Quick Guide to Car Tint

Of course, tinted car windows are cool. However, they aren’t just for cosmetic purposes. Car tint increases your privacy, protects your eyes and skin from sun exposure, and keeps the internal temperature of your car lower.

​Are you thinking about tinting your car windows? Horizon Auto Glass and Tint offers a variety of window tinting services for vehicles and buildings. This short guide will introduce you to the wonderful world of car tint and help you decide which options work best for you.

Legal Issues

In 1997, the state of New Mexico passed laws to regulate car window tints. Designed to prevent safety issues for drivers, pedestrians, and law enforcement, these laws control the amount of visible light that penetrates your windshield.

For smaller cars and sedans, a non-reflective tint of any darkness may be used. However, it must be installed only on the top five inches or above the AS-1 line. Side windows are limited to tints that allow at least 20% visible light through. The rear window should admit more than 20% visible light.

SUVs, vans, and large trucks have similar restrictions. However, the back-side windows and rear windshield on larger vehicles can be as dark as you’d like. Currently, the state of New Mexico does not allow reflective tints.

Some other rules associated with car tint in New Mexico include:

• The colors red, yellow, and amber cannot be used.

• If the back or side windows are tinted, the vehicle must have dual side mirrors installed.

• Tinting films must be certified by the state.

• Medically-necessary car tint is allowed with proper documentation.
Depending on your exact location, other local and county restrictions may apply.

The Tinting Process

The tinting process begins with a thorough cleaning of the windows. Technicians use a microfiber cloth to scoop up all traces of road dust, oil, and grime from the glass and surrounding seal. The windows are rolled down so that all exposed edges can receive the same treatment. Any stickers or decals will be removed, so if you have something you want to save, be sure to tell the technicians before your car tint work begins.

For the installation itself, technicians use a colored film. This ultra-thin sticker material is measured and cut to the precise shape and size of your auto glass. Then, starting from one edge, the film is carefully laid over the window. As the tinted sheet is applied, technicians gently smooth out all air bubbles to ensure the adhesive sticks securely to the glass.

Why You Need a Car Tint Specialist

The process sounds simple enough. It seems so simple that many car owners believe they can do it themselves. However, there are a few critical reasons why you should trust your car tint installation to a professional.

• Measuring and cutting the tinted film can be difficult, especially for the back windshield. One mistake could mean the entire piece of film goes to waste. Using a professional service saves material.

• While the process is easy, it does require time and patience. If you’re in a rush or know you don’t want to invest a lot of time, take your car to a window tinting shop.

• The smoothing process is a vital part of getting the best results. It takes practice to get the right technique. Your local auto glass specialist has the skills and knowledge needed to do a top-notch job.

• Airborne debris can slip beneath your seal and cause unattractive bubbles. A professional shop maintains an environment free of dust and particles to ensure a smooth finish.

Doing your car tint might save you a few dollars. However, it is unlikely that you’ll get the high-quality results you want.

Horizon Auto Glass and Tint: Your New Mexico Car Tint Specialists

For car owners in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho areas, Horizon Auto Glass and Tint provides customized car tint services that fit your style and preferences. We can even add logos, images, or colors to your tint. Our clients enjoy a comprehensive warranty that covers labor and materials.

You can’t lose with Horizon Auto Glass and Tint. Bring your car tint job to us for fast, friendly, and professional service.

Disclaimer: Blogs and articles are for educational purposes only and to give a general understanding of window repair, replacement, and tenting. The information presented may not reflect the most current standards or materials used. Please contact us if you have any questions related to the services we offer.