Does Chameleon Tints Block UV Rays

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Chameleon tints are an eye-catching alternative to your traditional window tint. But do they have the same practical benefits as a normal window tint?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Does chameleon tints block UV rays?’

The UK automotive aftermarket industry is thriving, ranking fourth in Europe and ninth in the world in terms of size, and turning over an annual £21.1 billion.

The sector supports 345,600 jobs and contributes £12.2 billion each year to the economy. And it is growing: the sector’s value is set to rise to £28 billion by 2022.

That’s why we at Car Specialist Customs are here to provide you with all the information you require to get the best car customisation possible, whilst being as informed as possible.

What is a chameleon tint?

What is a chameleon tint?

Unlike traditional window tints with a solid colour, chameleon tints appears to change colour depending on the viewing angle and lighting conditions. This “chameleon” effect comes from the use of special dyes or pigments within the film that react to light.

The colours typically range from blues, purples, and greens, creating a dynamic and eye-catching look for your car. However, some brands of chameleon tints can be set as one specific colour or shade.

Is a window tint the same as a chameleon tint?

No, a chameleon tint is a form of window tinting. But regular window tinting is usually one set colours. Whereas, chameleon tints can range. Aside from the aesthetic difference, and some materials that are used in its formulation, there are no significant differences between the two in terms of function.

What are the laws regarding window tints?

In the UK, there are clear regulations regarding window tinting for vehicles. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  • Light Transmission Limits: The law focuses on the amount of light allowed through the wind shield and front side windows.
  • Vehicles first used before April 1, 1985: Both the windscreen and front side windows must allow at least 70% of light to pass through.
  • Vehicles first used on or after April 1, 1985: The windscreen must allow at least 75% of light transmission, while the front side windows must still allow at least 70%.
  • No Restrictions on Rear Windows: There are no restrictions on the level of tint darkness that can be applied to the rear windows (including the rear windscreen) for any vehicle.

If you neglect the ruling regarding window tinting, you can expect at least two of the following possibilities:

  • Prohibition Notices: If your vehicle’s front windscreen or side windows don’t meet the minimum light transmission requirements, you might receive a Prohibition Notice from law enforcement. This means you cannot drive the car until the tint is removed or adjusted to comply with the regulations.
  • Insurance Implications: Having illegal window tint could potentially lead to issues with your car insurance. In case of an accident, the insurance company might contest your claim if the tint is deemed to have obstructed your vision.

Does chameleon tint block UV rays?

Does chameleon tint block UV rays?

Yes, chameleon tint typically blocks a high percentage of UV rays. In fact, many manufacturers advertise blocking rates of around 95% or even 99% UV protection. This offers two key benefits:

  • Skin Protection: Blocking UV rays helps shield you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can contribute to sunburn, premature ageing, and even skin cancer.
  • Interior Protection: UV rays can also damage car interiors, causing fading and cracking of leather seats and dashboards. Chameleon tint helps prevent this by filtering out those UV rays.

It’s important to note that the specific UV blocking percentage can vary depending on the brand and quality of the chameleon tint. Here’s what to consider:

  • Manufacturer Specifications: Always check the specifications provided by the tint manufacturer to understand the exact UV blocking percentage of their product.
  • Look for Reputable Brands: Opt for well-known and reputable brands that prioritize quality and adhere to industry standards for UV protection.

While chameleon tint offers excellent UV protection, it’s still significant to remember sun safety practices, especially during extended periods of sun exposure. Consider using sunscreen and protective clothing for optimal protection.

You should also keep in mind the legalities regarding window tints, and ensure the level of the tints you get are appropriate for the area of the vehicle it is on.

How much is a window tint?

How much is a window tint?

Window tinting is generally above or below £100. For a premium option like a chameleon tint, it can cost more. At Car Specialist Customs, our prices range from £50 — £250. However, there are a few factors that actually determine how much you pay for your tinting, these are:

  • How many windows you choose to tint
  • The style and shade of the tint
  • Any supplementary work that needs to be done to ensure the tint is applied

Other providers of tints may offer competitive rates but do not offer the same level of care, quality and time that we provide with each of our customisation services.

Our process is generally as follows:

  1. You book your appointment with us, highlighting the service you require and which specific style you need (In this case, chameleon tints).
  2. You arrive at our workshop, and we have a look at your vehicle, making sure there are no issues that can prevent or cause a problem with your desired tint. We also may ask any questions regarding the vehicle that could be relevant to the tinting process.
  3. We go over the level of tinting you require and where. Front areas of a vehicle have legally enforced tinting limits, whilst the back of the vehicle generally does not.
  4. Once agreed, we install whenever convenient, we clean the windows and apply the tinting expertly. Ensuring there are no bubbles, there is no over or under lapping areas of the tint over the windows.
  5. We provide further instruction to ensure you know how to maintain your tint and keep it pristine.

Purchase a chameleon tint today

Our team members at Car Specialist Customs are extremely passionate and proud of the multiple services and products we provide for the people of Greater Manchester and beyond.

As a fully insured and approved installer, catering to the needs of vehicle owners of Greater Manchester and beyond, we are proud to let you know that we offer services for the following:


Wrapping and PPF:

Interior customisation/ technology:


Featuring the brands, Pandora, ScorpionTrak, Meta Trak & SmarTrack, we’ve included affordable, and premium products to suit the needs of our customers. With finance options available, and the option of installation, head to our website to get your quote!

We will always go above expectations to make your car feel special to you. With even more services and options becoming available in the future, Car Specialist Customs is the home of making any car unique, secure and special.

See what we can do for you today, we hope the details we shared have helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

In this blog, we aimed to have answered the question, ‘Does chameleon tints block UV rays?’ Whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

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Caldershaw Centre

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OL12 7LQ


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Friday to Sunday – 11 AM—7 PM


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