The History of Car Window Tint

Car window tint goes as far back as the 40s, but what we are going to focus on today is when window tint film was first invented in the 60s. Here are the three stages it went through, leading up to modern attractive and long-lasting tints.

  • Dye-Based Tints – For about 25 years, this was the tint that dominated the industry, and it is why aftermarket tints are still fighting to clear their reputation. While film tint provided a more even tint than the previous spray on varieties, the dye caused a lot of issues. Rather than reflecting away heat, it would absorb it. That made it turn purple and bubble.
  • Second Generation Tints – In the 90s, tint manufacturers came up with the idea of mixing metals in with the dye. This stopped the color change and blocked a lot of the heat that dyed tint failed to. There was just one problem, and it led to the need for another change in tint technology as more electronic devices became standard fare for cars. The metal in the tint would interfere with signals from devices like cell phones or GPS.
  • Modern Ceramic Films – This is the car window tint industry’s elegant solution to the previous issues. The tint is long-lasting, UV resistant, and doesn’t block the signals you need for all of your onboard gadgets.

San Diego’s Car Window Tint Installers

At Soundiego, you get the combination of decades of car window tint installation experience with the most modern and high-quality tint film. This gives you all of the benefits of car window tint without the downsides of older tinting films. To learn more, give us a call today at 619-582-5577 or request a quote online.

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