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Estimating the time will depend on your car, of course. There are many factors to consider, such as the window surface area the installer has to work with, the complexity of the window shapes, the number of windows, and whether there are old tints that need to be removed. In general, bigger cars take more time to tint than two-door cars.

For a normal four-door sedan, the window tinting installation process can take anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. However, for larger cars with a significant amount of glass surface area, a high window rake, or complicated window curves, the process may take two hours or more.

In this article, from the expert detailing team at PAVE Automotive Professional Car Care in Wigan, we will explore some of the elements which can affect the duration of a window tint installation so you can manage your time effectively before bringing your car in for the service.

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Factors that affect application time

Old tint removals

When removing an old tint before applying a new one, the process differs. If your car’s windows are already darkened, it will require time to carefully peel off the old tint. This additional step can extend the window tinting process by two or more hours. The duration also depends on the efficiency and quality of workmanship at the tint shop you select. Some shops can complete the job in under two hours, while others may take slightly longer.

Type Of Car

The size and shape of your car can impact the duration of the installation process. For instance, if your car has more intricate window shapes, like curved windows on a sports car, it may take longer to install the tint. Moreover, larger windows will require more window tint film, thereby increasing the duration of the service and the associated cost. Additionally, the number of windows you wish to tint will also affect the installation process duration.

Tint films cut

Some companies that offer window tinting services already have tint films that have been pre-cut by manufacturers for specific car makes and models. While it may seem convenient, pre-cut tint might not be as accurately cut as tint that is manually cut and trimmed by a professional.

Certain shops have specialized tools that can cut tint into the precise shape required for your car’s windows. In most cases, machine-cut tint reduces the time required for installation while maintaining a satisfactory level of quality.

However, nothing surpasses the quality of tint that has been cut by hand. A skilled professional with a steady hand can cut the tint to perfectly fit your windows, eliminating the need for stretching or other techniques to make pre-cut or machine-cut tint fit correctly.

The Type Of Tint You Choose

The installation of some tints can take more time than others. For instance, installing ceramic tint requires more time than installing regular tint.

Timing for drying

Many customers tend to overlook the fact that they need to allow their cars to rest for a while after getting them tinted before using them again. Window tinting requires installation time, and it also takes time for the moisture trapped in the tint film to evaporate. Typically, it takes around two to three days for the tint to completely dry and heal. In colder weather conditions, it can take a few weeks for the tint to fully dry. That’s why it’s advisable to have your car tinted during the summer when the weather is sunnier and hotter. This provides the tint a better opportunity to dry quickly, or alternatively, have the installation done at a shop that can regulate the temperature.”

Installer’s Skill Level

Some businesses focus on satisfying their customers’ needs. Tint shops can speed up the process for clients who are in a hurry without sacrificing the quality of their work. However, there are also companies that unintentionally make the process longer because of their lack of professionalism. They might delay the project, have insufficient staff, struggle with time management, or not have enough materials and tools.

Installers with more experience will more than likely do the job more quickly than less experienced ones. They will also get better results!

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Can You Install Window Tint By Yourself?

Although it’s possible, installing window tinting yourself can be difficult and time-consuming, especially if you’ve never done it before. 

Together with the tint film itself, you’ll need a few specialised instruments including a tint squeegee, a heat gun, a razor blade, and a spray bottle of soapy water. Precision measurements, cutting the tint film to match the windows, and smoothing out bubbles and wrinkles in the film all take a certain amount of skill during installation, which can be challenging if you’ve never done it before. 

For best results, we recommend taking your vehicle to an accredited window tint installation centre, where the team have experience in the field.

Top Quality Window Tint Services in Wigan.

If you live in Wigan, and you want to find a “window tinting near me“, Pave Automotive Professional Car Care is the best choice for you. We’ve installed thousands of high-grade window tints for our valued customers and we only work with the highest quality window tint brands to ensure ultimate protection and appearance for your prized vehicle! Bring your vehicle down to our location to speak with our team about window tinting services. 

We are located at Unit 28A Meadowcroft Way, Leigh WN7 3XZ. With a wide range of automotive detailing services available, we are the number one window tint service provider in the local area.

Please call us at 01942 936375 if you want to arrange your window tinting appointment or have any queries, or come on down to our location today!

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