Cars or automobiles have been an important part of anyone’s life ever since it was created in the early 1900’s. We all know where cars started but have you ever wondered where car window tinting? Here’s something interesting about where car window tinting started.
Where Did It All Start?
The first recorded instance of window tinting as we know it started in America. This was around the time of World War II. One of the first companies that started window tinting is a business called EZ EYE FACTORY TINT. You can still find this kind of tint in 1940 Mercury Romangos or in 1958 Chevy Impalas. Window tinting back then was quite expensive. Back then, it was only available in car factories and is not easily accessible to the public. Being fairly new, a lot of car owners tried doing it at home to save on the fees. Window films have not been invented yet so a lot of car owners use spray on-tinting that with inexperienced hands, can cause the windows to be too dark and unevenly tinted. When the window film was invented in 1966, this was a total game changer in the window tinting industry. The first films made were “dye-based” and was not that good in heat rejection. This means heat is absorbed into the vehicle, rather than deflecting it. This type of film also had the tendency to turn purple and bubbly when exposed to sunlight. They are also known to have a short lifespan. The next generation window films that were made in the early 90’s was now constructed from metal integrated with dye. This so-called “hybrid” film now contains dye and metallic particles that reflect the sun’ rays effectively. One of the cons? Since these metalized films contain a good amount of metal, they interfered with a lot of electronic gadgets such as radios and GPS equipment.
The New Breed of Window Films
After a lot of trial and error in the window tinting industry, the newest of window films are now better than ever. Made from ceramic films, they now boast a longevity that can last a lifetime if properly installed/applied. The new ceramic window films also reject heat and UV ray better. It also does not interfere with electronic items. Innovation does not end. A lot of companies are now striving to create better window films to benefit car owners. Some, even changing colors depending on how sunny it is. There are also new window films that can be applied easily by anyone at home. Perfect for those DIY people.
Should I Do Window Tinting I Myself?
This a question that a lot of car owners ask. The best course of action is to have a professional apply/install window films to make sure that everything is even. You can also ask your car dealership the right type of window film to work with your vehicle. Basic tinting can cost up to $99. Using higher quality window films can cost between $199 – $400.