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4 Reasons Your Window Tint May Bubble Years After Installation

Window tinting is a popular choice for vehicle owners seeking to enhance their car’s aesthetics and enjoy numerous practical benefits. However, as time goes by, you might notice unsightly bubbles forming on your once-perfect window tint.

In this comprehensive blog, we will delve into the common reasons behind window tint bubbling years after installation and how American Wrap Co.’s expertise, along with our premium XPEL window tint, ensures a bubble-free and long-lasting result.

Understanding Window Tinting and Its Benefits

Window tinting involves applying a thin, transparent film to the windows of a vehicle. This film is made of multiple layers, each serving a specific purpose to enhance functionality and appearance. The process includes measuring, cutting, and applying the tint film to the interior surface of the window and includes benefits, such as:

  • heat reduction
  • UV protection
  • glare reduction
  • increased privacy
  • improved aesthetics

What Causes Window Tint to Bubble?

  • Quality of Window Tint Material

The quality of the window tint material plays a critical role in its long-term performance. Low-quality and cheap tint films may initially seem like a cost-effective option, but they are more prone to degradation over time, leading to bubbles and reduced effectiveness. XPEL window tint, on the other hand, is engineered with cutting-edge technology to withstand the test of time and maintain its clarity and functionality.

  • Poor Installation Techniques

Even with high-quality window tint, poor installation techniques can result in air bubbles forming between the tint film and the glass. These bubbles not only mar the appearance, but also compromise the overall integrity of the tint. At American Wrap Co., our skilled technicians are well-versed in advanced installation techniques and employ state-of-the-art equipment to achieve a seamless and bubble-free finish.

  • Exposure to Extreme Temperatures

Prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions can have a detrimental effect on window tint. Both scorching heat and freezing cold can cause the adhesive to weaken, leading to bubbling and peeling. XPEL window tint is designed to withstand varying temperatures, but it’s essential to take precautions to minimize potential damage.

  • Age and Wear

Just like any product, window tint has a limited lifespan. Over the years, as it experiences wear and tear, bubbles may appear. Choosing high-quality tint materials like XPEL and ensuring regular maintenance can extend its life and delay the onset of bubbling.

How Can You Ensure Long-Lasting Window Tint?

  • Opt for XPEL Window Tint for Premium Quality and Durability

When it comes to window tint, the quality of the material matters greatly in preventing bubbling and ensuring long-term performance. Choosing XPEL window tint from American Wrap Co. guarantees you a top-of-the-line product that is renowned for its superior quality and durability. 

XPEL’s advanced technology and high-grade materials ensure that your tint will resist fading, bubbling, and peeling even after years of use. By investing in XPEL, you are not only safeguarding your vehicle but also ensuring a sleek and sophisticated appearance that will stand the test of time.

While some DIY enthusiasts might be tempted to install window tint on their own, it is essential to recognize that improper installation can lead to bubbling and other issues. At American Wrap Co., our skilled technicians have extensive experience in handling XPEL window tint installations with precision and care. 

By entrusting the job to professionals, you can be confident that your window tint will be expertly applied, leaving no room for air bubbles or creases. The right installation techniques, combined with the expertise of our team, will ensure that your tint looks seamless and remains bubble-free for years to come.

  • Regularly Inspect and Clean Your Tinted Windows

To maintain the appearance and performance of your window tint, it’s crucial to conduct regular inspections and cleaning. Routinely inspecting your tinted windows allows you to catch any early signs of bubbling or damage, allowing for timely maintenance and repair.

During your inspection, check for any visible bubbles or irregularities along the edges and corners of the tint. If you notice any issues, reach out to a certified installer, like the team at American Wrap Co., for professional assistance.

  • Gentle Cleaning with Non-Abrasive Materials

Proper cleaning practices are essential for preserving the aesthetics and functionality of your window tint. When cleaning your tinted windows, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning tools, as these can scratch the surface and compromise the tint’s integrity. Instead, opt for a mild soap or specialized (non-ammonia) window tint cleaner along with a soft microfiber cloth to gently clean the surface. Start from the top and work your way down to prevent any soapy residue from running onto the dry areas.

  • Avoid Rolling Down Windows Immediately After Installation

After having window tint installed, it’s best to avoid rolling down your windows for at least 2-3 days. This precaution allows the tint adhesive to properly set and adhere to the glass. Rolling down the windows prematurely could disrupt the curing process and may result in bubbling or peeling.

  • Handle Tinted Windows with Care

Be mindful when interacting with your tinted windows. Avoid sharp or pointed objects that could scratch the surface, and be cautious when attaching accessories like suction cups or stickers to the tinted area. Treat your tinted windows with care to ensure they remain flawless and free from damage.

Get Professional Window Tint with American Wrap Co. 

Investing in high-quality window tint, like XPEL, and entrusting the installation to professionals at American Wrap Co. is the key to enjoying all the benefits of window tinting without the worry of bubbling issues. 

With American Wrap Co., you can drive confidently, knowing your window tint will stand the test of time while maintaining its clarity and appeal. Contact us today to schedule your XPEL window tint installation.

Tyler O'Hara

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