• Q: What is window tint?
  • A: Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades. Llumar Select Pro dealers have access to the highest quality films.
  • Q: Is it sprayed on?
  • A: No, its an applied film. In the 1970’s there was a “flow on” liquid tint that was used.  It was not affective and it was harmful to installers and the environment.
  • Q: What are the benefits of window film?
  • A: The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.
  • Q: What do the different levels or percentages of film mean?
  • A: Film percentages stand for light transmission, or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.
  • Q: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?
  • A: A: No, the tint is heat-shrunk on the outside of the glass to form the film to the curve of the glass. The Tint Pros uses state of the art plotting systems to cut the patterns so there is no cutting on the vehicle’s glass.  Then the tint is applied to the inside of the glass. There are some exterior applied films for commercial and residential applications.
  • Q: Isnt my SUV or truck already tinted on the back?
  • A: No, the dark glass on SUVs, trucks, and crossovers is called Privacy Glass.  Privacy glass does not have the UV and heat rejection capabilities that window film has.  Window film can also hold glass together in a car accident. The Tint Pros can add tint to these windows to improve comfort and safety for your backseat passengers.
  • Q: Will the film affect my rear defroster, or will my rear defroster affect the film?
  • A: No, window film and a car’s rear defroster will not affect one another.  When removing tint, the defroster may be damaged. The Tint Pros uses a range of techniques to avoid damage, but there is no guarantee that the defroster will be 100% in tact when old tint is removed.
  • Q: How long does it take to tint my vehicle?
  • A: The amount of time it would take to tint your vehicle depends on the vehicle type. A complete car can take anywhere from three to four hours. If you are only tinting the front two doors, it is about 11/2 hours. Tinting the windshield is about 2 hours. If your vehicle has old film that needs to be removed, The Tint Pros requests to have the vehicle all day. These time estimates are for ideal situations; as with anything, things may happen that can extend window film installation time. Please keep this in mind when making your appointment.
  • Q: I just had my windows tinted, I see water bubbles?
  • A: The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, blotchy appearance. It takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure or dry. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take up yo 6 weeks.
  • Q: Can I roll my windows down right away after I’ve had film installed?
  • A: We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for 72 hours after the window film installation. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved. When the film is wet, the bottom molding of the window could pinch the film when rolling down.
  • Q: What should I use to clean my windows after I’ve had them tinted?
  • A: After window film installation, wait a week before cleaning the inside of the window where the film was installed. After a week, use a window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth. The Tint Pros uses Formula One Tint, which has a patented scratch resistant coating. Never scrape the film with any type of blade or clean your tinted windows with anything abrasive.
  • Q: What causes window film to turn purple?
  • A: In dyed films, the dyes fade from the sun and turn the grey film to purple. The window film used by The Tint Pros has the technology to make film color stable, thus carrying a lifetime warranty that guarantees no color change. This means that our window films do not turn purple like the cheap films sold in other shops or auto parts stores.
  • Q: What if my vehicle already has old film on the windows? Will it need removed before I have my windows tinted? (aka: Can I tint over tint?)
  • A: Old film will need to be removed before installation of new window film. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, as the vehicle’s rear defroster can be easily damaged. There is an additional charge for removal of old film, and the process adds about two to four hours to the window film installation process. If your vehicle has old film that will require removal before installing new film, it is best to drop your vehicle off in the morning and let us call you when the job is completed.
  • Q: If my window film is damaged, can it be fixed?
  • A: Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and the glass can be re-tinted.
  • Q: Can the front two doors be matched to the vehicle factory window tint?
  • A: Yes, to an extent.  No window film will be an exact match because you would be comparing film to colored glass. The Tint Pros has 15% and 35% films that match the factory glass very well. Keep in mind that it is not legal in California to tint the front doors to this shade.
  • Q: Can I darken vehicle factory window tint?
  • A: Yes. As long as it is factory window tint, we can install window film directly on the glass. Factory window tint’s color is actually a pigment in the glass, think of it like food coloring in the glass. Window film installed by The Tint Pros also has many more solar benefits than factory window tint. Factory tint only rejects part of the UV rays, and only rejects a small amount of heat. Formula One window film rejects up to 99.9% of ultraviolet rays and between a range of heat and infrared, depending on the film level used. The Tint Pros has options of ceramic tint that offer high amounts of heat rejection. In addition to these benefits, darkening factory tinted glass will give you more privacy for storing your personal items in the back of the vehicle.
  • Q: Does window film prevent glass from breaking?
