Window tints can help you block harmful light and heat from entering your car. They also help provide privacy since you can see outside your vehicle but others can’t see in. This can protect you from theft, faded upholstery, and skin cancer. 

But did you know there are different types of car window tinting? If not buckle up, and get comfortable. We’ve put together a guide to show the pros and cons of each one.  

Dyed Film

This particular tint is compromised of several layers of very thin dyed film. Some brands may also include a layer of laminate film to help protect it. The dye on the films absorbs sunlight before it has a chance to enter your vehicle. 

Some of the pros of this type of car window tinting include:

  • Having the darkest effect 
  • Protects upholstery from fading in the sunlight. 
  • Blocks glare from bright lights 
  • Not reflective 
  • Cheapest option available 

However, there are cons to this type of tint as well, including:

  • It fades over time 
  • Doesn’t block heat very well
  • It can delaminate over time 
  • If done wrong it, can look unattractive

Metalized Film 

This film is compromised of an adhesive layer bonded to a treated film to make it UV resistant. Then there is a metalized layer that reflects light rays with a protective topcoat to help avoid scratches and other damage. 

This type of window tint has a few more benefits than the dyed film. These include: 

  • The metalized layer blocks heat by reflecting it
  • Blocks light glares
  • Blocks UV radiation
  • Doesn’t fade like dyed tint
  • Very strong and has a longer lifespan than dyed tints

While it’s obvious metalized tint has a few quite a few advantages there are also some downsides:

  • The metalized layer interferes with radio waves and cellphone signal 
  • Very shiny, mirror-like appearance
  • More costly than dyed tints 

Hybrid Tinting 

This tint is the best of both worlds between dyed and metalized tints. It’s compromised of several layers. This includes an adhesive layer, a dyed layer, a metalized layer, and a protective topcoat all bonded together by a laminate layer. 

Some of the pros of this type of tint include: 

  • It blocks heat well
  • It blocks light glares
  • It blocks UV rays 
  • Reduces fading of the dyed layer 
  • Increased durability of the film

The primary downside to this tint is that while it’s less costly than the metalized film it’s still more expensive than the dyed film. 

Other Types of Car Window Tinting 

The other types of tinting include: 

  • Carbon films 
  • Ceramic films 
  • Crystalline films 

Carbon films offer an attractive matte appearance but are somewhat rare, therefore they are the most expensive of all types of window tint. Ceramic films blocks heat the best of all tints but are exceptionally expensive. Crystalline films are clear but still offer protection from heat and UV rays. 

Now that you know the different types of window tint all that’s left is to choose the best car window tinting for you. 

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