The sun is not always your friend when driving. The driver and front passenger can be blinded. Its UV radiation gradually destroys interior materials and can contribute to skin aging and skin cancer. And it can heat up your vehicle like a greenhouse, sometimes beyond what your AC can handle. However, tinting your car’s windows helps reduce all of these problems and it gives you more privacy when driving in your sanctuary. Window tints film is relatively cheap and easy to apply yourself with a little patience and attention to detail. You can purchase ready-made kits for specific vehicles that minimize both installation time and the learning curve. Or you can buy the foil as a roll, which is cheaper and gives you more leeway in the event of application errors. With longer rolls, you can even run multiple vehicles. Multiple shades and materials are available, allowing you to customize the look and environment to your liking (see FAQs). But be sure to check your state’s laws before buying so you’re getting the right stuff for your needs.
MotoShield Pro Premium Precut Ceramic Kit: Best overall
MotoShield Pro Premium Ceramic : Best window tinting on a roll
Lexen Max 2Ply Carbon : Best Precut Carbon Sheeting Kit
Lexen Max 2Ply Premium Carbon : Best carbon film on a roll
Gila Heat Shield Basic : Best for those on a tighter budget
MotoShield Pro Premium Pre-Cut Ceramic Kit
This MotoShield Pro pre-cut ceramic film kit gives you a long-lasting, high-quality window tint that’s easier to apply than a roll film. This strong 2-mil film uses ceramic nanoparticles to block up to 99% of UV and infrared rays, protecting occupants and the interior and blocking more of the sun’s heat. It is available in a variety of shades ranging from 5% to 75% VLT (Visible Light Transmission). You can buy a wide range of configurations for cars, SUVs, minivans and trucks. A 10 foot roll of 20 inch film costs about $50.
MotoShield Pro Premium-Keramik tint flim
If you prefer to cut your own window tints, you can purchase MotoShield Pro premium ceramic film in a variety of rolls at varying prices. The price above is for a 10 foot roll of 20 inch film, but you can get it in other lengths and widths. Or, if you want to make multiple vehicles, you can purchase a professional 100-foot roll of 20, 40, or 60-inch film. As with the pre-cut kits, this strong 2 mil film is available in a range of shades from 15 to 75 VLT. And its ceramic nanoparticles help block up to 99% of UV and infrared rays.
Lexen Max 2-Lagiges Carbon window tints
Embedded in tiny carbon particles, this lens tint offers an excellent balance between quality and price. And the pre-cut kit makes installation easy. This carbon film blocks more infrared radiation and heat than less expensive colored films, as well as up to 99% of UV rays. And it holds up better over time. This 1.5 mil, two-layer film is available in a variety of shades and is backed by a lifetime warranty. As some users note, the film can be cropped oversized with the window shape outlined in it, so you may have to do the final crop
Lexen Max 2-lagiges Premium-Carbon tint
As with the pre-cut kits, Lexen’s strong two-ply, 1.5 mil premium carbon sheeting is a great value that combines quality and affordability. By using tiny embedded carbon particles, this film reflects more infrared radiation and heat than tinted films and holds up better over time. It also does not cause electronic interference associated with metallic films. The price shown here is for a 24 inch x 10 foot roll. But you can get it in a variety of widths and lengths, including 100-foot rolls. Lifetime Guarantee.
Gila Heat Shield Basic window tints
This single layer tinted film is one of the most affordable window tints we’ve seen from a reputable company. The Gila brand is a subsidiary of Eastman Performance Films, which also makes LLumar a popular professional brand. The film offers all the basic benefits you want from a window tint: privacy, less glare and heat, and a stylish look. It also blocks over 99% of UV rays. A roll that measures 24 inches by 78 inches (6.5 feet) costs about $10. Two year guarantee.