frequently asked questions

1. Why are Autobahn brand window films a great option?

Autobahn brand window films are an exceptional choice for several reasons. First and foremost, Autobahn is a well-established and trusted brand in the window tinting industry, known for its superior quality and performance. Autobahn films offer excellent heat rejection properties, helping to keep your vehicle cool and comfortable even on the hottest days. They also provide outstanding UV protection, blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays, which can help prevent fading and damage to your vehicle's interior. Autobahn films are highly durable, scratch-resistant, and come in a range of shades to suit your preferences.

2. What are the benefits of using window tint on your vehicle?

Using window tint on your vehicle provides several advantages. First, it helps to reduce the amount of heat that enters your car, keeping it cooler and more comfortable, especially during hot summer days. Window tint also blocks harmful UV rays, which not only protects your skin but also prevents fading and damage to your vehicle's interior, such as cracking or discoloration of the dashboard and upholstery. Additionally, window tinting adds an extra layer of privacy by reducing visibility from the outside, making it more difficult for potential thieves to see inside your vehicle.

3. What is the Legal limit for window tint on your vehicle in the state of PA.

In Pennsylvania, the legal limit for window tint varies depending on the window. For the front side windows, the tint must allow at least 70% of light to pass through. The rear side windows and the rear window can have any level of darkness as long as the vehicle has dual side mirrors.

4. What are the differences between regular window tint, carbon ceramic window tint, and nano ceramic window tint.

Regular window tint refers to traditional dyed films that are relatively affordable and provide a basic level of heat and glare reduction. Carbon ceramic window tint, on the other hand, is a premium option that contains carbon particles and ceramic materials. This combination results in superior heat rejection, excellent UV protection, and enhanced clarity without interfering with electronic signals. Nano ceramic window tint takes it a step further with the addition of advanced nano-ceramic particles, providing even greater heat rejection, improved optical clarity, and maximum UV protection. Nano ceramic films also have enhanced durability and are less prone to fading over time.

5. Can I choose different levels of tint darkness for different windows of my car?

Yes, you can choose different levels of tint darkness for different windows of your car. Many customers prefer a darker tint for the rear windows to increase privacy, while opting for a lighter tint on the front side windows to comply with legal requirements for visibility. Our professionals can guide you in selecting the right shades for each window to achieve the desired look and functionality.

6. How long does it take to install window tint on a car?

The average time it takes to install window tint on a car can vary depending on several factors, including the size and type of vehicle, the number of windows being tinted, and the complexity of the installation. However, as a general guideline, most installations can be completed within a few hours. It's worth noting that the curing process of the window tint may take a couple of days, during which you should avoid rolling down the windows or cleaning the interior surface to ensure proper bonding.

7. Can I wash my car after getting window tint installed?

Yes, you can wash your car after getting window tint installed, but it's important to wait for the appropriate amount of time before doing so. We recommend waiting at least three days before washing your vehicle to allow the window tint to fully cure and adhere to the glass. When washing your car, it's advisable to use a gentle cleaning solution and a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid using abrasive materials or cleaners that contain ammonia, as they can damage the tint.

8. Can I roll down the windows immediately after window tint installation?

It's best to wait for a specific period before rolling down your windows after window tint installation. The curing time for window tint can vary depending on the type of film and weather conditions. We generally advise waiting at least 24 to 48 hours before rolling down the windows to ensure that the tint has properly adhered to the glass. Prematurely rolling down the windows may cause the tint to peel or bubble.

9. Will window tinting interfere with my electronic devices, such as GPS or cell phone signals?

No, high-quality window tint films, such as Autobahn, are designed to not interfere with electronic signals. The films do not contain metallic components that can disrupt GPS, cell phone, or other electronic device signals. You can enjoy the benefits of window tinting without any concerns about signal interference.

10. Can window tinting help reduce the glare from the sun while driving?

Yes, window tinting can significantly reduce the glare from the sun while driving. Tinted window films, especially those with a higher Visible Light Transmission (VLT) rating, effectively reduce the intensity of sunlight entering the vehicle. This helps to minimize glare, allowing for improved visibility and a more comfortable driving experience, particularly during sunrise or sunset.

