Automotive Window Tinting FAQ

“In general, how long does it take to have automotive window film installed on my car?”

The time involved is dependent on the make and model of the car, as well, as age and condition. Generally, most standard 4 door cars take around 2 hours. However, some luxury cars, exotic sports cars, and antique cars can take 3-5 hours.

A set of doors on most pickup trucks, SUV’s, and vans take 45 minutes to one hour.  For window film removal and reinstallation, the time involved can be greatly longer; dependent upon the condition of the film.

“My car has window film on it now . Can I remove this myself?”

There are many factors that can prevent you from removing film yourself. We recommend to have the window film removed professionally. for several reasons:

1.A higher propensity for damage to the glass if removed improperly,

2. Possible damage to the interior trim of your automobile due to the use of unneeded caustic chemicals.

3. Much higher propensity for damage to the rear defroster elements in back glass as well.

“There are many automotive window film products available on the market . Why should I choose Formula One High Performance Films by LLumar?”

CP Films , the manufacturer of LLumar as well as Formula One High Performance Films is the largest manufacturer of window film in the world. They are a ISO 9001 certified company , which insures the highest quality standards for consumer window film products.  As a Formula One dealer , you can be assured that we have received the most up to date training on new products , installation techniques , as well as being held to the highest standards and demands of the Formula One brand name and the quality that you as a customer expect. Also , Formula One High Performance Films offer the most comprehensive nationwide transferrable warranty on the market.

“I just bought a new BMW 525i. I am concerned about the fading of the interior on my new car. Can Formula One High Performance film stop the fading of my interior?”

No.  However,  Formula One High Performance Film can help to reduce the effects of fading of your cars interior.  UV light contributes to 40% of fading of your cars interior. The other factors are the amount of visible light transmitted , as well as the types of dyes used in your automotive manufacturers upholstery . All Formula One products block 99% of UV light, with our Pinnacle series offering 99.9% UV light . Window film is a great solution for helping prevent the fading of your interior , as well as adding comfort from heat and reducing glare , but can not completely stop fading.

“I have been online researching window film for my car , and I am interested in getting the maximum amount of protection from IR heat . I have read great reviews of the Formula One window film, but there is no information on the amount of IR (Infrared) rejection. Why?”

CP films does not list IR rejection of their films because it is somewhat misleading for customers . For one , there is no set industry standard for measuring IR rejection . While other manufacturers may claim up to 99% IR rejection , this is very misleading for consumers. This claim is measured within a very small band of the electromagnetic spectrum between 900-1000 nm . Independent testing has shown that many window films perform the same within this spectrum .  Also , the IWFA (International Window Film Association) has refuted these claims as misleading. The more important number to look at in a window films performance is TSER (Total Solar Energy Rejected ).

 IR accounts for 48.93% of heat, UV light accounts for 1.81% of heat, and visible light transmission accounts for 49.26 % of heat. Therefore, TSER is a better measurement for a consumer to make a informed decision on a window films performance .

“When my windows are tinted on my car, are the chemicals used to install it harmful to my health?”

No. The chemicals we use to install window film are odorless , and non-toxic. For glass cleaning and preparation we use a product called Dirt-off . Dirt off helps remove dirt, oils, and residue on the glass prior to installation.  For installation we use a product called film on, which is also non toxic and odorless.  For window film removal, we use ammonia based glass cleaner , as well as adhesive remover if the removal process demands it. This can have some smell, as well as being mildly unhealthy. We tend to air out the car for a extended period of time to eliminate any residual smell that may be uncomfortable for the consumer.  MSDS documentation is available here on our website

“I have seen that some companies now have machines that cut window film. Do you all offer this service?”

Yes, With Llumar’s Precision Cut program , we are able to cut the windows of your car to the exact shape with merely a press of a button. This eliminates the danger of damaging glass surfaces and gaskets when hand cutting film on the car .

“Does the window film go on the exterior or interior of the window?

 All Formula One Products are installed on the interior surface of the windows.

What are the general care instructions for Formula One High Performance Tint Products?

The care instructions are very simple. After installation, don’t roll your windows down for 3-5 days . This allows the adhesive time to cure to the glass. You may see some small water beads , and a slightly hazy appearance. This is perfectly normal , and usually goes away in 2-4 weeks time, sometimes sooner depending on the temperature and season. When you wash your windows , use a soft micro-fibre cloth or paper towels, and avoid ammonia based glass cleaners or abrasive rags .

Also, you can make your own glass cleaner , and its easy and inexpensive . Just fill a spray bottle with ½ distilled water , ½ isopropyl alcohol , and 3-4 drops dish detergent. This solution works great to clean window film . For more stubborn stains like pet slobber , or food residue, pure isopropyl alcohol works well.  

?What would the SPF (sun protection factor) be for window film, using the same scale used by the sun screen manufacturers?”

Since an SPF 15 allows you to stay in the sun without burning fifteen times longer than you could if you didn't use any sunscreen, the calculation of the SPF for window film is fairly easy. The number is very large indeed. If the film product allows less than 1% UV transmission, the SPF would be about 100 or more. With 1.5% UV transmission, the SPF is 66.66. With a UV transmission of 2%, the SPF would be 50, etc. Simply divide 100 by the percentage of UV transmission. Make sure that your UV transmission number covers the whole range of UVA and UVB radiation. (See also http://www.pg.com/schldays/skincare/71000.htm ).

NOTICE: While this computation is easy to perform, it must be said that most dermatologists don't think numbers larger than about 20 are meaningful. Moreover, these SPF numbers are officially determined by actual skin testing according to an established experimental protocol. It is not permissible to make such claims about actual SPF numbers without having these skin tests performed by a qualified laboratory.