Heat Protection Going into the Warm Months in Texas

Austin’s climate can be particularly hot, sunny and dry in the summer. This weather is great for swimmers at Barton Springs, but it certainly doesn’t appeal to motorists in traffic. Fortunately, window tinting can protect you, your passengers and your vehicle from extreme heat.

Bright sunlight makes commutes less pleasant and causes cars to consume extra energy running the AC on high. It also increases the time it takes air conditioners to adequately reduce temperatures. Interior heat levels can quickly become dangerous if a car’s cooling system fails. Tinted windows will enhance safety by helping you preserve cool air inside the vehicle reducing your discomfort.

Warm Groceries

A summer heat wave might make you feel like you’re going to melt. On the other hand, this may literally happen to refrigerated or frozen items from the supermarket. Even if you need to briefly stop at a bank or gas station, window tinting helps ensure that your food stays cold and preserved as you travel home.

Major Damage

Heat remains a serious problem after you turn off the engine and vacate your car. Interior temperatures may only take an hour to surpass 120 F on an 80-degree day, according to Houston Press. This can badly damage any lighters, sunglasses, spray cans, electronics or cameras that you leave in the vehicle.

Even when you remove these items, high temperatures could cause your auto’s interior to decay. The dashboard or seats might crack, especially if they’re made of leather. This makes them vulnerable to further wear and tear. Seats and other surfaces also feel uncomfortably hot when you return to the vehicle.

Great Solution

The good news is that tinted windows don’t just cool autos by a degree or two. They truly have a noticeable impact. Results vary depending on the specific type of window film, but tinting generally stops around 55 percent of solar heat from entering a car. It also reduces glare, enhances privacy and shields people from damaging ultraviolet rays.

Sunbusters Window Tinting can help you enjoy a cooler, more comfortable commute during Austin’s warmest months. We offer professional tinting services and only apply effective, well-made Llumar ceramic auto tint. Sunbusters has two locations and serves customers Monday through Saturday. We’ve provided this service to Austin motorists for more than 20 years. To get started, please contact us or travel to one of our shops.

The Health Benefits of Window Tinting

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Window Tinting Can Keep You Looking Young and Protect You from Skin Cancer

Did you know that UVA solar rays are damaging your skin whenever you hop in your car? Not only will these rays accelerate the aging process, they can also give you skin cancer. Most of us think of sun damage as a beach thing, but UVA rays can get you whenever it’s daylight, especially when you’re behind the wheel. Although glass will protect you from UVB rays — the burning rays — it will not protect you from UVA rays — the aging rays.

Why Are UVA Rays So Dangerous?

Unlike UVB rays that cause visible burning on the skin’s surface, UVA rays go deep into the skin and cause damage you can’t immediately see. They break down the supportive structures formed by collagen fibers that keep the skin firm. UVA rays also encourage the formation of free radicals, inhibit the immune system and interfere with DNA repair.

UVA damage is cumulative; it shows up later as wrinkles, sagging, brown spots, broken capillaries and a coarse, leathery texture. Ultimately, these rays can cause so much harm that skin cancer develops. UVA rays are always present during daylight hours, even with heavy cloud cover. Ninety percent of visible aging and 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by UVA.

How Window Tinting Can Help

The more time you spend driving, the more you are at risk. Austin drivers are especially vulnerable because of the long commutes and bad traffic. Given that most of us spend at least 30 percent of our time in our vehicles, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tinting as part of a comprehensive sun protection program. Window tint is a sunscreen that can protect you from 99 percent of UVA rays, and you only have to apply it once.

Window tinting not only protects you from UVA, it also reduces glare and improves visibility. Window tinting can reduce the heat inside your vehicle by 40 to 75 percent; that means less strain on your vehicle’s air conditioner and reduced gas consumption. If your state prohibits dark tinted windows, clear tints work just as well.

Professional Installation Is Best

Although you can install window tinting yourself, it’s not worth the trouble unless you know exactly what you’re doing. Professional installers are trained to heat form auto tint to conform to the curved glass and they also know how to protect the electronics that might be concealed behind panels. With professional installation, your tint is covered by warranty. If you do it yourself and mess up, you’re left high and dry.

