Can you apply window tints to factory tinted windows? And if so–should you? It may seem like a strange idea to use window films on windows that were already pre-tinted at the factory, but sometimes factory tinted windows just aren’t enough. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between factory tinting and post-factory tinting and why many people chose to have their factory-tinted windows darkened even further with car window tinting Ottawa.

Factory Tinted Windows

Factory tinted windows are tinted before they leave the factory, either through a special application or by installing pre-tinted glass. In most cases, factory tinted windows are treated in the factory with a tint of about 20% visible light transmission. Newer models typically have a lower light transmission than older models, although this can vary from company to company.

Post-Factory Window Tint

Post-factory window tint, or aftermarket window tint, is film that is applied in addition to the pre-existing factory tinting. Aftermarket window tint comes in a variety of different tint strengths, which can vary depending on everything from local laws to the specific needs of the car owner. Aftermarket window tint is designed to last for decades, so it will not need to be replaced very often.

Why Add Aftermarket Tint?

The reason why many people choose to purchase aftermarket window tint despite having a car with factory tinted windows is relatively simple: factory tinted windows do not provide the same benefits as tinted window film. Factory tinted windows do not block UV rays, reduce a significant amount of potentially dangerous sun glare, or keep the car cooler during the summer months. An aftermarket window tint, on the other hand, can do all of that—and more.

If you are interested in having your windows darkened even further than the default factory glass, then give us a call or send us a message and we’ll discuss different tinting options for you to have installed at our professional window tinting shop in Ottawa. We even use a plotter for machine-cut accuracy for all of your car window tinting Ottawa needs. We will be able to help you choose the right product for your needs and ensure that your window tinting is fully compliant with your local laws and ordinances.