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XPEL PRIME CS Window Tint – Great Looks – Great Price

When you are looking for a premium window tint that looks great at an affordable price, XPEL PRIME CS window tint is an ideal choice. This film blocks 99 percent of the sun’s damaging UV rays, and it provides a lifetime of color-stable, glare-blocking performance. It will never fade, crack, peel or turn purple like many lesser protection films often do. XPEL PRIME CS’s neutral charcoal finish looks great on any car, and like XPEL PRIME XR, it has a lifetime transferrable warranty.

Check out the benefits below:

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We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and give you all the pertinent information about the XPEL Prime Window Tint we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can learn more by clicking HERE or reach us directly by calling (206)-403-1366.

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

One of the most common questions we are asked regarding window tint is the proper way to care for and clean automotive tinted windows. As a result, we wanted to write a brief article that explains the do’s and donts of tint care.

To begin, let’s discuss a bit about window film construction and how it adheres to the glass. As you likely know, window tint is installed on the inside surface of the glass. The construction of tint is such that once installed the outermost surface is a durable scratch resistant coating. This is what allows film tint to slide up and down in a properly adjusted roll down window channel for years without getting scratched. Although this surface is durable, it is not indestructible. Also, the window tint is adhered to the glass with a thin, optically clear pressure sensitive adhesive. Once cured, this bond should last for many years without fail. Now that we understand a bit about how the film is constructed and how it is adhering to the glass, let’s get into how to properly care for it to ensure long life.

Is Any Glass Cleaner OK?

In short, no. The type of adhesive that I mentioned is used to adhere the film to the glass and it creates a mechanical bond between the film and the glass. Certain chemicals can degrade this mechanical bond and cause the window tint to bubble or peel. Many times you may see a window film job that has a bunch of large bubbles and think that it was a bad tint or a bad tint job. While it may have been either of those things, it could also have been a quality tint that was installed properly that was cleaned using the wrong type of cleaner. There are so many cleaners on the market that we cannot possibly discuss each one individually, but the main thing to look for is an AMMONIA FREE Glass Cleaner. Ammonia is one of the main culprits in glass cleaners that attacks the mechanical bond of the adhesive. It will creep under the film and cause a mechanical failure breakdown between the glass and film and that is what causes the bubbles you have likely seen. Many companies make ammonia free glass cleaners, just be sure to read the label. If it does not expressly say that it is “ammonia free”, assume it has ammonia and find another cleaner to use.

What Should I Use to Wipe the Windows Down?

You want to avoid using a standard paper towel to wipe down the tint as you clean. While this is OK for other surfaces, paper towels can trap a piece of dirt between the towel and film and cause scratches. This happens because there is nowhere for the dirt particle to absorb into the paper towel, so it just gets dragged across the film surface as you wipe the window down.

The best thing to use is a soft microfiber towel. These towels absorb more solution and allow a dirt particle to sink into the fibers and away from the film surface while cleaning. Not only will these towels give you a better, steak free cleaning, they will help you avoid scratches.

Is There Anything Else?

Actually, yes. One more thing to keep an eye on is the sudden appearance of small scratches in the film going from the top to the bottom of the window. This indicates that the window guide inside the door is either out of adjustment or had dirt trapped on it’s surface. If you notice these scratches, stop using that window and get the vehicle to a mechanic to check the adjustment and guide surface. Continued use without getting this resolved will cause these scratches to get worse and the only fix will be to replace the window film.

If you have any additional questions how to properly care for and clean automotive tinted windows, reach us directly by calling (206)-403-1366.

When You Want a Matte Automotive Finish, XPEL Stealth is the Answer

Looking for a reversible way to give your car that matte automotive finish and protect it at the same time? XPEL Stealth can transform your factory glossy paint into a sleek satin finish, for thousands less than a custom paint shop would charge for a high-end matte finish. The best part is that it is totally reversible if you ever change your mind and the underlying paint will have been protected the entire time. Whether you are just looking to add an accent, or you want to change the entire car, XPEL Stealth is the best option to give your car that matte automotive finish you desire. Check out the gallery below for some additional examples of how this film can be used.

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We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and give you all the pertinent information about the XPEL Stealth Paint Protection Film we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can learn more by clicking HERE or reach us directly by calling (206)-403-1366.

Diamond Window Tinting Introduces XPEL Prime XR Window Tint

Diamond Window Tinting Introduces XPEL Prime XR Window Tint

Traditional window films try to do two jobs — block heat and look cool — and usually don’t do either of them well. XPEL Prime XR window tinting gives you the heat rejection and UV protection benefits of window tint, without needing to be super dark to give that performance. When a tint is too dark it can make it hard to see out of the car and you can potentially get you a ticket in some locations.

