Window Tint Car Care Instructions
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Frequently Asked Questions – American Standard Window Film Tinting
Q: How do I take care of my Star Trims Window Tinting after installation?
A: Thank you for purchasing a Star Trims Window Tint. Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to dry, and up to 30 days to fully cure out imperfections, sometimes a bit longer depending on weather conditions. Until this time your new tinted windows may appear hazy and seem to to have water bubbles or minor blemishes, do not worry because these minor imperfections will evaporate and go away. Please DO NOT roll your tinted windows down until dry or rub on the film. You may inadvertently void your warranty.
Q. What about spots that look like imperfections?
A: At Star Trims, we strive for perfection in all our installations. Due to the nature of the after market product, some degree of dust contamination and/or minor imperfections may be present in every window film application and cannot be avoided. Also, there may be pre-existing flaws or scratches and/or metal deposits on the glass that are often much more noticeable after the windows are tinted.
Q. Tell me about the black dotted edges and rear window areas, what are those dots around the edges?
A: Most cars have a black, ceramic ‘frit’ edge on the rear window. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, and sometimes it will have a dotted edge. These black ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the window film from sticking to the area between the dots. This will result in a whitish looking strip trimming the glass. Typically, this is not very noticeable, however, some cars have a wide band of dots trimming the top of the rear window. This area is so wide that the whitish looking area is more pronounced. Unfortunately, the effect is unavoidable.
Back Window edges are heat set and trimmed to fit the window, unfortunately, due to the nature and some restrictions of installations of a back window, some edges are unavoidably not able to be set perfectly. This is mostly in the case of rear brake lights.
Q. How do I clean the film what it has cured and set?
A: Window film should be cleaned with a soft clean cloth and alcohol based cleaner or plain water. Ammonia products should not be used. You can purchase 3M Window Cleaners at Star Trims to help with this problem.
If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to call and talk with Rob at Star Trims. We are here to keep your vehicle looking its best at all times.
Below you’ll find answers to some of our most common questions on 3M Paint Protection Film. If you need help with something you don’t see here, use our contact form, or our Facebook page to get in touch with us
Frequently Asked Questions – 3m Paint Protection Film
Q: Will 3M Paint Protection File really stop rocks from chipping the front of my car.
A: Yes. The paint protection film was originally designed by 3M engineers to protect military aircraft propellers and rotor blades from rock chips, sand particles, and other debris hazards during Desert Storm.
Q: Can you see where you have applied the film?
A: If you are up close, you will be able to see where the application film is located, but if you are about 3-4 feet away, the kit will virtually blend into your vehicle. A line is slightly visible where the film stops, but other alternatives are:
- Bug shields (which can literally damage your hood of your vehicle after long time use and be ineffective.)
- Leather Bras (which are heard to maintain, leaves scratches under the vehicle, uneven paint fading, and takes away from the natural beauty of your vehicle)
- Rock Chips. Which would you prefer?
Q: How is the kit applied?
A: The 3M Paint Protection Film comes in a very large roll and we user computer generated designs that provide the exact fit to the high impact area for every vehicle. The pieces are then applied to the vehicle by using an alcohol and soap solution and then squeegeed out using a pressure sensitive adhesive that adheres the film to the vehicle.
Q: I noticed that after I had my kit installed, there were white spots in the film, will that go away?
A: Yes. Due to the application process, some moisture may be left behind. What you are seeing is the alcohol water solution left behind in a small pocket. If the pressure in the pockets is released, over a short period of time, the film will become clear again. This does not affect the protection value of the film.
Q: How long will it last? When will l have to replace the kit?
A: Though the material has an average lifespan of 7 years, the same factors that affect the life of your car’s paint, affects our product. Whether or not the car is garaged and whether or not it is kept washed and waxed will make a big difference.
Q: Will the paint fade differently under the clear bray than it does on the rest of the car?
A: The Paint Protection Film will not interfere with your car’s natural fading process.
Q: Can the film be removed?
A: Yes. You can remove the film fairly easily, and it will not damage the factory paint.
Q: Will 3M Paint Protection Film harm the painted surface if the film is removed?
A: If the film is properly applied to a fully cured painted vehicle, it can be removed usually in one piece, without damaging paint surfaces beneath the film.
Q: Can 3M Paint Protection Film be applied over a vehicle that has had the paint touched up?
A: 3M recommends that any repainted surfaces on your vehicle be professionally painted and fully cured before applying any paint protection film. If you have touched up scratches or chops with a tube of “Touch-up”, paint and apply paint protection film over it, the film will protect that area until it is removed. If the paint protection film is removed, it is possible that the area around the non-professional touch up paint could peel off.
Q: Can you paint or apply a clear coat over the 3M Paint Protection Film?
A: No. This is not recommended and is at your own risk. 3M film is supplied with an OEM-approved clearcoat, which is not formulated to be over-printed, painted, or clearcoated.
Q: Can 3M Paint Protection Film be applied over graphics?
A: The clear film will not interfere with the vinyl or painted graphics and is designed to match the gloss levels of today’s automotive factory clearcoat paint systems, providing virtually invisible protection. However, if the 3M Paint Protection Film is removed, damage may occur to the underlying graphic during the removal process.
Q: Can I cover the whole vehicle with 3M Paint Protection Film?
A: It is possible, but the application process would be difficult and expensive. This product is really intended for the most vulnerable areas of the vehicle.
Q: Does 3M Paint Protection Film come in colors?
A: 3M Paint Protection Film is only available as a clear film. This feature makes the film virtually invisible while protecting the beauty of your car.
Q: How is the 3M Paint Protection Film maintained?
A: Once applied, refrain from washing the vehicle in an automated car wash for 24 hours. Washing after that time presents no problems, and no special care need be taken for the film.
Q: Can I use wax over 3M Paint Protection Film?
A: Yes. When waxing the vehicle, some wax may build up along the film edges. This can easily be removed when dried with a soft brush, such as an old toothbrush. Do not use any waxes contained dyes or waxes that are not recommended for urethanes. Abrasive polish and/or rubbing compounds are not to be used.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Rob at Star Trims at (307) 856-7277.