Dubai summer is at times unbearable hot, and since I need to park my car outside on the street, I wanted to get some protection against the heat and car interior damage.
Most cars in Dubai have tinted windows, which helps the case, and I decided to do some research and go for some quality tint while remaining within the legal boundaries.
In the “Wheels” magazine I found a couple of ads, and the best companies seem to offer heat resistant tinting as opposed to only darkening the windows. Tints range from AED 50 (approx 15 USD) to AED 3500 (approx 1000 USD), which is quite a large window of selection. The top players are LLumar, V-kool, 3M and Solar Gard. They all seem to be efficient in fighting heat, so I decided to get the one that has the best promotion currently. LLumar was offering a full (Side and rear) 30% (Dubai legal limit) tint job with a fully transparent (0% darkened) windshield foil making it an all around foiling for AED 1200 (Approx 300USD). I booked a slot for Saturday 11AM, and drove the car there. We took a taxi and went for shopping and lunch to Wafi Mall, and came back at 1:30PM to find the Infiniti almost ready with the full tint. The guys seemed to be professional, and the tint so far works like a dream. Of course it cannot keep all the heat out, but it helps reducing it by 50%, and the UV and IR rays at 99%. UV rays damage the interior, causing ripped leather seats and faded dashboards. With this, I should be good to go leaving the car outside all day.
Here is a picture of the car at the tint-shop, getting the driver side foil sized and cut out.
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This is another picture of the Driver side window being prepared
This is the car being at the shop waiting for the tint shop.
A picture taken from inside with the samples applied to the office’s glass for easy selection. I went with the darkest legal tint, 30%, called ATR 35.
And the tint shop from outside
They applied a sticker to the Windows UP-DOWN buttons to remind me that I should not be playing with the windows for 3 days. Addition to that, I need to park the car on the sun for the following days.
Thats it for now, I will post back results on fighting the Dubai heat with the car.