The last thing we think about when we pay to have tint installed on our windows is how to properly care for them. Window film can be a significant investment, so it is essential that you know the best way to care for new window tint or how to bring back the luster in older window tint.
Keep the tint clean
As with any other part of your vehicle, your window tint should be kept clean and free from dirt, dust and other debris that can get stuck in the film. You do not want to use abrasive cleaners or paper towels that can cause scratches to develop in the film. Instead, use gentle cleaners like glass cleaner and soft cotton cloths to wipe away debris and dirt.
Avoid using abrasive cleaners or hard scrubbing brushes
Regular cleaners can be harsh and will break down the adhesive holding your tint in place. This is especially true if you’re using ammonia-based cleaners, which are common in most cleaning solutions.
It’s best to avoid using abrasive cleaners or hard scrubbing brushes, both of which can scratch the film away. Instead, use a soft cloth with a gentle cleaner and a little elbow grease to maintain your tinted window.
Don’t use a power washer on your window tint
A power washer works by blasting dirt and debris off of surfaces. Unfortunately, it can also lift the edges of the tint film away from the glass. If this happens, you’ll need to replace all of the film on that window, as well as install new film where the old was removed.
You can use a power washer on other parts of your car without worrying about damaging the film if you keep enough distance between the nozzle and the glass. But unless you’re an expert with a power washer, it’s best to just avoid it altogether when cleaning windows with tinted film.
Wait up to 45 days before cleaning new tint
When you get your windows tinted for the first time, it’s important to wait around 45 days before you clean them. This is because the installation process involves using adhesives, and these can take up to six weeks to fully settle down and harden. In the meantime, it’s best not to do anything more than lightly dust them with a cloth within the first couple of weeks, as anything more vigorous could damage them before they have had a chance to set properly.