With summer almost upon us now is the perfect time to get your vehicle windows tinted. Here at LADZ Wrap N Tint near Cheltenham we have been very busy tinting car windows lately so we thought we would show you some of the jobs that we have completed for our clients, along with a bit of info on each window tint job.
Benefits of window tinting.
There are many reasons why a window tinting is beneficial including the following:
- Increased privacy
- Keeps the interior of the vehicle cooler
- Blocks 90% or more of harmful UV rays
- Helps protect the cars interior from ageing due to sun damage
- Enhances the look of the vehicle
Below is a very handy window tint percentages comparison image we have made so you can see each of our more popular percentages when viewed side-by-side.
Different window tint percentages.
All tints are classified on VLT (visible light transmission.) What this basically means is the number is the percentage of visible light that can pass through the tint. The three most popular window tints that we do are the shades shown above; 85%, 15% and 5%. So 5% for example means that only 5% of visible light is allowed through, which is why 5% tint is sometimes referred to as “limo tint.” Conversely 85% tint means that 85% of visible light can pass through the tint so it is much lighter.
Below we will show you a few cars that we have tinted recently along with the window tint percentage. This will give you a clearer picture of what to expect should you decide to tint your own vehicles windows.
Toyota GT86 (15%.)
First up is ths superb Toyota GT86, this particular client wanted 15%. This is currently our most popular percentage. The guy that brought ths GT86 in is a proper petrol-head and has an Instagram account where he showcases work done on his car. His Instagram page can be found at @kyber_86.
VW Polo (5%.)
This lovely little VW Polo came in recently for some of our 5% window tint. This is the darkest shade of tint that we do here at LADZ Wrap N Tint Cheltenham. This ultra dark window tint goes really well against the cars red paint too.
We also tinted the rears on this 5 Series BMW. Notice in the background one of our staff members VW Eos also with the rears tinted at 15%.
Vauxhall Corsa (15%.)
This Vauxhall Corsa came in for a 15% tint of the rears. We did say that 15% was a very poular choice! Around 75% of all window tints we have fitted have been 15%.
Ford Ranger (5%.)
This white Ford Ranger came in for 5% tints on the rear window and rear sides.
VW Caddy (15%.)
This lovely VW Caddy came in for a full vinyl wrap along with rear window tints. We also did a blog showcase of the vinyl wrap that we did on this vehicle.
VW Eos (85% fronts, 15% rears.)
This VW Eos belonging to one of the LADZ team was recently wrapped (you can read all about that here) but as well as the wrap we also tinted the windows. The fronts are 85% and the rears are 15%. This is a very popular front/rears combination.
Front window tinting legalities.
We get approached all the time to tint front windows very dark. Unfortunately we cannot do this because we will always stay within the law here at LADZ Wrap N Tint.
The law states:
The front windscreen must let at least 75% of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through.UK Government Website
So this means that the darkest tint we can possibly do on front windows is 85% as glass loses 10% to 12%. When that is added to the 85% it brings it to around 73% to 75% VLT and the limit is 70% for front side windows. That is why we can only go as far as 85%.
Should you be pulled over for illegally tinted front windows you run the risk of up to 6 penalty points on your licence, plus there is a chance that we would also get prosecuted, so we will not fit any illegal tints. You may also suffer the indignity of having to remove the tint at the exact spot where you have been pulled over before you can resume your journey. Basically it’s just not worth the risk, plus it is potentially dangerous.
There are no restrictions at all on rear window tints so you can go as dark as you like with them.
Fancy having your own vehicles windows tinted?
If you are looking for window tinting in Cheltenham why not contact us? It usually only takes a couple of hours so you can either drop your vehicle in to us and collect it later on in the day, or if you prefer we do have a waiting room with refreshments and free wi-fi.
We have a frequently asked questions section on our main window tinting page but we are of course always very happy to answer any other questions that you may have.
If you are looking for home window tinting in Cheltenham please feel free to visit our sister company Cheltenham Home Tinting.