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We hope to answers some of the usual questions asked.....

HOW DO YOU TINT WINDOWS?

Patterns are individually cut for each window and heat shrunk to fit the curve and shape of your window. All preperation takes place on the outside of the glass. Your windows inside are then meticulously cleaned and prepared for application. The release liner on the film is then removed and the film is carefully placed into position and applied via the use of a soft rubber squeegee on the inside of you vehicle.


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO TINT MY CAR?

Obviously installation times vary on different types of vehicles. As an average, we would ask to have your car for around 3 hours, we will however ask for as long as it takes to complete the installation to our own high standards!


HOW LONG WILL THE FILM LAST?

All  automotive window film is backed by a manufactures  warranty normally of at least 7 years


WILL THE FILM AFFECT MY HEATED REAR SCREEN?

No, the film will not interfere with your heated rear screen. It will merely assit in heating a larger area of your screen, and your heating element lines will not interfere with the film.



HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE I CAN USE THE WINDOWS AS NORMAL?

Your up and down windows will require 3 days (manufactures suggestion) to cure before operating them as normal. We recommend not cleaning the inside of your treated windows for 7 days after installation. It is our advice not to apply window stickers inside on the glass, as should you wish to remove them at a later date you run the risk of damaging the film



CAN WE RE-TINT A WINDOW WITH DAMAGED FILM?

Yes! film can be removed from your car, we would recommend that you have this done professionally to aviod associated costly damage. We have the correct tools and chemicals to remove stubbon adhesives. Re-tinting your car is then the same as starting from afresh



WHAT IS THE VISIBILITY FROM INSIDE THE CAR LOOKING OUT?

Execellent!   films are optically stable so you get true colour perception. Even a darker tint looks completely different when viewed from inside the car. There are benefits with regards to film and visibility, as it will reduce glare, such as the sun getting in your eyes and dazzle from headlights at night. Therefore reducing eye strain and making driving more comfortable and safe.


HOW DURABLE IS THE FILM?

All our films have a quality durable scratch resistant coating which is designed to cope with the day to day usage of your up and down windows, when cleaning them, just use a clean cloth, with no grit embedded in it, which can scratch even un-tinted glass

HOW DO I CLEAN THE FILM ONCE APPLIED?

Cleaning window film is easier than cleaning glass, as the surface is smoother. We recommend cleaning with a soft clean cloth, or clean paper towel, with water a little washing up liquid added, its that easy! Aviod cream abrasive or commercial cleaners that contain ammonia

WILL THIS PROTECT MY CHILDREN OR PETS?

Yes all  films offer 99% rejection of harmful UV rays, factory tinted glass DOES NOT. Heat rejection can be up to 40% depending on the shade of the film applied. It will keep your children safer and cooler. What protection does you stick on sun shade on your window offer?, (which only covers part of the window)  The simple answer is NOTHING. Its the same for the dogs in the hatchback, look after them too!!


What is the law in the UK on tinted windows?

Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) Statement

The UK Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986 Act details the legality of window tinting in the UK - and as amended specifies the minimum levels of light that must pass through the windscreen and front side windows.

For a legal window tint in the UK the specifications are:
a) Motor Vehicles first used on or after 1 April 1985
b) The light transmitted through the windscreen must be at least 75%.
c) The front side windows (to either side of the drivers’ head) must allow at least 70% of light to be transmitted through them.

If the glass is tinted to a point whereby it lets through less light, the vehicle is breaking UK Window tinting law.

The consequences of illegally tinted windows!

If you are driving with less than legally required light transmitting through the windscreen and front side windows, the following could happen ;

a) You could be stopped and fined - you are effectively handing the police a 'reason' to stop your vehicle - the car could be impounded if it is considered dangerous to drive and/or could be given a prohobition order until removed!

b) You will be required to remove the film (which will cost) and present your car to the Police confirming it has been returned to a legal status.

c) If you have an accident and it can be proven that the reduced vision caused by the illegal film was a contributing factor, you are likely to get part or full blame - even if it was not under normal circumstances your fault!

d) Even worse - your insurer - if they stand to be in a position where they are looking at full acceptance of liability (as you were at fault) - may determine that your insurance is invalidated! and you will be looking at footing the costs on your own for your own vehicle and any other damage to third party vehicles or property.

In summary, it might look great - and you may get away with it - in the same way that there are plenty of motorists with illegal exhausts or number plates - but is it worth the risk? It would be difficult for an insurer to maintain that a 'dodgy' number plate contributed to an accident - but how easy would it be to claim that the reason you did not see the motorbike is because you had illegally tinted the window?

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Shadowline Window Tinting 

07877   778924

email shadowlinewindowtinting@hotmail.co.uk