5 benefits of car window tinting you should know
Window tinting serves a purpose far beyond mere automotive fashion. For car owners unfamiliar with the nuances of various window films, selecting the right one can prove challenging. While many new vehicles lack factory window tinting, it’s an essential accessory to consider. Without tinting, a car can resemble an exposed aquarium, posing potential hazards.
The advantages of window tinting extend well beyond aesthetics. Here are the top five reasons to consider:
1) UV Ray Protection:
Window tint acts as a shield against harmful UV rays, safeguarding your car’s interior. Without such protection, upholstery can fade, tear, or sustain severe damage from sun exposure. By preventing accelerated aging, tinting also helps protect your skin from chronic skin issues caused by UV rays.
2) Temperature Regulation:
Window tint effectively reduces the temperature within your car cabin. In regions with intense sun, like Malaysia, midday heat can be stifling. With tinted windows, you can avoid the need to lower all windows each time you enter a sun-exposed, unsheltered car.
3) Safety Enhancement:
Similar to a smartphone’s screen protector, window tint covers the entire glass pane. In the unfortunate event of an accident causing glass breakage, the tint holds the shattered glass in place, reducing the risk of glass fragments injuring passengers.
Concerns about securing valuables in your car can be alleviated with window tinting. Valuables left in plain sight can be enticing to thieves. Tinted windows provide privacy and discourage potential theft.
5) Aesthetic Appeal:
Darkened windows lend an undeniable air of sophistication and sleekness to your vehicle, enhancing its overall style.
Types of Window Tint:
A variety of auto window tint options are available, each catering to different needs. Here’s an overview:
– Dyed Window Tinting: Affordable and suitable for those on a budget, dyed tinting effectively blocks sunlight and offers privacy. It may not match other films’ heat reduction and UV protection capabilities.
– Metalized Window Tinting: This option reflects and filters out heat, maintaining durability and providing glare reduction. While not visible to the naked eye, it imparts a subtle shine to windows.
– Hybrid Window Tinting: Combining dye and metallic particles, hybrid tinting offers a balance of advantages, minimizing drawbacks. It often combines gray dye with metallic particles for a moderate tint.
– Crystalline Window Tinting: Ideal for those seeking a light tint, crystalline tinting offers excellent UV and heat protection without a noticeably darker appearance.
– Ceramic Window Tinting: Renowned for quality, ceramic films are made with ceramic particles, blocking substantial solar heat and UV rays. Although relatively new and slightly pricier, they offer high-performance tinting.
Regulations and Standards:
Starting from January 1st, newly registered vehicles must adhere to the new MS2669 standard set by the Department of Standards Malaysia. The new films will carry QR Code Security labels, enabling enforcement officers to access specifications via a compatible phone app. Existing car owners needn’t change their tints as long as they meet the minimum permissible visible light transmission levels (VLT) stipulated by regulations.