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Automotive Window Film Types

Window Film Types: 

    There are 2 primary types of window film. They are Metalized and Non-Metalized. Metalized films have a metallic "sheen" to them. Some are very slight, while others are more noticeable. They tend to hold out a lot more heat and UV (ultraviolet light which is what cracks and fades upholstery, dashboards, etc...) because they reflect the suns rays back out of the vehicle. Non-Metalized films also hold out heat, and UV, but they have no reflective "sheen", and have a more "flat" look to them.

   When you come in for your appointment, you will be shown all the different types, and degrees of tinting. We will explain all the laws, and make recommendations based on the color of your vehicle, and years of experience in what looks best on certain vehicles. Pictured below are some of the most popular colors, but we do carry other films (bronze, green, etc...)

smoke grey non metalized

Smoke Grey (Non-Metalized)

platinum metalized

Platinum (Metalized)

graphite high performance metalized

Graphite High Performance


charcoal high performance metalized

Charcoal High Performance


degrees of tinting

   Degrees of tinting:

   Window film comes in 4 basic degrees as represented above. They are, from left to right, 50%, 35%, 20%, and 5%. Each state has their own set of laws regarding window film, as to what can be tinted, and how dark. VA state law is 50% on the front doors (all vehicles), and 35% around the back area (passenger cars), Trucks, Vans, and SUV's are allowed anything they want in the rear area.

  Window Tinting Laws:

   Window tinting laws throughout the country are constantly changing, therefore it is suggested that this link to the IWFA's (International Window Film Association) window tint law chart be consulted   

United States Window Tint Laws


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