Frequently Qsked Questions

Solartint have a range of high performance window tinting films, metalized and non metalized. Non metalized window tinting films are more cost effective than high heat rejection metalized window tinting films although non metalized films still block out a considerable amount of heat also.

Solartint use… MADICO …they are the largest window film manufacturer in the world and lead the way in the window tinting industry. Just click on the Madico link to view all there films for cars, homes and office.

Metalized window tinting films are a multi-layered film and cost far more to manufacture.

Solartint use a specific metalized film manufactured by Madico that is guaranteed to be GPS and demister aerial safe.

Solartint performance films have a nationwide lifetime guarantee against fading, peeling, bubbling, blistering and delamination.

It takes approximately 1/2 to 2 hours to complete a window tinting job on an average size vehicle.

Yes we remove old window film off cars.

If you’re having the old film removed and then having your car re tinted at the same time it will be more cost effective than just having a removal only done.

The windows need to stay up for a 48 hour drying period in the cold winter months and 24 hour drying period in the hot summer months.

Window film is applied with a water solution. Water bubbles may still be apparent for a couple of days and sometimes up to 14 days depending on the weather. In a wet cold climate the drying period will be prolonged.

The windows may have smudges on the surface on the inside which is due to the application and needs to be cleaned after the window film is completely dry.

An ammonia product is not recommended as window films are porous and these types of cleaning products can eventually seep through the films and damage the adhesive. A silicon based cleaner is recommended or simply a damp chamois will definitely do the job.

Ceramic Protection FAQ

We don’t advise washing your car with car wash products within 7 days after we apply the ceramic paint protection, this is the curing period. Ceramic paint protection doesn’t eliminate the need to wash your car. How often you wash your car is your choice. When you wash your car, use a mild car wash product with a low pH value and use a soft microfibre cloth. Always ensure that you have rinsed the dirt off your car before rubbing the paint with the cloth, to prevent any unnecessary minor damage.

Car ceramic paint protection products are made from Silica, which “is the most abundant material on earth and it is the common name for inorganic ceramic materials composed of Silicon Dioxide (SiO2)” – Source: Science Direct. Quartz, on the other hand, is a naturally occurring crystalline mineral that mostly contains silica, but also contains other minerals. Silicon Dioxide is the active ingredient in the Auto Shield ceramic paint protection that we apply to your paintwork. Silicon Dioxide is an inorganic compound, meaning that it is man-made rather than deriving from living matter.

Auto Shield ceramic paint protection is Silicon Dioxide based and protects your car for 4-5 years. You can reduce or prolong this period depending on how you treat your car.

If you have also heard of “nano-ceramic coating” and are confused, rest assured this is the same as ceramic coating, as it simply refers to the process of applying a layer of Silicon Dioxide paint protection to the car’s paintwork.

Auto Shield Ceramic Paint Protection is a Silicon Dioxide Quartz paint protection, which offers the highest degree of paint protection for new cars.

Although your car paint is a very high-quality baked enamel, we know that new car buyers care a lot about their asset. What better way to prolong the life and the quality of life of your vehicle than by giving your new car the ceramic coating it deserves? The alternative is to wait 5 years or so and notice damage, discolouration or hours spent cleaning your car and thinking, is it too late to pop that ceramic coating on top?

The H in 9H ceramic coating relates to the hardness of a 9H pencil. This is determined by the pencil test, which compares the relative hardness of a surface to that of the relevant pencil. 9H hardness in terms of your new ceramic coating means that the strength of the 9H pencil cannot scratch your car’s surface once we apply our Silicon Dioxide based ceramic paint protection.

The short answer is that it may help in filling in scratches. This depends on how deep the scratch is. Repairing existing damage is not the primary function of the ceramic paint protection and it doesn’t act as a scratch repairer. There is no guarantee that the ceramic coating won’t enhance existing scratches or swirl marks, as one feature is that it makes your car paint appear considerably glossier.

So how is it that standard car cut and polish can remove existing fine damage but a premium ceramic paint protection can’t? Well, car polish cuts away at your paint’s clear coat, a process called “levelling”. You’re essentially cutting the clear coat back so that it’s level with the scratch or swirl mark. Doing this, however, exposes the car’s paint to faster wear and will shorten the life quality of your car’s paint, contrary to what ceramic paint protection does.

This depends on how careful you are with your car’s interior and how immaculate you keep it. Auto Shield Vinyl & Leather Protection and/or Fabric & Carpet Protection products apply a layer of protection that will protect your car’s interior against chemicals, liquids, dirt and UV damage. This is a worthy investment and is usually coupled as an extra service with your ceramic paint protection.