FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Tinting windows is an art, it takes time and skill! preparation is key... We remove all trims that are in the way, this ensures that once the film has been applied we can see this has been applied correctly to the bottom edges of the glass, some tinters will not do this and simply tuck the film under the inner gaskets, this is not good as it is impossible to know if the film has adhered correctly, thus risking peeling. The windows are meticulously cleaned and prepared for application. Then the skill comes in, shrinking the film to the shape of your glass... This procedure can range from fairly easy to extremely difficult depending on how curved the glass is, this also determines the length of time your vehicle takes to tint, as very curved glass i.e. VW Beetle will take much longer to form than a Mini... Once this is done the glass is then prepared once again and placed on the Workstation. The release liner is then removed and the film is carefully applied to the glass and applied via use of a soft rubber squeegee. When all visible water is out from underneath the film, it is then detailed and checked for any imperfections and the top edge is filed to give a superior quality finish. Once finished, your car windows look undistinguishable from a factory tinted window.
We offer 8 different shades of window film in our various ranges. The lower the number the darker the shade i.e. Limo Black is 5% then 12%, 23%, 37%, 48% and 70% being the lightest shade available.
Obviously installation times vary on different types of cars, as does the price. As an average, we would ask to have your vehicle for around 4.5 hours. We will however, ask for as long as it takes to complete the installation to our own high standards! Thus maintaining our Perfect Tint name.
As Solar Gard approved installers all our top of the range car window films are supplied with a lifetime warranty, backed by the manufacturers, covering material and labour which remains good to the original purchaser.
No, as our name states, Perfect Tint... The worst case of bubbling and peeling are seen on bad tint jobs, such as DIY's or unscrupulous tint companies which have installed your film poorly.
The film does not interfere with your heated rear screen in any way whatsoever, it will only help drying time initially by leaving it switched on.
As Solar Gard approved installers we only use top quality products. All of our top of the range window films are supplied with a lifetime guarantee, good to the original purchaser. Solar Gard Supreme Series film, in the current British environment, should last forever. In extremely hot climates it should still last for 15-20 years.
Visibility is very good when looking through the film, as with poor quality films it can quite dark due to the manufacturing process. There are many benefits with regard to window film and visibility, as it will reduce glare such as the sun getting in your eyes and dazzle from headlights at night, therefore reducing eye strain and making driving more comfortable and safe.
When choosing the shade of window film for your vehicle, we will ask you what you are looking to achieve! and also advise you what will look best for your vehicle, as the colour of your interior and exterior does make a difference! For example, if your car has a dark interior and a light exterior then a medium shade film would look quite dark, whereas if your car has a light interior and a dark exterior, then with a medium film it would look subtle and classy. Whatever your requirements we will have the right option and advice to give you for you and your vehicle.
Solar Gard are the world's leading manufacturers of window film, all of our window films have a quality durable scratch resistant coating which is designed to cope with the day to day usage of your up and down windows. When cleaning your glass, ensure that you use a clean cloth. Your film would not withstand anything sharp, heavy or hard knocks for example. The most common damage is caused by carless release of your seatbelts which can tear or mark the film.
As fully trained and authorised by Solar Gard all our technicians are trained to the highest level, with an eye for detail and very high standards. When tinting your car windows, all trims, windows and rubbers are removed completely when required. For example, a rear door quarter light window with a rubber seal would need to be removed to ensure access and no light gaps. There are often short cuts taken on these windows, either by using an undersized piece of film leaving unsightly light gaps, hence the time it takes to tint your vehicle. We also trim and file all top edges of roll down widows to give the factory look. We have seen many tint jobs still today where a 1/4 inch gap is left at the top of the glass! whilst when your windows are fully closed this cannot be seen, however, when lowered this looks poor.
Cleaning window film is in fact easier than cleaning glass, as the surface is much smoother. We recommend cleaning with a clean soft cloth, or clean paper towel for the best results. Any domestic window spray i.e. (Mr. Muscle, windowlene and fast glass) is fine. No cream abrasive or commercial cleaners containing the likes of ammonia should be used.
You’re up and down windows will require 3 days (as per the manufactures suggestion) to cure before winding them up & down. We recommend not cleaning the inside of your glass on your newly tinted windows for up to 7 days. Do not apply window suckers for at least 7 days. We strongly advised that you do not apply window stickers at all as this may cause damage.
The drying process varies greatly, this is down to the various seasons and weather temperatures. The manufacturers advise a full 31 days of drying time before the film is fully cured to the glass, in this time you can expect to see small amounts of trapped moisture under the film! Do not panic this is normal and will dry out in time giving you a factory tinted look
We would always recommend Top of the range non fade films for your car as with the increased visibility due to true colour perception and the fact that they can offer higher heat rejection figures (up to 66%), not forgetting that it is supplied with a lifetime warranty and the expectation that it will last at least 15-20 years. This also provides a benefit when coming to sell your car, as the next owner should expect to get a good number of years before any need to renew the film. We generally only recommend dyed films to match existing tinted windows on your car when required.
Perfect Tint always recommend Top of the range HP Supreme non fade films for your car as with the increased visibility due to true colour perception and the fact that they can offer higher heat rejection figures (up to 66%), not forgetting that it is supplied with a lifetime warranty and the expectation that it will last at least 15-20 years. This also provides a benefit when coming to sell your car, as the next owner should expect to get a good number of years before any need to renew the film. We generally only recommend dyed films to match existing tinted windows on your car when required.
Film can be removed from your car without causing any damage, we would however recommend that you have this done professionally to avoid any problems or costly damage. Any professional window tinters would have the correct tools and chemicals to remove such stubborn adhesives once the film has been removed. Re-tinting your car is then obviously the same as starting from scratch, the only thing to bear in mind is that quality film will not fade and discolour in time like dyed film, so you will get a better match on smashed and retinted windows by using the superior film in the beginning.
We will only remove door trims and windows when necessary. Any windows held in by rubber seals need to be removed to tint right to the edge of the glass making for a superior finish, this method also adds security to the glass. Door panels are removed when necessary to release the internal window seal / gasket. This is the case in at least 70% of all installations, this is to minimise the risk of creasing the film, ensuring the film has adhered to the glass and risking getting dirt infection
From our own experience and our vast training in the tinting process, we would advise you that it would cost a lot of money in film wastage and lots of hours spent installing film on a daily basis before reaching an acceptable standard, quality and finish, let alone our very high standards. There is also a high risk of causing damage to your vehicle. My mate can tint that for you? We have heard this and seen this time and time again... 99% of the time it is poor, usually poor quality film and poorly installed, which you do not want on your pride and joy!
NO, When we make our customer aware we purchase our film in bulk, therefore buying at a more competitive price and ONLY supplying and fitting Solar Gard Film. The film purchased from motor factors is more likely to be the inferior single ply, and not the 2 ply polyester dyed type that we install. The 2 ply type has scratch resisting coatings and UV inhibitors within the adhesive thus reducing fading and prolonging life expectancy. Only professionally installed films will be covered by a warranty.

When tinting car windows you need the correct clean environment. We will only complete installations at our fully equipped purpose built installation centre, this is a clinically clean workshop facility to ensure the best quality finish. When you book in your vehicle with us your installation will be completed on the date specified, with no complications such as unpredictable British weather conditions. We ourselves started out as a mobile window tinting company, but following only a couple of months we made the decision to get ourselves a purpose built workshop, where we have total control of our surroundings. We have seen, stripped and re-tinted many mobile window tints, due to contamination and creases caused by a small changes in conditions.

As we say, you really do get what you pay for when having your windows tinted!!!