In order to make higher profits, many shops falsify the IRR and Total Solar Energy Rejected (TSER) scores of their products, raising them to high values to lure consumers into buying fake car tinting films (sometimes even at high prices!). For example, the IRR listed shows 90% but in actual fact the score is only 20%.
Since all car tints look similar from their appearance, it’s very difficult to differentiate low-grade products from good quality films. Low-grade car tinting films might perform well in the beginning. However, their heat rejection performance will deteriorate, the colour starts to fade away, bubbles and wavy lines will start to appear, soon enough after using the products for 1 year or lesser.
Some shops show and test good performance car tints in front of consumers, but swap them with other off-brand products during installation.
Some shops are franchises or authorized dealers of reputable brands. However, they sell their house brands or counterfeit products to consumers under the camouflage of famous brands.
Reputable brands enlist the help of trusted manufacturers (normally base in U.S.) accredited with test reports and certifications. It’s very easy to verify their credibility as manufacturers’ information and their relationship with brand owners or importers are listed on both parties’ websites. It’s just a click away to find out about them.
On the other hand, brands without manufacturer information are most likely selling low-grade car tint.
It’s of utmost importance to select products produced by reputable manufacturers. That’s because only credible manufacturers will invest in cutting-edge technologies, advanced laboratories and premium raw materials to produce high quality car tinting films. Besides, only reputable manufacturers have extensive experiences and expertise on using the right formulation to produce good quality car tints with lasting heat rejection performance up to 7 years.
Reputable car tinting films are tested before they hit the market. There are 2 types of reports that you should look out for, to determine their performances and quality, which are Solar Test and Weathering Test reports. Solar Test is related to the product’s solar specifications such as VLT, IRR, UVR and TSER while Weathering Test determines the durability of the product.
Branded tinting films often have their logos printed on both the films as well as on the packaging that comes with the films. Typically, off-brand or counterfeit car tints do not have the brand indicated on the films and come in plain boxes.
Upon the installation of your car tint, insist that the workshop uses a solar meter or a British thermal units (BTU) meter, to test the specifications which are promised by the installer or listed on the box. This is to make sure the right car tint purchased is installed.
In short, be a smart consumer. Pick a car tint brand that is trusted, do your research on the product and test or verify all claims. With these tips in your back pocket, choosing the best car tint to fit your needs and budget is possible.