Car Window Tinting FAQ

What is car window tinting?

Car window tinting is the process of applying a thin, transparent film to the interior side of a vehicle’s windows.

The primary purpose of this film is to reduce the amount of visible light, heat, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering the vehicle. Window tinting enhances privacy, improves comfort, and offers protection for both passengers and the car’s interior.

Is car window tinting legal in New Zealand?

Yes, car window tinting is legal in New Zealand, but there are specific regulations in place to ensure road safety.

According to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), NZTA GOVT NZ

Front Side Windows:

The term “front side windows” refers to the windows situated on either side of the driver’s seat. When fitted with transparent overlays, these windows must maintain a minimum Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of 35%.

Rear Windows (located behind the driver’s seat):

For class MA vehicles, which include sedans, station wagons, hatchbacks, sports cars, convertibles, crossovers (CUVs), and several SUVs and passenger vans, the transparent overlay applied to rear windows must have a minimum Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) of 35%. If you are uncertain about your vehicle’s classification, Contact us!

How much does car window tinting cost in New Zealand?

The cost of car window tinting in New Zealand can vary depending on the size and type of your vehicle, the quality of the tinting film, and the complexity of the installation process. On average, you can expect to pay between NZD 200 to NZD 600 for a full car tinting service.

How long does it take to tint my car windows?

The time required to tint a car’s windows depends on the vehicle’s size, the number of windows to be tinted, and the installer’s expertise. Generally, a professional tint job for a standard car can take 2 to 4 hours, while larger vehicles or more complex jobs may take longer.

What are the benefits of car window tinting?

Car window tinting offers several benefits, including enhanced privacy, reduced glare, increased UV protection, improved comfort, better fuel efficiency, and an upgraded aesthetic appeal for your vehicle.

Can I clean my windows after getting them tinted?

Yes, you can clean your windows after getting them tinted, but it is recommended to wait for a few days (usually 3 to 5 days) for the tint to fully dry and cure. Once the tint is properly set, you can clean your windows using a soft cloth and ammonia-free cleaning solutions to avoid damaging the film.

How long does car window tinting last?

The lifespan of car window tinting depends on the quality of the film, the installation process, and how well it is maintained. High-quality tint films, when properly installed and cared for, can last up to 10 years or more. However, lower-quality films may show signs of fading, bubbling, or peeling after just a few years.

Can I remove or replace my car window tint?

Yes, car window tint can be removed or replaced if it starts to fade, bubble, peel, or if you simply want a different shade or type of film. It is recommended to have a professional handle the removal and replacement process to avoid damaging your windows or the vehicle’s defrost lines.

Is car window tinting covered under warranty?

Many reputable car window tinting companies offer a warranty on their products and services. The warranty typically covers defects in materials and workmanship, such as peeling, bubbling, or fading. Always ask about the warranty terms and conditions before getting your car windows tinted.

What types of tint film are available?

There are several types of tint films available, including dyed, metallic, carbon, ceramic, and crystalline films. Each type offers different levels of heat rejection, UV protection, and visibility. A professional tinting service provider can help you choose the best option for your needs.

Does window tinting affect my vehicle's defroster?

Properly installed window tint should not interfere with your vehicle’s defroster. However, improper installation can lead to issues, such as the tint film peeling or bubbling near the defroster lines. Always ensure that your tint is applied by an experienced professional to avoid such problems.