Window tinting is a great way to improve the comfort of your car/home and protect yourself from the sun. But did you know that there are different types of window tint? In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of window tint and what is the darkest legal tint in Texas.

Window tinting comes in three different types: dyed film, metallic film, and ceramic. Dyed film is the cheapest and least effective type of window tint. Metallic film is more expensive than dyed film, but it is more effective at blocking out the sun’s rays. Ceramic tint is the most expensive type of window tint, but it is the most effective at blocking out the Texas heat.

So, what is the darkest legal tint in Texas?


You are legally allowed to tint a full front windshield to a light transmittance of 70% or more. It’s almost clear ceramic window film that will block 99% harmful UV rays, 76%+ InfraRed heat rejection and 43% TSER(Total Solar Energy Rejected).

Sun strip(eyebrow) is allowed to be installed above the AS-1 line or 5 inches below the top of the windshield and must allow 25% VLT or more.

Front side windows

The front passenger and driver windows can be to a light transmittance of 25% or more.

Rear Windows

Lastly, the rear windows can be tinted with any darkness of film 4% being the darkest film on the market.



There are a few exemptions to the window tint law in Texas. If you have a medical condition that requires you to have a darker tint, you can apply for a medical exemption. You will need to get a letter from your doctor stating that you need a darker tint.

Law enforcement

Vehicles that are maintained by law enforcement agencies are exempt from tinting laws.

Passenger transport

Commercial vehicles used to transport passengers for a fee on a regular basis.

What is the most popular window tint?

If you are thinking about tinting your car windows, be sure to check the laws in your state. Window tinting is a great way to improve the comfort of your car and protect yourself from the sun. But be sure to follow the law!

Ceramic tint is the most popular choice here at Royal Auto Finishes. Ceramic tint is made of a film that contains ceramic particles. These particles help to reflect and absorb the heat away from your car, keeping it cooler in the summer months. Ceramic tint also blocks out 99% UV rays, which can damage your skin and the interior of the car.

Ceramic tint will help you reduce the cost of gas by lowering the AC usage and if you own an electric vehicle like Tesla, ceramic window film will help prolong the life of the battery!

If you are looking for a window tint that will keep your car cool in the summer and protect you from the sun, ceramic tint is the best option. Royal Auto Finishes offers ceramic tint in a variety of shades, so you can find the perfect one for your car.

You are welcome to stop by our shop and check out the options available for your vehicle. With the help of a heat lamp we can demonstrate the difference between standard and ceramic tint for you!

Contact us today to learn more about our ceramic window tint!

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