Is Window Tint On The Inside Or Outside? [See Where To Apply Window Tint]

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Aesthetics, protection from harmful UV rays, and keeping heat out are some of the advantages of having window tint installed. Ever wondered if window tint goes on the inside or the outside of a window of a residence or car window? This is a popular question asked if you are new to window tinting and want your tint to last for a long time.

This article will answer all questions related to window tinting, including the frequently asked question, “ Is window tint on the inside or outside?” So, without taking too much of your time, let’s dive into the topic of the day, shall we?

What is window tinting?

Window tint or window tinting is the process of applying a thin film to the window surface. This thin film is made of a polyester base and other additives. The primary use of window tinting is to block light from entering the interior, but contrary to popular belief, window tinting has other benefits. They include;

  • Improving the appearance (the residence or the car on which it is used)
  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Increases privacy
  • Reduces nighttime glare
  • Keeps the interior of the house or vehicle cool

Is Window Tint On The Inside Or Outside?

Window tint can go on both the inside and the outside of the window. However, the inside is the preferred and recommended location to place window tint. The reason for this is that if the tint is placed on the outside of the window, it would cause a lot of damage. The end result is a window tint that will not last long.

What happens if you place the window tint on the outside of the window?

If the outside of a window is tinted, you leave the tint open to various factors that can cause harm. Some of these factors include the following;

  • Heavy storms can pelt debris at the tint’s surface, which can cause dents and scratches on the surface
  • Tree branches can scratch the window film
  • Birds, squirrels, and other types of animals can claw at the window, causing scratches on the tint
  • Excessive heat from the sun can cause the tint to peel off

So, where should you apply window tint?

The best place to install window tint is on the inside of the window. The reason for this is that if the film is on the inside, it protects the film from all things that can harm it. So, you do not need to worry about heavy storms pelting debris at the tint or tree branches scratching the film. This will result in the tint lasting longer.


Can you tint a window yourself?

Tinting a window is not a DIY project; to get the best results, it is advised that a professional is used.

Why does my window tint look hazy?

If a window tint is just applied, it may appear hazy, streaky, and blotchy. This is because the adhesive used has not cured and could take a couple of days till it dries completely.

Are there laws around tinting windows?

Yes, there are. Be sure to check properly with the laws of your state or region before you commerce your tinting project.

Can you see through a house window with tint on it?

Yes, you can. The idea behind it is that you can see from the inside out but not so easily see from the outside in.

In summary – Is window tint on the inside or outside?

Window tints have so many benefits, from offering privacy to protection from UV rays and offering nice aesthetics. They can be applied both inside and outside the window, but it is best to install them inside the window. This is because if they are installed outside of the window, they could be damaged, reducing their lifespan.

But remember to check the state laws regarding window tinting before you commence your project. There are fines or penalties for using tints on buildings or cars illegally, so ensure you do your research properly.

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