XPEL Prime XR’s patented nano-ceramic particle formulation blocks 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays and more than 80 percent of its heat and infrared radiation. It gives you all of this performance without the metallic ingredients other films use that can disrupt radio, cellular and Bluetooth usage inside your car.

XPEL Prime XR’s Cutting Edge Window Tint Technology Makes a Great Car Even Better

Diamond Window Tinting Introduces XPEL Prime XR Window Tint

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and give you all the pertinent information about the XPEL Prime Window Tint we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can learn more by clicking HERE or reach us directly by calling (206)-403-1366.

Factory Tinted Automotive Glass – The Illusion of Performance & Protection

If you’re driving a truck or SUV built in the last decade chances are it’s equipped with factory tinted automotive glass on all windows behind the front doors. Many owners of vehicles like this often choose to only have the front windows tinted to match the back because they believe that they are already set with the rear windows. While this factory tint improves the looks of the vehicle, and offers rear passengers some privacy, it does very little to help reduce the heat entering through the glass or protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. The team at Diamond Window Tinting wanted to offer two reasons why you should consider a professionally installed window film on all windows, including the glass that came with factory tint.

Superior Heat Rejection

While a darkened piece of factory tinted automotive glass may slightly reduce the heat entering the vehicle, it cannot compare to the heat rejection possible utilizing the modern window film technology. As mentioned above, factory tinted glass is primarily installed for it’s looks and for privacy. A vehicle owner may have the front windows tinted to match the rear and provide some heat rejection in the front seats. However, they may assume that the level of heat rejection they have on the front glass is already present in the rear glass because of the factory tint. Nothing can be further from the truth. Other than having the tinted look, these windows do very little to stop the heat.

So, what can be done? Maybe you do not want to apply additional tint on the rear windows just to increase heat rejection as you feel the windows are dark enough already. The good news is that these windows can be made to perform much better with newer technology window films without making them noticeably darker that the factory tint that is already present. Utilizing these films over the factory tinted automotive glass along with the window film that was installed on the front windows will make your vehicle interior much cooler and reduce the need to run the air conditioning in many cases. So, not only will your passengers be more comfortable, you may even save a little at the gas pump.

UV Protection

Did you know that your skin is susceptible to sun damage even while simply driving in your car? Did you also know that factory tinted automotive glass does very little to block these harmful UV rays? While many of us would not think of spending any significant time in the sun without some form of skin protection, we often ride for hours inside a vehicle with the false impression that we are protected. A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that nearly 53 percent of skin cancers in the US occur on the left, or drivers’ side of the body. If you’re one of the approximately 208 million licensed drivers in the US, take heed: “The increase in left-sided skin cancers may be from the UV (ultraviolet) exposure we get when driving a car,” said Susan T. Butler, MD, coauthor of the study. This is one of the reasons why The Skin Cancer Foundation gives many professionally installed window films their Seal of Recommendation that is a symbol of safe and effective sun protection.

You can learn more from The Skin Cancer Foundation about sun safety and the advantages of using a window film on your car by clicking HERE.

Hopefully the information will enable you to make an educated choice about having window film installed on your vehicle. Also, make sure to check our local tint laws to see what films are legal by clicking HERE. If you would like more information, or have questions on the information contained in this article or the premium window films we carry at Diamond Window Tinting, you can reach us by calling (206) 403-1366.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have an give you all the pertinent information about the premium window films we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can learn more by clicking HERE or reach us directly by calling (206)-403-1366.

Reasons You Should Hire Diamond Window Tinting for Your Next Vehicle

If you were thinking of getting a vehicle tinted and wondered what the benefits of going with a professional shop like Diamond Window Tinting might be, this article is for you. Check out these reasons you should bring your vehicle to us for your next tint job.

