These terms are used by most in our industry to define the products. We use them honestly so that you know exactly what you are purchasing... and price should always reflect quality. If you see a film somewhere else that matches a description you have read here but costs significantly less, always remember "you get what you pay for" so do your research.
Grading Scale for Auto Tint
This category description will give you an idea of how well the film is made and typically, how long it is expected to last...which explains the price!
- Professional - an entry level grade of window film. In a 1-ply film it will typically last between 1-3 years; and 3-5 years for a 2-ply film. These films will show significant fading at a very early stage after installation. WE NOT LONGER CARRY THESE
- Premium - a mid-grade film that utilizes good raw materials and the dyes have been "baked" into the polyester sheeting. In a 1-ply film it will typically last 2-3 years; and 5-7 years for a 2-ply window film. Fading for these types of film will not show for about a year for 1-ply and almost 3 years before anything is noticeable on a 2-ply tint
- Elite - an excellent grade of film. The manufacturer has used the best raw materials and multiple stages of UV blockers are used to ensure the film will last. A 1-ply in this grade will last up to 5 years; and 2-ply auto tint in this category should last 7-10 years, even when exposed to the sun in the harshest tropical climates. Fading should not be noticeable even in a 1-ply for about 3 years and minimal in a 2-ply film over the course of its life on the car.
- High Performance - films combining both a ply of dyed laminate and a ply of metalized laminate. The offer great heat rejection but can cause interference with radio reception and electronics
- NanoCeramics - utilize today's most modern technologies. They offer even better heat rejection than HP films but there is no risk of interference with the car's built in technologies.
Ply & Mil
This category description lets you know whether the film is made of a single layer of film or if it has been run through a laminator to create a thicker film.
- 1-ply film will shrink much quicker and is less easy to tuck in gaskets because of its thinner nature and is easier to crease. It typically is about 1mil thick.
- 2-ply film will take more heat and provides more time to mold to difficult curves. The life expectancy of a 2-ply film is usually much longer. It is typically between 1.5mil - 2.0mil in thickness.
This category is used to describe the color of the film. Industry-standard colors are made and certain "tones" are inherent in them.
- Black - the cleanest and purist color of auto tint. No other noticeable colors are present.
- Charcoal - both timeless and traditional, charcoal tint will lean toward a faint brown or neutral tone