  • A: No, window film does not prevent glass from breaking, but it does hold the glass fragments together very well if the glass is brokem. In the event the glass breaks, due to an auto accident, a person running into it, or an attempted break-in, the glass will shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass together.
  • Q: Can window film increase safety and security?
  • A: Yes, window film adds a degree of shatter resistance to the glass areas of your home, building, or vehicle. These films bond to glass and help hold dangerous glass fragments in place, should breakage occur due to accident, natural disaster, or illegal entry.
  • Q: Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?
  • A: Yes. The same sun that brightens a room’s interior can be detrimental to fabrics, furnishings, artwork, and rugs. Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade richly colored furniture, tapestries, and artwork. Heat and light also play a part in fading, but using window film to block nearly 100% of UV rays will increase the life of your personal property for years.
  • Q: What is “One-Way Film?”
  • A: “One-Way Film” actually has more to do with lighting than the film itself. If the light on the side that you see is brighter than the side you are looking out of, then the film appears as “One-Way Film.”
  • Q: Can window film be applied to any surface?
  • A: No. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish, since the adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only. Plastics, Plexiglas, or Lexan contain too much oil for the film to adhere properly for a long period of time.
  • Q: How does window film lower energy costs?
  • A: In summer, window film reflects the hot sun, reducing heat gain and lowering air conditioning costs. In winter, window film retains heat — up to 15% — to reduce heating costs. This year-after-year reduction in energy costs can yield an impressive return on investment.
  • Q: How does window film improve year-round comfort?
  • A: Window film creates a more comfortable environment through consistent climate control by eliminating “cold wall” and “hot wall” problems. Rooms stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, no matter where the sun is shining.
  • Q: Can window film reduce glare?
  • A: Yes. Glare not only causes eye fatigue, but it can also be dangerous when driving. Drawing curtains or closing blinds can make a room feel darker and smaller, and it can increase utility bills due to artificial lighting. Window films allow light through but not glare, and it helps maintain an “open” feeling. Glare can be dangerous when driving as well; window film can reduce glare 50%-90%, allowing for a much safer driving experience.
  • Q: Can window film help with privacy?
  • A: Yes. Window films give a clear view to the outside. Depending on the degree of privacy desired, you can select films that prevent others from looking in during the daytime.
  • Q: How long does it take to tint my vehicle?
  • A: The amount of time varies, depending on your type of vehicle. A complete car can take 2 to 4 hours. Full-sized trucks generally take between an hour and an hour and a half. A set of front doors usually only takes 30-45 minutes. If old aftermarket film has to be removed, that can add anywhere from 30 minutes to half a day.
  • Q: Can window film reduce glare?
  • A: Yes. Glare not only can cause eye fatigue, but it can also be dangerous when driving. It reduces the amount of light allowed through the film, therefore allowing you to see better and not stress your eyes.
  • Q: Do I need to wait to roll my windows down?
  • A: We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for at least 24 hours after window film has been installed. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved.
  • Q: How do I clean my windows?
  • A: We recommend waiting for at least 1 week before cleaning the inside of any windows we installed film on. Then you can use any window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth or rubber squeegee. We prefer foam cleaners because they streak less and are usually ammonia free. Never use anything abrasive or scraper blades, as it will scratch the film.
  • Q: Can window film be matched to vehicle factory window tint?
  • A: In most cases yes, depending on how old the film is and whether or not a color stable film was used.
  • Q: Does old aftermarket window film need to be removed before installing new?
  • A: Old film will need to be removed before installing new window film. If you want another layer over other tint, the installation will not be warranted. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, as the rear defroster can be easily damaged. The Tint Pros has proven strategies to safely remove film.
  • Q: Can aftermarket window film be installed over factory window tint?
  • A: As long as it is factory window tint, which is a color in the glass, then after market window film can be installed directly on the glass. Aftermarket window film has many more solar benefits than factory window tint. Aftermarket window film rejects 99% of ultraviolet rays and between 35%-60% of heat, depending on the film level used. Plus, adding aftermarket tint over factory tint can give you more privacy for storing personal items in the back of a vehicle.
  • Q: Will the film affect my rear defroster, or will my rear defroster affect the film?
  • A: No, the film and defroster are not affected by each other.
  • Q: Do I have to come to your location to have my vehicle tinted?
  • A: The Tint Pros only installs window film on vehicles inside our state-of-the-art facilities located in Orange County, CA. This way we have complete control over the environment we install window film in. This is the only way it should be done to ensure the highest quality installation.
  • Q: What is the legal limit of tint in California?