  1. Diamond Window Tinting knows the state rules and regulates. Dark windows can be a safety concern for law enforcement, so we make sure that every window that we tint is within state regulations. Some shops will provide darker than allowed tint, but we make sure that we stay on top of the rules and regulations.
  2. We live and breathe window tinting. In short, we are experts at what we do. Sure, there are professional tint kits that inspire some people to do it themselves. Such film can be flimsy when compared to higher-quality materials. Auto glass tinting is not an easy task, and it can be challenging for an amateur. Let the pros handle it.
  3. Auto glass tinting requires that you do it right the first time. An imperfect job definitely means that it will have to be done over, and window film is harder to remove that it is to apply. It sticky adhesive can cause headaches for an amateur.
  4. We guarantee our work. We have to. Our reputation rides on the fact that our customer are satisfied and happy with our work. If you buy glass tint at the store, install it, then decide you do not like it, there is no returning it to the store.
  5. DIY tint kits save money, so they say! While some kits may be cheaper than a professional job, consumers may lose in the long run because their car is not protected.

Hopefully this article helps you understand why you should choose a professional shop like Diamond Window Tinting to have your vehicle tinted. If you would like more information, or have questions we would love to help. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have an give you all the pertinent information about the premium window films we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can reach us by calling (206) 403-1366.

Car Tint is All the Same, Right? – Vehicle Window Tint Guide

All tint used on vehicles is the same, right? No, nothing could be further from the truth. Diamond Window Tinting wanted to share this vehicle window tint guide to help you better understand vehicle window film so you can make an informed decision the next time you get your vehicle tinted.

If you’re like most people, you probably assume all vehicle window tint is the same. Sure, it comes in different shades of darkness, and maybe even varying levels of reflectivity, but it’s basically all the same, right? Actually, no. The truth is that the world’s ever-advancing technology has created significant differences that are important for you to understand before getting window tint put on your next vehicle.

Let’s begin with a little history, an the evolution of vehicle window tint. At one time, and not that long ago, vehicle window tint fell primarily into two simple categories; basic dyed polyester window film and window films with a metalized layer.

First, you had the basic dyed polyester film. This was typically inexpensive and just gave your windows the tinted appearance you were looking for without much in the way of performance. These dyed films often had a limited lifespan. Typically, they would begin turning purple after three to five years of sun exposure. We are sure you have noticed examples of this type of film driving around. Many times, this film looked great the day it was installed and then slowly faded to the undesirable purple.

The other vehicle tint option was metalized film that integrated a layer of metal to the dyed polyester. This gave the tinted look while providing some heat rejection. These films cost more than the dyed films and were considered the upgrade option in most shops. The performance was better and the film lasted longer because of the metal layer. The downside to these metal films was that they had more reflectivity (because of the metal layer) and they could interfere with the vehicle’s electronics and antenna systems. In addition, the sheen caused by the metal layer often caused these films to not offer a great match to factory tinted glass on SUVs, trucks and minivans.

Unfortunately, for many years, these were the only two window tint options someone had when wanting to get their vehicle’s windows tinted. The supposed “good” dyed film and the “better” option of metalized film. Neither was truly ideal.

Well, we are happy to say that those days are long gone! In 2017, you have a variety of new, high tech options. These films do not turn purple, are not reflective and they can reject a significant amount of heat without being dark. These new films are light years ahead of historic vehicle window film and should be at the front of your mind when you’re looking to have your next vehicle tinted.

Unlike traditional window tint that needs to be darker or metallic to achieve any real significant performance, these new films block the heat through infrared blocking technology. This enables them to even be nearly clear and still block a significant amount of heat.

Another important note is that these films create a protective barrier from the sun’s damaging UV rays for both your skin and the cabin of the vehicle. Studies show the incidence of skin cancer among passengers corresponds directly with the side of their body exposed to the window. For example, a driver in North America tends to have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side, the one exposed to the sun while driving. Many modern window films are recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation as an effective protection from the sun. Click HERE to read more.

So, as you can see, not all vehicle tint is created equal. Understand the film technology they use so you can make an informed decision for your car and more importantly for yourself. Often, if you just ask to have your vehicle tinted a specific shade, a shop may use a basic dyed film to give you the look requested. This may give you the look you want, but you may miss out on the performance you could have had. Also, you should check your local tint laws to see what shade is legal in your state by clicking HERE.

Hopefully the information in the vehicle window tint guide helps you the next time you get a vehicle tinted. If you would like more information, or have questions on the information contained in this vehicle window tint guide, we would love to help. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have an give you all the pertinent information about the premium window films we carry at Diamond Window Tinting. You can reach us by calling (206) 403-1366.

Three Things to Consider Before Your Next Vehicle Gets Window Tint

Window tint for your vehicle is something not many people give a second thought to. While you may know that you want it done, how much research have you done to ensure that you will be happy with the overall result? Unfortunately, most people only notice a window tint job when one is done improperly or the window tint has gone bad. Fortunately, these are easy pitfalls to avoid, so we wanted to give you three things to consider before you get your vehicle tinted.

