How often you wax is up to you. Our Bermuda environment and where your car is stored make all the difference. If your car is stored indoors and you do not put many miles on your car, you could wax as little as once or twice a year. If your car is stored outdoors and you drive it just about every day, plan on every 3 to 4 months or 3 to 4 times per year.
Wax is like a rain coat for your car’s paint. It keeps everything Mother Nature can throw at your car away from the paint. This layer of protection can fade with time and repeated washings. Like anything, a little time and money invested in a quality wax job will pay off in the end.
Thoroughly wash your car and remove all contaminants from the surface. If your paint has not been cleaned in a while, now is the perfect time to bring the shine back. Waxing your car is not a substitute for paint cleaning, and the wax job will only be as good as the base layer of your paint.
Since you just washed your car, it should go without saying that your car is cool and out of direct sunlight. We like to wash the car starting at the front using the following sequence - the bonnet, roof, trunk and finish with the sides and bumpers.
There are two main categories of waxes - Carnauba and Synthetic. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. For every fan of traditional carnauba wax, you can find another enthusiast who swears by synthetic wax. It is really a personal preference and what you feel works best for your paint. A description of each product is set out below.
Carnauba Based Waxes: Made from the leaves of the Carnauba Palm tree grown in Northeastern Brazil, carnauba wax is usually light yellow and fairly hard. When applied to your car, it leaves a relatively clear layer of protection which can fade with heat and repeated washings. Thus, the need to reapply several times per year. Better waxes will have more carnauba with a higher quality (clearer) base stock. The waxes can come in paste or liquid form.
Synthetic Waxes: A recent development in the past 20 years, synthetic waxes are typically a little easier to apply and remove.
After your windows are tinted, you should wait a couple of days before cleaning them. Basically, you do not want to risk pulling the tint loose before it has a chance to dry. Once you have given your tint the drying time, you can clean your windows with a soft paper towel or soft cloth using any non-ammonia cleaner. Do not use the blue “Windex with Ammonia-D” or any blue colored cleaners because they usually have ammonia in them. We suggest using a window cleaner that states that it is window film safe. Vinegar Windex (Green), or any of the citrus Windex’s. There are other cleaners made specifically for tinted windows such as Ammonia-Free Spray Away-Foam Spray. We also carry a great window cleaner that is window film safe.
Installation time ranges from 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on how many windows are being tinted and what type of vehicle it is.
Both options are available and you can do what works best with your schedule. We prefer that the vehicle be dropped off for the day, but we do have a waiting area with free WIFI, TV and magazines for customers who choose to stay for the installation.
Yes! With the modern adhesive systems found on today’s window tinting products, it is possible to have your car windows tinted even during inclement weather. However, the curing time may be extended. Our installers take the weather into consideration during installation, allowing more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to expedite the drying process.
We recommend keeping your windows up for at least 2-4 days. If windows are rolled down before that time frame the tint often peels off because it has not had enough time to cure. Should this happen we can redo your window at a low cost, but it is not covered under the warranty.
Yes, this is completely normal and temporary. For the first couple of days after your windows are tinted they might appear cloudy, hazy, and you may see little water pockets forming underneath the film. This is very typical. When windows are tinted, the squeegee can only remove a certain amount of the water from between the film and the glass. As the film dries, the remaining water will form little pockets.
Window film is a porous material that allows water to evaporate, so these water pockets will simply go away by themselves as the film fully adheres to the glass. The amount of time before your new tint will be totally dry is determined by the amount of sunlight it gets. If it is cloudy and overcast outside, it will take longer. If it is hot and sunny, then the film dries very quickly. This time frame can range from 2 days, up to 1 week.
UV rays from the sun that are responsible for damaging your car’s interior and excessive heat build-up are usually the cause of bubbles forming in the window tint. The bubbles are a result of a breakdown in the films adhesive over time.
The short answer is on the inside. First, the film is laid on the outside of the car’s windows and cut out to fit. Those pieces are then placed on a large piece of glass and trimmed before being installed on the inside of the windows.
Many times our customers inquire about the durability of window film – a word of caution is to remember that window tinting is installed on the inside of the glass and is coated with a high quality scratch-resistant layer for protection. However, the key word is “resistant”. Take care when loading and unloading objects with sharp or hard edges.
Sorry guys, we do not travel to install window film on vehicles. Window tinting on vehicles must be done inside a controlled environment to prevent dirt, dust and debris from getting under the film. In addition to this we also use a heat gun to shrink the film to adhere to the aerodynamics of your vehicle. This too must be done in a controlled environment.
This is another commonly asked question and is sometimes confused with being a defect in the film. However, it is actually caused by a vehicle’s weather stripping. You will notice a fuzzy, felt-type material that lines the weather stripping around your windows and at the bottom. This felt also functions as a trap for small particles of dirt when you roll your windows up or down. The dirt, or sometimes even the hard plastic of the stripping itself, can cause the film to scratch.
All of our automotive films:
- Blocks 99% UV Radiation
- Reduces fading and interior cracking
- Increases Skin Protection
- Reduces Heat
- Increases air-conditioning efficiency
- Improves occupant comfort
- Reduces Glare
- Lessens eye fatigue
- Improves vision and safety