Window Tinting FAQs

You’ve most likely seen tinted windows while out and about in Albuquerque. You may also have questions about window tinting, including how the process works. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions so you can make an informed decision about your vehicle.

Are tinted windows legal in New Mexico?

Vehicle window tinting is legal in the state, provided that you adhere to certain rules. On cars, windshields can feature non-reflective tint, but only on the top five inches of the windshield. On front and back side windows, tint must allow more than 20% of light to filter through, and this same standard applies to the rear window.

The same rules apply for the windshield and front side windows on SUVs and vans, i.e., non-reflective tint on the top five inches of the windshield and tint on the front back and side windows that allow over 20% of light to shine in. However, any level of darkness can be used on the back side and rear windows.

How is tint applied to car windows?

The installer begins by cleaning the window, which ensures no dust and debris is left on the auto glass. Next, a tinted window film is meticulously applied to the auto glass being tinted. The installer will make certain there are no bubbles or defects in the film. The process usually takes from two to four hours depending on the size of the vehicle and how many windows are tinted.

What benefits do tinted windows offer?

Tinted auto glass improves the aesthetic appeal of a vehicle, but that’s not the only benefit it offers. Tinted auto glass is crucial for New Mexico, as it can ward off sun exposure. This keeps the interior of your vehicle looking great, but it also keeps things cool inside. Tinted windows can also benefit you from a security perspective, as they conceal belongings inside your vehicle to deter theft.

How should I care for my tinted windows?

Tinted windows shouldn’t be cleaned for a week after installation to ensure they fully cure. At that point, you can feel free to clean the windshield and windows with a glass cleaner that doesn’t contain ammonia, as it may be too harsh for the tint. You must also use a soft cloth or plastic squeegee when cleaning to avoid damaging the tint.

Now that you have a better understanding of window tinting, it’s time to schedule service with Astro Auto Glass. Our team is backed by over 26 years of experience, which means we can tackle even the toughest jobs. Along with window tinting, we also provide auto glass repair and replacement to ensure your safety. Contact us today for more information or call 505-766-5176 to schedule an appointment in Albuquerque.