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Window Tint Care: Scratches and General Cleaning

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to care for vehicle windows you’ve recently tinted. Care of window tint is important for multiple reasons, from general aesthetics to ensuring you don’t void the vehicle warranty, and most of the involved areas here are very simple and easy to perform.

At Pro Tint Utah, we’re happy to offer a wide range of window tinting materials and solutions for a variety of vehicles. On top of our installation services, we also provide our clients with detailed expertise on how to care for and maintain their tint for years into the future, from immediate post-tint care to long-term areas they should keep an eye on. Here are a few other important variables when it comes to keeping your window tint and vehicle in great shape.

Temporary Issues

In the aftermath of your tint installation, you may notice a hazy look and perhaps some small water pockets forming underneath the film. You may be tempted to take action here, such as popping the pockets or assuming the installation was done poorly.

In reality, though, these are expected issues that are known to take place some of the time with window tinting – and they are not permanent. It’s common for them to happen within the first couple days after the film has been applied, generally due to excess water that’s made its way in between the glass and the film. Luckily, over a period of days, or perhaps a couple weeks depending on climate, this water will evaporate and the issues will disappear. Again, do not try to pop these bubbles or perform any other changes of your own.

Scratch-Resistant, Not Scratch-Proof

Unfortunately, there’s an assumption from some that once they’ve installed window tint, any area covered by tint film is completely invincible. This is based on the fact that most window tint is scratch-resistant.

Here’s the thing: Scratch-resistant does not mean scratch-proof. While your fingernail isn’t likely able to scratch your window tint, heavier items with hard and sharp edges absolutely can. One other item to be careful with as you open car doors: Your seatbelt, which could dent or scratch tint if the metal piece slams into the film.

Washing Tips

First and foremost, as we noted in part one, wait several days after window tint installation before washing the vehicle – or a week to be safe. For basic cleaning, all you’ll need is a light wipe with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. For more robust cleaning, we recommend purchasing products specifically meant for tinted windows, as others like Windex may damage it.

For more on how to care for your vehicle’s window tint, or to learn about any of our window tint, paint protection or other vehicle services, speak to the staff at Pro Tint Utah today.