Frequently Asked Questions about FormulaOne Window Film

frequently asked questions

Who makes FormulaOne Auto Tint?

FormulaOne window film was developed in Martinsville, Virginia by Solutia Inc., the largest manufacturer of window films in the world, using the same advanced, patented technology used in space to protect astronauts from the harmful effects of the sun.

Where do I purchase FormulaOne Auto Tint?

FormulaOne High Performance Auto Tint® is installed through a nationwide network of factory-trained dealer/installers. Click here to locate a dealer near you.

What is paint protection film?

FormulaOne Paint Protection Film, sometimes referred to as Clear Bra, is a clear urethane film that is applied to the leading painted surfaces of a new car in order to protect the paint. The ultra-durable, sacrificial shield helps defend against abrasions, nicks and scratches from insects, small road debris and winter sand and salt, resulting in year-round protection.

How does window film work?

FormulaOne auto tint is a microthin film that is installed on the inside of your car windows. It has a patented adhesive system that bonds the film to the glass and can be placed on the side and rear windows of your car. FormulaOne tint reduces the amount of heat that is transmitted through the glass by reflecting or absorbing solar heat.

What are the actual performance statistics of FormulaOne window films?

Each FormulaOne product line is designed to meet certain UV protection, heat rejection and glare reduction criteria. Click here to view the FormulaOne product specification sheet.

How long will FormulaOne window film last?

With proper installation by a trained FormulaOne dealer, your window film will last for a lifetime! FormulaOne is so sure that their film won't peel, bubble or crack that they back their product with the best warranty in the business.

What kind of warranty comes with FormulaOne auto tint?

FormulaOne window film comes with a manufacturer's lifetime warranty to replace any defective product for free for as long as you own your vehicle. If there is a problem, just bring your car and warranty card to any FormulaOne dealer from coast to coast and it will be replaced at no charge to you. See an authorized FormulaOne dealer for details. Certain restrictions apply.

How can I find local automotive window tint laws?

Each state, Canadian province and Puerto Rico has tint laws governing the darkness, reflectivity, and colors allowed on vehicles. In all cases, refer to you local authority for enforcement policies, current window tint laws, rules or regulations as the final authority to car window tint laws in your area. For a detailed summary of the Automotive Tint Laws in your region, visit the International Window Film Association.

Does window tint have to be dark to work?

It is a myth that window film has to be dark to be effective. State laws are in effect that outlaw very dark (black-out) window tinting. FormulaOne films come in several different light transmissions - all being neutral in appearance. Window film laws vary from state to state. Check your local laws to ensure that your film selection is in compliance.

Can I install the film myself?

Professional installation is essential to product performance. Purple, bubbled and peeling film is a sign of poor quality film and installation. FormulaOne Auto Tint authorized dealers and installers complete a comprehensive training program by the manufacturer. You can be assured that your FormulaOne installer has the latest tools and techniques to complete a top quality installation.

How do I remove automotive window tint?

The following method works very well to remove film from most windows that do not have defroster wire grids or other sensitive components: Carefully slide a razor blade back and forth under a top corner of the film to pry loose ½ to ¾ inches. Tug the corner downward until you feel resistance. Spray Windex® behind the film and on the exposed glass to dilute the adhesive. Grab the corner tightly with both hands and tug the film diagonally across the window toward the opposing corner. If the film refuses to budge, re-spray the sticking point with the solution, loosen with the razor blade by further scraping, and tug the film free. After removing the film, the adhesive will usually remain on the glass. Generously spray a cleaning solution onto the glass then rub the solution into the dried adhesive to soften it for removal. In a few moments the adhesive will appear milky white and gummy. Use a new razor blade to shave off the adhesive.

How do I remove Paint Protection Film?

Be sure the vehicle surfaces are at least at room temperature or greater; 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is ideal. Simply use a fingernail to pull up a corner, peeling the film up at a shallow angle. Grip the film and continue to pull away from the film that is still attached to the surface. Pull slowly and at a low angle, applying heat from a hair dryer to the area still adhered to the paint. Rapid pulling may occasionally leave some adhesive on the paint. Commonly available general-purpose adhesive removers that are compatible with auto paint finishes, dabbed on a soft cloth, will quickly wipe away spots of residual adhesive.

Can I Roll Down My Windows After The Window Tint Has Been Installed?

Do not roll down windows for three to five days after installation. During this time period, try to give your car as much sunshine as possible to aid with curing, which may take several weeks to be complete.

How Do I Clean My Tinted Windows?

It's simple. Clean FormulaOne with a soft, clean, paper towel or cloth and common household-strength liquid glass cleaners. Never use brushes or cleaners containing abrasives or ammonia.

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