Should I tint the front windshield?

The Quality of the Finish

One of the reasons people go to professionals for window tinting is to ensure that nice, clean finish. When you try to tint over a crack, it is hard to achieve a pleasing finish. Depending on the type of damage, it might be hard to work around the crack or chip. Furthermore, a small crack that was unnoticeable could become much more obvious once the tint is applied. For this reason, most auto glass professionals would recommend getting your windshield repaired before getting the glass tinted.

Front window tint strip law

The ‘eyebrow’ (the little strip on the car’s windshield) is also permitted as long as it meets your state’s laws. These small front window tint strips ensure that the driver has enough visibility of their surroundings. While on the road, you can get some protection from the sun. Some state laws also prohibit the installation of windows that are not tinted which results in some specified degree of light reflection. Front window tint strip laws vary by state so please refer to the chart above to see if it is allowed in your state.


How much visible light transmission (VLT) is allowed?

Again, this is something that will vary according to your State, however, it is common to have up to 80% visible light transmission (VLT) on windshield tints. This means that 80% of visible light can penetrate the glass. The lower the percentage, the darker your window tint will be.

There are certain films used for tinting windows that are virtually clear, such as ceramic film. You can still see clearly inside or outside of your vehicle so it is safe to drive, and you can see clearly day or night.

What is a partial windshield tint?

Some drivers choose a window tint that only covers part of the windshield. This might be because their local authority only allows the top of the windshield to be tinted, or they simply prefer it over fully tinted windows.

There are numerous benefits to partial or top-of-windshield tints.

For one, it’s considerably cheaper than a fully tinted window. The window tinting material covers only the top portion of the glass, so there’s less to pay for.

Tinting the top of the windshield reduces visible light transmission when the sun is hanging just above your windscreen, without impairing the driver’s vision. For this reason, many drivers choose partial over full tinted windows.

Some car manufacturers include top glass tints in their cars, so you can purchase a new car with its window tinting the way you want.

Can tinted glass be prepared?

If you have a tinted windshield that has suffered some type of damage, it can be repaired. Tinted glass isn’t really any different from regular glass – it just has a thin film applied to add the tint. Any damage that could be repaired on an untinted window could be fixed on one that has tint.

The AS1 line

In almost all cases, no aftermarket tint is allowed below the front windshield’s AS1 line. If you look closely at the edge of your windshield about 5 or 6 inches from the top, you should see some kind of hash mark or line etched in it. It might even say “AS1” or “AS-1” in tiny script. If you can’t locate the AS1 line, flip your sun visors down until they touch the windshield. The bottom edge of the sun visor generally marks the AS1 line. If you don’t see a mark of some kind on the windshield, don’t assume anything. Get in contact with your vehicle manufacturer to find out for sure.

How to Choose Windshield Tint

When it comes to applying tint to your car, you should consider each type of window differently. The front side windows next to the driver and passenger seats require a higher VLT. This is so the driver may be seen from outside the car. VLT numbers vary for rear side windows depending on vehicle use and local law.

Windshields can’t have a dark tint in any state, so you must choose a tint with a VLT of 80 percent or more. The rear window may also be tinted, similar to the rear side windows, but some states require this window have a similarly high VLT as your windshield. We recommend you contact your state’s DMV for more information on local laws regarding window tint before applying tint to your vehicle.

Another factor in choosing your window tint is the color and finish of the tint. Some states have restrictions on tint color or the level of mirror or reflection.

Medical Exemptions and Waivers for Window Tint

These laws are ‘bent’ for people with medical conditions that make them more sensitive to light than the average person. A perfect example would be people with albinism who need always to be protected from the sun. Other diseases such as Psoriasis might affect people. While sunlight can benefit some people with psoriasis, there are people who will have a negative reaction towards UV radiation. People with Rosacea, as well, might be able to get a medical exemption. Rosacea might cause increased sensitivity (especially to the sun) and inflammation of your face.  If you have any of these conditions, obtain a medical letter from your doctor. Keep it in the car for law enforcement and police.

Like all laws, the regulations regarding window tint on your vehicle are there for your safety and the safety of those around you. Always be sure to check your state’s laws before applying window tint.

If you are shopping for window film tint for your car, make sure you work with a company that understands these window tinting rules or tint percentages and how they affect your car’s window tint. Rayno Window Film is here to help you, and our crew is fully compliant with all state regulations. By staying within the car window tint laws, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of window tinting without running the risk of an unwanted or unexpected citation. Contact us today to get started.


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