How Dark Are Your Car Windows When The Vehicle Left The Factory?

If your vehicle has the privacy glass option like many SUV’s and pickups, those windows will be around 20-25%.

There are slight variances from brand to brand, but on the whole most new vehicles leave the factory with around 75% light transmission.

So remember, when you add film to your car, the film darkness combined with the tint already in the glass is the final number of visible light transmission (VLT).

This front door on a Kia Soul is an example. The film was a 38% ceramic. The owner wanted to keep the front doors within the law for Indiana, which is 30% VLT. The rear windows are bone stock, and meter at 25%. Now they are only 7% darker than the fronts, and the whole vehicle is completely legal.

UV Protection and Cool Temperatures For Family in Dodge Minivan

Are minivans cool? This one is, especially on the inside.

With 5% film on the rear sides and back window (30% on the fronts), the kids strapped into their seats will enjoy complete protection from UV rays, won’t be getting sweaty in their seats, and be able to see their device screens much better for no complaints travel.

The factory privacy glass that comes on the rear windows of SUV’s, trucks, and minivans does NOT provide complete UV protection. It’s only good for around 50-60% reduction. A window tint film of any shade (even clear film) reduces UV rays by 99%.