You’re driving at night and go to make a lane change when you notice all the streetlights have halos around them and vehicle lights are streaking. Are you hallucinating…?
It’s much more likely that your window tint is causing some blurry vision. Now there are a few reasons this could happen, so let’s go through the checklist and see what your issue may be (and how you can resolve it).
Fingerprints, cigarette ash, and general dust / debris in the air can be fogging up your tint, so if your tint isn’t new you should definitely clean it up. Just make sure you NEVER use an ammonia-based cleaner on your tint. This can seriously damage the tint and even turn it purple. If you’ve made this mistake in the past, it could be causing the blurry vision.
Newly installed tint takes time to cure. Exactly how long depends on the adhesive used and what the weather’s like. Hot, sunny days will mean a faster cure time than colder, wetter climates. Two days is the bare minimum. Before it’s done curing, you may even notice moisture between the glass and film. This is totally normal and will dissipate. If you’re concerned that the tint job wasn’t done correctly, take it back to the dealer or shop that did it. Tint usually has a lifetime warranty, so if it’s just a bad install they should be able to take care of this for you.
Years of sun exposure can also damage your tint. The layers of plastic that compose tint film will start to distort and the adhesive will harden and crystallize over time, either of which could be causing your blurry vision. In this case your tint will need to be replaced, but the time and effort it takes to do this will vary based on the type of tint and how old it is.
No, don’t worry. You can totally have tint on a back window the defroster lines. It may actually even improve the performance of your defroster a little by distributing the heat produced by the defrosters more evenly. It’s just that the film actually has to bend over the lines, which can cause some minor visual distortion (like the halos), but shouldn’t affect your overall visibility through the window.
If none of the previous issues solve answer your question, it could just be flat out adhesive failure. This can happen for a variety of reasons. If it happens to you, check out your warranty and take it back to the shop / dealer for a fix up.
Whether you need a new tint or want a professional repair on an old or crummy job, trust Team Acme to get the job done right. Get a free quote right now or give us a call at (702) 566-8326 with any questions you have.