To learn more about the many benefits of window tinting, visit Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited, a member of the Llumar Select Pro Dealer Network, at our Austin and Lakeway locations.

Aftermarket Upgrades: Four Perks of Professional Installation


Why Some DIY Projects Just Aren’t Worth the Trouble

Thinking about transforming your stock vehicle into something a bit more appealing? No matter what you’d like to tweak about your current vehicle, booking professional installation services is the best solution.

There’s nothing wrong with tackling certain projects with your own two hands. Aftermarket upgrades, however, are definitely jobs for the professionals. Here are four great reasons why.

1. Superior Appearance
When you’re tinting windows, a single stray dust particle or speck of dirt can spell disaster. If they get trapped under tint films, they result in bubbles and blemishes that are impossible to ignore.

Window tints aren’t the only projects that demand precision. In the world of electronics, failing to measure and account for the size of speaker hardware, wire runs or enclosures can make everything else look crooked. Aftermarket upgrades take considerable time to master, so experts with previous job experience are your best bet.

2. Guaranteed Work
If you mess up a window tint project or a wiring job, you can’t blame anyone but yourself. In most cases, you also can’t ask anyone else to pay for material replacements or spend time redoing the work. Hiring a professional makes it much easier to avoid mistakes the first time around and simultaneously keep your blood pressure low.

Some mistakes are downright insidious. For instance, it’s easy to overlook a bubble in a tint installation or miss a blemish that later expands and causes peeling. If your work was performed by a professional, however, at least you won’t have to spend an arm and a leg to correct the problem.

3. More Robust Results
Good work lasts longer, which reduces the amount of money that you pay for maintenance and replacements. True, many people have gotten vehicle sound systems to work by connecting wires together and routing the cables themselves. It’s almost certain, however, that a large percentage of these DIY lovers later had to make repairs when their connections rattled apart. If you don’t know which connections call for solder and which deserve crimping, your DIY methods won’t survive as long as you’d prefer.

4. Customized Integration
There are many ways to install an upgrade. Professionals can help you choose one that works without messing anything else up in the process. Their experience makes it much easier to do unconventional things without risking your budget on an idea that might be a dud.

Curious about how to make your next aftermarket upgrade go as smoothly as possible? Get started by contacting a Sunbusters Window Tinting Ltd. Specialists today.

Caring for Windows after Window Film Installation

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How to Keep Your Tinted Windows Looking Great with Minimal Maintenance

With proper maintenance, your new solar-blocking window film will look great for years to come. In the last decade, manufacturers have developed improved window tinting products that are more durable and are easier to maintain. Now, there’s no need to worry about the material fading, peeling or scuffing with normal use. By following a few simple guidelines, you can preserve the product’s original quality and energy-saving benefits.

Why Cleaning Practices are Important

In addition to protecting your tinted windows from damage, proper cleaning techniques will ensure that you aren’t voiding your factory warrantee. Most professionally installed products include at minimum a five-year warranty. Some brands offer a lifetime warranty against fading, peeling and bubbling. Today’s window films are attractive, effective, scratch-resistant and easy to maintain.

Do’s and Don’ts

Although films are more durable than they used to be, it’s important to avoid certain products that could gouge the material or fade the engineered tint. Never use ammonia on tinted windows unless the manufacturer recommends it. Over time, ammonia will produce significant fading that will decrease the sun-blocking performance of the film. Most commercial cleaning products designed for windows contain a high percentage of ammonia. Look for specially marked ammonia-free cleaning solutions that are advertised as safe for tinted windows. Some manufacturers suggest equal parts of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and distilled water.

Never use squeegees, razor blades, metal items or abrasive scouring pads as they can scratch the film. Soft cotton diaper cloths and clean microfiber rags are preferred for all tinted surfaces. Make sure that the fabric is clean, especially if you’re using microfiber. Trapped particles can damage the film while you wipe away the dust and dirt.

Other Tips

Always follow cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer. For example, EnerLogic recommends waiting two weeks after installation before cleaning its residential and commercial window film for the first time. In some cases, ammonia-based cleansers are safe to use, but you want to be sure before you apply them and risk damaging the newly installed product.

