Many drivers in a hot, sunny state like Arizona opt for automotive window tinting. It helps block the sun from entering the vehicle and minimizes the greenhouse effect. If you have noticed cars with tinted windows and are wondering whether you should have it done, take a closer look at the process to guide your decision.

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Window Tinting

What is a window tint?

Aftermarket tint is a polyester film applied to the inside of the windows that reduces visible light transference (VLT)—or the amount of light that enters the vehicle. The darker the tint, the less illumination can get through.

In Arizona, non-reflective windshield tint is allowed above the manufacturer's AS-1 glare line. Front driver and passenger windows must allow at least 33% of light in, but any darkness is permitted for the backseat and rear windows.

What are the benefits?

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The primary benefit of tinted windows is that the car does not get as hot in summer. As a result, the interior becomes more comfortable for passengers. 

Blocking out light also prevents the leather seats or steering wheel from becoming too hot, protecting your skin. In addition, it reduces the wear and tear of fabric and interior trim materials, which are often caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation and overheating.

How long does the process take?

The timeline for the process will depend on what vehicle you drive. For instance, it takes two to four hours to tint the windows of a four-door sedan. On the other hand, standard pickup trucks normally take only two hours because they have fewer windows. Some establishments permit drive-up service, while others require you to make an appointment.

Is window tinting reversible?

The film is normally reversible. However, it will depend on how long you've had it and the weather conditions it has undergone. Avoid extracting it on your own, as this can cause scratches or breaks on the windows. Instead, have a professional installer perform the removal process to ensure the best results.


If you need car window tinting, visit Dwight's Glass & Tint in Tucson, AZ. Serving clients throughout Pima County and beyond since 1986, they specialize in commercial glass, car audio systems, and car alarms. They even offer same-day windshield replacements and are renowned throughout the region for their quality work and friendly service. Seniors, military members, and first responders can also expect a 10% discount. Visit their website to learn more about their window tinting services, and call (520) 326-1580 to make a window tinting appointment.