To Choose a Good Tint Shop
Most metropolitan areas have an abundance of tint shop choices. In the San Francisco,
CA area alone, there are 30
different tint shops within a 30 mile radius. How does a discerning consumer choose the
tint shop that does quality
work? What is the difference between a "BMW WINDOW TINT" and "THE BASIC WINDOW TINT SHOP"
How long have you been in business at this location?
Good tint shops prosper
despite local competition by offering good service at reasonable prices. We suggest that you find a tint shop that has been
in business for 5 or more years at the same location. This shows a stable business that will be there years down the road
if somehow the tint goes bad.
What types of films do you carry? What warranty do you offer on your work?
tint shops carry complete lines of window film from one or multiple window film manufacturers. They should
dyed, hybrid, and metallic window films in a variety of colors and darknesses. Beware of tint shops that only
one or two lines of film, and sells them aggressively. They may have acquired this film on sale, and may not be
of your unique requirements and concerns.
The warranty on the car tint varies depending on the window film you choose.
BMW Window Tint Center recommends that you install only window film backed with a lifetime warranty for materials and labor.
Most films don't guarantee color and fading, it is recommended that you also choose one that does.
For the warranty
to take effect, remember to get only legal window tint for your car. Illegal tint can nullify any
warranty. When you purchase your tint, be sure sure you get a manufacturer's warranty card from the
dealer with the
date, the window film used on each window, and the total cost of installation as well as the receipt.
Can I visit
your tint shop? Can you show me a sample of your work?
Tint shops can sound like the best shop on the phone, but 15
minutes on-site should tell you all you need to know.
Good dealers pay attention to customer service. They should be happy
and willing to spend the time to talk to you and explain how their shops work. Remember, if they don't spend time with you
now, will they spend time with you
when something goes wrong with your tint job down the road?
A tint shop's
work area should be indoors and clean. Their tools and window films are organized in a professional
manner. If the
tint shop is outdoors or in a parking lot, this is a negative since it is critical to remove all dust and dirt
the windows before applying window film.
Now take a look at a car they have already tinted, and look at the rear window.
Is the window film applied in a single
piece or is it cut into strips that surround the defroster lines? The best
tint shops always apply film in a single piece.
Now look at the borders of the rear window, in many cars there is
a black 'frit' edge on the window, Make sure the
window film is securely attached to the frit as well.
attention to side-windows. The window film should be applied to the inside and be completely flush against all 4
of the window. Now look at the window film itself. Don't worry if the film looks slightly streaky and discolored,
film takes a couple weeks to dry out and become completely clear. If there are bubbles of air under the film or the film itself
is not complete flat against the window, this is a sure sign of sloppy tinting. Get price quotes from each dealer for
the exact darkness, color, and type of window film you want. Never compromise because there are plenty of other dealers out
there that will offer your perfect tint. With these price quotes and your research on each tint shop, make the decision. Tinting
may take a couple hours to half a day, so either arrange a ride or go to a nearby coffee shop with a good book. Enjoy!