Window tinting offers plenty of benefits like protecting your car interior and your skin. However, you shouldn’t install it yourself to prevent tint bubbles. Not only are they unattractive, but driving with them can also impair your ability to see on the road. Find out more about how to prevent bubbling in the guide below.
What Are the Different Types of Bubbles?
Bubbling on window tinting is a common occurrence and comes in three varieties. Depending on the type you have, fixing it requires different approaches.
Water Bubbles: Sometimes known as blistering, water bubbles are typical following a tint installation. They’ll disappear after a few days or weeks when the water evaporates and the film properly cures.
Air Bubbles: Unlike their water counterparts, air bubbles never go away, even after the film cures. Smaller ones—less than a quarter of an inch in diameter—are likely due to improper preparation before film application, while larger air bubbles are the result of adhesive failure or deteriorating tint.
Dirt or Contamination Bubbles: When dirt and debris get trapped between the tint and auto glass during installation, it results in contamination bubbles. They also never go away and may even enlarge over time.
How to Prevent Them
Fortunately, you can take steps to keep your window tinting from bubbling and make it last longer.
Work with a Professional: A professional has the tools, materials, and expertise to apply the film over your auto glass efficiently and effectively.
Roll the Windows Up: After the installation, refrain from rolling down the windows since the adhesive likely hasn't dried yet. It often takes two to four days before the adhesive dries, so until then, keep the windows up.
Wait Before Washing: It pays to wait for a while before cleaning your vehicle since the film needs time to cure. Use only a soft microfiber cloth or paper towel to lightly wipe your newly tinted windows, and skip cleaning them with anything that has ammonia.
Avoid DIY Fixes: It's normal to see water pockets or a bit of haziness on your tint following an installation. They’re temporary and not cause for alarm, so don’t try to fix these issues on your own.
The best way to avoid car tint bubbles is to opt for professional window tinting from Ohana Tinting in Kapolei, HI. Since 2013, they’ve provided first-rate automotive tinting services across the island of Oahu. They also offer quality commercial and residential window tinting services. Call (808) 636-6551 or visit their website to make an appointment.