Precut Window Tint

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A Complete Guide to Precut Window Tint

Precut window tint takes one of the steps out of typical window tinting. You don’t need a professional to custom-fit the vinyl to your car. Instead, the film is precut to the shape of your window using manufacturer templates. You save time and money in the long run and get your tinting much faster.

What is Precut Window Tint?

Window Tinting is the process of applying tinted film over your windows. It typically involves going to a specialist shop and purchasing a

custom service.

On the other hand, precut window tints have been pre-made based on the model of the car. If you have a model we support, then we will likely have precut tints for you. Then you can apply the precut tint yourself for a cost-saving DIY project.

Why Tint Your Windows?

Tinting your windows does much more than protect your privacy. It also makes sure that less harmful UV radiation gets into your car. Tinted windows also ensure that your VLT (Variable Light Transmission) is at a level according to state law. The VLT is a specific volume of light that can enter through the windows, and every car has a VLT level.

The upholstery, car’s dashboard, and other surfaces in the vehicle can fade if exposed to sunlight over a long time. Tinted windows help negate this effect by filtering out most of the sunlight and keeping your interior surfaces protected.

If you get into an accident, the wrap film that attaches to your windows can hold the shattered glass together. This reduces the amount of shattered glass that gets into your car and can prevent cuts from impacting broken glass. It also makes cleanup a lot easier.

Finally, the tinted windows let you conceal what is inside your car. Valuables will not be as visible to potential thieves. So you won’t need to slide your laptop under the seat or leave your phone in the glovebox.

Custom Style

Finally, you can tint your car just for cosmetic reasons alone. The darkened windows make your vehicle look like it is wearing sunglasses, and it looks pretty cool driving down the street.

Rules, Regulations, and Laws Regarding Automotive Window Tinting

The rules of automotive window tinting are strict but also depend on the state you are in. Make sure to check your state’s local laws before tinting your windows. The tinting laws are in place to ensure safe night driving conditions.

Whenever you drive your car around at night, some light must enter in so you can see your surroundings. If your windows are too tinted, they will absorb that light, and you won’t be able to see anything while driving at night.

The Various Levels of VLT by Window

Windshield Strip or Tint Bar or Shade Band

Windshield tint strips help block out glare, and most of them can do this unobtrusively. They do not have VLT percentages but instead a restriction on how long they can be, from anywhere to 4-6 inches, depending on the state.

Front Door Windows

The legal limits are from 32% to 70% VLT for front and passenger side windows, although this varies by state.

Back Door Windows

Backdoor windows have a legal limit of 32% to 100% VLT, depending on the state. But because backdoor windows are not used nearly as often, they have a much greater range of vinyl grades.

Rear Window

Rear windows also have an average legal limit of 32% to 100% VLT, varying by state laws for the same reason as the back door windows.

Types of Automotive Window Tinting

Dyed Window Tint

Dyed tints are one of the most affordable options for window tinting. They are also the easiest type of tint to apply and are less expensive.    

Ceramic Window Tint

If you want the best quality window tint that money can buy, go for ceramic! The tint contains ceramic-based particles that make sure that your car is kept cool and that no one will be able to see inside.

How Long Does a Tint Job Last?

A tint job will last you about 3-5 years if you take care of your tint job and windows. If you bought a low-quality tint material or didn’t install it correctly, then the tint job will fade quicker.

The tint job will also fade if you spend too much time with your car in the hot sun, as it will become overworked and lose its effectiveness.

How to Install Precut Tint

There are three main steps you need to do to install precut tint yourself but don’t worry. Any DIYer can easily get them done.

1.    Clean Your Windows

You will need to do a deep clean of your windows, cleaning them with a mild soap and water solution on both sides.

2.    Spray the Windows

Once you open up the precut tint package, take the bottle of soap and water and spray the solution on the inside of your window, making sure to get every part of the window. Take the precut tint pattern for the window you just sprayed and then gently peel it from its liner.

Spray the adhesive side with the water bottle and wet it generously, and then the glue will activate. Place the tint against the window and then press gently to make sure the glue sticks to the glass.

3.    Wipe It Down

Then use a squeegee to remove the water from between the tint and the window. Be gentle, so you don’t damage the film, and keep trying to pull all the solution out. Once you finish, repeat the process for all the windows, and then allow 48 hours for the film to set before you roll the windows down.


Precut tints are no different from regular tints, except you need to install them yourself. Thankfully, they are relatively easy to install, and soon you will be getting the benefits of perfectly tinted windows!