Are you aware that professional window film is the top-selling aftermarket automotive restyling product worldwide? The fact is – the window tinting industry continues to grow. And with each evolution in the window film industry, comes the need to revisit the best practices for how to clean tinted windows in your car.

However, it’s important to note that the use of specialized window cleaners is required to maintain the lifetime warranties of these modern films.

Americana Global knows this, which is why they created a revolutionary, user-friendly, Ceramic Glass Cleaner, that serves as the official aftercare window cleaner for KAVACA Window Films sold through Ceramic Pro Americas.

Whether you have recently had a Ceramic Pro Elite Dealer install luxury window film on your new EV or have any other brand, understanding how to properly maintain and care for that tint makes a huge difference in product quality, longevity, and visual clarity.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to clean tinted windows on a car, truck, or SUV, this article will provide a crystal-clear roadmap.

Understanding The Curing Process of Window Tint Installation on Cars

Certified tinters install professional-grade window film. While the tint has initially bonded to the inside of your windows before being released to you, the adhesive needs some time to cure.

As such, while you think your window tint is good to go, the reality is that it still needs some time to cure and fully bond to the windows.

So, to be sure that your window film installation has the best chance of succeeding and lasting, follow these two simple steps as soon as you pick up your vehicle.

Step 1: Do Not Roll Down the Windows for 3-5 days.

Depending on factors like temperature and exposure to the sun, the film may take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to fully cure. If the vehicle is exposed to more heat and sunlight, the drying process will be faster.

Step 2: Be Aware of Some Common Side Effects.

As the soapy water used to apply the window film evaporates, the film bonds to the glass, which may affect its appearance.

Initially, the window tint may appear as follows:

  • Hazy
  • Foggy
  • Streaked
  • Orange peel texture
  • Water blisters

This is a natural side-effect of the installation process. All of these will go away as the film cures. Do not push or move any water that is trapped between the glass and the film.

How to Correctly Clean Tinted Windows for Cars

The highest-quality consumer ceramic window tints for modern cars, trucks, and SUVs utilize nanotechnology within multiple layers of film and the adhesive to provide superior protection against UV and IR emissions from the sun.

It is due to this technology that using the recommended aftercare cleaners is required, to maintain its integrity and reduce damage to the film.

It is critical to not use any cleaning solutions with ammonia or alcohol in them. Most glass cleaners (such as Windex) utilize these two ingredients in their cleaning products.

Simple Window Tint Cleaning Instructions

Step 1: After getting your vehicle back with the newly installed tint, please wait for at least seven days before cleaning the windows.

Step 2: During the first full month of the curing process, you are allowed to clean your windows. However, please use light pressure, especially on the edges of the film.

Step 3: Secure the recommended cleaning supplies. For proper cleaning of KAVACA Window Film, you will use:

Step 4: To achieve the best results, make sure the windows are cool to the touch and not in direct sunlight before beginning the cleaning process.

Step 5: Before using Americana Global Ceramic Cleaner, remember to shake the spray bottle.

Step 6: To clean the glass surface, spray a small amount of Americana Global Ceramic Glass Cleaner and ensure that it is applied as a fine mist. Make sure to turn the spray nozzle to the mist option before use. Avoid overspraying, as a little amount can cover a larger area.

Step 7: Fold a Waffle Weave clean microfiber cloth towel into four parts. Use one side of a clean and dry Ceramic Pro Microfiber Waffle Weave towel to wipe the window.

Step 8: Flip the dry side of the towel over and buff off the entire window for a streak-free finish.

Step 9: If streaks are still visible, use a dry Ceramic Pro Flat Microfiber Glass Towel to polish the glass.

Step 10: Repeat the process on both sides of the window.

For those hard-to-reach areas – like rear windows, consider using a soft cloth that has glass cleaner sprayed onto the surface to wipe on – using a Swiffer-style floor cleaner to wipe down the glass. Then – use a fresh and dry cloth to buff off the residue.

Key Tips on What to Avoid

  • Never use cleaning solutions with ammonia in them. Avoid ALL harsh chemicals and always use ammonia-free cleaner to clean vehicle windows.
  • Never dilute the product with warm water – as this is not a concentrated formulation – it’s ready to use.
  • Avoid the buildup of sand and dirt in the bottom gasket of a moving window. Use compressed air to blow out the bottom gasket of window seals occasionally.
  • Prevent dog claws or anything sharp from rubbing on the inside of the window.
  • Avoid swinging the seatbelt buckle into the side window when unbuckling.

For more information about Ceramic Pro KAVACA Window Films, please visit Ceramic Pro’s website

What’s the Best Glass Cleaner for Cars?

The best glass cleaner for tinted car windows is one that will clean windows, is user-friendly, and leaves a streak-free, crystal-clear vision. That seems simple – right?

Well, you’d be surprised what many of us attack keeping our windows cleaner.

Some of us grab the same commercial glass cleaners we use to remove grime from our residential windows. It’s also common to use old paper towels, or even newspaper vs clean cloths that are designed specifically for automotive glass.

So, if you want a good car window glass cleaner, it’s best to use one that is designed for both professional grade window tint film and non-protected glass.

Americana Global SiO2 Glass Cleaner is a revolutionary, advanced, non-streaking glass cleaner that removes contamination on dirty windows while leaving a protective coating in place.

This window tint safe glass cleaner contains zero ammonia-based ingredients yet creates a powerful cleaning effect on your glass. It breaks through the toughest grime on the inside and out of window surfaces, such as oil, dirt, fingerprints, and other environmental contaminants.

Infused with SiO2, Americana Global’s glass cleaner will add a lasting protective coating to your glass surface for months. It is safe to use on both interior and exterior glass surfaces, as well as ceramic coated glass surfaces.

Non-Streaking Glass Cleaner

Our proprietary formula does not utilize ammonia, which commonly leaves streaks on automotive windows. Ammonias also dries window film, which breaks down the material, leading to premature aging, fading, cracking, and more.

We infused a blend of naturally occurring soaps and degreasing agents that can remove haze, surface debris, and contaminants, leaving behind a crisp and visually-enhancing automotive glass surface.

Ceramic Infused

We’ve discovered a way to infuse silicon dioxide or SiO2 into our automotive glass cleaner. This leaves a protective layer on top of the window or window film. For outside automotive glass, it helps improve the hydrophobic properties, which improve visibility during rain or snowstorms.

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

This glass cleaner is 100% biodegradable – sourced from naturally-occurring elements. All Americana Global products are manufactured, packaged, and shipped from Southern California, which reduces our carbon footprint on shipping and logistics.

For Optimal Results

1) Shake well prior to use.

2) Always avoid spraying Americana Global SiO2 Glass Cleaner on any surface that is warm to the touch – and never in direct sunlight.

3) Spray a fine mist over the area you wish to clean.

4) Wipe off with a clean, glass-specific microfiber cloth. Always use a lint-free cloth and ammonia-free products with ANY window film.

5) Flip microfiber to the dry side and wipe off any remaining product for a streak free finish. You can also use the separate towel process – by using a dry microfiber cloth for removing residue, and another towel for drying and buffing.

If you’ve recently purchased any high-quality window film, and are looking for an easy to use, window film engineered glass cleaner that is great for the inside or outside of automotive windows, stock up on our Ceramic Window Cleaner at