Window films are continuously doing well in the market, and you see them in cars, residential properties, and commercial buildings. They have brought so many conveniences, benefits, and aesthetic value to these different settings.

In a recently published analysis report by Grand View Research, the value of the global film market was at $9.83 billion in 2019, and they expect it to grow at 4.8 per cent in eight years. These high-tech films, however, aren’t always this amazing. Their early versions also had their flaws and shortcomings.

If you’ve always been curious about how tints came to be, here’s a little rundown of their history.


The Birth of Window Films

In the early days, people have been painting their windows to keep the sunlight out of their homes, but the actual development of window films began upon the mass production of cars.

After the war, cars became available to the market, and it changed the way people live. Unfortunately, many car owners struggled with managing the effects of the glares and rays of the sun on their windows. This problem gave another business opportunity to car manufacturers.


The Three Generations of Window Tints and Their Early Problems

Car owners before preferred to have the spray-on tint for their window glasses. However, it only resulted in an uneven and intensely dark shade, which is also prone to smearing. It was challenging to make it consistent throughout the windows.

Then come 1966, the first real window tint was invented. There are at least three types of film developed since then.


First Generation: The “Dye-Based” Film

Dyed window film tint is, of course, the most affordable type of window tinting. It is also considered as the least functional among all kinds because of its fewer advantages.

Installing it sounds easy, but it requires intense concentration. You apply a dyed film to the car windows using a transparent adhesive, and then press it on. The dye works by absorbing solar heat.

Since it was the window tint that started everything, it has its imperfections too.

  • The tint did not have good control of the heat inside the car, making the temperature rise quickly.
  • The tint did not respond well to the sun’s heat. Bubbles started to appear, and it became easy to peel off.
  • The tint looks flat and opaque from the outside and would turn purple sometimes.


Second Generation: The Metallic Window Films

This second-generation window film was invented in the 90s. It was a film made from a mixture of dye and metallic. The small metallic particles helped reflect the heat away. They also strengthened the window, making them resistant against shattering. This film can also resist up to 50 per cent of the heat from the outside.

The downside, however, was how the metallic content of this film could affect the radio reception, cellphone, and GPS transmission inside the car.


Third Generation: Ceramic Window Tints

This type of tint is the latest invention, and it is the film you see people use now. They are the highest quality of tint present in the market today and also the most expensive. They can last for a long time and have many excellent characteristics, such as the following:

  • Less tint allowing more light in, while rejecting more UVA and UVB coming from the inside and outside
  • Allows maximum efficiency of functioning cell phones, radios, and GPS systems
  • Highly resistant to glaring and fading
  • Shatter-proof



Window tints are continually improving and growing in popularity due to its number of scientifically proven benefits. With its growing styles and usage, it is expected to get more successful and in demand in the years to come. Nowadays, technology made it possible to create hybrid window films, and the excitement for more advanced window tints only continues.

If these facts got you curious and wanting to try residential window tinting for your home in Brisbane, you can always get in touch with us. We’ll help you find the right tint for your home. Contact us today to see how we can help!

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