Automotive Window Tinting
We all have vehicles that we rely on everyday and would love to add certain amenities that would make our “dash time” and daily commutes more enjoyable, safer, and less monotonous.
The Tint Guys (a division of Sound Performance, Inc.) is a certified SelectPro FormulaOne LLumar Dealer.
What does that mean? We were selected to be part of the Elite Trusted Dealer Network because of our high standards of business and year over year track record of taking care of our customers the right way.
The LLumar SelectPro dealer network delivers an outstanding window film and paint protection buying experience. We provide professional installation and a wide range of film selections for customers who demand only the finest for their vehicles, homes and commercial properties.
LLumar / FormulaOne – The Brand
The world takes window glass for granted. And that’s okay. You expect protection against the elements, like rain and cold. And you expect a two-way view. The basics. We see window glass differently. We see it as unlimited opportunity to change, improve and protect the lives of people around the world.
We take care of what’s important to you. We pride ourselves in providing an extra measure of care to the things that matter most – from the health and comfort of families and workers to saving on energy costs and helping you drive in greater comfort.
For more than 60 years, LLumar window films have been used to:
Control the sun — providing protection from excessive heat and harmful ultraviolet rays.
Lower energy costs — saving homeowners up to 40% on cooling costs and providing annual energy savings up to 15% in commercial buildings.
Improve driving comfort; style and privacy.
LLumar has grown into one of the world’s best-selling brands of window films by never taking anything for granted. We’re constantly improving our products to help people live more comfortably and safely whether they are at home, work, or in the cars they drive.
If you’re ready to improve your view of the world and to see how an extra level of care can make a big difference in your life, we’d like to help.
The Tint Guys have partnered with LLumar for over 17 of those 60 years. They allow us to take care of our customers with extraordinary products and the best service because they provide us the best of the best when it comes to technology, products, and up-to-date training. We are grateful to have such a great partner in the business.
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At The Tint Guys (a division of Sound Performance), our mission is to provide reliable and quality service that fits your needs for every project. We’re here to help find your perfect window tinting solution.
FAQ About Window Tinting
Q: What is legal tint darkness (VLT visible light transmission) in Missouri?
A: 35% on the front driver and passenger windows/ As dark as wanted on rear sides and back glass / no tint on windshield below the AS1 marks on the factory window (typically 5-7″s from the top of the windshield). You can click here to learn more about the laws for all states and more specifics.
Q: What is window film?
A: Window film is a thin, multi-layered polyester material that incorporates the many different layers to control different properties, including Ultra-Violet (UV) light, heat, glare, and privacy. Window film comes in a variety of performance levels and shades.
Q: What are the benefits of window film?
A: The many benefits of window film include eye comfort, UV protection, aesthetics, and increased safety, privacy, and energy savings.
Q: What do the different shades of film mean?
A: Film percentages stand for visible light transmission (VLT) or the amount of light that is allowed through the film. The lower the percentage, the darker the film.
Q: Is the tint applied on the outside of the window?
A: No. Window film is installed on the inside of the glass. This allows for maximum durability. We will shape the film to the window from the outside if the window has any curvature but then it is applicable to the inside of that window.
Q: Will the film affect my rear defroster, or will my rear defroster affect the film?
A: No, window film and a car’s rear defroster will not affect one another.
Q: How long does it take to tint my vehicle?
A: The amount of time it would take to tint your vehicle depends on the vehicle type. A complete car can take anywhere from two to four hours. Full-sized trucks generally take about an hour or so. If you are interested in only tinting the two front doors, thirty to forty minutes is usually satisfactory. If your vehicle has old film that needs to be removed, this process adds about two to four additional hours to the film installation. These time estimates are for ideal situations; as with anything, things may happen that can extend window film installation time. Please keep this in mind when making your appointment.
Q: I just had my windows tinted, why do they look hazy and why is there small moisture bubbles?
