The Quality of the Finish
One of the reasons people go to professionals for window tinting is to ensure that nice, clean finish. When you try to tint over a crack, it is hard to achieve a pleasing finish. Depending on the type of damage, it might be hard to work around the crack or chip. Furthermore, a small crack that was unnoticeable could become much more obvious once the tint is applied. For this reason, most auto glass professionals would recommend getting your windshield repaired before getting the glass tinted.
Could it cause more damage?
Another point is that tint actually has the potential to make the damage to your windshield worse. Even if the finish looks good when the work is done, the tint can cause problems for small cracks and chips. One thing you need to realize is that tint does not reflect the sun’s rays; it absorbs them. This causes the glass to heat up more than it would if it was not tinted. Over several days of heating and cooling, this can add stress to the damaged glass that can cause the cracks to get bigger.
Can tinted glass be prepared?
If you have a tinted windshield that has suffered some type of damage, it can be repaired. Tinted glass isn’t really any different from regular glass – it just has a thin film applied to add the tint. Any damage that could be repaired on an untinted window could be fixed on one that has tint.
Get Your Windshield Fixed Before Applying Tint
If you have a damaged windshield, you should get your windshield replaced or fixed whether you are getting it tinted or not. That said, if you are thinking about getting your windows tinted, it is a good time to get the repair work done as well. You will end up with a better finish on your tint, and you won’t have to worry about additional damage that may occur.