Window Tinting

At CarSmart! we've been tinting windows since the 80's. We are committed to using best-of-class products that are backed by a Lifetime Warranty, not only on the product, but the labor as well. Guaranteeing that the product will not turn purple, peel, blister, bubble or become difficult to see through.

Sure, you'll look great, but our films will also

  • Reduce the heat by 50% or more
  • Reduce glare by 50% or more
  • Eliminate harmful UV A & B sun rays by 99%
  • Help keep glass contained in the event of shattering during an accident
  • Increase security by making it much more difficult to break into a vehicle
Learn more about Sun-Gard window tint films

Shopping for Window Tint

The most important item to secure is a written Lifetime Warranty on not on the window tint film itself but on the LABOR as well. You will find inexpensive window companies that use a dye-based film that within a year or two will begin to turn purple then proceed to become cloudy, bubble, blister and peel off. You have probably seen these vehicles around town. It is not a bad tint job, it is just a product designed not to last.

Be careful! It is more expensive to UN-DO (strip off) this problem than it was to tint the vehicle the "right way" with Lifetime Warranty Film in the beginning.

Lifetime warranty films are Hybrid Metalized Films that are designed to last a lifetime. Remember, you WILL get what you pay for. Lifetime warranty is only good if the company you choose is around in the future. A good indication of a companies' future is a solid past. Also, be sure that the company you are considering actually employs their window tinter as an employee, not a contractor, who comes to their shop when there is a job to be done.

Illinois Window Tint Law

If you go onto the internet, trying to figure out what the new Illinois Window Tint Law is, it becomes difficult because honestly much of the information out there is not correct or moreover is explained in a confusing or contradictory way. If you visit the International Window Film Association websiste it gives very good information, but there are still a few confusing / contradictory pieces. We at CarSmart-Mokena were given a handout by the Will County Sheriff's Department that really simplifies the Illinois law on window tint. Here is our explanation from all of our credible resources.

Yes, as of 2010, it is now legal to tint ALL of the windows in your vehicle with these rules/exceptions: NOTE: Factory glass that is not tinted and appears "clear" is not actually 100% clear. Due to the nature of safety glass (as it has the bluish-greenish hue") will meter at about 75-80% clear, not 100% clear. When you put a window tint film over this it lowers the VLT of the rating of the film. For example, if you put a window tint film on that has a VLT of 35%, once over the factory glass, the combination may meter at 30 or 32%. It will always be lower that what the film itself states.

* Net Metered Rate is what a digital window tint meter reads. Illinois allows a +/- 5% variance.
** VLT is the combination of how much light is passing through the combination of your factory glass window and the window tint film together.

In order to issue you a ticket for tinted windows that do not fall within the parameters of the Illinois Tint Law, a law enforcement officer must have a Digital Window Tint Meter to actually read the VLT** of your windows. If the officer does not have a meter, they cannot issue a ticket no matter how dark your tint is or may appear.

Note About Chicago!!

Somehow the City of Chicago (proper) still has an ordinance that somehow supersedes the Illinois state law that you still cannot have ANY tint on your front 2 windows. There is a lot of debate over this issue as it has been understood that this would apply to the owner of a vehicle who has the vehicle registered in Chicago Illinois, this makes some sense. We have had a few customers who live in the suburbs with their vehicles registered in the suburbs and their car is physically in the city of Chicago and have received tickets for having tint on the front windows. Most of them have gone to court and the ticket was dismissed a few not. None of it makes sense to us but that is just our opinion. Be careful. The window tint ticket fine in Chicago is $250.00.