Car tinting is a popular service in the car tuning market, because it provides a lot of benefits for the driver. At the same time, representatives of the traffic police are severely punished for tinting. To avoid problems with law enforcement agencies, you need to know what is the maximum percentage allowed in the darkening of the windows.
Advantages and disadvantages of a tinted car
In order to understand whether driving with tinted windows is right for you or not, you need to sit in the driver's seat of a tinted car. The benefits of dark windows are undeniable:
- Adding charm to the exterior of the car. The car no longer looks like a fish tank.
- Less sunlight penetrates, which means a more comfortable cabin temperature in summer.
- Psychological sense of security for people sitting in the cabin.
- Items inside are hidden from prying eyes.
- The headlights reflected in the mirrors do not blind the driver at night.
The disadvantages include the deteriorationvisibility at night, as well as in winter, when daylight hours become much shorter.
Acceptable dimming of auto windows
The tinting law has undergone several changes over the past couple of decades. According to the new GOST 32565-2013, some concessions were made. Now the lower limit of tinting is 30%. This value of light transmission is acceptable for the windshield and door glass of the front hemisphere.
Also, windshields can be shaded with a dark strip 14 cm wide, which should not interfere with the view. A 30 percent tint looks like a light finish.
Glass itself has a light transmittance of about 80%. Therefore, now it is possible to stick athermal films on windshields, which in total will give a tint of 30%.
Any tint is acceptable for rear window and rear door windows.
Do-it-yourself car tinting
For the correct gluing of the tint film, you need to understand the essence of the process. It is very easy to glue on glasses with an undistorted plane. Here it lays down evenly, without forming folds. But if you put a film on the windshield or rear window, then a lot of wrinkles appear on it. This is because the straight plane of the tint does not match the curved surface of the glass. What to do? You need to use a film that stretches when heated.
The tinting process occurs in the following order:
- Apply the film on the outer plane of the glass.
- About cut on itcontour, leave a small margin.
- Apply a soapy solution to the glass with a spray bottle and reapply a piece of film.
- Gently heating the film with a building dryer, gently smooth out the creases formed by the curvature of the glass.
- After the film has taken the desired shape, cut it exactly along the contour of the window.
- Remove the protective layer from the film, apply it to the soap solution on the inside of the glass.
- Use a soft rubber spatula to gently push the soap solution out.
If after the end of the process there are small folds, then you can pierce them with a needle. The air they contain will be released and they will flatten out.
Depending on the configuration, modern cars are equipped with tonal, athermal glass, giving a tint of 30 percent. They look slightly greenish in color. They cannot be tinted.
In order to avoid administrative liability for unacceptable dimming of the front hemisphere, the automotive market offers removable tinting.
It is a transparent sheet that exactly follows the contour of the glass. One edge is inserted into the lower window rubber bands, and the upper one is attached to double-sided tape. This sheet can create an additional 30% tint and give any shade of transmitted light.
Removable tint is made of silicone and can be used repeatedly.