Caveman Tinting, Inc.

  1. Warranty?

  2. Tinting Laws?

  3. Cost?

  4. Post-tinting Care?

  5. Tint Installation During Winter?

  6. Tint At Night?

  7. Optical Distortions After Tinting?

  8. Dot Matrix In The Rear Window?

  9. Purple Tint?

  10. Rear Defroster?

  11. Imperfections In The Tint?


1. What kind of warranty do you offer and what does it cover?

What warranty you receive with your installation depends on what type of film you are having installed.  While you should always ask about the warranty on a specific film type prior to installation, general guidelines are as such:

 

Llumar Window Films

Provided that you maintain ownership of the auto, home, marine vehicle, or building, we guarantee that your window film will maintain its optical properties without crazing, cracking or peeling and maintain adhesive properties without blistering, bubbling, or de-laminating from the glass.  In the event that one of the preceding does occur, we will replace the film at no cost to you.  However, please note that the warranties do not cover scratching, cigarette burns, or any other damage inflicted by neglect or accident. ALL REPAIRS ARE TO BE DONE AT OUR SHOP, even if you originally had mobile service.

 

Paint Protection Film

Please Call

 

Term of Warranty

Automotive - Lifetime of Vehicle

Commercial/Residential:  Most films 10 year, some 5 or 7 year.  Please ask about specific film types prior to install.

Paint Protection Film: 5 Year

 

For a more detailed information on warranties, please visit our Warranty Page

 

2. My uncle's cat was adopted by the co-worker of a guy who said that the law allows me to put 05% limo tint all the way around my vehicle including the windshield. And oh yea, just to make sure no one can see my JL W-6s, i want to spray paint it black too when I'm done.  I'll be ok right?

Unfortunately, window tint law is very vague, depends on the state your vehicle is registered in, and is often open to interpretation.  Because we are not in the legal business or in the business of regulating what your vehicle is used for (as there are exceptions for certain instances, i.e. government vehicles, limousines, etc), we can not tell you whether you are running afoul of certain regulations. We will try to acquaint you with the laws as best we can by referring you to vehicle codes, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to be aware of your local laws and abide by them. Further, we are happy to try to accommodate your tint requests, however, we recommend you always err on the side of lighter tint.  However, that does not necessarily equate to 'lighter tint = legal'.  Again, it is your responsibility to research your local laws. We don't want to see you pay good money for tinting only to have it removed at an additional cost and we are sure you don't want to have that happen either. By having us install window tint on your vehicle, you are agreeing that WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY FINES, CITATIONS, ETC as a result of your choice of window tinting.  Know The Law!

 

3. I'm not rich you know.  How much does window tinting cost?

Window tint is actually very affordable when you do the math.  In autos, you have to figure that the glass compromises 20-30% of the vehicle's entire exterior.   In homes, depending on the room, the glass can also comprise a significant portion of the area.  When the sun is pounding through the glass on a hot summer day, the additional cost to you to operate your climate control can be astronomical.  With tinted windows, it has been shown that temperatures can be up to 30-50%(**) cooler than would otherwise be with naked glass.  Imagine all the money you would save on gas or electric alone.  Furthermore, in 2009, the government introduced the 2009 Residential Window Film Tax Credit as part of a larger initiative to spur energy independence.   Qualifying films are eligible for a tax credit of up to $1500. (More details in our Residential section). Specific pricing is based on individual jobs, however, you can setup a free Com/Res estimate by calling or sending us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can receive kn Automotive Price Quote right here online.

 

 

4. My roommates can tell you, cleaning is not really 'my thing'.  But I really want the tint to last.  How do I ensure the longest lifespan possible for my tint?

It is imperative that you clean your window tint on a semi-regular basis to ensure proper lifespan.  Without proper maintenance, cigarette tar build up, surface dirt, and other grime can significantly alter the optical clarity of your windows.  To clean your windows, always use a NON-ABRASIVE cloth or soft-paper towel combined with either a) soapy water, b) a 50/50 mix of water and isopropyl alcohol, or c) any after-market NON-AMONNIATED window cleaner that SPECIFICALLY indicates that it is safe for tinted windows.  Furthermore, in autos, you should not clean or roll your windows down for at least 48 hours after being tinted in order to allow the adhesive to adhere.  In commercial/residential tint, you should allow at least 30 days to expire prior to cleaning your glass.  Please keep in mind, we will clean your windows upon completing installation so immediate cleaning should not be an issue.

