Window Tint and Damaged Windshield: What You Need To Know

A brand new vehicle usually comes with a tinted windshield. Manufacturers will let you choose a darkness level and tint the auto glass based on your preference and laws around tinting auto glass.

Eventually, you may reach a point where you would want to replace the old tint. By then, your windshield may have collected nicks and scratches, or some minor cracks. And you might wonder… is it possible to tint a damaged windshield?

To answer your question, we’ll walk you through the following sections…

  • Why you need to tint your windshield
  • How car tint is applied
  • Tinting a damaged windshield – and why it’s a problem


Why You Need a Fresh Tint For Your Windshield

Perhaps you’re looking for a darker shade, a different finish, or something of better quality. There could be a number of reasons why you’d want to replace the windshield tint. Below are the reasons why you need a new tint job.


1. It provides better UV protection.

According to the International Window Film Association (IFWA), car windows naturally protect you against 23-28 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Tinting them will increase the UV protection of your auto glass to 95-98 percent.


2. It reinforces your windshield.

Windshield is tougher than your average car window. But an added layer of good quality tint further improves its resistance to shattering. In turn, this makes your vehicle safer and better protected against break-ins and accidents.


3. It lowers the risk for injuries.

Should your windshield break, the tint’s film holds the glass together. This prevents broken pieces from causing injury to passengers during a collision, especially if you don’t have laminated window glass.


4. Your tint is getting old.

Car window tint doesn’t last forever. If it fades and shows signs of wear and tear such as warping and peeling, you will have to replace it if you expect to enjoy its benefits.


5. Your windshield is damaged.

If you have a tinted windshield and the glass gets damaged, it follows that the tint would also tear. In which case, it’s time to replace both the tint and the windshield.

Now that you know why you should get a tint job, let’s try to understand the process behind car tinting.


Car Tint Application: How It’s Done

Window tint comes in different types, shades, and finishes. Regardless of these variations, you can use them on any auto glass – including the windshield.

The application process also remains the same for all car windows. It comes as an adhesive film which is trimmed and fitted into bare windows, and then allowed to dry.


Tinting a Damaged Windshield – Why It’s A Problem

You can tint a damaged windshield – but that doesn’t mean you should do it. Given the way that tint is applied, you will literally bump into problems if you force it.


1. It results in a poor finish.

Window tint has to be applied on a clean, even surface to create a smooth finish. Applying it over a broken windshield will only make the damage more obvious.


2. It worsens the cracks on your windshield.

Auto glass tint absorbs the sun’s rays. If you seal a cracked windshield with tint, it’s going to trap heat. By exposing an already-damaged windshield to extreme shifts in temperature, the cracks worsen with time.

So there you have it. Tinting a damaged windshield is not advised. You first need to replace the windshield before getting it tinted.

Keep in mind that windshield replacement and car glass tinting require specialized services. We recommend working with professionals who are not only skilled, but also certified to handle them.