  1. Do you only want the look or do you want performance too? – Just like most other items you can purchase for your vehicle, there are numerous levels of window tint quality and performance. You first need to determine if you only want the look of tinted windows or if you actually would like some noticeable heat and UV rejection as well. While an inexpensive film might make your windows look the way you want, it may barely reject any heat at all. The good news is that with the latest generations of window tint you can have great looks and tremendous performance. Spend some time discussing your options with our team at Diamond Window Tinting so that you can make the right choice to give you the combination of desired look and heat and UV rejecting performance.
  2. How experienced is the installer? – Many of the modifications done to a vehicle can be done by individuals with a variety of skill levels without drastically effecting the end result. However, window tint is quite different. An experienced installer can make all the difference between you have a great looking tint job that you can be proud of or an eyesore not worthy of your vehicle. A good installer can make an even average window tint look great based on the quality of their installation. Likewise, an inexperienced installer can take the best window film available and get a substandard result based on flaws in the installation. To have a tint job that will last and that you can be proud of, make sure to verify a company’s experience level and ask to see some examples of their work.
  3. Who is standing behind the product and installation? – We would all love to live in a world where things did not go wrong. Unfortunately, things can and do sometimes turn out different than we would like. Just like any other product you might purchase, there can be situations where a window tint will fail and need to be replaced. It is when this happens that the company standing behind the film that was installed and the shop that did the installation become very important. At Diamond Window Tinting, we use only top quality film from reputable manufacturers and we have been servicing the greater Seattle areas for over 13 years.

    Any quality window tint job should come with a warranty card from the manufacturer that spells out the terms of the warranty and the process to get something corrected if there is ever an issue. If a shop does not tell you what brand of window tint is being installed or provide you with a warranty card, that should be a red flag to look elsewhere for your installation.

I hope that these three basic things to consider help you to make a more informed decision the next time you get your vehicle tinted. If you would like more information regarding the questions above or to discuss your options on getting your vehicle tinted, click HERE or contact us by calling (206) 403-1366.

UV Window Film for Vehicles Could Save Your Life

Did you know drivers in the U.S. have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side due to exposure while driving? Here’s a scientific fact that most people find hard to believe: While it’s rare to get sunburned through your car windows, harmful ultraviolet (UVA) rays that contribute to premature aging and skin cancer can still reach you. This is why you should consider having a UV window film installed on your vehicle.

Damage from UVA rays is cumulative as they penetrate deep into the skin and can silently accelerate the aging process, cause wrinkles and even skin cancer. In fact, research shows that drivers in the U.S. have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side due to exposure while driving.

Why put up with this risk when you don’t have to any longer? The window film we install at Diamond Window Tinting blocks at least 99% of harmful UV rays. It’s why The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends UV window film as part of a comprehensive skin care program.

If you would like more information about the UV blocking properties of the window films we offer, click HERE or contact us by calling (206) 403-1366.

Five Questions to Ask Before Getting a Vehicle Tinted this Summer

Getting your vehicle tinted will offer countless benefits including protecting skin by blocking UV rays, cooling your car, and reducing glare – just to name a few. But, before you make the initial purchase, ask yourself these five important questions to ensure you are on the right track.

  1. How long will my window tint last? – The lifetime of window films is dependent on many factors including product type and quality, the climate, and the amount of direct sunlight your car is exposed to.
  2. How long will it take to tint my windows? – The process can take anywhere from 45 minutes to a few hours depending on how many windows are being tinted.
  3. Is the film covered by a warranty? – Most quality products come with a limited lifetime warranty. However, you should confirm the exact warranty length and stipulations prior to purchasing any film.
  4. Which window tint is right for me? – In order to select the best film for your vehicle, you should consult a professional window film dealer. Dealers offer a wide range of products in a variety of shades and colors, as well as different styles and performance benefits. You should also consider the laws regarding vehicle window tint in your State. For a chart that gives an overview of the current laws, click HERE.
  5. Which dealer is right for me? – Never compromise. Although there are likely several companies in your area to choose from, educate yourself to ensure that you have found the best professional window film installer by comparing customer service, prices, quality of products and brands, previous work, overall reputation and as the reputation of the manufacturer or manufacturers of the window film they sell. I think you will find that the more you understand, the more likely you will be to choose Diamond Window Tinting

If you would like more information regarding the questions above or to discuss your options on getting your vehicle tinted, click HERE or contact us by calling (206) 403-1366.