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What Do Tint Numbers Mean?

What Do Tint Numbers Mean?

For those in the market for window tinting, you may be confused on the terminology or the measurements used to define the strength of a tint.

In this blog, we will be answering the question ‘What do tint numbers mean?’ This is vital for anyone considering this customization option, knowing your options can help you make an informed choice on what to get for your vehicle.

At Car Specialist Customs, we are proud to offer a wide variety of options when it comes to making your car a unique expression of who you are. We are excited to share with you the option of window tinting.

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.

What are the benefits of 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, 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.

You can buy window tinting film online or through a service that specialises in car customisation, we recommend the latter as there is less room for mistake when dealing with an expert.

Effects of cheap window tinting

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.

For peace of mind, with no reduction on quality and application, Car Specialist Customs is the superior option for any and all of your window tinting needs. Always done to the legal requirement so you don’t have to worry. Simply get in touch with us to organise your window tinting.

What do tint numbers mean?

What do tint numbers mean?

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. When looking at tinting options, you’ll find they state a percentage. But what does the percentage mean?

So, if you choose a 15% tint, this means that 15% of visible light can get through. As a result, the remaining 85% of light won’t pass.

Car Specialist Customs, alongside being a qualified team of car customisers also have a range of tinting options for you to consider, with our options ranging from 70% to 5%. This is done in accordance with the legal parameters set out by the UK government.

It must also be noted that whilst it isn’t illegal to sell a darker film for window tinting purposes, it is illegal to put on certain parts of your vehicle. Which may result in you being stopped by the police.

That being said, let us tell you the legal requirements for your window tinting.

Window tinting legality explained

Window tinting legality explained

Yes, window tinting is 100% legal, however, you may be surprised to learn that it actually varies depending on where you choose to apply the tint. Regardless, there are set laws highlighted by the UK government in regard to tinting. There are different legal requirements for the front, back & side windows of your vehicle. We will explain in further detail below.

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.

How dark can I tint my back windows?

There are no legal requirements for the tint of a back window or back passenger windows.

Car Specialist Customs 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.

Applying Window tints

Our tinting process is as follows:

  • We analyse the space you would like to be tinted
  • We make the necessary adjustments to our tinting films so application is smooth and hassle-free
  • We apply the tinting & make sure there are no mistakes.
  • We will then guide you in regard to the maintenance of the tinting.

Want to get in touch and make your vehicle sleek and unique? Get your quote for a tint today.

Can I add window tints myself?

Yes, it is possible to apply window tints yourself, you may opt to do this as you have experience in it, are learning for future applications, or just to save money.

But we do not recommend you apply a window tint yourself, especially if you don’t have the experience. You should leave it to an expert to install, experts like Car Specialist Customs will apply the tinting in the most optimal way, whilst advising you on how to best preserve the tinting.

An additional benefit of getting your window tints installed by us is our years of experience ensure you get the most optimal fitting.

Book your tint installation today

Book your tint installation 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:

Personalisation:

Protection/Security:

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 will 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 our starlight service has helped you decide to take a step forward in personalising your vehicle with our unique service.

We hope to have answered the question ‘​​What do tint numbers mean?’ whilst also providing supplementary information that can help you make an informed choice when it comes to investing in customisation options for your vehicle.

Want to get in touch? You can find us right here:

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Unit 30

Caldershaw Centre

Ings Ln

Rochdale

OL12 7LQ

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Thursday – Closed

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07523 971347 (Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm)

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