No one can deny that having tinted windows and windshields elevates the aesthetic of any car. Car tinting, however, is more than just aesthetics. Car tints also have practical uses, including reducing glare and regulating the absorption of solar heat through the windows. These two qualities are especially important for car owners in places that see a lot of sunny days such as the Sunshine Coast.
Given the role that car tinting plays, it’s important to know when it’s time to bring your car to a vehicle detailing workshop, like Clean Getaway Car Detailing, to have new tints installed. Fortunately, there are many signs that tell you that replacing your tints is necessary. These signs include:
1. Purpling Tints
One of the most obvious signs you need to replace your tints is what is known as purpling. Your car’s tints take the brunt of the UV damage to protect the interior of your car. Over time, the tints will succumb to UV damage and begin to fade, changing the dark grey colour of your tints into a purplish shade. If certain sections of your tints have started purpling, it’s a good idea to book an appointment for car tinting replacement.
2. Peeling Edges
Discolouration isn’t the only thing that prolonged exposure to the sun can do to your car’s tinting. Given enough time, UV radiation can also break down the chemical composition of the adhesive used to install your tints. When this happens, you may begin to notice your tints starting to curl and peel off along the edges or in one of the corners. In such cases, simply reapplying adhesive isn’t going to be enough, and complete replacement becomes necessary.
3. Cuts and/or Scrapes
It isn’t uncommon for tints to sustain a few nicks, cuts, and scrapes here and there. In fact, there are many reasons why this can happen: stray pebbles while driving on the road, not using a microfibre glove when cleaning your car, or falling leaves and twigs. If not replaced soon, you run the risk of these cuts growing in size until entire sections of your car’s tinting start peeling off. The moment you notice several scratches on your tints, make sure you have the entire thing replaced as soon as possible.
4. Air Bubbles or Bulging Sections
Air bubbles on your tints can mean two things. First, it could mean that the last installation job was poorly done – improper installation can trap air underneath the tint. As the air heats up when exposed to the sun, the air tries to escape, which is why the bubble appears. Otherwise, an air bubble may form because of a loose section in your tints allowing moisture to seep underneath. The bubbles develop due to the water evaporating.
If you notice any of the four signs mentioned above, make sure you bring your car to our service workshop and have your car tints replaced. The earlier you have the issue resolved, the better it is for your car.