Street Legal Tint
How dark is too dark? Your guide to street legal car window tinting.
So you’ve decided to have your car windows tinted. Car window tinting is done for a range of reasons. Some people simply like the look of window tinting and others have window tinting added to their car windows for privacy while they are driving down the street. Another reason for car window tinting is for heat protection and protection from the sun’s rays. Whatever the reason you have decided to tint your car windows, you will need to decide how dark you want your window tinting to be. Inevitably the question then becomes how much is too dark? There are legal requirements to window tinting and compliance with these laws will ensure that you have STREET LEGAL CAR WINDOW TINTING.
So what is the darkest legal car window tinting you can have? The darkest street legal car window films are called T35 films. This means that the car window tinting lets through 35% of the light and conversely the window tinting keeps out 65% of the light. A reputable installer will be able to offer you a range of street legal window tinting products with different degrees or percentages of tinting. For example Express Tinting in Brisbane has 12 different T35 window films on offer, allowing you to get your street legal window tinting done in a way that suits your taste.
If you do choose the darkest legal tint keep in mind that your window tinting will appear darker or lighter depending on the conditions. Window tinting is not permitted on the windscreen of your car, so if your car is facing the sun, sunlight will stream through into the car making your window tinting appear lighter. At night your street legal car window tinting will appear even darker.
Another common question is do I need to display a T35 sticker to show my car window tinting is street legal? The short answer is no. Previously there was a legal requirement to display this sticker on all window tinting films, but the law has since been changed in Queensland and this is no longer a legal requirement. This means that you can confidently drive your car down the street knowing your window tinting is street car legal and no sticker is required.
A couple of basic things to remember immediately after your window tinting: You must leave your windows up for 24 hours to allow your window tinting to cure. You also need to be aware that it usually takes a couple of days for your car window tinting to dry out so don’t panic if you see any air bubbles or streaking during this time. However once this time is up you will be good to go. You can look forward to driving down the street with a street legal car window tint and enjoy all the benefits car window tinting has to offer.