About windows tinting service
Automotive Tinting improves driving comfort by reducing heat and glare, protects both the vehicle and its occupants from damaging UV rays, and saves on gas by reducing AC use. Choosing the right tint not only increases comfort, it enhances the look of your vehicle. Tinted windows protects the interior of your vehicle and its contents from those same harmful rays while strengthening the vehicle glass. In addition to its other benefits, adding window tinting to your automobile increases its visual appeal. Windows tinting gives vehicles a sharp, clean appearance.
You and your vehicle need unimpeded reception of radio frequency (RF) signals – including cell phones, GPS to tire pressure gauges, our windows tinting does not interfere with RF. In that case we use only non-metellic films.
WINDOWS FILM INSTALLATION
Time of installation depends on size of your car. Usually it takes two hours with the back section up to four hours with all windows in jeep/ suv. Remeber it’s not a competition.
- Residential window films are applied directly to the inside glass surface .
- We don’t take off windows from the car and usually we don’t remove door trim.
- We have to remove all stickers from inside and outside of the window.
- We recommend keeping your windows up for at least 2 days.
Our windows films have a scratch resistant coating on the outside surface of the film. This scratch resistant coating is used to protect the film from normal wear and tear so you don’t need extra care and caution to clean the surface of the glass on which film has been applied.
Don’t use acid or thinners.
Our tinting films are warranted for 8 years by manufacturer. Also after service you’ll receive 5 year warranty cert signed by fitter.
FROM RSA: Excessively tinted windscreens or front side windows present a significant safety hazard for vehicle drivers and their occupants. Visibility is greatly reduced, particularly for night time driving and at times of low light. There are also enforcement issues for An Garda Síochána in regard to driver recognition, the detection of driving offences e.g. holding a mobile phone while driving, and other criminal activity. If the NCT vehicle inspector deems that the windscreen or front side windows are excessively tinted the level of light transmission of the window will be tested. The glass in the windscreen and front side windows will be required to have a light transmission level of not less than 65% in order to pass the NCT test. Tinting of these windows must not be greater than 35%. Unfortunately the National Car Testing Regulations do not allow for any exemptions in this regard.
RSA regulations and Automotive Window Tinting
I have a few customers every week which ask me about law restrictions for window tinting.
Rules for the windows on the back section which is rear window and back sides are very simply. There is no VLT ( Visible Light Transmission) limits for them. So it doesn’t matter which tint you will choose limousine black or light tint, you’re still ok for NCT and you can’t be stopped by Garda for that.
“There is no limit on the tint level in the rear window and rear side windows.”
Front windows restrictions are different and I know they can confuse. Rules say that VLT for front sides should be 65% and from my own knowledge I know a lot of new cars like Insignia, Focus, Audi A4/A6 have slightly tint on the window done by the manufacturer and they’re already 65% VLT. That means whatever we fit on this window it won’t meet RSA rules. Even very light tint like 80% or 90% VLT would be illegal in that case.
Some cars like old Mercedes A Class has clear windows so we could fit 60-65% VLT Film and it was perfect for all laws. Anyway that was the only car I found with windows like that for the last 6 years…
Only window film which can be used on front side windows is Anti bandit/ Anti shatter film which is clear but it reduces 99% of harmful UV protection. So if you’re looking for something for sharpening the look of the car it won’t be the right choice.
Usually we use it for special purpose vehicles like Garda Siohana, Fire Brigades, Convoy. There is few different thickness of anti bandit film but this is the story for another article…
“The glass in the windscreen and front side windows will be required to have a light transmission level of not less than 65% in order to pass the NCT test. Tinting of these windows must not be greater than 35%.Unfortunately the National Car Testing Regulations do not allow for any exemptions in this regard.”
Restrictions for windscreen are more strictly. Allowed VLT is 70% and there is no way you can tint them. We can do sun visor/ sun stripe on the windscreen but there is no clear rules about how low you can go on the RSA website. Also I’ve heard few opinions from NCT staff members and they are neither clear nor consistent. Some of them: “sun visor can’t go lower than the wipers’ area”- which means none in some cars; “should be 17% of total high of windscreen”; “shouldn’t be lower than the visor inside the car”, etc.
From my own experience I can advice that you can go 5-6 inches from the top of the windscreen and you shouldn’t have any problem with NCT or Garda and ( what is most important for me) it won’t decrease visibility.
At the end I would say you should be advise by the window film fitter about all rules and restrictions and everything you accept on the front windows it is done at your own risk.