smudges off of the edges of your window, be sure to scrub softly upwards, away from the edge, to minimize the risk of damage.
After you've scrubbed down your tinted windows, you'll want to make sure that they dry properly. This means that you should avoid washing your car in direct sunlight since this can lead to uneven drying which allows for streaks and smudges to form on your windows. Instead, make sure that your car is either inside or in the shade to allow for an even air dry.
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My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.