DIY Window Tinting Considerations
The process of applying window tint can take between two to four hours, sometimes longer, and can get expensive.
Although it is possible to do it yourself to save on the cost of labor, there are some issues to consider before you decide to apply a car window tint yourself versus hiring a professional.
The most obvious positive to taking the DIY route is the cost. If you’re handy, patient, and have a clean area in which to work in (such as a garage with little to no dust), applying window tint is possible. However, an experienced professional will do a better job while saving your time. You will also have the peace of mind that the work comes with a guarantee or warranty, and your installer will make sure the tint you desire is legal, helping you avoid a citation.
Now you know the basics. The choice to tint or not to tint is up to you. If you do choose to do it yourself, here are some options to consider.
- It won’t be easy. If you’re really going to do this yourself, a clean, dust-free space is required. We also highly recommend a window tint application tool kit.
- You get what you pay for. Like everything else concerning cars and gear, window tints run the gamut from inexpensive to expensive. Generally, you get what you pay for. We recommend a model-specific pre-cut sheets. The fewer the variables there are, for example, eliminating cutting mishaps—the better chance you will succeed.
- You only get one shot. If you have ever seen a car that’s had its window tinting removed, you know how unsightly it can be. Do your research, decide which VLT (visible light transmission) percentage you want, and make sure you buy enough of the right window tint before starting the job. If that means getting extra, get some extra.
- Patience. There’s no rushing a window-tint job. Take your time, remember this tip, measure twice and cut once. Do it right the first time. Use the right tools for the job.
- Time is money. It may be worth it to hire a professional, and save yourself the trouble, time, and headache.
If you have questions, give us a call. We are happy to help you.