Why Should Californians Tint Their Windows?


Here at Pazi Performance, we like the sun just as much as anybody else. There isn’t anything better than getting some warmth and sunlight during a welcoming summer day. However, even with all of the vitamin D it provides and all the bronzed skin we’re able to get from it, the sun still has the ability to cause some real damage to our skin, much like our cars! Usually, an individual spends thousands of minutes per year inside their vehicle, and a lot of that time is spent baking in the dangerous ultraviolet rays. Thankfully, tinting your vehicle can effortlessly help you avoid some of those ultraviolet rays. Depending on the VLT tint level, it’s possible to block up to 99 percent of dangerous ultraviolet rays from harming out skin. If you’re asking the professionals, getting some additional protection is a simple and easy decision that we fully stand by.

Every and any amount of window and windshield film will offer at least some protection from:

  • Excessive brightness and heat
  • Interior wear to your vehicle that is caused by the harsh rays of the sun
  • Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays

Additionally, window tinting offers a certain level of privacy and safety. As a matter of fact, some window tint manufacturers have developed a tint that makes it much more difficult to completely break through glass, which keeps you safe in the case that someone tries to enter your vehicle through the window. Plus, it helps keep your window intact in the event of a collision, reducing the risk of getting injured from broken or shattered glass.

Factory tints VS Aftermarket tints

If your car came from a factory with tinting on its windows, it was accomplished with a “dying” process. Most of the time, that only applies to a car’s rear windows, and occasionally, the top of the windshield to decrease sun glare. This can be seen by finding the dark green strip that is across the top of older vehicles.

Once you apply window tint as an aftermarket upgrade, it’s usually performed using a film that’s wet down and then applied to the interior of the car’s window. It’s possible to do it yourself with a DIY kit; however, if you aren’t experienced, the results will more than likely be messy and a little difficult for a first-timer, resulting in a need to re-apply window tint later on. At Pazi Performance, we suggest for everyone to apply the tint professionally and with people who are experienced in window tint applications like us! The cost might seem like a deterrent, yet with our high-quality promise, we guarantee that you will drive away with a tint you’ll not only love, but will be properly applied to last.

What amount of window tint is legal in California?

Tinting is graded upon the percentage of light which transfers, as well as how well it decreases VLT (Visible Light Transference). The darker the window tint, the lower light transmittance percentage it will have. The regulations of what window tint percentage is legal differs with each state. In California, the laws include:

  • Rear Window: Any darkness may be used.
  • Back Side windows: Any darkness may be used.
  • Front Side windows: Has to allow over 43 percent of light in.
  • Windshield: Non-reflective window tint is permitted above the manufacturer’s top 4 inches or AS-1 line.

Generally, factory tint has a Visible Light Transference of 74 to 85 percent, and it’s possible to add onto that to decrease the light if needed through aftermarket tints.

Tinting also assists in increasing a car’s resale value. Not only will tinting help with what was already aforementioned, it’ll also help with a car’s resale value. The car will have an undisputed, improved appearance, and will have been kept in better condition because of less ultraviolet damage to the interior.

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