  • A: On the windshield, non-reflective tint is allowed on the top 4 inches of the windshield. On the front side windows, aftermarket film must allow more than 88% of light in, or minimum 70% VLT (visual light transmittance) if combined with factory-tinted windows. Any darkness can be used for back doors and back.

 

  • Q: What is window film?
  • A: Window film is a thin multi-layered polyester material that incorporates many different layers to control different properties, including ultra-violet rays, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.
  • Q: What are the benefits of window film?
  • A: The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.
  • Q: What do the different levels of film mean?
  • A: Film percentages stand for light transmission, or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.
  • Q: I have dual pane windows; can I tint them?
  • A: Yes! The Tint Pros has access to hundreds of films that are safe for dual pane windows and even come with a warranty that covers the existing glass warranty!
  • Q: What is CDF adhesive?
  • A: CDF is “clear distortion free” adhesive.  This a patented technology in Vista and Llumar films that allows the film to chemically bond to the glass. With this technology, the film has never had an adhesive failure unlike the traditional “sticky” adhesive of other tint brands.
  • Q: Why does the tint bubble and turn purple?
  • A: Traditional died films will fade in the sun and start to turn purple due to the loss of color. The Tint Pros offers a full range of films that contain NO DYE, this way there is no chance of color change.  These films also have the CDF adhesive to avoid the bubbling of traditional “sticky / PS” adhesive.
  • Q: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?
  • A: In most cases, window film is installed on the inside of the glass. This allows for maximum durability. The Tint Pros does also have a full line of film specially designed for exterior application.
  • Q: Why would I use exterior window film?
  • A: In some cases, exterior window film is the only option to access the glass to due walls, desks, etc. on the inside of the building. Exterior tint is also great for changing the appearance of the building.  Some types of glass aren’t safe to tint from the inside, so exterior films can be a great way to save energy.
  • Q: Why do your newly tinted windows have a hazy, streaky and blotchy appearance?
  • A: After installing the window film, there some moisture will remain trapped between the film and the glass. It can take several days for the moisture to evaporate and the adhesive/film to completely cure. This is very dependent on outside temperatures and sunshine. Once the moisture evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.
  • Q: Can damaged window film be repaired?
  • A: Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and new film installed.
  • Q: How does window film improve year-round comfort?
  • A: Window film creates a more comfortable environment through consistent climate control by eliminating “cold wall” and “hot wall” problems. Rooms stay more comfortable in the summer and winter, be reducing “hot spots”, no matter where the sun is shining.
  • Q: Does window film prevent glass from breaking?
  • A: Window film does not prevent glass from breaking. Window film does, however, increase the safety of the glass; due to the very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of the broken glass together. In the event the glass breaks, due to an accident, someone running into the glass, or an attempted break-in, the glass will break or shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass intact.
  • Q: Can window film increase safety and security?
  • A: Window film does add a degree of shatter resistance to the glass in your home, building, or vehicle. These film bond to glass and help hold dangerous glass fragments in place, should breakage occur due to accident, natural disaster, or illegal entry. The Tint Pros has a range of thicknesses and attachment systems to meet the safety or security standard requested.
  • Q: Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?
  • A: Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can cause fading in furniture, tapestries, artwork, window coverings, flooring, and upholstery. This helps increase the life of your personal property for years.
  • Q: What is “One-Way Film”?
  • A: “One-Way Film” is based on lighting, not the film itself. The side that is the brightest is the side that you can see. During the day when it is bright outside, you can see outside. At night, if you have lights on inside and no lighting outside, then it reverses.
  • Q: Can window film be applied to any surface?
  • A: No. The adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish. Plastics, Plexiglas, or Lexan contain too much oil for the film to adhere properly for a long period of time.
  • Q: Can window film reduce glare?
  • A: Yes. Glare can cause eye fatigue, plus washes out your interior and exterior colors. Drawing curtains or closing blinds can make a room feel darker and smaller. This also increases utility bills due to artificial lighting. Window films allow light, but reduces the glare and helps to maintain a more “open” feeling.
  • Q: Does window film help with privacy?
  • A: Window films give you a clear view to the outside. Depending on the degree of privacy desired, heavier films will help prevent others from seeing in during the daytime. The Tint Pros has an extensive line of decorative and “frosted” films for privacy and design.
  • Q: Can I get my logo put into the tint?
  • A: Yes, The Tint Pros has the ability to custom cut and/or print the film to your desired design. The options are endless with printable films and custom patterns.
  • Q: What is Paint Protection Film?
