The weather is finally beginning to warm up in Atlanta, a welcome change as the city heads into summer. The increased sunshine and higher temperatures also mean more tinted windows on the roads. Before you make a decision to install your own or have a professional handle the job for you, consider a few dos and don'ts for window tinting.
Legal issues at hand
Do: Know the law concerning acceptable tint levels in the city. The most recent Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) states that "...it shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in this state...[w]hich has material and glazing applied or affixed to the rear windshield or the side or door windows, which material and glazing when so applied or affixed reduce light transmission through the windshield or window to less than 32 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, or increase light reflectance to more than 20 percent."
- Light transmission is defined in the code as "the ratio of the amount of total light, expressed in percentages, which is allowed to pass through a surface to the amount of light falling on the surface."
- Light reflectance is "the ratio of the amount of total light that is reflected outward by a product or material to the amount of total light falling on the product or material."
Don't: Do not use red, green or amber-colored tint. Tint film of these colors are illegal in Atlanta, but many drivers are unaware of this fact.
Do: Have your tint professionally installed. It is tempting to go with a DIY tint kit but resist! Often the kits are not as precise as you'd like them to be, and will leave you will a bubbled, cracked mess. Let the Atlanta pros handle your tint job, as every vehicle is unique and may require tools or techniques that the average DIY'er isn't familiar with.
Don't: Spray tint is a bad idea! It is very easy to end up with a bad tint job, and maybe even a citation for your trouble.
How to maintain your tinted windows
Do: Have your newly-tinted vehicle professionally detailed. This will help maintain the quality finish of the tint over a longer period. There are several detailers in the metro-area who would be happy to help with keeping your car or truck looking showroom new!
Don't: Stay away from any window cleaners with ammonia in them. Ammonia acts as an abrasive on window tinting, quickly ruining any work you've done. As a general rule, you should avoid any "blue" window cleaning solutions as these often have ammonia in them. Vinegar and water, or soap and water, are fine alternatives.