Window tinting refers to a process in which a see-thru sheet of film is applied to the inside of a vehicle, building or home window. Window tinting has both aesthetic and functional uses. In this context, I am referring to film that is retrofitted not factory tints or commercial laminated glass.
Probably the tint that most people are familiar with, it is a business you can start from the side of the road, in fact, you can probably start with no money by standing outside an auto shop and telling people you install or apply window film and they should buy the shade that they need and you will install it for them at a price (labour only) all you need is a spray bottle with some water and a squeegee.
People tint their cars for various reasons usually it was for aesthetics, privacy or to block out the sun. But in recent years a tint that has increased in popularity is “smash and grab” tint/film to protect from nyaope zombies trying to appropriate valuables without compensation. There is even “ultra security” laminate on the market which is even stronger, however, it is a bit of an expense because to get real benefit from those laminate you need to replace your glass with thicker glass, I don’t know how often the combination is deployed on vehicles, or how popular that is especially when you factor in that cost vs bulletproof glass.
When you start a business, you think in terms of markets. Broadly speaking, with vehicles, two main markets: sun protection and safety and a third aesthetics.
Tinted windows reduce the temperature in your car by reflecting sunlight away from your windows and not allowing heat to penetrate them. Not only does this cool down the inside of your car, but it also protects your skin against sun damage while you’re driving.
Smash and grab film is a protective film that is usually tinted so that no one can see into the car, while also preventing the windows from shattering. While the glass breaks, the film holds the pieces in place, which further protects you from broken glass. So many handbags have been saved by using this film.
If you live in a lower socioeconomic area you are likely to have a market of young men driving econobox Honda Civic’s modified to twice its book value in non-performance enhancing parts, the mags worth more than the engine. This client is usually all about cosmetics you might even get requests for mirror tint
Buildings: Commercial & Residential
What many don’t know is that there is a significant market for tinting in both residential and commercial buildings with various different products on the market.
In building tinting parlance there is a term called “solar/sun control“: a solar control glass is a glass with a special coating designed to reduce the amount of heat entering a building. It reflects and absorbs heat as well as filtering light for reduced glare. Using a solar control glass can reduce the need for air-conditioning and blinds.
Different kinds of tint used in buildings
Reflective window tint – One-way vision film for sunlight and glare
Dual-reflective window tint – Both the inside and the outside of the window is tinted to make windows look more natural in the evening.
Neutral window tint – Sun protection without compromising on the clarity of windows.
Ceramic window tint – Often used in coastal areas due to it being salt corrosion/deposit resistant, also not very reflective.
Spectrally-selective window tint – Rather let the experts explain:
Privacy window tinting
There is a market in the lower-income for privacy window tinting. Some people buy glass and either want to use it in the bathroom or in a place where they want somewhat privacy. So they bought clear glass and either want to wrap the whole thing in frosted vinyl or half of it. This is because either they could not get, could not afford afford sandblast windows or they got the glass cheap and want to add some privacy.