 

5. They're calling for a blizzard later tonight but I'd like to bring my car in real quick to have you tint it.  Just in case my work keeps me late or my girlfriend needs me to pick her up Chinese food beforehand, can you tint my windows in cold or inclimate weather?

Cold or inclimate...Yes.   A freezing blizzard...not so much.  Window films are applied using water.  During the winter months, installers add a little bit of isopropyl alcohol to our soap/water solution to speed up the drying process.  However, if after immediately having window film installed, you plan on leaving your vehicle for an extended period of time in temperatures below 32 degrees, it is best to wait for a two-day period where temperatures stay above freezing.  Keep in mind, it only has to be above freezing, not necessarily 'warm'.  It is not an issue in homes because the interior temperature of your glass will always be above freezing, even if cold.

 

6. This new window tint that you installed on my house windows is great! This means I can finally revisit my childhood habit of streaking through the house naked at night while the shades are up, right? Wrong.  Despite your inclination to be one with nature, window tinting does not actually prevent people from seeing in at night.  The way window film works (any time of the day) is that it will, generally, block vision into the side that has the lesser source of light and allow you to see into the side that has greater source of light.  In other words, during the day, it is super bright outside, darker on the inside.  Won't be able to see in.  However, at night, you still have interior lights that illuminate the room (i.e. greater source of light than outside) that will allow a person to see in.  So, for the sake of your standing within the community, put some clothes on would you!

 

 

7. You just tinted my windows and now it has streaking, distortions, and haze.  I may just have to come hurt you...

Take a breathe, cowboy!  There is no need for violence.  They are supposed to be there....well sort of.  Because window film gets applied with a one-time water-activated adhesive, it is a common occurrence to (initially) have distortions in your glass.  Rest assured that they WILL go away.   Cure times can take anywhere from 48-72 hours with polyester-based automotive films up to 30 days with sputtered metallic films that are generally installed on homes, buildings, and some autos.  Safety & Security films can take even longer because of their thicknesses.

 

 

8. How does the dot matrix patterns surrounding my glass and at the top of my rear window effect the out come of my tint job?

Since time-immemorial, window tinters have struggled with how to effectively & uniformly cover up the dot matrix patterns commonly found in certain makes and models' rear windows.  Many techniques have been developed over the years, however, every one of those techniques ultimately fails to  remedy the scattered look of a finished-tinted dot matrix in total.   While many come close, ultimately the problem lies with the fact that the window film doesn't actually 'touch' the glass, rather the dot matrices, which are a raised entity.  In certain vehicles it is possible to wet-sand them down to get a more uniform purpose, but often times, especially in newer models, autos have heating elements running through them which makes a wet-sand impossible to perform without sacrificing the defroster.  We will always do our best to ensure the most professional tint job but ultimately, will be limited by your make/model's specific dot-matrix type.  However, we will fully vet our the options with you prior to installation so that you can make an informed decision about your vehicles final appearance.

 

9. I saw an '83 Ford Pinto stumbling down the road the other day and it's tint was purple and bubbling.  Will my window tint do that?

Nope. Never.  We use all premium grade window films with color stable dyes that are backed by a manufacturer's warranty.  No Ford Pinto looks for you, unless of course, you happen to own an '83 Ford Pinto and had it tinted when Dokken was desperate to 'Unchain The Night'.  And in that case, you may want to think about getting a new set of wheels.

 

10. Will window tint affect my ability to use the rear defroster?

No. Actually, window tint (especially metalized films) acts as a conductor for your heating elements.  You may find that there's actually improved performance after you install window film.

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11. I pulled out the electron microscope the other day and at 10x with just the right amount of sunlight at a 48° angle, you can make out a white speck in my right rear window.  Will you buy me a new car now?

Rule #1 of after-market window tinting:  it is an art and NOT a science.  Unfortunately, after-market window tint installers do not have the technical advantages found in the multi-million dollar factory set-ups.  Because of such, we are left to work within the confines of a regular shop setup.  Rule#2: there is no such thing as a perfect tint job.  Anyone who tells you otherwise is LYING TO YOU to get your business.  Even under the most optimal conditions, free-floating particles are always present in the air (short of being in a vacuum).  Every once in a great while, one of these particles may land on the film during the installation process.  In most scenarios, they can easily be done-away with through a heat-press.   However, in the event, one of these particles makes it's way into the final tint job, we will do our very best to remedy the situation to your satisfaction, including possibly re-tinting the window*.

*Please note the ultimate decision to retint a vehicle resides with the shop.

**Under optimal conditions