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How Long Does It Take to Tint Windows

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It takes 2 to 4 hours to tint windows of car. Large vehicle can take more time based on the size.

The time it takes to tint windows can vary depending on multiple factors

The time it takes to tint windows can vary depending on multiple factors.

  • The most important factor is the size of your vehicle. The larger the vehicle, the longer it will take to tint. A smaller car can be done in a few hours, while a larger SUV will take up to a day or more.
  • The second factor is whether or not you want film on both sides of your windows or just one side. If you want film on both sides of your windows, this will increase the time it takes because there are more layers that need to be installed and then removed after the installation process is complete.
  • The third factor is whether or not you want to keep the interior-mounted mirror intact after installation. If the interior-mounted mirror needs to be removed during installation, it will add an additional hour or two onto the project time since removing and reinstalling mirrors requires extra attention due to their size and weight.
  • The fourth factor is whether or not you have tinted windows already installed on your vehicle (or if they are still in good condition). This can greatly reduce the amount of time needed for installation since removing old window tint is often much easier than installing new window tint for many reasons.

How do you know if you want your windows tinted professionally?

You can get your windows tinted at home with a do-it-yourself kit. But if you want to make sure they’re installed correctly, or if you just don’t have time to invest in the project yourself, consider letting a professional take care of it for you.

The cost of professional window tinting varies widely based on the size of your vehicle and the type of tint you choose. The average cost is about $125 per window for 3M Dual Comfort Solar Control Tinting Film, according to Consumer Reports’ 2018 survey of auto body shops and other providers nationwide.

The advantage of applying window tinting yourself is that you can take as long as you want with the job

Window tinting kits are available at most auto supply stores and home improvement centers. The kit comes with everything you need to apply window tinting including a squeegee, tape and an applicator sponge. If you have never applied window tint before, it may take you longer than if you were experienced with it. The average person can install window film in 30 minutes or less, but it will take longer if they are new to this type of project.

  • The first step in tinting windows is cleaning them thoroughly with a mild solution of water and detergent. If there is dirt or grease on the glass, use a soft cloth and warm water to remove these substances before continuing with the window tinting process.
  • When cleaning your windows, do not use any abrasive cleaners like ammonia or vinegar because these chemicals will damage the finish on your car’s glass windows and make them more difficult to clean later on down the road.
  • Once your windows are cleaned thoroughly, dry them off completely so there is no moisture left behind from the cleaning process that could interfere with adhering the tint film firmly onto the glass pane surface when applying it next

Time a professional will take to complete vehicle window tint job depends on how busy they are

How much time a professional will take to complete your vehicle window tint job depends on how busy they are. If they have many other clients ahead of you, they will likely schedule your appointment for another day or even another week or two later.

In addition to scheduling issues, the time it takes can be affected by the type of windows that need to be tinted. If you’re having your rear windows tinted, this is a very easy process and shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes per side. Front windshields can also be done quickly but may take longer if the tech has to remove any decals or stickers from the glass first. Side mirrors may take even longer because they can be tricky to work with.

The most difficult windows to tint are back windows in larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks because they need special equipment and more time to do properly.

Aftermarket film usually takes 20 minutes to an hour

Tinting windows is not a big job, but it can take some time to complete. The time it takes depends on the number of windows that need to be tinted and the type of film used.

Aftermarket film usually takes 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the quality of the product and how many windows need to be tinted. Factory-installed window tinting takes longer because it’s more involved and requires more precise measurements and cutting.

If you’re planning on having your windows tinted at home, keep in mind that there are different types of window films available, each with its own characteristics:

Solar heat reduction (SHR) films block out heat from entering through your car’s glass; they’re essentially just like any other tint on the market except they feature a solar protective layer that blocks UV rays while allowing in natural light at night.


In a lot of cases, the professionals are going to be the people you want to deal with. They can tint your windows quickly, and they will do a great job. But if you’re confident in your do-it-yourself abilities, it might be worth trying out if you can save some money by doing it yourself.