Before beginning installation of your Digicut Direct tint kit, it is important to understand the processes and why they are performed. Critical to a successful installation is proper techniques and overall cleanliness. Access to a well-lit garage or shop is ideal due to its ability to greatly reduce gusts and breezes that can leave dust and debris into a freshly cleaned window. When handling any area on the vehicle or the window tint kits, it is also important to be aware of the transfer of dust and dirt to an area on or near the installation surfaces. For example, wiping dust off the hood, but using the same towel to clean the inside of the glass prior to installation will transfer the dirt from your hood to the surface of the glass. With adequate lighting, identifying any contamination or areas needing extra cleaning become much easier. Following these simple tips during the installation will greatly improve your results. For specific instructions please see below. Be sure to read all of the instructions thoroughly before beginning.
How dark do you want your windows? All of the darknesses we offer perform similarly with small variations according to the percentage of tint. There are multiple things to consider and we can help you sort them out. At first, it may seem that darker is better than lighter, but there are disadvantages to consider. Film that is too dark may not be legally permitted where you live. There are Federal and State laws to observe. Some jurisdictions are very strict while others are not, so it makes sense to know what is expected. Also, film that is too dark can be simply dangerous and irresponsible. To enjoy the many benefits of tinted windows you don’t need to go there. Consider that in dim lighting or at night, tint that is too dark can be almost impossible to see through. You might as well be wearing a blindfold. Another thing to keep in mind is that in the event of an accident first responders may need to see inside your vehicle in order to assist with potentially lifesaving measures. The final choice is up to you. We can assist with providing you the necessary information to make informed choices regarding the selection of film for a legal and safe outcome. When you select a kit you are able to select the desired darkness. We’ll provide reference tables and links to look up the legal requirements in your location. However, since laws are forever changing it is your responsibility to be diligent in your selection and select films that are appropriate.
Improve the appearance, guard yourself from harmful UV radiation, improve your comfort, protect your interior, enhance privacy, save your eyes from glare and strain… these are some of the reasons to tint your windows. Have you noticed that auto manufacturers always show their vehicles in advertisements with tinted windows? It’s no accident… they know what makes their product appeal to a buyer. In the past decade (2008 – 2018) the number of new melanoma cases diagnosed annually has increased by 53 percent. Melanoma and other forms are skin cancer are deadly and account for thousands of deaths each year. “We know that the sun and some artificial sunlight sources give off skin-damaging ultraviolet, or UV, rays,” says Christian Baum, M.D., of Mayo Clinic. The research abounds so we’ll just summarize by saying that the tint we sell to you blocks almost 100% of these dangerous UV rays. The same UV rays that can damage your skin, don’t do your vehicle’s interior any favors either. Your fabric and leather upholstery can fade and crack. Other surfaces inside your car are also subject to damage and premature aging due to the extremes in UV exposure and heat due to untinted glass. You don’t have to accept that. Some of us spend more time driving than others. Still, we all know the uncomfortable feeling of entering our car on a hot day and feeling like we’ve sat down in an oven. Tint can substantially reduce the heat transmitted in to your vehicle. For example… our 35% “ULTRA” brand high efficiency heat rejection film can prevent about 70% of the heat. All of our films will make a difference in your comfort. Tinted windows provide a measure of improved privacy for you and the contents inside your car. Provided that you remain compliant with applicable laws regarding tint darkness and don’t install excessively dark film, you’ll be able to see and be seen while enjoying greater privacy than afforded by factory glass alone. You only need to step outside on a bright sunny day and remove your sunglasses to experience what a difference it makes. The intense brightness and glare can be uncomfortable to say the least and the quality of your vision is impaired as you squint to protect your eyes. Take that into a vehicle while you are driving and things can quickly change from uncomfortable to down right dangerous. As you squint and avert your eyes to avoid the intense glare you might miss hazardous situations with other vehicles or even a pedestrian.
In order to provide the best in consistent quality and productivity, we’ve developed advanced production equipment that accurately shapes the film so that you don’t have to. With over 4,000,000 kits produced we needed a system that made it possible. Necessity is the mother of invention and we invented the only systems in the world capable of meeting this need. Many said it couldn’t be done but we believed it could be and said why not. Along with a wide array of production controls to insure the best outcomes for our customers this puts us in the unique position of being the only company in the world that can do what we do.
You’ll need some skills and the right attitude. Some of this you were born with, while some you’ve accumulated throughout your life by being a doer instead of a watcher. Are you good with your hands? Can you follow clearly presented directions? Can you walk and chew gum? Think about it… you probably know some who can’t. But if you can, we’ll provide you with the specialized information you need with video demonstrations and illustrated written details that will help you succeed.
There are a multitude of possible tint films. And we offer two… OPTIM and ULTRA… that’s right, two. Our standards and expectations for our product doesn’t allow us to offer many of the films on the market. Considering the overall investment to install tint film, it just isn’t worth it in our opinion to install “junk” film. Some of it is hard to install, or the color is off, others will impede wireless signals and who can live with that. So, we offer two high quality films… both are great films with neutral color, substantial thickness for durability and ease of handling, reflection specifications that meet legal requirements,and they offer minimal haze and have excellent adhesive performance. So, what’s the difference? One, our ULTRA Series offers exceptional heat rejection performance for an additional cost. Our OPTIM Series film also does a great job, but won’t reject as much of the IR wavelengths and the associated heat. You’ll be happy with either, but since you are buying a kit and installing it yourself you might consider using a little of the money you saved and upgrade to Ultra. It’s that easy!
There are specific details you should understand regarding the legalities of selecting automotive window tint. It can seem overwhelming, but we’ve taken steps to simplify the process. First of all, keep in mind that most of us only need to care about the state where we live. Secondly, all of our films meet the legal requirements for reflectance and color for every state. So what remains is to understand the legal tint percentage for each row of windows. To help with your selection we’ve prepared a simplified table showing the information you need for each state. We’ve prepared this easy reference as a convenience for our customers and it represents our understanding of the law, regulations and rules of the various states. If you have any questions CONTACT US. Just be aware that even though we are always working to maintain up-to-date information, laws are ever-changing and know that in all cases your current state law is the final authority. Here are some links you can check out regarding tint laws by state.
Over twenty years ago when we were starting out in a garage, we were blazing a trail and learning the lessons that benefit us so much today. Learning the best way to create our template library was one of the critical first steps in becoming the organization we are today. Over time we developed written standards and specifications for how to make the best templates. Those early templates that didn’t measure up were refined or remade so that our entire library of 120,000 and counting represent the highest professional standards. Of note… we make all of our own templates. We don’t accept submissions of unknown or otherwise questionable quality. In short, there is little or nothing that can be done downstream to fix a problem caused by poor template design… so we just don’t let that happen.