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How To Choose The Perfect Window Tint Percentage For Your Car

May 13

Window tinting is a great option to improve the appearance and feel of your vehicle. Not only will it make your car appear more stylish however, it also can offer some privacy and protect from the sun's rays.

One of the most frequently asked questions you'll be asked after you've had window tinting done is "What percent factory tint?" This is a reference to how the tint is either light or dark as it applies to windows. In this post, we'll discuss what percent factory window tint is typically and what benefits can be derived from different shades of darkness!

What is Tinting?

Tinting refers to adding an extremely thin layer of tint to your car's glass. The film may be clear, but is more commonly tinted to reduce the amount of light that is reflected into the car. Tinting also provides some privacy for you and your passengers.

There are numerous types of window tints that are available on the market. Each has their own benefits. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) is the most well-known type of window tint. It is a long-lasting material that won't peel or fade over time.

What Percent is Factory Window Tint?

The percentage of darkness the film on your window has will determine how much light is blocked. For example that a five percent (or 50 percent) tint allows 50% of the light to penetrate the vehicle.

There are numerous shades and types of window tints that are available. However, most factory-tinted windows range from 15 to 20 percent dark. This means that between 85 and 80 percent of sunlight is block due to the tint.

What Can You Tell What Percent Tint You Have?

There are a variety of methods to find out the tint of your windows. It's possible to hold a piece of that's paper in front of the windows and observe how much light is blocked. If the paper is not visible, your tint may be darker. Another method of determining this is to look at the sticker on the door jamb on the driver's side. The sticker should indicate the percentage of tint for every window of the vehicle.

Why Do Different States have different Tint Laws?

Different laws are applicable to window tinting. Certain people prefer darker tints, and others prefer lighter tints. The quantity of tint that is legally permitted can assist in keeping drivers secure. A medical exemption could be required in states that allow extremely dark tints. For instance, in the event that a driver is disabled and requires darkness.

How Dark Should You Tint Your Windows?

It is generally accepted that you can tint your windows to any shade you'd like as long as it's not prohibited in your state. There are however certain things to keep in mind when deciding how dark to tint your windows. The first is that darker tints can make it difficult to see at night or during poor conditions for weather. This could be hazardous for the driver as well as other motorists on the road. Also, dark tints can make it difficult for law enforcement officers, leading to an arrest.

Factory Tint Percentage

Visible Light Transmission (VLT%) is used to calculate the percentage of tint. This is the quantity of light that is allowed through the film before entering the car. The darker the tint, less the VLT%. For example, a film with a VLT% as low as 15% would be very dark, whereas one that has 70% VLT would appear to be almost transparent.


We would like to remind our customers that is illegal to have a front windshield tint of any kind in the state of Utah. We suggest selecting a film for your vehicle that has VLT percentages between 35 and 50 for high visibility and safety.

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