Learning About Sourcing Auto Accessories

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Learning About Sourcing Auto Accessories

Hi, I'm Kate Balcome. Welcome to my site about automotive accessories. As an owner of three antique vehicles, I often run into problems sourcing original automotive accessories. I have to talk with car club communities or arrange part runs with suitable suppliers to find the pieces I need. Although I could fit a different part, it's important to keep my vehicles as original as possible. I want to use this site to help other people find the auto accessories they need for their car builds. I may discuss the process of manufacturing the parts in detail from time to time. I may also cover purchase options and methods you can use to find the best deal on these parts. I hope you will come by again soon to learn more. Thanks.


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Maintaining A Perfect Tint Year After Year

After spending the money to have your windows tinted, the last thing you want to worry about is needing to replace it soon after the installation. In order to avoid early replacement, it is important that you care for the tint properly. Not all tints last the same amount of time. In fact, hybrid tints can last around 5 years, while ceramic tints can last a lifetime. There are other factors that can affect how long your tint lasts as well. These include the amount of direct sunlight it gets, the quality of the film, and the installation. By taking these factors into consideration and caring for your tint properly, you can maintain a great look year after year. Here are some maintenance tips to help achieve this. 

Cleaning Your Windows

Because the tint is applied to the inside of the window, you are able to clean the exterior just like normal. Glass cleaner is the best way to get the exterior of the windows clean, but you don't want to use the same cleaner on the inside of the windows. Any glass cleaner that contains ammonia should not be used on the inside of the windows where the tint is. Ammonia is often used to take tinting off windows. Make sure to check the ingredients on the glass cleaner before you use it. 

Identifying Problem Areas

It doesn't take much to get the inside of the window clean. Aggressive cleaners can damage the tint if used often. The edges of the tint are the most sensitive. Using an aggressive cleaner on the edges can cause it to peel. In order to avoid this, you must be careful with the edges when cleaning. Should you find air bubbles within the tint, you want to try and smooth them out. You can also place pressure and try moving them to the edge of the tint. If you cannot seem to move the air bubble to the outer edge, you could take a pin and try popping it. It is crucial that you be careful when doing this so you do not damage the tint further. 

When to Replace

Over time, your tint may become damaged or need replacing. Common signs that it is time to replace your tint is when you see it become discolored, faded, or it has torn. You want to make sure you do not consistently leave it in direct sunlight. This will help prolong the life of it. 

For professional window tinting, contact a company such as Icon Tinting & Graphics.