Auto Window Tinting Options

Choose the Best Types of Window Tint and Install at Tinting Chicago

What are the main types of window tint and how to choose the optimal one for your car? Tinting Chicago expert explains. And remember, you don’t have to do it by yourself, our specialists are here to assist you. The process of tint installation in our shops only takes about 2 hours!

4 main types of window tints

  1. Dyed film — not recommended

It is the most economical type of window tinting film — least expensive and rather less functional than the others: blocks light rays by the addition of dye to the film. The dye is placed in a layer next to the adhesive, and then applied to the window. 

However, dyed window-tinting film is used primarily for appearance. From the outside, dyed film looks flat and opaque, providing some privacy while still permitting visibility from the interior. The heat-reduction of dyed film is not particularly high. That is why at Tinting Chicago we don’t use this film. There are few much better options we recommend for our customers. Read more to know which types of the window tint are a better option.

  1. Metallized car window tint — not recommended

Like dyed window film, it keeps heat away from interior space by reflecting it away; in the case of metallized film, this is done by very small metallic particles — invisible to the eye — embedded in the film. This metallic content strengthens the window as well. The window will be much more shatter-resistant when metallized film is used. 

Unlike the previous type of the film, it creates a shiny appearance from the outside and is more resistant to scratches.

However, there is one huge drawback of metallized film — its metallic content has a tendency to interfere with cell phone and GPS transmission, that is why we don’t work with this type of film and do not recommend it for our clients. There are two types of window tint which are definitely better, let’s skip to it!

  1. Carbon window tint film — recommended

This type of automotive window tint delivers much better results in blocking UV rays and heat, that is why Tinting Chicago chose it as one of the main options for the customers. Carbon film doesn’t contain metal in it, so there is absolutely no interference with cellular, radio or WiFi signals.

Carbon window tints look darker and have matte finish, giving your car a luxurious look. The carbon content of the film blocks about 40% of the harmful infrared light and is very effective in blocking heat. Unlike dyed film, carbon film will not fade with time. In this category our specialists’ choice are definitely 3M Obsidian and Rayno S5.

4. Ceramic film — highly recommended

It is the highest quality of window tint film, and also the most expensive of all the types of window tints. But we are sure it is worth it. Ceramic film appeared on the market quite recently, but has already proven its worth in terms of performance and reliability.

It contains ceramic particles that provide only top quality results:

  • Reduction of the solar heat from 45% to 50% 
  • Allowance of maximum visibility both during the day and at night
  • No interference with radio, cellular, GPS, WiFi signals 
  • Resistance to glare and fading
  • Reinforcement of windows, making them shatter-proof
  • Blockage up to 99% of UV rays

Ceramic films are the result of thorough research and tests by manufacturers and represent the latest technological breakthroughs on the market. Films that we recommend — 3M Crystalline and Rayno S9 — are the pinnacle of what the industry can offer today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of window tint is best?

Carbon and ceramic films are the best option for window tinting. And there are just two types of the automotive window films recommended by Tinting Chicago professional installers.

What are the different grades of window tinting?

There are 4 main types of window tinting on the market: dyed, metallized, carbon and ceramic. To really dig into their differences, pop-in for a free consultation to one of our shops.

Where can I get window tinted in Chicago?

If you are somewhere close to one of our Tinting Chicago shops, you can always drop by for a free estimate and to have a look at our samples. Visit us at 3621 N Harlem Ave or 2720 W Grand Ave in Chicago, IL or at 1402 N Rand Rd in Palatine IL, or call 773-455-0467 and 312-212-0493 for a professional consultation 24/7. If you decide to tint your windows with us, you will need just about 2 hrs for a full car. Prices starts from $219 for sedan.


3621 N Harlem Ave, Chicago IL, 60634


2720 W Grand Ave Chicago, IL, 60612


1402 N Rand Rd Palatine, IL 60074


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