CAN AUTOMOTIVE FILM BE INSTALLED ON FLAT GLASS?
Automotive film is made heat shrinkable, to make it easier for installation on curved surface of a car windows, applying automotive film to flat glass may cause breakage.
Automotive film and flat glass films are similar, they both offer solar protection and increased durability, but they are designed for different applications.
Like the name implies, flat glass film is created to be applied to flat glass, to glass with no curves, this window film do not need to be shrinkable.
Car windows have curves even if they are not noticeable, that’s the reason why Automotive Window Film needs to be able to shrink for proper installation.
Automotive film absorbs the sun’s energy. Heat is pulled away when the car is in motion, and automatically cooling the interior of the car. When the car is parked, even with window film can get heat up.
Always keep in mind your area's transportation laws on how dark and reflective automotive tinting can be.
Flat glass tinting is easier than automotive glass tinting.
But there's much to know about it, the most important thing to remember is that large windows are subject to thermal fracture if too dark window film is applied. One of the most difficult part of residential glass tinting, is removing the clear liner from the window film just before its applied to the wet glass, so make sure you have a system or extra hands before you start.
Very important to know:
While it is not recommended to use flat glass film on car windows, also you should never use automotive film on residential tinting or commercial tinting. Automotive window film’s ability for shrinking and to the ability to absorb heat instead of reflecting, puts your windows at risk risk of cracking or shattering.
While many High End Brands of Commercial Window Films are very expensive, Brands like Premium Gard Window Films offer a excellent line of Commercial Window Film for flat glass installation at very competitive prices.