Ceramic and carbon automotive films are the most sought-after among car owners. Being Lamborgini and Porshe of the tinting market, these tints offer superior durability and strength — that’s why manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty for both of the films. They will protect the windows of your car as long as you own them!
But what actually are the differences and exactly is the magic that these nano ceramic and carbon particles do? Alex Belov, Tinting Chicago brand manager, who explains this to his customers at least 5 times a week, speaks about peculiarities that define the performance of each film.
We hope that after reading this article you will have a clear idea which film you prefer going for. But if you still have any questions left, feel free to call 24/7 Tinting Chicago customer service at 773-455-0467 312-212-0493: Alex or out technicians would be happy to go over it again one more time!
Why we choose particular brands and series of carbon and ceramic films?
The number one priority in Tinting Chicago work is the highest quality of service that we can possibly provide to our customers. That’s why, even when we’re working with the top film series on the market, we need to be sure, that we chose the tints that perform the best, and that have successfully passed all our professional tests.
Right now our three Chicago shops offer these carbon and ceramic tints to their clients:
- The main difference between these types of films, as the name implies, is in the material.
- Carbon particles give pigmentation to the film, so it looks darker and works very well for reducing glare.
- Nano-ceramic particle technology is considered the most advanced, and such films have slightly better UV and heat reflection than carbon films, unique strength properties, and also great infrared rejection. Ceramic film is more expensive than carbon.
But which one wins? It depends on your goals!
Ceramic vs carbon tint. Let’s compare the numbers
|Brand of the film||UV-blocking||Total solar energy rejection (depends on VLT)||Infrared rejection
(depends on VLT)
(depends on VLT)
|3M™ Window Film Ceramic IR Series||up to 99.9%||up to 66%||up to 95%|
|3M™ Window Film Color Stable Series (nano-carbon technology)||99%||up to 57%||–||up to 90%|
Ceramic window tint film — the best quality and durability, but the higher price
Nano-ceramic technology is the latest development in the tinting industry. The ceramic film consists of many layers that contain tiny ceramic particles that make it almost impossible for UV rays to penetrate the glass.
It provides up to 99,9% protection against UV light rays saving the car’s interior and passenger’s health. For the same reason, nano-ceramic tint blocks sun glare more effectively than all other films. Moreover, ceramic tint rejects up to 66 percent of total solar energy and up to 95 percent of infrared light.
Ceramic tint is the most durable material among all types of window tints, even carbon. It is super strong and provides a high level of protection from scratching and other damage, and, thanks to structural stability, keeps the glass from shattering in case of accidents.
The ceramic window tint — is the most expensive option, it costs 20-30% more than carbon, but the highest quality is worth it.
The best brands of ceramic window film, according to Tinting Chicago experts, are the 3M Ceramic Series and Rayno Phantom S9.
Carbon window tint film — the darkest tint ever
The carbon film contains tiny carbon particles that darken the glass and repel sunlight very effectively. It looks darker than other types of films. Therefore, for hot and sunny states, a carbon tint becomes a very good choice. A similar property has a metalized window film, but it is of much worse quality, and besides, it blocks signals of cell phones, GPS systems, and radio reception.
Carbon window tint rejects up to 99% of ultraviolet rays, 66% of total solar energy, and 91% of the glare from blinding sunlight.
The star of the carbon series is the 3M™ Automotive Window Film Color Stable Series.
Common advantages of ceramic and carbon window tints
- They both look amazing on the windows. There is a big choice of colors and shades available for Tinting Chicago shop customers.
- Both films don’t fade with time, saving many and time you need to spend on the renovation. That is why high-quality carbon and ceramic films go with a lifetime warranty by manufacturers for peeling, bubbling, or fading.
- Carbon films, as well as ceramic, provide a high level of visibility, so both types of films allow you to drive without compromising your safety, even at night.
Carbon and ceramic films have almost the same highest level of solar heat rejection and UV protection among all types of window tint films. They reflect the sun’s rays well, prevent harmful UV rays from entering and create a cool pleasant atmosphere inside your car.
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If you are looking for darker tints with high heat reduction properties, carbon film would be the best choice. If durability, scratch-resistance, anti-shattering properties, and longer lifetime are more important for you, and you are ready to pay a bit more, choose ceramic window tint, if it is the highest quality, but most expensive option.
The main difference is the material, charcoal particles in carbon tint add darkness to your window, and ceramic particlesare invisible. So the carbon tint looks darker. Ceramic films are more durable thanks to shatter-proof features but are more expensive.
Tinting Chicago is a certified service you can do the best car tinting.
You can find us at 3621 N Harlem Ave, 2720 W Grand Ave, and 1402 N Rand rd. Palatine, our phone numbers are 773-455-0467 and 312-212-0493, feel free to ask any questions.