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Justin’s special edition Fisker Karma is a piece of art.  From the outside, it seems like everything has been customized. Chrome paint, neon underlights, window tint on all windows, including the windshield.

With California tint laws requiring high visibility on the front windshield and front windows, his vehicle can be easily ticketed.  Another issue would be the neon underlights which were popular during the Fast and Furious movie series, but unfortunately were never approved to be street legal in California.

Truck owners are allowed to tint the windshields and side windows of a truck’s cab, which could protect drivers from harmful sunlight, the International Window Film Association said.

IWFA cited a letter it received in October from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in which the agency said that regulations allow window tinting, as long as at least 70% of the light transmission gets through the window.

“The clarification represents information that impacts millions of truck drivers who drive many hours at

As if 50 different state tint laws isn’t enough, some cities have their own tint laws that are different from those of their own state.  Let’s take Chicago for example.   The landmark city of Illinois, Chicago states that no tint is legal on the front windows of vehicles although Illinois tint laws clearly allows for 35% or above front window tint.

What happens if you are an Illinois state citizen visiting Chicago for a quick day trip?  You can

Newly released SolarGard UltraGard is a clear 89% light transmitting film that blocs 99% of both UV-A and UV-B.  Normal glass windows does not block UV-B, and a portion of UV-A.  Unfortunately, it has been shown that regular exposures to both types of ultraviolet radiation can lead to increased risk of skin cancer.  This causes situations where you are at risk in your daily commute to work or curling up in front of a window reading your favorite books.


Excellent survey run by Ross Kehl over at Window Film Magazine asking the question of what type of solution is used by window tinters.  The responses to the survey were enough to draw a real conclusion.  The results were not surprisingly, Baby Shampoo being #1 as the go to solution for professional tinters.

What soap/solution do you use for film installation?
Baby Shampoo


Joy Dish Detergent


Ajax Dish Detergent


Other (enter response in comment box below)



Showing his in-depth knowledge, Ross goes further and explains

Combining the sensual and upscale tastes into window treatment design is quite an art.  Wall Street Journal, long read by a well-heeled business owners, wall streeters, and generally aflluent, goes into depth describing the thinking behind curtain design, and happily even gives a description of window tint’s role in the multi-layered approach to the world of curtains, drapes, and window tint.

Some interior designers are looking for inspiration to women’s fashion—specifically to the wispy, sheer blouses and pullovers more women

We like to highlight news stories that bring stories of window tint shops starting out and succeeding.  Here is a story from Sophia, WV about Kevin McKinney, the owner of Pro Tint Motorsports from the Register Herald.

His grandparents, Red and Elva, gave him $25 a week for allowance and when he started driving, he began mowing lawns for extra cash.

McKinney knew where he could get a good deal on long sheets of window tinting, so he saved his money

With a flat 20% darkness limit on all windows of cars and no color and reflectivity limitations, New Mexico has some of the more relaxed tint laws among the 50 states.  It is heartening to see a local police department declare in a Daily Times article:

“Our deputies follow state law,” said County Attorney Jim Durrett.

The police department does understand that with the intense sun of the area, tinting is necessary. In fact, a majority of Farmington’s patrol cars have

The window film manufacturers continue to innovate and bring more value to their dealers.  SolarGard is leading the charge in this new area of bringing window film estimation tools to your mobile devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone.  Instead of pulling out your large laptop, and waiting for it to boot-up during a discussion with a client while making awkward small talk as your wait, the SolarGard mobile application allows you to instantly whip out your iPhone or

The natural effects of UV and heat promote aging in whatever they hit.  Whether it is your carpet, furniture, or your skin, the heat and radiation causes oxidation, the same process used in cooking food, which then causes deterioration.  When we combine this effect with another recent phenomenon, the rise of plastics and glues in our carpeting and rugs, it brings a negative health risk to us all.

Thanks to Sea Green Natural Blog for noticing another benefit to using window