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Window Tint Comparison

Carbon X vs Ceramic IR vs Ultimate IR A Comprehensive Window Tint Comparison

With so many different types of window tints available, choosing the right one for your car can be difficult. 

At Vivid Finish and Films, we offer three premium window films:

  • Carbon X (Good)
  • Ceramic IR (Better)
  • Ultimate IR (Best)

As far as looks go, there is no discernible difference. 

They each have a lifetime warranty, which is documented on your vehicle’s Carfax.

The difference between our window films is in their performance.

The chart below aims to illustrate the differences in each window film’s performance.

No other window tint brand surpasses Kavaca window films by Ceramic Pro in performance, warranty, and value.

Tint Shade

Carbon X

Ceramic IR

Ultimate IR

80%

Not Available In Carbon X

Not Available In Ceramic IR

  • 95% IR Heat Rejection
  • 26% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 53% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant

70%

Not Available In Carbon X

  • 89% IR Heat Rejection
  • 25% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 44% TSER 
  • Shatter Resistant
  • 96% IR Heat Rejection
  • 27% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 56% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant

55%

  • 83% IR Heat Rejection
  • 29% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 47% TSER 
  • 93% IR Heat Rejection
  • 43% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 49% TSER 
  • Shatter Resistant
  • 97% IR Heat Rejection
  • 45% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 58% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant

35%

  • 83% IR Heat Rejection
  • 58% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 51% TSER 
  • 93% IR Heat Rejection
  • 59% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 55% TSER 
  • Shatter Resistant
  • 98% IR Heat Rejection
  • 61% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 63% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant

25%

  • 91% IR Heat Rejection
  • 82% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 57% TSER
  • 94% IR Heat Rejection
  • 75% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 59% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant
  • 98% IR Heat Rejection
  • 77% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 65% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant

5%

  • 95% IR Heat Rejection
  • 95% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 61% TSER
  • 97% IR Heat Rejection
  • 93% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 66% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant
  • 99% IR Heat Rejection
  • 95% Glare Reduction
  • 99.9% UV Rejection
  • 69% TSER
  • Shatter Resistant
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TSER

TSER stands for Total Solar Energy Rejection, and it's a metric used to measure how well window film blocks the sun's energy. TSER is the percentage of total solar energy, including ultraviolet (UV), visible light, and infrared (IR) rays, that's rejected by the film. A higher TSER value means less solar heat is transmitted through the glass.

Understanding Infrared (IR) Rejection and Its Impact on Your Vehicle

Infrared (IR) rejection is a crucial factor in evaluating the effectiveness of window films and glass in blocking heat from infrared rays. This measure is a significant component of Total Solar Energy Rejection (TSER), which assesses the overall efficiency of a window tint in shielding your car from the sun's energy. Specifically, IR rejection is gauged over a wavelength range of 780–2500 nanometers (nm), with higher numbers indicating superior rejection. For instance, the Ultimate IR window film above features a visible light transmission of 80% and an impressive IR rejection rate of 95%.

Why is IR rejection so important? Consider these key points

  • Comfort and Coolness: High IR rejection helps maintain a cooler and more comfortable interior environment.
  • Energy Efficiency: By reducing the reliance on air conditioning, your car becomes more energy-efficient.
  • Protection: Quality IR rejection films protect your vehicle’s interior, preventing fading and damage to plastics and upholstery.

However, it’s important to note that IR rejection alone doesn’t provide a complete picture of heat rejection. This is because it does not account for all other wavelengths of solar energy. Sunlight comprises:

  • 53% Infrared Energy
  • 44% Visible Light
  • 2% Ultraviolet Energy

Blocking 99% of infrared energy does not equate to blocking 99% of the overall heat. This discrepancy underscores the importance of considering the full spectrum of solar energy when evaluating window tints.

Ceramic window tints, also known as infrared-rejection tints or solar control window films, offer a comprehensive solution. These multi-layered films utilize nanotechnology to block both UV and IR energy, providing remarkable benefits:

Heat Reduction: Keeps your car cooler without overworking the air conditioning unit.


Interior Protection: Shields the car’s plastic and upholstery from harmful UV rays, preventing fading and deterioration.


Enhanced Comfort: Ensures a more comfortable driving experience by maintaining optimal interior temperatures.

Incorporating ceramic window tints into your vehicle is an investment in both comfort and longevity, offering an unmatched level of protection and efficiency. Why settle for less when you can enjoy the remarkable strength and comprehensive coverage that ceramic window tints provide?

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Ultimate Ceramic IR Spec Sheet

Kavaca Ultimate IR Window Film Specifications Chart

Ceramic IR Spec Sheet

Kavaca Ceramic IR Specifications Chart

Carbon X Window Tint Spec Sheet

Carbon X Window Film Specifications Sheet

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What Is Paint Protection Film (PPF) or Clear Bra?

Kavaca paint protection film is thermoplastic urethane  ( TPU) self-healing film applied to painted surfaces of a new or used car in order to protect the paint from stone chips, bug splatters, and minor abrasions. This film can be used on airplanes, RVs, cell phones, electronics, screens, motorcycles, nearly any smooth, no-porous surface that you want to protect from nicks, scratches and chips.

Kavaca PPF (Kavaca means Armor) is specifically designed to protect painted surfaces from abrasion, corrosion, chemicals, stone chips, and other types of physical damage.

Within the Kavaca line, we offer two customizable types of paint protection film:

  1. Ceramic Coated/Self Healing PPF

  2. Matte Finish PPF