Can You Use AC after Tinting Windows? (Answered)

After tinting your windows, you can use your vehicle’s AC. The difference in temperature between the outside and the inside will not damage your window’s brand new tint. Do not roll down your windows until the tint is completely dry. 

If there are bubbles forming underneath the tint, that is perfectly normal. Do not touch them or try to push them down.

Can you use your A/C after you tint your vehicle’s windows?

The day you have been dreaming of is not only here, but it’s finally over! Your vehicle’s windows have now been adorned with tint! No one will be able to look into your vehicle and see what you were doing. 

No matter where you go, as long as you’re in your car, you will have your privacy. Now it’s time to get in your car and drive away. 

You usually turn on the AC when you turn on your vehicle, but now you pause before pushing the A/C buttons. Should you turn on your A/C right after getting newly tinted windows?

Yes, you can use your air conditioner after getting your windows tinted. No matter how cold you’re A/C turns the inside cabin, your window tint will not be affected.

Actually, every single infographic and instructional guide on tinting windows says to keep your windows rolled up until the tint is completely dry. So, you’ll have to use your AC while you’re waiting for the tint to dry.

How long does it take for window tint to dry?

It’s great that you can use your AC right after tinting your vehicle’s windows. But you need to keep the windows up until they are completely dry. 

So how long does it take for window tint to dry?

Well, the answer depends on the temperature and the weather. The hot weather will speed up the tenting drying process.

In the summer, it will take about four days max for the tent to be completely dry. But in the winter, it can take two to three weeks for the tints to dry!

That means if you get your windows tinted in the summer, you won’t be able to roll down the windows during the hottest month of the year. Luckily, you only have to wait a couple of days.

If you haven’t gotten your windows tinted yet, then don’t do it. Wait until the fall comes and the cool weather finally sets in. 

If you’re reading this during the springtime, get your windows tinted as soon as possible! Don’t wait until the first heat of summer!

Actually, it would probably be better to get your windows tinted during the late spring and early summer. The heat will help speed up the drying time of the window tint, but the weather won’t be too hot.

What else should I do to protect the tint while it dries?

Not rolling down your windows is not the only precaution you should take. There are a few things you must do to ensure your window tint comes out perfectly.

First, get your car washed before the window tinting process starts. Do not leave the window tint shop and head over to the car wash. You won’t be able to wash your car until the window tint is fully dry. 

Washing your vehicle will add moisture to the window tint and the bubbles that form underneath the film will last longer and grow bigger. Plus, the machines that wash the vehicle can scratch the windows and cause the tents to smear or tear.

If you need to wash your vehicle, you’ll have to wash it by hand and avoid the windows. Also, prevent moisture from touching the windows. Hopefully, the weather won’t suddenly change and bring about rain or a storm. 

If you see small bubbles beginning to form around the window tint, do not panic. The sudden appearance of bubbles is completely normal.

The bubbles appear because there’s moisture for me underneath the film. bubbles will be there for a few days and then they will evaporate.

The window will assist your vehicle’s A/C and protect your eyes!

You may be a bit surprised to hear, but there are additional benefits to tinting your vehicle’s windows than just privacy. One of the biggest benefits is that the window tint will reflect heat and light away from your vehicle. 

Because it will reflect the heat away, the cabin part of your vehicle, where you and your passengers sit, will not be as hot as it once was. 

This also means that your AC will not have to work as hard to lower the heat inside the cabin and maintain a cool temperature.

If you purchase the type of tent that also has UV protection, then say goodbye to sunburns on long drives! The UV protection may not be able to stop you from tanning, but it will protect you from harmful cancerous rays.

Another big benefit of getting your windows tinted is the reduced glare from the Sun. We’ve all had to drive while the sun is directly in front of us, blinding us and destroying our eyeballs. 

Now that you have tint on your front window, the tint will reduce the sun’s light and make it easier to see in front of your vehicle


Yes, you can use your vehicle’s air conditioner right after getting your vehicle’s windows tinted. You will need to use the AC anyway since you cannot roll down your windows until the tint is completely dry. 

Also, do not get your windows wet by going to a car wash or letting your car sit in the rain. Depending on the weather and the seasons, it can take two to three days or two to three weeks for the tint to finally dry. 

If you purchase the window tint that comes with UV protection, the tint will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays

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