How Long Does Car Window Tint Usually Last?

car window being tinted

A car window tint offers a lot of advantages like blocking the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, keeping the interior of the car cool, enhancing the aesthetics of the car, improving its resale value and providing more security against thefts. No matter how carefully it is applied, however, the tinting will eventually break down. The duration for which the tint lasts depends on a number of factors.

The Type and Quality of the Film

    Do not go in for cheap quality tint films, which might break down, bubble out, crack, glaze or peel off easily and quickly. If the film chosen is a simple dyed tint—which works by absorbing heat—it might not last more than 1 to 2 years.

    A hybrid film—made with dyes and reflective metals such as titanium coating—lasts longer, for around 4 to 5 years. This provides a good performance by combining the good properties of both the dyes and metals.

    The best quality window film is the one made by using the deposition or the sputtering technology in a vacuum chamber. It lasts as long as a decade.

    Time and Work Spent Tinting

    The tinting should be done by a qualified contractor with a good amount of work experience.

    The Amount of Exposure

    Constant exposure to a harsh sun for prolonged period of time will reduce the lifespan of the tint.

    Care and Maintenance

    Periodically clean the tint with water and a mild soap to increase its lifespan and keep it looking new.