11. Can window tinting make my car's windows completely opaque from the outside?

No, properly installed window tinting will not make your car's windows completely opaque from the outside. High-quality window films, such as Autobahn, are designed to provide a balance between privacy and visibility. While the tint will reduce the visibility into your vehicle, especially during daylight, it will not render the windows completely opaque. This ensures that you can still see out of the windows while maintaining a level of privacy.

12. Can window tinting help reduce the risk of shattering glass during an accident?

Yes, window tinting can provide an additional layer of safety by helping to hold shattered glass together during an accident. The film helps to reinforce the glass, preventing it from shattering into sharp, dangerous fragments that can cause injury. This can be especially beneficial in the event of an impact, as the tinting film acts as a barrier, reducing the risk of glass shards flying into the vehicle's interior.

13. Can I apply window tint to a windshield or sunroof?

In many jurisdictions, the laws regarding window tinting on windshields and sunroofs are more restrictive compared to other windows. It's important to check the specific regulations in your area to determine whether window tint is allowed on windshields or sunroofs. Additionally, there may be restrictions on the level of darkness allowed for these windows. Our professionals can provide guidance on the legal requirements and options available for tinting windshields and sunroofs.

14. Is window tinting covered by any warranty?

Yes, reputable window tint manufacturers often offer warranties on their products. Autobahn, for example, provides limited lifetime warranties on many of their films, which cover issues such as bubbling, cracking, peeling, and color fading. The specific terms and conditions of the warranty may vary, so it's essential to inquire about the warranty coverage and any required maintenance to ensure its validity.

15. Will window tinting affect my ability to see at night?

No, properly installed window tint should not significantly affect your ability to see at night. High-quality window films, such as Autobahn, are designed to maintain good visibility while reducing glare and improving overall clarity. It's important to adhere to the legal limits for window tint darkness in your state to ensure proper visibility both during the day and at night.

16. Can I apply window tint myself or should I hire a professional?

While there are DIY window tinting kits available, we strongly recommend hiring a professional for window tint installation. Professional installers have the experience, knowledge, and proper tools to ensure a precise and bubble-free installation. Improperly installed window tint can result in air bubbles, peeling, or an uneven appearance, which can reduce its effectiveness and longevity. By relying on a professional, you can have peace of mind knowing that the job will be done correctly.

17. Can window tint be removed if I no longer want it on my car?

Yes, window tint can be removed if you decide to no longer have it on your car. However, the process of removing window tint can be time-consuming and complex, especially if the tint has been in place for a long time. It's generally recommended to have the tint professionally removed to ensure a clean and residue-free result. Our team can assist you with the safe removal of window tint if needed.

18. How long does window tinting typically last?

The lifespan of window tinting can vary depending on various factors, including the quality of the film, climate conditions, and maintenance. High-quality window tint films, such as Autobahn, are designed to be durable and long-lasting. With proper care, including avoiding abrasive cleaning agents and sharp objects, window tint can last for many years. The warranty provided by the film manufacturer can also give you an idea of the expected lifespan.

19. What is TSER and IRR, and why are they important when considering window tinting?

TSER (Total Solar Energy Rejection) and IRR (Infrared Rejection) are important factors to consider when choosing window tinting for your vehicle. TSER represents the total amount of solar energy, including heat and light, that is blocked by the window tint. A higher TSER value indicates that the window tint is more effective at reducing the amount of solar energy that enters your vehicle, keeping it cooler and more comfortable.

IRR refers specifically to the window tint's ability to reject infrared radiation. Infrared rays are a significant source of heat, and tint films with higher IRR ratings can effectively block these rays, further enhancing heat rejection properties. When considering window tint options, paying attention to both TSER and IRR values is crucial to understand the overall performance of the film. A higher TSER and IRR rating indicates that the window tint offers better heat rejection, providing greater comfort and reducing the strain on your vehicle's air conditioning system.

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