A: The moisture that remains between the film and the glass after installation can cause a hazy, streaky, blotchy appearance. It takes several days for the adhesive/film to completely cure. The remaining moisture will evaporate through the film; depending on the type of film, this process may take a couple of days or even a couple of months. When the water evaporates completely, your windows should have excellent clarity.
Q: Can I roll my windows down right away after I’ve had film installed?
A: We recommend that you leave your vehicle windows rolled up for 3-5 days after the window film installation. This allows the film to cure and adhere to the glass before the window is moved.
Q: What should I use to clean my windows after I’ve had them tinted?
A: After window film installation, wait a week before cleaning the inside of the window where the film was installed. After a week, use a window cleaner without ammonia and a soft cloth or rubber squeegee. We recommend foam cleaners because they do not streak, and are usually ammonia-free. Never scrape the film with any type of blade or clean your tinted windows with anything abrasive, as it will scratch the film.
Q: What causes window film to turn purple?
A: The window film used by The Tint Guys at Sound Performance is color stable film, thus carrying a lifetime warranty that guarantees no color change. This means that our window films do not turn purple like the cheap films sold in other shops or auto parts stores. Please see our Lifetime Limited Warranty for more information.
Q: What if my vehicle already has old film on the windows? Will it need to be removed before I have my windows tinted? (aka: Can I tint over tint?)
A: Old film will need to be removed before installation of new window film. It is always best to have the old film removed by a professional, as the vehicle’s rear defroster can be easily damaged. There is an additional charge for removal of old film, and the process adds about two to four hours to the window film installation process. If your vehicle has old film that will require removal before installing new film, it is best to drop your vehicle off in the morning and let us call you when the job is completed.
Q: If my window film is damaged, can it be fixed?
A: Damaged window film cannot be repaired, but the damaged piece of film can be removed and the glass can be retinted.
Q: Can the front two doors be matched to the vehicle factory window tint?
A: Yes. However, having this level of window film on front doors is not legal in Missouri. Vehicle factory window tint is usually 26%-15% film level. Missouri law states that front door legal light transmission is 35%, which is lighter than the rear window of your factory tinted vehicle.
Q: Can I darken vehicle factory window tint?
A: Yes. “Factory Window Tint is actually only colored glass, we can install window film directly on the glass. Aftermarket window film has many more solar benefits than factory window coloring. Factory tint only rejects part of the UV rays, and only rejects a small amount of heat. Aftermarket window film rejects 99% of ultraviolet rays and between 29%-98% IR (heat), depending on the film option chosen . In addition to these benefits, darkening factory tinted glass will give you more privacy for storing your personal items in the back of the vehicle.
Q: Does window film prevent glass from breaking?
A: No, window film does not prevent glass from breaking. Window film does increase the safety of the glass; due to a very aggressive adhesive, the film helps to hold the pieces of broken glass together. In the event the glass breaks, due to an auto accident, a person running into it, or an attempted break-in, the glass will shatter, but in most instances, the film will help keep the glass together.
Q: Can window film increase safety and security?
A: Yes, window film adds a degree of shatter resistance to the glass areas of your home, building, or vehicle. These films bond to glass and help hold dangerous glass fragments in place, should breakage occur due to an accident, natural disaster, or illegal entry.
Q: Does blocking UV rays help prevent fading and deterioration?
A: Yes. The same sun that brightens a room’s interior can be detrimental to fabrics, furnishings, artwork, and rugs. Ultraviolet rays are the main cause of both fade and deterioration. Window films can screen out 99% of the damaging UV rays that can fade richly colored furniture, tapestries, and artwork. Heat and light also play a part in fading, but using window film to block nearly 100% of UV rays will increase the life of your personal property for years.
Q: Can window film be applied to any surface?
A: No. Window film should only be applied to glass surfaces that have a smooth finish since the adhesive is meant to adhere to glass only. Plastics, Plexiglass, or Lexan contain too much oil for the film to adhere properly for a long period of time and will “gas” over time from the energy of the sun.