Use Car Window Tint to Protect Your Interior from Fading

What You'll Need
Sharp knife
Bottle of distilled water
Heat gun
Clean micro-fiber cloth

Car window tent can prevent sun damage and fading to the interior of a vehicle. Good car window tinting will block virtually all UV rays (A and B) from the car, stopping the sun from fading the dashboard, carpets and car upholstery. It will also reduce glare and lessen heat inside the vehicle. The lack of fading will help to maintain original condition and boost the resale value of your car.

Additionally, window tinting offers extra protection from car thieves. They might break the glass, but not the film inside. It will also offer more protection from flying glass in the event of a crash. You can have your car windows tinted professionally or do it yourself. With a professional job, you’ll receive a warranty on the work, although doing it yourself will save you a lot of money.

Step 1 - How Much Can You Tint?

The first thing to check is how much of the glass in the car you’re allowed to tint and what specific colors. This varies from state to state, and in some areas, you won’t be allowed to tint the front windshield at all. It’s better to check first and avoid the cost of a ticket later. To protect your car interior from fading, you will need to cover as much glass area as the law allows.

Step 2 - Starting The Application

First of all, you will need to ensure all the windows and the dashboard are clean and free of dust. To do a complete job, remove the rubber trim around the windshield as this allows the film to extend all the way to the edge. Use the knife to trim the window film larger than the window – it will shrink when you apply heat.

Step 3 - Applying the Film

Mist the glass lightly from the spray bottle then apply the film to the window. Starting at the upper left corner, push down diagonally with the squeegee to eliminate bubbles. As you go, use the heat gun to shrink the plastic and evaporate the water from under the film.

Take your time on this. Work slowly and evenly across the window until the film is even with no bubbles or ridges. You can trim off any excess at the edges with the knife before using the squeegee to push the window tint into the seams around the glass.

Finally, when everything is even, replace the rubber window trim, taking the time to make sure it fits properly.

Step 4 - Other Windows

The rear windshield can be more awkward on some vehicles depending on how the vehicle is built. Again, take your time, working slowly and evenly until the film is smooth in the window then trim and push into the seams as before.

When working on the side windows, work upwards from the bottom. Once you’re about halfway up, lower the window slightly. This ensures you won't forget to add tint to the very top of the window.