Different Types of Car Tint and Which One is For You?
A car tint is a customizing accessory that every car must-have, especially in a climate like Singapore’s.
Car tints are thin tint films installed on the glass windows. When installed, they act as a filter for the sun rays, blocking out harmful radiations that could otherwise cause eye and skin cancer.
They also provide added privacy with a stylish look and prevent heat build-up inside the car for a more comfortable drive.
Types of Car Tint:
There are roughly six types of car tint that you can choose from. Though all car tint types serve more or less the same purpose, some have certain advantages over others.
We are defining each car tint type based on its function and its price so that you can make an informed decision. The types are as follows:
Dyed is the most basic among the types of car tints. It comprises several layers of dyed sheets that are plastered together as a single sheet and can be pasted over your car’s window.
Dyed car tint acts more like a shade as it shelters you from sun rays. It is fairly effective against the sunlight, but it does not provide complete protection as most of the harmful rays from the sun, especially of the higher wavelength, pass through it.
It also has limited benefits as it only shields against sunlight. It does not have any integrated properties or shatterproof features. Another downside of dyed car tints is that the dye fades away with time, losing its effectiveness in providing shade against sunlight.
Since it is the most basic type of car tint, it is readily available and the most cost-effective.
Metallic is among the types of car tint that use advanced technology and acts at a micro-level.
Metallic car tints are also made up of several sheet layers, but instead of being dyed, they have micro metal particles in them. The metal most commonly used in metallic car tints is titanium and has superior sun-blocking properties.
As the metal particles are on the micro-level, they are more practical to block sun rays of longer wavelengths, providing better protection against UV and IR rays, as well as better heat resistance.
Metal car tints also have a unique lustrous and reflective look, which is why many people prefer them to add an aesthetic look to their car.
The downside of using metal car tints is that the metal particles interfere with the radio and GPS signals and often block out mobile network and internet connectivity with the sunlight, making it hard for the drivers to stay connected on the go.
Metal car tints are more durable than dyed car tints as they retain their look for longer and provide long-lasting protection, which is why they are a little bit expensive than dyed car tints.
A hybrid car tint is a type of car tint that has a combination of features of both dyed and metallic car tints.
Their composition is such that they are made up of multiple dyed layers of sheets with a layer of metal particles between them. Because of their make, they can provide the qualities of both dyed in metallic car tints.
They provide better protection against the sun and resistance against heat build-up than dyed car tints. They also fade slower, providing a better life span than dyed car tints.
A thin layer of metal particles interferes less with the radio and GPS signals, providing some connectivity in the car.
Hybrid car tints are still not ideal for protection against UV, but they are more effective than the previously discussed types of car tints.
They are more expensive than dyed car tints because they have metal particles in them, but they are cheaper than metallic car tints because the metal particle layer is thin.
Carbon is among those types of car tints that exceed in performance than dyed, metallic, and hybrid car tints.
Carbon car tints use fine particles of carbon fiber in the sheet to provide all the benefits that one might expect from a car tint film. They provide superior protection against harmful sunrays, including UV and IR rays. They also prevent excessive heat build-up inside the car and possess shatterproof properties. They give a matte finish to the car windows, making them a top choice for many car enthusiasts.
Carbon tints are quite durable as they do not use any dye, and there is little to no fading or reduction in effectiveness. As they do not use any metal particles, there is no risk of interference with radio and GPS signals and allow as good of connectivity as provided by the service provider.
Because of their superior features, effectiveness, and durability, carbon car tints come at a higher price than the previously discussed types.
Ceramic car tint is the most superior type of car tint available. The secret to their superior performance is fine ceramic nanoparticles embedded in the sheet layers.
They are adequate to block as much as 99% of harmful radiations from the sun, including UV and IR rays. They are also effective in blocking heat out of the car and reducing heat build-up inside the car by as much as 50%.
They also possess superior shatter proofing properties and make your car windows virtually impossible to break. An additional benefit is that they also provide glare reduction, giving you a clearer and more comfortable vision while driving your car.
There are no concerns of signal interference while using ceramic car tint, and you can also be more flexible with the shade of tint as they allow quality performance in lighter shades.
Being the most superior among types of car tint, ceramic car tint is the most expensive one and for the right reasons.
Crystalline is the last among types of car tint and is specially designed for those who only want utility and do not care about the look.
Crystalline car tint uses transparent crystal particles to block harmful radiations from the sun and prevent heat build-up inside the car. As they use clear crystal particles, they do not provide any tint to the window panes while providing reasonable protection.
The downside of a crystalline car tint is that they do not provide privacy, but it is an excellent option for those who do not want privacy.