At Car Specialist Customs, we take pride in making your car an expression of you. Window tinting is a common and beneficial modification that adds a distinguished and sleek aesthetic to your vehicle, but there are rules.
In this article, we will be answering the question “How dark can I tint my windows?” whilst giving you all the information you need to take your car to the next level. But first, let us explain to you what window tinting is, its uses and its benefits.
What is window tinting?
Window tinting is the process of applying a specialised film on the surface of a window, this process results in a variety of benefits including:
- Extra privacy and security against thieves
- Adds a refined aesthetic to your car
- Can help reduce glare from other road users
- Blocks Ultraviolet rays from the sun, which are damaging to your skin cells. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that window tints in your car can protect you from harmful UV rays, which can cause tanning, and premature ageing and can lead to skin cancer.
- Natural direct sunlight is less difficult to drive in
- In the event of a crash, the adhesive may prevent the glass from shattering over anybody.
The window tint spectrum comes in percentages, which refers to visible light transmission (VLT). VLT is the amount of light that can pass through your window. So, if you choose a 15% tint, this means that 15% of visible light can get through. Limousines commonly have a 5% tint, which is known as the ‘limo tint’.
If you buy a low-quality window tint, then it may be more prone to bubbling, cracking, fading or peeling. Our window tints are guaranteed to be top quality, with options from 70% to 5%, with installation directly from us. Want to know what the best window tint is? Check out our blog.
So how dark can I tint my car windows?
How dark can I tint my windows in the UK?
At this point you must be wondering ‘how dark can I legally tint my windows’ regardless of what option you choose, your tinted windows must abide by the rules of the law. There are different rules for different parts of your car.
How dark can I tint my front windows?
Legally, vehicles first used on 1 April 1985 or later must have a front windscreen that lets in at least 75% of light through. The front side windows must let at least 70% of the light through.
For vehicles first used before 1 April 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must let at least 70% of light through.
You could face a penalty if your car windscreen or windows are incorrectly tinted. It is illegal to fit or sell glass that breaks the rules on tinted windows. It is also illegal to sell a vehicle already fitted with glass that breaks the rules.
If a car’s tinted windows do not adhere to the legal limit, they will restrict the view of the driver, thus risking the safety of the driver and passengers. Having excessively dark windows will also pose a danger for other road users and pedestrians, who won’t be able to see the driver properly through the tinted windows.
You could be pulled over by the police for having overly-tinted windows. They will use measuring equipment to measure the level of visible light passing through the glass inside the vehicle.
How dark can I tint my back windows?
There are no legal requirements for the tint of a back window or back passenger windows.
At Car Specialist Customs we will always advise you with legal recommendations for window tinting, take a browse through our options to see how you can add the next level of elegance to your car. Still unsure? Check out some alternatives below.
Extra options for you
Car light tints
Car light tint is a service we offer and is the process of applying the same filming process over your front and rear headlights. Aside from the aesthetic upgrade, it actually reduces the heat emitted from your lights whilst still allowing over 90% of light to be emitted, hardly affecting the effectiveness of your lights. Check out our options here.
Chameleon tints are proving to be a vibrant and unique option in customising your car, the dynamic properties of the films gave a “Chameleon” like effect to the windscreen resulting in an area of colours that changes as the day does.
Instead of the usual grey or dark grey, chameleon tints reflect back the light in the sky. For example, if it’s a beautiful day with blue skies and fluffy white clouds, that’s what you’ll see in your vehicle’s window. The tint has a mirrored effect but is perfectly clear from the inside.
The most amazing selling point of this particular tint is that it still retains the original benefits that come with a standard window tint. With options in aqua blue, Cadbury purple and sunset orange, take a look for yourself on our site.
Because of its newfound popularity, many enthusiasts have been left asking whether or not chameleon tints are actually legal; UK laws are known to be extremely tight in regards to tinting your car, with an Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice (EFPN) being issued to those found breaking the law (meaning three points on their driving licence and a fine).
The chameleon tint is completely legal to have on the front windscreen in most vehicles as it lets in more than 75% of the light. This means that, although prices may vary for consumers, they will remain low and your modification will remain legal within the UK.
Chameleon tints are legal, but there can be heavy punishments if it is done incorrectly or if the tint is too much. For all accepted mechanics and agencies, it is illegal to fit or sell glass that breaks the rules on tinted windows.
If a vehicle is suspected to have broken the rules, the police or the DVLA vehicle examiners will use light measuring equipment to measure the window tint. If any windows are tinted too much, you could get a ‘prohibition notice’ stopping you from using your vehicle on the road until you have the extra tint removed or a penalty notice – with a court summons in extreme cases.
For a quick, precise and professional installation of your chameleon tints or any window tinting you choose to have on your vehicle, Car Specialist Customs is the best option to take your car to the next level, whilst still in full compliance with the law.
Extra legality and Maintenance
If you do consider purchasing any of our tinting options, it is always best to speak to your insurer beforehand to make sure it will not affect your claim. If it is not a problem then let your insurer know as soon as it has been installed.
In regards to an MOT, tinting will not make you fail unless it is beyond the legal threshold.
In regards to the maintenance of your tints, this is all you need to do:
- You can hand clean them, use a jet wash, or take your car to a car wash facility.
- Never scrub your windows harshly. Instead, use a soft cloth to wipe away dirt.
- Never use cleaning products or disinfectant wipes that contain alcohol or harsh chemicals such as ammonia. These will damage the film in your tinted windows and reduce the clarity.
- Use a spray that is specially formulated for cleaning car windows. Don’t spray it directly onto the car windows; spray it directly onto the cloth.
- Don’t use paper towels to clean or dry your tinted windows. These will leave tiny fibres all over, which are annoying and difficult to remove.
- Avoid continually touching your tinted windows with your hands, as this will leave streaks and smudges.
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