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Choosing the Right Window Tint for Your Car

There is a fine line between Bristol window tinting your car for privacy and for UV light protection, as well as its legality.

Before bringing your vehicle to a window tinting Bedford service, you must understand several factors to ensure you get the correct percentage. Ask yourself the following:

  • Why do you need a tint?
  • Are you familiar with tint percentages?
  • Is it legal?

It can be intimidating to decide if you are a beginner, so we made this comprehensive guide to selecting the appropriate car tint.

Question 1: Why do You Need a Tint?

There are two main reasons why car owners want to tint their windows.

For one, car tinting helps with privacy and security. Tints can keep people from outside from looking into your car, which is helpful if you tend to leave valuables inside. Others get tints to protect themselves from the sun’s harsh UV light and ensure a comfortable ride.

Either of these options has different tint percentages, so you must decide which purpose you aim for. Darker tints are ideal for privacy, while certain tint types are needed for UV protection.

Question 2: What are Tint Percentages?

Tint percentages are also called tint darkness. The level will depend on the visible light transmission (VLT) passing through the window. The lower the VLT, the higher the tint percentage.

Below, we summarised the tint percentages options:

  • 90% tint–the lightest option, allowing the highest VLT level while maintaining UV protection.
  • 70% tint–lighter than 90% and allows 30% VLT through the window.
  • 50% tint–provides 50% VLT blocking and UV ray protection. This also reduces glare.
  • 35% tint – a preferred darker option that provides a sleek look for your vehicle.
  • 20% tint–improves privacy, second to the last darkest option
  • 5% tint – the darkest percentage used exclusively for private cars and limousines. This is considered illegal in several countries.

Question 3: Is it Legal?

As mentioned, you can’t simply install any tint you wish. The UK government has imposed strict guidelines on what type of tint cars are allowed based on when they were first used.

  • Used after 1 April 1985–at least 75% VLT through the front widescreen and at least 70% VLT through front side windows.
  • Used before 1 April 1985 – at least 70% VLT through front widescreen and side windows.

There are no specific regulations in place for all windows behind the driver.

Understand More about Car Tints

When planning for your car tint, it is vital to consult professionals to ensure legal compliance and that you get the right one. If you doubt your tint choice, don’t hesitate to contact Global Tint UK.


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