How to Start a Window Tint Shop: Your Guide to Success

This article will discuss the basics of starting a window tint shop, from choosing the right products to marketing your business.


If you're looking to start a business, a window tint shop may be the perfect opportunity. Window tinting is becoming more and more popular, and there's a lot of potential for growth in this industry. This article will discuss the basics of starting a window tint shop, from choosing the right products to marketing your business. We'll also provide some tips for success!

Different Types of Window Tinting

There are two parts to the window tinting industry, and they're both important. The automotive side of the business is concerned with cars, and the flat glass side is concerned with windows in homes and businesses. In this article, we will only be covering the automotive side.


To be successful in this business, you will need top-notch skills, which require training. Usually, the most successful shop owners will have undergone some sort of apprenticeship before opening their own business. Below we will walk through the fundamental processes of tinting.

There are three essential stages to tinting a car. First, cut the patterns; next, clean the glass; finally, after carefully trimming the tint and cleaning the glass, you must squeegee it onto the windows to eliminate any air pockets and ensure that it does not peel off.

Don't be fooled. While the process seems simple, it is hard to get right, even harder to perfect, and almost impossible to master.

Starting your Car Window Tinting Business

Will you join an existing franchise and carve out your niche or start your own firm? Franchises and independent businesses both have advantages and disadvantages. It is all determined by your unique situation.

  • Franchise. A franchise can assist a new business by providing expert company training and complete marketing assistance. However, you limit yourself with your marketing, especially if you want to include any add-on services, and you must pay both an expensive franchise fee upfront and royalties.
  • Individual. Setting up your own business allows you to have more control over your marketing and a much lower startup expense. You won't have the brand recognition that franchises provide, and finding clients may be more difficult. If you do take the individual route, here is a noncomprehensive list of supplies you will need: tint kits, quality film, window film with different tint film percentages, a scraper, a razor blade, application solution, a squeegee, cleaning materials, and a heat gun.

The Business Plan

Writing a business plan is the next stage in getting started with your window tinting company. The business plan will help you focus on crucial elements of the business, such as who your clients will be, how you intend to contact them, projected sales and expenses, your value proposition for marketing, and more. You'll also need to research to figure out exactly how much your startup expenses will be and how much you'll spend every month.

A bank will not only demand that you submit a business plan if you want to finance, but several studies have shown that having a solid business plan raises the chances of establishing a successful company. Writing the plan is a good way to think about all aspects of your business and then serves as a road map as you get started.

Market Your Tint Shop

The greatest approach to marketing your window tinting business is through word of mouth. When you provide excellent customer service, your efforts speak for themself. On sites like Google, ask your customers to leave reviews. When potential clients seek a professional window tinting business, they usually go to these well-known review platforms.

The 5% Window Tint

We have included this section as a heads up. A 5% VLT automotive window tint is the darkest tint there is. When we say "5%," you know what we mean: a black, powerful-looking near-black that makes your car appear to be completely blacked out.

While a dark tint adds to the appearance of any automobile, truck, van, or SUV, it's essential to remember that in most states, 5% is not permitted on roads.

Before putting a tint on a car window, double-check with your customer that his/her tint will comply with state laws.

From a law enforcement perspective, a car with a 5% tint would certainly grab attention, so we recommend avoiding this level for automobiles on the road. If your customer wants a 5% window tint, you should recommend it for one of the following automobiles:

  • Track cars
  • Private vehicles
  • Display cars
  • Work vehicles
  • Hobby cars

Advantages of a Higher Tint Percentage

Beyond the aesthetics, automotive tinting offers additional benefits:

  • Reducing glare when driving and protecting drivers from harmful UV rays
  • Lower visible light transmission obscures valuable items seen from side windows and rear windows.
  • An auto window tint will keep your car interior cooler in warmer months.

Wrapping Up

When you're starting a new business, getting caught up in the details is easy. You might find yourself overwhelmed with the hecticness of starting a business and forget your initial purpose and goals. If this happens, don't worry, it's natural. Revisit your business plan to get back on track. Tinting is a great opportunity and we wish you the best of luck with your auto window tint shop!