especially in places like South America and Africa where conditions often are very different than in the United States. I was reading a few weeks ago now about hundreds of bodies in Guayaquil, Ecuador that had either died in their homes or were put on the streets because they had no refrigeration for them in the hospital and didn't want to smell up the hospital there. So, they put bodies in the street there in front of the hospital covered in Plastic weighted down so animals and birds couldn't eat the bodies and spread the infection to other mammals or humans
So, it isn't surprising to hear of funeral homes being overwhelmed in this way in places like New York City somewhere or in the future other places that have opened up too soon within 3 to 4 weeks of now.
Here in California too many people weren't watching the social distancing rules and Governor Newsom felt forced by people not doing this to shut all the public beaches and state parks in California once again. Which though it will make millions very sad who might not have air conditioning in southern California, it might reduce the load on doctors and nurses in emergency rooms and ICUs all over California too because after all we have 40 million people that live in this state and about 25 to 30 million of them live between Santa Barbara and San Diego and the Border at Tijuana, Mexico.
The History of Car Window Tint and Tinted Windows
You might think car window tinting is a relatively new feature in the world of automotive customization, but the slick shaded glass you see on cars today is the result of literally centuries of development. So the next time you slip into your cool car on a hot summer day, thank the UV-blocking film on your windows, but also the innovators through history who made it happen.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN 3000 B.C. – 1300 A.D
The earliest known tinted glass originated in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian cultures, which developed processes for tinting and coloring glass for beads and decorative pots. Around 100 A.D., Romans began using clear glass for windows, and by the medieval period in Europe and the Middle East, the process for coloring glass by adding metallic oxide powders was widely used to make stained glass windows for palaces, churches, and mosques.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN 1940 – 1960
The invention of automobiles in the early 20th century changed the face of transportation, but cars didn’t proliferate across the consumer landscape until the post-war period. And as more people included cars in their daily life, more people began to notice how temperature and glare from the sun were magnified through glass. It was only a matter of time before EZ Eye, one of the first tinting manufacturers in the US, introduced factory window tint in a few car models, including the popular ’58 Chevy Impala.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN 1960 – 1966
Because window tinting was only available from auto manufacturers, a small industry of DIY window tinting started to crop up. Spray-on tinting was the most popular alternative window tint, but the result was a dark and often uneven shading that was difficult to install and prone to streaking. Some rudimentary dye-based window films were also introduced around this time, but not only did they have a tendency to turn purple and bubble in the sun, but they would also absorb heat into the car instead of reflecting it away.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN 1966 – 1969
Adhesives and laminates manufacturer 3M—best known for Scotch Tape—finally unlocked the key to sun control film in 1966 with technology that added metallic coatings to clear polyester for a flexible film that blocked much of the sun’s harmful UV rays and heat. Three years later, in response to terrorist bombings in Europe, 3M introduced clear security window films that held broken glass in place—a standard feature of window film today.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN THE 1970S
The energy crisis of the 1970s prompted further innovation in heat reflection, and low emissivity films started to become popular in commercial building windows, as well as for automotive use. But it wasn’t until the late 1970s that tinted car windows became the top choice for privacy—limousines all over the U.S. started utilizing dark tints, some with shading of 80% or more.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN THE 1980S – 1990S
Darker tints were great for privacy, but not so great for visibility. By the early 1980s, most U.S. states developed their own laws regulating the tint level allowed on car windows to reduce accidents. In the early 1990s, a second generation of window film was introduced: a “hybrid” film using metal, which reflected the sun’s rays, and dyes, which absorbed heat. Together, the film components reduced heat by about 50%.
CAR WINDOW TINTING IN THE 1990S – PRESENT
Although hybrid window films revolutionized UV-blocking capabilities, the development of other technologies posed a problem for metallic tints: they often interfered with electronic devices like radios and, later, GPS systems. To solve this problem, the window tinting industry developed the latest in window films, which use ceramics instead of metals. Ceramic-based window tint lasts longer, rejects heat and UV rays better, and doesn’t interfere with electronics at all.
THE FUTURE OF CAR WINDOW TINTING IN SAN DIEGO
So what’s next for the development of window film? Innovators are already approaching 100% UV and heat blocking technology, and while modern tint holds broken glass together, perhaps future film will prevent the glass from breaking in the first place.
If you haven’t already enjoyed the many advantages of tinted car windows, Stereo Depot can help. We’re so confident in the quality of our products, installation, and trained specialists that we offer a lifetime warranty on our car window tinting services. Give Stereo Depot a call at our San Diego location at (619) 736-9964 or our El Cajon location at (619) 873-4641.