Window Tint

There are many reasons to tint the windows of your vehicle. Window tint can protect you against sun related health concerns, safety and security reasons, as well as protecting the interior of your investment. Listed below are 7 of the main reasons to have Sounds Fast tint the windows of your vehicle.

  • Interior Comfort- Tinting your vehicle's windows can lower interior temperatures by as much as 60%.
  • Skin Protection- Vehicle tint can block up to 99% of harmful UV rays from the sun.
  • Safer Driving- Tinting your windows will cut down on outside glare from sun, snow,etc.
  • Accident Protection- Tint film can help shattered glass hold together in the event of an accident.
  • Interior Protection- UV rays and heat will cause interiors to fade and crack. Window tint protects against this.
  • Enhanced Privacy and Cosmetics- Tinting protects your privacy and enhances the look of any vehicle.
  • Security- Window tint can help protect the contents of your vehicle. A thief won't steal what he can't see.


Why Should Sounds Fast Be Your Tint Provider?

At SOUNDS FAST we treat tinting no different than a mobile electronics install. Every tint job we do comes with a lifetime warranty on the film and labor (excludes physical damage and improper care of the film). Most other tint installation shops will cut the film on your vehicle. There are major risks associated with this. All it takes it one slip with the razor knife and your vehicle ends up with a cut in the weather stripping or worse, a cut line in the paint of your vehicle! We will never use a blade of any kind on your vehicle while tinting your windows. We have invested in the latest plotting technology from our tint manufacture. A plotting machine allows us to cut the film for your vehicle via computer software and the plotter. This is just one more step that we take to assure that you get the best possible tint job on your vehicle.

Our main objective when tinting your windows is to have the finished product look as if it were done at the factory. How we accomplish this with your door glass is by removing your door panels (in a majority of the jobs we do) during the film install process. This assures that we get the edge of the film down below the weather stripping so that it can't get caught and peel from rolling the window up and down. The second step we take is that we apply the film so that it goes all the way to the top edge of the window leaving absolutely no gap at all.

Applying tint requires the use of a mixture of water and soap to allow us to move the film around while positioning it. Before we start the film cutting process we go through the vehicle to see if any interior panels could be damaged by getting wet. Any interior panels we feel might be damaged are removed and stored in a safe environment until it is time to reinstall them. To help ensure you get the best possible tint job done on your vehicle, we highly suggest you bring the vehicle in as clean as possible on both the exterior and interior. A clean vehicle helps assure that you get a clean tint job.

Oregon State Tint Laws

Darkness of tint is measured by the percentage of visible light transmission (VLT%). In the state of Oregon, this percentage refers to the percentage of visible light allowed through the glass and film combined. The state legal VLT percentage limit for Oregon is 35% for the front and rear sides, and the rear window. This means that once your tint has been applied it must allow more than 35% of outside light in. Tinting of a complete windshield is against the law in the state of Oregon. Window tint is only allowed along the top six inches of the windshield and it must be of a non-reflective type.

Some window tint can contain metallic elements similar to sunglasses that helps reflect incoming light. Oregon law states that automotive tint applied to a vehicle must not have a reflective property of more than 13%. At this time Sounds Fast does not sell and install reflective style tint. It can be special ordered if you require it.

If your vehicle was equipped with tinted rear windows during production then your vehicle is exempt from the 35% rule on your rear windows only. The front two side windows still fall under the 35% law.

Oregon has some other laws to take into consideration when having your windows tinted. Colored tint such as red, amber, and green are illegal to use in Oregon. If you have your rear window tinted then you are required to have a functioning driver and passenger side rear view mirror. The film you have applied must be certified by the state of Oregon. Oregon allows some medical exemptions for darker tint then the state limit. Check with your doctor or ophthalmologist to see if you qualify.

If you are having a hard time deciding on what shade to use please stop by the store with your vehicle. Between our display loaded with all the shades we provide and the collection of vehicles we have at the shop, We are sure we can find the right shade for you. Our installation gallery at the top of the web page will also have a collection of vehicles we have tinted.

In my workshops I talk about something that I do in my life that has helped me to grow a better business. It's my customer service notebook. In it, I keep a record of great - and not so great, customer service experiences that I am blessed or depressed with. I then review these notes and pull things from it to apply to my businesses. I find it a great reminder for what is really most important to the success of any business: a great product, knowledge of and belief in your product, and outstanding customer service. With these things you have the recipe and ingredients for a lasting business. Yesterday, I had a great experience and a few things to add to my notebook. I have been searching for an iPod dock for my car stereo for some time. I surfed the forums, googled manufacturers, and the outlook was dismal. I have an unusual make and model (as far as iPod connectors go) and most everything I read said it really couldn't be done. Fooey! I then started calling every car stereo shop in town. Several said, "sorry, we don't know of any product for your car." A couple of them said, "We'll look for something and call you back." ONE shop actually did call back - and within the hour. They had a solution. I didn't believe them. I played along though and placed an order for the product with them. When it came in, I brought the car in for the install. The shop was clean - even the bathroom. That's weird. Car stereo shops are a guy thing. Only guys work in car stereo shops and auto repair joints. Guys don't typically maintain spotless bathrooms without the help of women unless they are fanatics about attention to detail. This was a good sign. As I was turning over the keys, the owner posed the question, "How are you going to actually mount the iPod?". I figured I'd get one of those suction cup thingys or just throw it in the glove box. The guy said, "Our installers are pretty creative. If we can come up with a cool way to mount the iPod that looks clean, would you like us to do that?" Sure I would. Sounds good to me - pun intended. I thought about this afterwards: what a great upsell! It satisfies my needs perfectly and gives them a little icing on the cake. I'm all for it. I was still skeptical though. I left my car and went to the office and waited, anticipating that call..."Uh, Mr. Kubota, we're sorry but this device actually won't work with your car. You were right, you can't connect an iPod to it." The call came, but it was, "Mr. Kubota, we have a GREAT solution to mount your iPod, we can create a custom dock for it in your unused ashtray. It will look like a factory iPod dock and when you close the ashtray it is completely hidden." Bitchin'. One hour before the promised ready time, they called and said, "Come 'n get it." I did, and it rocked. I am thrilled that I can now listen to my iPod, in full CD quality, in my car. It's a simple pleasure, I realize, but that's what life is all about, right? So what goes in the notebook that we can learn from? 1) Follow through. They called back when they said they would with answers to my questions. 2) Professionalism. They were polite, knowledgeable on their products, my car, and the installation. 3) Attention to detail. The shop was immaculate. They instilled trust. The installation looks like a factory job. 4) They up-sold me something I really needed, so I was more than happy to buy and appreciated the creative thinking. 5) They over delivered. I came away with a better solution than I had even hoped for. Oh, and the clencher? When I came in to pick up and pay, the price for the custom dock was less than I expected AND after I wrote the check he noticed he forgot to add the $37 shipping for the special ordered product. I said, "No problem, I can write another check..." but he said, "Ah, don't worry about it, just come back and see us next time you need something." Darn right I will. And I'm telling everyone I know that Sounds Fast in Bend, OR is the pinnacle of mobile audio shops.
- Kevin Kubota