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Top 5 Rookie Mistakes with DIY Window Tint


Let Our Professionals at Stereo Depot Install Your Window Tint


Do-it-yourself and your beloved vehicle don’t mix. What seems like a quick and easy project may actually cause your car more issues in the long run.


Window tinting is so much more than just purchasing window film from an auto store. It’s essential to have the proper equipment, a steady hand, the right environment, and most importantly, experience. If you’re considering tinting your windows to revamp your ride, sit back and let a professional take care of it.


What is Window Tinting?


Window tinting involves applying window film to the interior of your car windows to not only darken them, but also to prevent glare and block harmful UV rays.


Besides giving your vehicle a sleek and luxurious look, window tinting also comes with many other benefits. It prevents people from seeing inside your car, overall increasing your vehicle’s security. With tinted windows, you’ll have peace of mind next time you accidently leave your wallet, or any other valuable belongings, in your car.


Window tinting also helps keep your auto glass together, in case you experience an unfortunate event that might cause your windows to shatter. At Stereo Depot, we use a high-end window film that ensures dangerous fragments won’t spread everywhere.


Window film can be many different materials and shades, so whether you’re wanting to install window tint to give your car a polished look or want to protect your interior from fading, you’re sure to find one that is right for you and your needs.


Explore window film varying from practically invisible to completely opaque at Stereo Depot.


5 Mistakes Made with DIY Window Tint


Chances are, watching a couple of tutorials online aren’t going to tell you everything you need to know about window tinting. A lot can go wrong if you’re a beginner.


There are many reasons why you should let experts complete your window tint installation.


1. Poor Quality


Purchasing window film online or in-store does not automatically ensure that it's a high-quality product. At first, it can be difficult to know how to define a quality window film.


When buying your own window film, you’re taking a risk of it being too flimsy or not protective enough. This could lead to damage from UV rays and interior fading. The window film may also peel quickly, requiring you to reapply it quicker than you would if it was professionally installed.


2. Time Consuming


You may think that you’re saving yourself time (and money) by applying your own window tint, but it’s likely that it won’t look perfect on your first try.


The process could end up taking more time than you anticipated and may also lead to some frustrations along the way. If you make too many mistakes, you might also need to purchase more window film than you were initially expecting.


After wasting time and money, you might find yourself wishing that you just took it to a professional from the start.


3. Damage


Installing your own window tint can cause permanent damages to your vehicle if you aren’t careful. Because you probably won’t apply the window tint flawlessly on your first try, you’ll have to remove it several times.


Continuous removal and reapplying can be dangerous. As you attempt to take off the window tint with a blade, you might accidentally scratch or crack the glass on your windows.


The Work Area


To get the smoothest, sleekest window tint, it’s vital that the window film is installed in a space free of debris.


No matter where you’re planning to install your window tint, outside debris can be tricky to avoid and it’s almost impossible to not trap small particles in between the glass and film.


At Stereo Depot, our professional installers work in a designated area away from any outdoor elements that may interfere with your window tint installation.


Local Regulations


Believe it or not, it’s possible for your window tint to be too dark, and this can cause major problems that result in you having to remove the tint you worked so hard to apply yourself.


It can be considered a safety hazard, and you may get into trouble with the police if your window tint does not comply with your area's window tint regulations.


Our professionals at Stereo Depot are familiar with California regulations, so you’ll have nothing to worry about.


Window Tint Installation at Stereo Depot


Let our professional installers at Stereo Depot apply your window tint. Our experts can promise a flawless finish, so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.


Visit one of our locations in San Diego or El Cajon to get started on completely transforming the look and feel of your ride.