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Here is the most comprehensive checklist for utilizing Window Tint to customize your vehicle's windows.
The best part?
It's completely doable on your own and also affordable.
So if you want to achieve professional level results at the fraction of the cost of taking your ride to a shop, you'll love this checklist.
Let's jump in.

  • Step #1: Check Your State's Window Tinting Laws
  • Step #2: Do Preliminary Research on What Type of Film You Want To Use
  • Step #3: Head to Rvinyl and Select Vinyl or Precuts
  • Step #4: Utilize Rvinyl's Comprehensive Installation Guide

Step #1: Check Your State's Window Tinting Laws

When it comes to doing research on Window Tint laws, you've probably faced some confusion and roadblocks. And you've probably seen the phrase VLT when doing this research. VLT is an acronym for Visible Light Transmission. VLT percentage essentially informs you of the percentage of light that is permitted to pass through window film. The higher the percentage the lighter the tint is. The lower the percentage the darker the tint will be. 

These laws take that into account and vary by state, which are sometimes undoubtedly different from one state to another. These laws from time to time may also receive updates/changes that can occasionally cause misunderstandings. At Rvinyl, we take pride in providing people with the right tint to bring out the most in your car's aesthetics as automotive tinting is our forte.

Here is a chart that we have created to help you determine tint level allowed for your vehicle so you can avoid complications with registration officials or law enforcement down the line.

Step #2: Do Preliminary Research on What Type of Film You Want To Use

Window tinting development involves the usage of a clear sheet of film that is applied onto your ride's windows. So outside of looking cool and "finished" when installed, you may wonder what's the functionality of this process? What are the benefits? Its primary function of this process is minimizing the amount of the UV radiation from the Sun that reaches your vehicle's interior. It also has the added benefit of reducing interior temperatures by blocking excess heat, by at least 60%. 

So not only does one's windows look cool, they also have benefits of protecting you and your passengers. Other benefits include acting as a barrier! You see, window tint can hold glass together in the rare event of your window breaks, whether it's from an attempted break-in, heavy debris or just from getting into an accident. When properly installed onto a windows, window tint can make things more troublesome for third parties to see who is driving the vehicle along with the contents you have in the ride as well.

Also, did you know that there's more than one type of Window Tint film? Each with their own distinct properties too! Whether you're looking for material that won't mess with your vehicle's electronics, to wanting something more expensive and longer lasting, here at Rvinyl, we offer four types of Window Tint film that should fit your criteria for what you want for your vehicle and we'll go into detail regarding each type. 


Our Rtint film are made from an ultra-thin, single ply window film and is most commonly bought. One of the significant perks of buying Rtint besides its cost-effective price are its non-reflective finish that is still capable of producing an extremely dark effect. The film also blocks the bothersome glare from oncoming lights as you drive at night. This standard window tint has a blurred look with shades that go from dark to lighter. 

We offer these in 5, 20, 35 and 50% shades. With these options, this film is a perfect cheaper choice for improving privacy while abiding by your state's tint laws. It’s also important to note that it could over time but could be replaced. Due to its material, it prevents some heat from entering your vehicle and won't, peel, fade, crack, or bubble when installed correctly, so be sure to follow our detailed guide on how to install it so you achieve flawless results. 

Avery Dennison® NR Pro

The Avery Dennison NR Pro Series is a metal free, non-reflective, weather durable film that is specially engineered to work with darker automotive glass of the modern age. This color-stable film reduces glare and rejects heat thanks to its nano particles which also block 99% of UV rays. This leaves you with gorgeous tinted windows that give you privacy too! 

And thanks to its metal free nature, you won't have to worry about electrical interference. Not to mention it also features incredible dot matrix fitting and shrinkability. With its deep graphite color accent, any vehicle sporting this tint will have a regal, high standard appearance. Available in 5, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40 and 50% shades, the sky's the limit with how you can customize your ride's windows!

Avery Dennison® Nano Ceramic IR

The Avery Dennison NR Nano Ceramic IR Series are engineered with an advanced yet durable inorganic ceramic nanoparticle. NR Nano Ceramic IR offers incredible solar protection along with having a long color stability lifespan. Your windows will have an amazing look while still retaining optimal protection from UV rays. This film really shows when installed on sportscar rear windshields, port windows and windshield visors with the benefit of you not having to worry about converting or waste. 

If you're invested in your vehicle for more than a few years and plan on keeping it in the long run, then it's worth getting ceramic tint as it won't turn purple or need to be replaced for a few years. We offer this tint in 5, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40 and 50% shades so you'll have a variety of options to choose from regarding your customization choices.

Avery Dennison® HP Pro

The Avery Dennison HP Pro Series is a high-performance hybrid film engineered with a metal dye. The HP Pro offers significant solar protection and features incredible shrink effectiveness. It's primarily a slick charcoal color, appealing to consumers who seek a comfortable driving experience and expect impressive long lasting performance. These are ideal for windshield visors, port windows and most side windows as well. 

However, due to their metallic nature, they may cause some interference within your car's electronic communication systems, so do keep that in mind if you decide to go with the Pro Series. The HP Pro shades we provide are available 5, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40 and 50%, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from that will suit your needs while abiding by your state tinting laws.

Step #3: Head to Rvinyl and Select Vinyl or Precuts

We utilize advanced cutting machines with an advanced software to precisely cut the film to fit the standard windows of your vehicle shown in our preview diagrams. It's the simplest yet most effective method for tinting your windows at the fraction of the cost/time of going to a professional shop, and you still get the same results with the personal satisfaction of having done it on your own. It's the perfect option for a novice or for someone experienced in customizing. And a great way to get started on becoming a DIY enthusiast. 

From visors to door windows to the rear windshield, there's nothing cooler than showing off your personalized ride and making trips for you and your passengers much more comfortable.

If you consider yourself a perfectionist and have steady hands, you may get more out of utilizing whole tint sheets to get the full DIY customizing experience. You'll be cutting the film specifically to your vehicle's windows and may find a use for left over tint, such as using it to tint your home windows or maybe even making custom shades for glasses. While this method should be done by someone with considerable DIY experience, it also won't hurt to give it a shot! As long as you have the patience, skill, tools and attitude, this could be something you can achieve with practice.

Step #4: Utilize Rvinyl's Comprehensive Installation Guide

Check out our detailed guide on the installation process for Window Tints
That's about it for this 4-Point Checklist. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Leave a comment below on your experience with window tinting!

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