For more information about maintaining residential, commercial and automotive window films, get in touch with us at Sunbusters or check out our products online. You’re also welcome to stop by one of our convenient locations in Austin and Lakeway to speak with our experts.

4 Reasons to Seek an Auto Tint Shop That Uses a Computer Cutting Plotter

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If you’ve heard about the many benefits of automotive window films and you’re ready to protect your own vehicle from UV damage, your next task is to find a tinting shop to do the work. You wouldn’t let just anyone tamper with your valuable car; top-quality results are paramount. While all window films work in a similar way, the application process can be quite different. In the past, film tint patterns were cut by hand directly on the outside surface of the vehicle’s glass. Today’s technology has made the process much smoother. Top-rated tinting shops prefer using a computer cutting plotter to pre-cut the film patterns that match your car’s exact dimensions before the film ever touches the vehicle. Here are four reasons why this process is superior.

4 Reasons That a Computer Cutting Plotter Is the Better Choice

1.    Computer plotters cut film pieces with exact precision. The information they use is accessed through a large database containing film patterns that match the glass and body dimensions of your car model. The patterns are developed utilizing the best practices for the automotive tint industry.

2.    A computer cutting plotter is consistent; it cuts a pattern the same way every time. This eliminates the problem of human error, which is extremely common in the process of making patterns by hand.

3.    Computer-cut patterns are more efficient. They reduce film waste due to mis-cuts, and they also save time by getting your vehicle tinted and delivered back to you more quickly. If you’re concerned about the environment, it’s important to note that reducing wasted film material and energy also reduces the carbon footprint of the company using the system.

4.    Most importantly, with computer-cut patterns, your car is safe from cutting mishaps. No cutting occurs on any part of the vehicle. Cutting automotive glass patterns by hand without etching or scratching the glass requires an extremely delicate touch and years of experience. Damage to glass, paint and rubber gaskets by sharp blades are common when using the older technique. With a plotter on the team, your immaculate and beloved car won’t be going under the knife.

Our Technology Leads the Way in Tinting for Austin and Lakeway

We’re proud of the fact that Sunbusters was one of the first automotive window tint shops in Texas to adopt the use of computer-cut patterns. Embracing this advanced technology has enhanced our customers’ experience and provided great benefits for us as a business. The system we use is called PrecisionCut by Llumar. Visit us online to learn more about our computer-cut tinting films and other protective automotive services.

Auto Tint: Your Easy Escape From the Texas Sun


It’s already starting to warm up in Texas, and it’s only going to get hotter. For drivers with professionally tinted windshields and windows, the summer is a little less intimidating; they’ll enjoy protection from both the searing heat and the dangerous ultraviolet rays. If the mention of auto tinting makes you think of mysterious, dark cars that are hiding dead bodies, the facts might surprise you.

Your Car Doesn’t Have to Look Suspicious

It’s a common misconception that car tinting only provides adequate protection when it’s dark enough to look suspicious. Dark tints are illegal in many areas, and this may contribute to the false impression. In reality, IR films don’t have to be dark to perform. You’ve probably seen tinted car windows many times and never had any idea that they were different. Films that are clear and virtually invisible can deliver exceptional protection without significantly changing the appearance of your car. If you want to drive more comfortably while saving your car and your health from sun damage, clear auto tint is an ideal solution.

The Many Benefits of Infrared Films

Tinted windows keep your car’s interior cooler, but relief from summer heat is just the beginning. Quality infrared or IR films block 99.9% of the ultraviolet rays that can enter through untreated automotive glass. Keeping them out protects you and your family from the negative health effects of UV radiation while you’re inside your car. Tinting also keeps the interior upholstery and plastic components safe from cracking, fading and heat damage. It even makes your driving safer by providing glare protection during the day and at night. As with any aftermarket automotive product, quality is important when choosing a window tint. A leading brand such as Formula One Pinnacle Ceramic film provides superior protection and a factory-like appearance, and it won’t interfere with radio frequencies or mobile devices.

