How to Choose the Right Solar Film for Your Car’s Needs

A Humorous Beginning to My Tinting Journey

Believe it or not, my journey into the world of window tinting began with a rather unfortunate sunburn. As a university student, I had a summer job delivering pizzas in a car with no window tint. After a few weeks, I looked like a lobster. That’s when I discovered the magic of solar film for car, and I’ve been passionate about it ever since. Fast forward a decade, and here I am, a professional window tinter at United Automobile, helping customers choose the perfect solar film for their vehicles.

Why Solar Film Matters

Solar film for cars is more than just a luxury; it’s a necessity. It protects your car’s interior, reduces glare, enhances privacy, and keeps the temperature down, making your driving experience much more comfortable. But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one? Let me guide you through the process.

Understanding Your Needs

UV Protection

One of the primary reasons for installing solar film is to block harmful UV rays. High-quality films can block up to 99% of UV radiation, protecting both your skin and your car’s interior from damage. If you spend a lot of time driving, prioritise films with high UV protection.

Heat Rejection

Singapore’s tropical climate can make your car feel like an oven. Solar films with high heat rejection can significantly reduce the temperature inside your car, enhancing comfort and reducing the load on your air conditioning system. Look for films with a high Total Solar Energy Rejected (TSER) percentage.

Glare Reduction

Glare from the sun can be a major driving hazard. Opt for solar films that offer excellent glare reduction to ensure a safer driving experience.

Types of Solar Film

Dyed Film

Dyed film is the most affordable option. It absorbs solar heat and reduces glare, but it offers limited UV protection and tends to fade over time. It’s a good choice for budget-conscious drivers who mainly want to reduce glare.

Metallised Film

Metallised films are more durable and offer better heat rejection and UV protection than dyed films. However, they can interfere with electronic devices like GPS and mobile phones due to their metal content. They are ideal for drivers looking for improved performance without breaking the bank.

Ceramic Film

Ceramic films are the top-of-the-line choice. They provide superior heat rejection, excellent UV protection, and do not interfere with electronic signals. Although they are more expensive, they offer the best performance and durability. For drivers who want the best for their car, ceramic film is the way to go.

Tips for Choosing the Right Solar Film

Assess Your Budget

Determine how much you’re willing to spend on solar film. While higher-end options offer better performance, there are quality films available at various price points. At United Automobile, we offer a range of films to suit different budgets.

Consider Your Driving Habits

If you frequently drive long distances or spend a lot of time in your car, investing in a higher-quality film with better UV and heat rejection is worth it. For occasional drivers, a mid-range film might suffice.

Check Local Regulations

Before choosing a film, make sure it complies with local regulations regarding tint darkness and reflectivity. At United Automobile, we ensure that all our products meet Singapore’s legal requirements.

A Funny Lesson Learned

Early in my career, I once applied a very dark tint to a customer’s car, only to have them return the next day because they couldn’t see well at night. It was a valuable lesson in understanding the balance between aesthetics and practicality. Now, I always emphasise the importance of visibility and safety to my clients.


Choosing the right solar film for your car’s needs doesn’t have to be daunting. By understanding your priorities, assessing your budget, and considering your driving habits, you can find the perfect film to enhance your driving experience. At United Automobile, we’re here to help you make an informed decision and provide professional installation services.

Remember, a well-chosen solar film is an investment in your comfort, safety, and the longevity of your car’s interior. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for expert advice and top-notch service. Your car deserves the best, and so do you!