Standard Tint vs. Ceramic Tint
Standard Tint (Mostly Cosmetic)
Mostly Cosmetic? What do you mean?
Standard tint was designed to change the look of a vehicle. At Ghost Shield Film we use the Suntek High-Performance series of window tint.
Standard Performance tint is a hybrid metalized automotive tint, with time-proven construction. This film contains a reflective quality that can be seen from a vehicle’s exterior, along with solar benefits.
The High-Performance Series of Standard tint also offers the most color options of any SunTek automotive tint.
On the road, vehicle owners with High-Performance Series tint will notice less road glare and increased comfort. Interior finishes and passengers also benefit from some UV protection, depending on tint percentage chosen.
Standard window tint is more about changing the look of the vehicle and helping to reduce some of the heat coming into the vehicle.
Ceramic tint (The Heat Shield)
Ceramic tint is the most premium, top-performing offering. Ceramic tint offers a combination of advanced ceramic and non-metal, nano-hybrid carbon technology.
The addition of ceramic technology enhances solar performance and infrared rejection with carbon hybrid tints, maintaining a fully non-metal construction for no signal interference with onboard or portable electronic devices.
Ghost Shield Film exclusively uses Suntek’s CIR Series of Ceramic tint. All of which offer a non-reflective and true black hue that helps protect against fading. Living with CIR after installation is nothing short of luxurious. Passengers and interiors are protected from 99% of UV rays, and vehicle cabin comfort is enhanced, with exceptional heat and infrared rejection.
Ceramic tint offers the best protection, both for you and your cars interior. Offering a new look to the vehicle exterior and heat rejection and UV protection for the interior of the vehicle. Ceramic tint is the best option if you are looking to keep your vehicle cool in the hot summer months.
What is Legal in California?
In California, the rear two doors and the rear glass can be any percentage that you want. The front two doors on a vehicle can legally be tinted only 70%.
Windshields are illegal at any tint shade, but many people will often ceramic tint the front windshield at 70% for heat rejection.
Pro Tip: 70% is nearly clear and does little to change the look of the glass, making it hard to tell the window is tinted, but still offering heat rejection.
What is the most popular package, In our experience?
35% Front, 20% in the back
70% Windshield, 30% fronts and 20% back -OR- 70% windshield 20% fronts 5% back
This depends on factors such as:
Size of the Car
Type of Windows
Number of Windows Needing Tints
Window Tint Classification
Window tints are not expensive, even for higher end brands. Average prices range from $200 – $500 to tint your whole car. But it’s best to be honest with yourself and your budget before you purchase. If you’re only willing to spend $100 or less, you may be better off spending that money elsewhere. Lower end tints are cheap — but they look cheap too, which totally defeats the purpose. Don’t be that guy.
Cheap Tint Months Later….Could look like this.
How do you maintain your Tinted Windows?
Window tint is installed on the inside of the glass. You will want to use an ammonia free glass cleaner to clean off the windows. As well as rotating the cloth after each window to prevent dirt from building up and scratching the tint.
Does All Tint Installation Come with Warranty?
YES! Ghost Shield Film offers Suntek CIR (Ceramic Tint) and Suntek HP window tints (Standard), both of which carry a lifetime manufacturer warranty on the film we use!
Does Window Tint Affect Visibility at Night?
That will depend on what shade of tint you choose. 5% limo tint will make it more challenging to see out of the vehicle at night. 70% tint will make very little difference in night time visibility.
The answer to this any more tint related questions can be found on our Tint Page with a complete list of Frequently Asked Questions.
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It’s great that you touched on the legality of some of the window tinting that can be done. My spouse has a new car that she wants to get tinting done on. She needs to find a professional that will install the tinting properly so that it’s legal and will last a long time.
Great article! Have a new car and need to get tint!
Great post! Loving the tint.
How can a customer tell if what the shop applies is ceramic or regular? Are there any visible differences or would the customer have to take the shop’s word on it?
There’s not really any visual difference between ceramic and standard. The biggest difference would be the heat rejection. Ceramic tint keeps a vehicle a lot cooler than standard tint does.