Factory-Tinted Glass May Not Be Enough

If your factory-tinted windows don’t have impressive sun-busting abilities, they may just need a little help. Many SUV’s feature factory-tinted glass on the glass behind the front two doors and the cargo area. Fortunately, you can add a virtually clear IR film on top of the factory-tinted glass and nearly double its performance.

Let Sunbusters Give Your Car the Cool Factor

If you’re ready to fight back against summer heat and harmful UV rays, our Sunbusters experts can help. We rely on top-quality clear auto tint technology from Llumar to keep Austin and Lakeway drivers and their vehicles safe from the hot Texas sun. Visit us online today to learn more about our automotive tinting and other services.

Tinted Windows: More Than a Visual Enhancement

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Window Tint for Austinites: The Many Great Benefits

You already know that window tint will make your car look awesome from the outside, but have you stopped to consider all of the other benefits it might offer? If you’re on the fence about having your car tinted, you won’t be after reading this article!

1. Privacy and Security

Tinted windows are about a lot more than just appearances. They also provide a greater deal of privacy. If you’ve ever been in a situation that required you to change your clothes in a parking lot, you’re probably already aware why this is a wonderful thing.

A much more practical reason is that it can also help discourage crime. If a crook doesn’t notice the valuables in the backseat of your car because they can’t see in the windows, then there’s a good chance they will move on. It’s never wise to store valuables in the car in the first place, but during long shopping excursions, you sometimes have to. Having tinted windows could make all the difference in a situation like this.

2. Guard Against Shattering

Since window tint provides an additional film layer over the surface of the window, it can help prevent shattering in the event of an accident. Less shattering means less flying glass and potentially fewer injuries.

3. UV Protection

UV rays from direct exposure to sunlight have been proven to increase the chances of skin cancer and speed up the aging process. Research has shown that American drivers have a higher rate of skin cancer on the left side of their bodies due to driving exposure alone. As if that wasn’t scary enough, they can also damage the upholstery in your vehicle over time. When you have window tint installed, you’ll block up to 99% of incoming UV rays, making it that much easier to stay protected while driving.

4. Staying Cool and Saving Money

Along with blocking out harmful UV rays, your window tint will also help keep you cool. Austin summers can be scorching, and without a little protection, you’ll likely be blasting your air conditioner all season long. This can add up in fuel costs. You’ll be a lot more comfortable and save money when you brave the summer heat in a car with tinted windows.

Would you like more information about getting your windows tinted in Austin and Lakeway? If so, please contact Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited. We’re ready to help you get started!

Sun Damage Stops Here: Protecting Auto Leather

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The value of window tint and other methods for preventing leather damage

Leather is a natural fabric that is susceptible to damage from many of the same sources as other fabrics. Sunlight is one of the biggest offenders, which makes protecting your car from direct sun exposure all the more important if you want to preserve the “like new” look of the leather seats.

The Problem with Sunlight and Leather

Both sun and heat have negative effects on leather. Being exposed to excessive light causes leather to fade gradually until it only shows a shadow of its original rich, deep color. At the same time, heat draws moisture out of the fabric, causing it to dry out and crack or warp. That means your car’s seats could be suffering damage whether the vehicle is parked in the sun or simply sitting in an environment that raises the interior temperature. While one sunny day may not ruin your leather, the effects of exposure compound over time, resulting in a dull, aged appearance that detracts from the value of the car.

Proactive Protection

With all of these potential threats lurking just behind the clouds, it may seem like a bad idea to ever expose your car to the sun. Fortunately, there are many protective measures you can take to ensure that the leather interior of your vehicle remains free from solar damage:

• Park in the garage at home and in public whenever possible.
• Park in the shade when full cover isn’t available.
• Invest in a quality car cover or seat covers.
• Always put the top up if you drive a convertible.
• Use a high quality leather conditioner regularly.
• Increase the frequency of conditioning during hot summer months or whenever the leather feels stiff.
Clean the seats often to keep them free from other potentially damaging substances.

Window tinting is another effective way to keep your leather seats in top condition. Applied as a film, window tint is a nearly invisible treatment that keeps the damaging rays of the sun at bay while you’re driving and when the car is parked. Check local laws to determine the degree to which you can tint your windows, and choose the best possible quality of tint for maximum protection.

