Maybe the color of it bubbling or peeling car that passes you, gives a less than desired look. As is often the case, you get what you pay for and auto window tinting is no exception.
DIY tint kits, which usually cost under $100 and less than professional tinting services, available to buy online, but auto experts say apply color requires precision and skill.
“A lot of people lay the film right on the glass and it looks good at first, but within a year started coming from the glass,” said Michael Williamson, owner of the Alexander Automotive Detailing in Tucson, Arizona. “And second, try to contact the glass film [is difficult].”
There are a number of businesses on Angie’s List and across the country, which offers professional tinting services at a competitive price.
Mohammad Aburumuh, the owner of the Soundmaster Color & Alarm in San Antonio, said he usually charges $25 to $50 per window, but offers a discount for the staining of the entire car, which usually takes about two hours for a standard car and more for larger vehicles.
The base color for an average-sized car that uses standard film may cost $99 for the entire vehicle. As a higher quality tint cost between $199 to $400 for the whole vehicle, depending on several factors, Aburumuh said.
“That’s the price for the heat register tints,” Aburumuh said. “The more heat that is rejected, then the price will rise.” Aburumuh added that the most common request, he gets more than the customer wants only the front two windows tinted.
Brian Brown, the owner of the Exclusive Detail And Color in Charlotte, North Carolina, said his prices range from $120 for a small pickup for $380 for the van. He said the price varies depending on the type of vehicle, how many windows it and are dyed, metalized or ceramic colors which are used.
Williamson, meanwhile, said it offers two types of color — high performance, which is the color that is dyed with the color of the metal in it, or a stable color, which does not have the metal, offers high heat rejection, and should not fade.
He usually charges $150 per car to color coloring and $240 for the color stable color, with prices will rise slightly in the medium and large SUV. If you don’t want the whole car tinted, he charges $25 for the visor strip on the windshield and $60 for the two front windows.
According to Cost Helper, the price range is rather drastic. Window tinting can cost $50 to $600 to use a standard, non-reflective colors and $100 to $800 for high-performance ceramic, carbon, metal and colored tints.
The benefits of window film
It is estimated that window tinting blocks up to 99 percent of UV rays and cool the car down by 60 percent or more, which protects people from the sun and your car interior from fading or cracking.
“A lot of people who have their cars tinted because they want to block the heat,” Aburumuh said. “Some want to privacy, also.”
Other benefits to having a professional color your car is the leading company should know the law when it comes to local or state regulation about the color and how dark the windows are allowed to be. States have different laws, and it is important to check state laws before getting your windows tinted.
Professionals also use higher quality film and ensure color is applied evenly without any bubbles or debris. It is skilled labor which is usually carried out with a firearm that the contour of the film to the glass. There is the possibility of someone with less experience can scratch the glass or damage the paint of the car.
“The benefits of having a professional installation carried out primarily is the warranty and quality secondary installation,” Brown said. “Most manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty against color change, bubbling and peeling with proof of purchase from an authorized installer.”