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The Difference Between Factory Smoked Glass and Aftermarket Window Film / Tint

Factory Smoked Glass refers to windows tinted during a vehicle’s manufacturing process, commonly found in trucks and SUVs on rear windows. This tint is integrated into the glass itself during production, ensuring a consistent and uniform appearance across rear windows. However, factory tinting typically does not offer effective heat or UV protection in most cases.

On the other hand, Aftermarket Window Film or Tint is applied post-production, using a thin film carefully placed on the interior surface of the glass. This option allows for flexibility in tint darkness, with various shades available to match individual preferences. Additionally, aftermarket tinting can offer benefits like heat rejection, UV protection, IR Rejection, and glare reduction.

While both Factory Smoked Glass and Aftermarket Window Film/Tint achieve the goal of tinting windows, they differ in several aspects:

  • Application: Factory tinting is applied during vehicle manufacturing, while aftermarket tinting occurs after production.
  • Consistency: Factory tinting ensures privacy behind front windows, whereas aftermarket tinting may vary based on the percentage, installers recommendation and film quality.
  • Options: Aftermarket tinting provides a broader range of choices in tint darkness and additional features like heat rejection and UV protection.
  • Cost: Factory tinting is typically included as a standard feature or available as an option when purchasing a new vehicle, whereas aftermarket tinting is an additional expense that varies depending on film quality and installation complexity.

Ultimately, the decision between Factory Smoked Glass and Aftermarket Window Film/Tint depends on individual preferences, budget, and desired features. Both options can enhance a vehicle’s appearance and functionality by providing privacy, protection, and style.