Let Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited of Austin and Lakeway help protect your car’s leather interior with high quality window tint products. By blocking 99.9% of UV rays, 50% of incoming heat, and lowering visible light transmission, our window tints prevent the most common problems that occur when sunlight meets leather. Contact us for more information on how our window tints can help protect your car and your home.

Sunbusters Is Now in Lakeway!

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve just opened our new Sunbusters location in Lakeway. If you live in the area, you won’t have to drive far to find the best in automotive window tinting and paint protection technologies. Here are a few reasons you’ll want to check out our services.

Formula One High Performance Automotive Window Tinting

At Sunbusters, we install Formula One High Performance Automotive Window Films made by LLumar. Our films can enhance your car in many ways. They can provide extra privacy, create a stylish new look, keep your interior cooler, protect your upholstery from heat damage, reduce glare while driving and dramatically reduce your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. Tinting can even help prevent your windows from shattering on impact. If you want your new car to keep its great looks and deliver the best driving experience, window tinting films can be of great value.

LLumar Automotive Paint Protection Film

Unless you never drive your new car, it has to face harsh treatment from the elements on a regular basis. While window tinting protects your car’s interior, paint protection film guards your car’s exterior and keeps it looking newer longer. Our LLumar high-gloss, invisible paint protection film is a perfect defense against anything the road can throw at your car, including flying road debris like rocks and pebbles, corrosive winter road salt, abrasive sand, bird droppings, pigmented mud, tree sap, road oil, tar and direct sunlight. With paint protection film on your car, you can relax and know that your car’s appearance and exterior integrity is safe regardless of road conditions or the whims of Mother Nature.

Lakeway, You’re Going to Love Sunbusters!

At Sunbusters, we’ve been tinting car windows for more than 20 years. In fact, we tint more vehicle windows than any other business in the Central Texas region. With prestigious clients like Lexus of Austin, Covert Ford, GMC, Bentley and many other car dealerships, our reputation for superior products and service is impeccable. We’re bringing the same great service to our new location in Lakeway, so if you want to protect your new car from the elements or enjoy a more private driving experience, we’re in your neighborhood, and we’re ready to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Paint Protection Film Supplies More Than Just Longevity

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Preserve your car’s paint job with protective exterior film

The only way to avoid damaging your car’s paint is to park it in the garage and never drive it. Since this is more than a little impractical, you need a simple, long-lasting way to prevent the scratches, dings, scuffs and corrosion that can occur as you drive through changing weather conditions throughout the year. Automotive paint protection film provides a defensive shield that does all this and more.

Preserves Appearance

The main reason people opt for protective film is that they want to maintain the glossy “like new” look a car has when it’s first driven off the lot. Thanks to modern technologies, these films can not only deflect damage but also “self-heal” to eliminate the appearance of any minor scratches that do occur.

Reduces Maintenance Costs

Trying to keep your car looking like new without the help of a protective film requires frequent washing and touch-ups along with visits to the body shop to repair more serious damage. The money and time you spend on all this adds up fast and amounts to much more than the cost of film installation.

Year-Round, Total-Body Protection

Each season brings a different kind of threat to your car’s exterior. Summer paving work leaves loose gravel that can kick up as you’re driving, and winter road treatments are notoriously bad for automotive paint jobs. Protective films can cover the entire vehicle, including the areas most vulnerable to seasonal damage, so that you never have to worry about potentially harmful road conditions.

Keeps Nature at Bay

Bird droppings, bug splatter and tree sap can all accumulate on your car, causing unsightly spots or leading to corrosion. Protective film provides a barrier against these messes and makes them easier to clean.

Simple Maintenance

Paint protection films do need cleaning, but maintaining the protective barrier doesn’t require any special steps. All you have to do is wash the car like you normally would with car wash soap and a soft microfiber cloth. Finish up with a coating of synthetic wax, and your car will continue to shine like new.

At Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited, you have the choice of paint protection film with or without a top coating. Visit our website or give us a call for more information about how these two options can protect your vehicle. We can help you choose which type of film is best for your car. When you’re ready for installation, you can rely on us to perform a top-quality job that includes an inspection to ensure that the film will perform as it should.