Welcome to the Weekend Workshop — a place where you can save some cash by getting your hands dirty. These tech guides aim to arm you with the necessary information and knowledge to get out there and give it a go yourself, no professionals needed, and at a price that won’t break the bank. This month we are going to teach you how to remove your old, scratched and often illegal purple tints, and replace them with some good-quality UV-protectant tints to keep you cool and safe this summer. Tint is a film that can be overlaid onto the interior of the glass to keep harmful UV rays at bay, and keep you cool in the cabin during summer months. Other uses for tinted windows include safety and security, privacy and decoration, or signage for a business.
Tinted windows work by reducing the VLT (Visible Light Transmission) through car windows. Each tint available has a pre-measured VLT indicated as a percentage, so making sure you have the right tint for your application is important, as getting it wrong may result in an infringement. Decide on a tint too light and it may be ineffective, go too dark and you may have problems seeing through them at night.
Here is a guide to help you get the right VLT percentage. Remember, the lower the number, the less light transmitted through the tint, thus making it darker.