When you get your windows tinted, you’ll quickly notice the various benefits you grow used to enjoying. Several factors can determine how long your window tints will last. To begin with, climate conditions and the maintenance procedures you use greatly affect the lifespan of your window film.
The composition of the window film is also another element that can affect its longevity; some types of tints last longer than others. You might not be able to control factors like weather conditions and other external impacts, but you can take the necessary measures to care for your tints. However, there comes a time when even the highest quality film needs to get replaced.
Peeled Film Edges
One of the first signs of window tint damage you’ll notice is the breaking down or distortion of the film after time. This usually occurs after many years of sun exposure, which causes the tints to start peeling.
Peeling film will sometimes create a crackling noise as a vehicle window is rolled up or down. As time goes by, the adhesive that was originally used to apply the tints hardens and crystalizes, which makes it tougher to remove the tints. Different films used will affect the time and effort it will take to remove and replace them.
Development of Bulges and Air Bubbles
Aged tints are not always the case for replacing tints. In other cases, signs that you need to get new film installed can come as early as the day after the original installation is done. Air bubbles appear after an amateur installation job or if the windows on which the film is installed are rolled down right after an installation.
Sometimes, the bubbles can be eliminated completely, but when certain methods don’t work, the film will need to be replaced by a professional to assure a more efficient job. In addition, experts can replace the tints without damaging the window glass.
Cut or Scraped Tints
In addition to the formation of air bubbles, a poor installation job can cause tints to be scratched or cut open. That’s usually the case when razor blades are used to apply the film to the window glass. At Team Acme, in order to ensure an effective process, we never use razor blades when installing tints.
Whether the film is placed on the windows of a vehicle or building, it’s susceptible to undergoing different types of pressures. That’s why it’s important to get it replaced before the cut grows and further damages the aesthetics of the vehicle and the functionality of the tints.
Finding the Right Remedy
Be sure to thoroughly examine your window tints to check for any signs of damage right after you get them installed and check for any of the above cases. When tints are damaged, it’s time to take them to the experts.
The professionals at Team Acme can remove the tints and examine whether the glue from the adhesive can be completely removed or if it’s been embedded in the pores of the window glass. If that’s the case, then the window glass might have to be removed. When glue reside stays on the glass, it can’t be covered with film, since it’ll show under the new film.