  • A: More than just an invisible bra for cars, Paint Protection Film can help protect many areas of your vehicle from scratches, dents, stains or swirls caused by road debris, rocks, bug droppings, and other environmental elements. Paint protection film is an 8 mil, clear polyurethane film. This virtually invisible film will not alter the color or design elements of your vehicle.
  • Q: Is Clear Bra the same thing?
  • A: Yes, the term “clear bra” comes from referencing the outdated leather bras we used to use to protect our vehicles.  Paint Protection Film or Clear Bra is the unseen version of the old bras.
  • Q: Why have Paint Protection Film installed?
  • A: Your vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases you will make. Keeping your vehicle looking new and protecting it with a quality paint protection film from a company you can trust is important.  The return on investment is seen throughout the time you own the vehicle, but you will also see it when you sell the vehicle in “like new condition.”
  • Q: What is the difference between Llumar Platinum Paint Protection Film and Other Traditional Paint Protection Films on the market?
  • A: Llumar platinum has un-matched clarity when we tested against all other brands on the market. The self-healing technology and seamless fit in our Llumar PPF line changes automobile protection forever. Llumar uses special elastomeric polymer technology in its clear coat that allows the film to HEAL ITSELF from minor scratches or swirl marks in a matter of minutes. The clear coat has excellent stain and scratch resistance, making it easier to clean and more difficult to scratch, ensuring that your vehicle looks newer, longer. It has excellent durability and exceptional clarity with virtually no orange peel, making it the clearest film in the industry and virtually invisible on the vehicle. It is manufactured in the USA.
  • Q: How is Paint Protection Film installed?
  • A: The highest quality of automobile protection begins with a perfect installation. Depending on the vehicle and the amount of coverage the client desires, The Tint Pros will either use a plotter or custom cut templates. A plotter is used to cut patterns to the individual car, based on XPELs Design Access Program (DAP) Software or Llumar’s software depending on the best fitment for the specific vehicle. This software allows us to offer our customers the most customizable and precise coverage in the industry. The vehicle is prepped (detailed). The Paint Protection Film has an adhesive on the product and is then installed on the vehicle, using a mix of water and an alcohol based solution.
  • Q: What is the Warranty on Paint Protection Films?
  • A: Llumar Platinum offers a 10 Year Limited Warranty from the date of purchase, while most of the traditional Paint Protection Films offer a 5 – 7 year warranty. The manufacturers warranty includes coverage against defects, yellowing, bubbling and cracking. The warranty is valid only if the film is installed by a Certified Installer.
  • Q: Where can I put Paint Protection Film?
  • A: Paint Protection Film can be professionally installed on any areas of your vehicle that are most vulnerable to damage to protect your vehicles finish from scratches, chips, stains and other damaging elements. The Tint Pros has customizable packages to cover the areas that matter the most to you. You can cover as little as the front bumper to the entire car! You can protect rocker panels from stones and debris kicked up by tires; hoods, bumpers and mirror backs from flying debris (gravel, bug acids and tar); door handle cups and door edges from rings, keys, belt buckles and purses; or full hoods, trunks and roofs from bird droppings and tree sap.
  • Q: Can I install Paint Protection Film myself?
  • A: We strongly recommend that Paint Protection Film be installed by a Certified Installer. They have the training and experience to make sure you receive an installation that is fit perfectly to your vehicle. In addition, the warranty is valid only if the film is installed by a Certified Installer.
  • Q: How do I care for my Paint Protection Film?
  • A: Care Instructions: Caring for your Paint Protection Film is easy. After film installation, wait one week before washing or waxing your vehicle to help ensure proper adhesion build of the film has been achieved. Use waxes that do not contain dyes, abrasive polishes and/or rubbing compounds. After waxing your car, you can remove any wax build-up along film edges with a lint-free cloth.
  • Q: What is a wrap made of?
  • A: Wraps are made of vinyl. The Tint Pros purchases the highest quality wrap material from 3M and Avery.  The material comes in many colors and textrures.
  • Q: Can you print on wraps?
  • A: Yes, The Tint Pros is a full service graphic design and large format print facility. We can print any design onto wrap material and laminate it with a gloss or matte lamination.
  • Q: How long does a wrap last?
  • A: It all depends on how you care for the wrap and how much time it spends in the sun. Manufacturers recommend to have wraps removed in about 3 years to ensure paint is not damaged upon removal.
  • Q: Can you remove wraps?
  • A: Yes, there are a lot of variables to take into account when removing a wrap. For example: age of wrap, condition of wrap, if installer used adhesive promoter, etc.