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Toronto Window Tint Blog
March 19, 2019
We truly live in an amazing city. Toronto is vibrant, beautiful, and home to so many interesting people, and most importantly, amazing cars!!!
Case in point - take a look at this freshly tinted C7 Corvette. This is one of just so many amazing vehicles that can be spotted driving around our winter roads of the GTA.
The tinting regulations are somewhat relaxed here in Toronto and (Ontario). Different provinces and different states have different window tinting regulations. According to the information on www.tinting-laws.com, one can see that certain jurisdictions have more stringent tint regulations. For example, in Maryland, the rear windows for sedans must transmit 35% of the light. AKA, they must be a 35% tint. www.tinting-laws.com/maryland. I guess we’re pretty fortunate that here in Toronto, there is no limit to the window tint level for the rear windows of a sedan.
According to info from www.gklaw.ca, Ontario laws don’t explicitly determine whether anterior window hue is legitimate or not. As per Ontario Highway and Safety Act, an individual may not be allowed to drive any vehicle, for instance, any window to the immediate left-hand side or right-hand side of the driver’s seat, if it significantly blocks the inside of the vehicle when seen from outside the vehicle.
Whatever tint you decide on, be smart, and drive safe!
February 5, 2019
Here is a little known tidbit about this vehicle:
2016-2019 model Honda Civic hatchback. www.honda.ca/civic_hatchback
It is a difficult car to apply window tinting!!!! Why, you may ask?
Mostly due to the rear windshield. The rear windshield on these Civic hatchbacks have 2 spoilers on them. One at the top of the window and one towards the bottom. Even though the window tint gets applied to the inside surface of the glass, it first must be heat-shrunk on the outside, so that it fits the curvature of the window. The spoilers make it difficult to lay the tint film flush on the glass and heat shrink it.
Additionally, the curvature of the bottom portion of the glass is intense, and it is therefore quite difficult to heat shrink the window tint successfully.
Us Tint Guys have tinted many of these Civics since they came out, and here is how we do it:
We have our own separate rear windshield glass that we keep in the shop. This is the rear glass portion only, without any spoilers. We use this window to heat shrink and then simply apply the piece of tint on the rear windshield of your Civic, thereby bypassing the whole issue! Pretty ingenious eh?
January 7, 2019
Factory tint vs. aftermarket tint. What’s the difference?
There are 2 main types of tinting that can be done for car windows. The first is “factory” tint, or OEM tint. This tinting process is done during the actual construction of the glass. This tinting is done by the vehicle manufacturer. Not by the car dealer, or any aftermarket window tinting company. The tint is part of the glass itself, and cannot be taken off or changed, unless you replace the windows. Factory tint usually allows for approximately 15% light transmission through the rear windows of SUVs and pickup trucks. Typically the 2 front door windows on these vehicles are not tinted to the same degree as the rear windows, and look almost completely clear by comparison.
Aftermarket tint, is a tint film, that gets applied to existing glass. The process involves cutting the plastic sheet of tint film to the exact size of the window, cleaning the window, and applying it to the inside surface. Aftermarket tinting can be done in a car dealership before you purchase the vehicle, or by a tint shop of your choice after you already have your car. Aftermarket tint film can be applied to your car windows any time, and it can also be removed if need be.
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