New Service: Window Tinting
We are thrilled to announce that we officially offer window tinting.
Jules Sturgess Design Ltd, also based near Cambridge, focuses on automotive aesthetic design and templating. They also manufacture carbon accessories for the automotive enthusiast from car parts to furniture and key bowls. Often working collaboratively, Jules Sturgess Automotive projects may begin with Jules Sturgess Design creating digital templates of vehicles. These are used then to cut vinyl for car panels, tint film for windows or sold to other companies such as Jules Sturgess Automotive who use these for cutting paint protection film. Both companies are tenants on the same site at Foxton just outside Cambridge making working together a seamless process. Customers may not notice the difference who is doing the work as Jules keeps a close eye on both businesses; even though the staff and company itself are different.
Services offered by Jules Sturgess Design that might be of interest to our automotive customers include window tinting, vinyl and decals which all focus on the aesthetic of the vehicle. Are there regulations when it comes to aesthetics such as tinting? Yes.Here goes...
Window Tinting: the law
Tinting and the law basically comes down to the tint and how much light it lets through. Interestingly, the rules for tinted front windscreens and front side windows depend on when the vehicle was first used. There are no rules for tinting the rear windscreen or rear passenger windows.
For vehicles first used on 1 April 1985 or later must let 75% of light through the front windscreen and the front side windows must let at least 70% of light through. For vehicles first used before 1 April 1985, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let 70% of light through.
This is important because there are penalties for getting it wrong. Any reputable installer will know this though as it is illegal to fit (or sell glass or a vehicle already fitted with glass) that breaks the rules on tinting. How can you tell exactly? Light measuring equipment. The police or the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) vehicle examiners use such equipment to measure window tint. Installers buy the tint film knowing the amount of light that goes through so there isn't any excuse. If your tint breaks the rules what's likely to happen: a ‘prohibition notice’ stopping you using your vehicle on the road until you have the extra tint removed or a penalty notice or court summons.
Take note: tinted windows are not part of the MOT test.
Time and Cost:
This comes down to the age of the car and he coverage. The reason the age impacts on time is that the cleaning process takes longer. Dust and dirt hidden in the sealant around the window will contaminate the film so the cleaning must ensure it is fully prepared for the installation. Coverage is pretty obvious: the amount of windows done impacts on time and cost.