Window tinting
One of the best ways to increase the kerb appeal of your car is to apply window tinting. Most cars come from the manufacturer with a light tint, but a darker tint can look so much better! Beware though, there are strict legal requirements as to how dark the tint can be for front passenger windows and windscreens. That all round dark limo look is just not legal in the UK!

Legal Requirementscar
There is no problem with having a dark tint applied to your rear windows. However, the law says that the tint must allow 75% of light to travel through the windscreen and 70% through the side passenger windows (technically the windows in front of the B Frame).

Make sure that any tint that you buy complies with these regulations. This is not just a technicality - motorists do get prosecuted for this! You do not need an illegal tint to make your car look classy!

Why are there rules about amount of tint?
Effectively there are two main reasons. Firstly if less light gets through the window then the drivers visibility is affected. Particularly at dusk or at night. Ability to see other traffic, pedestrians and traffic lights is severely hampered. Secondly it is helpful for other motorists to be able to see the driver and where he is looking particularly at junctions.

Buying Tint
On the whole, tinting windows is done by applying a thin film of plastic type of material to the windows. You can get a specialist firm to apply this for you which will normally take a day. Or you can purchase a kit and apply the window tint yourself. There aretwo types of kit - the cheapest is a roll of window tinting film that you need to cut to size yourself, or pre-cut kits which are a bit more expensive but are pre-sized to fit your vehicle.

Applying Tint
kitTake care and give yoursely plenty of time. Most kits come with instructions. The most important things are to make sure that you cut them to the correct size, that you make sure the windows are 100% clean and free from grease, smears and dust and that you apply the film on a still day when there's no dust being blown around.

Most kits come with full instructions and equipment including a squeegee for applying the tint.

egal Requirementscar
There is no problem with having a dark tint applied to your rear windows. However, the law says that the tint must allow 75% of light to travel through the windscreen and 70% through the side passenger windows (technically the windows in front of the B Frame).

Make sure that any tint that you buy complies with these regulations. This is not just a technicality - motorists do get prosecuted for this! You do not need an illegal tint to make your car look classy!