WIN­DOW TINT­ING

NZ Performance Car - - Weekend Workshop - WORDS: RENE VER­MEER PHO­TOS: CHRIS SMITH

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.

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