The first instance of window tinting as we know it stems from America around the time of World War II and the years following. One of the more popular tinting manufacturers were EZ Eye factory tint. You could find this tint sometimes on the ’40 Mercury Romango from Detroit, or later, the ’58 Chevy Impala.
If you couldn’t get the windows tinted from the factory, some people took a swing at tinting at home for the first time. However, this is before window film was invented, so they used spray-on tinting. The result was a dark and usually uneven tint, so when window film was invented in 1966, it changed the window-tinting game.
The film started off as “dye-based,” which had poor heat rejection, and would absorb heat into the vehicle, rather than reflect it back. It also had a tendency of turning purple and bubbly in the sun, and didn’t have a very long lifespan.
A second generation of window film emerged in the early nineties. This film was constructed of metal integrated with dye. This “hybrid” film contained dye to absorb heat and metallic particles to reflect the sun’s rays, and therefore heat. It approached 50% heat reduction. The major drawback with metallized films is interference with electronic devices like GPS and sometimes radio.
The newest edition to the window tinting industry is ceramic films. These are the top of the line. They last a lifetime or longer, reject heat and UV rays, and do not interfere with electronics. We have come a long way in the window tinting world, and are only coming up with new and exciting ways to improve upon our product!
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