The Art of Tinting.
What is the difference between
Carbon-Nano window film and Standard?
This is one of the most common questions we get from our customers. Up until recently most companies didn't carry a different variety of film types so it's understandable to assume all film is the same. While there are many similarities between film types such as privacy, enhanced appearance, and protection (most films increase the strength of glass making it more resistant to cracking or shattering) some films are made differently to cater each customers wants and needs.
Most films are either Carbon based or Nano-Ceramic based. We use Rayno window films which is the world's first Carbon-Nano-Ceramic film. To help you understand what this really means here is an explanation of the two separately.
Ceramic tints are made using millions of microscopic particles of titanium nitride infused into thin layers of films. Unlike dye-based window films that often fade and discolor over time, ceramic tint will never change colors or fade even after years of exposure to direct sunlight. It is truly color stable and resilient. Nano-ceramic window tint for cars rejects 99% of the sun’s harmful UV light and a large portion of the warming IR (Infrared) light. It does this without blocking signals transmitted or received from phones or radios, and without reducing the clarity of the view out through the windows from inside the car. Another unique benefit of ceramic tint is that many ceramic tints are almost entirely imperceptible. Not everyone wants to add shading or even privacy to their vehicle; certain ceramic tints allow for the reduction of solar heat and the rejection of UV light without the noticeable darkening of the windows or any marked alteration of the appearance of the automobile. So if you love the way your car looks or if you need to cool down and better protect a vehicle that can’t be tinted based on local regulations and/or because it is a commercial or governmental vehicle, ceramic tints are a great option.
What does all this mean? Simply put, you will receive the best heat reduction and any of the harmful rays from the sun without the worry of the film dematerializing or fading. It does this with a pristine clarity that is color stable, and doesn't interfere with radio signals. It can achieve this even with the lightest of shades so even if you don't want your cars windows to be darker but want protection from the sun, Carbon-Nano-Ceramic is the way to go. Even better, if you like the appearance of shaded windows you can get the same great protection with the look you want.
Dyed and Metalized films (Standard)
Metalized window tints are mostly color stable as well, but their look is unappealing to many drivers. Metallic window film tends to be shiny and reflective (looking like polished metal, e.g.) and creates a mirrored look that can detract from the appearance of a vehicle. Ceramic window tint is non reflective. Interference with the signals from phones, radios, and GPS devices, is a common problem with metalized window tinting. Dyed based films are films made from using a dyed liner or dying the adhesive of the window film. These are known to fade or turn clear after exposure to the sun. Some of these films may offer a life-time warranty but the majority only offer 3 year warranties. Until recently, these are the most common films customers are familiar with. While these films carry 99% UV ray protection they fail in comparison to Carbon or Nano-Ceramic based films in terms of IR light which is what warms your car. These film types are also known to hold heat in the glass, radiating heat inside the car. Sort of like wearing a black shirt on a hot day. These films also rely on the darker the film, the better it is at holding harmful rays out. Basically, lighter dyed based films don't hold out as much heat.
If you have any other questions feel free to stop in, we have a display to let you feel the heat difference in each of these films!