Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters
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Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

Last year, I bought a new car. Rather than trade in my old one, I decided to sell it myself. Before I put it in the market, I took the car to a local shop and got my old baby a new paint job. The new paint made all the difference with the car. While operationally it was sound, the outside was not all that great. After the fresh coat of paint, the car generated a lot of attention from prospective buyers. I even had a bidding war going on between two parties who really wanted it. If you have an older vehicle to sell, it pays to invest in a new paint job. Let me tell you more about why this strategy works. Follow my tips for selecting the color and the paint type, and you'll get a great price for the old jalopy.

Selling Your Older Car: Why a New Paint Job Matters

Truck Window Tint - Benefits And Installation Guidelines

Nora Boyd

Window tints will improve the aesthetics of your truck. It will also increase privacy and keep your truck's interior cool. Consider how tinting your truck's windows will benefit you. Then review the installation steps that an automotive technician will conduct.

Appearance Upgrades

Tint instantly transforms plain glass into stylish glass. Tint can be cut in strips or used to cover entire panes. An automotive technician will outline the tint laws for the region you live in. The laws will pertain to how dark tint can legally be. There may be mandates that will restrict some parts of the glass from being covered. 

Temperature Regulation

Vehicular tint will regulate the temperature within your truck. Since UV rays and the sun's glare will be reduced, you won't need to worry about the interior area getting hot. This could limit how often you use your truck's air conditioning system. As a result of less use, you may benefit from better gas mileage.

A Consultation

The automotive technician who you hire to install tint will consult with you first. They will want to discuss the amount of coverage that you would like the tint to supply. They will describe the tint products that they sell.

Prep Steps

Once you select a tint design and a tint product, the technician will conduct prep steps. The technician will prepare each piece of tint. They will clean the interior glass that is going to be covered with tint. The cleaning process will remove all traces of dust, lint, and other debris.

Installation Steps

Many tint products contain an adhesive side. The adhesive will be pressed onto clean glass. The use of soapy water will improve the manner in which the tint adheres. The technician will line up each piece of tint separately.

Heat Gun Steps

Some truck models contain glass panes that are curved. The curvature of the glass is usually slight. Some trucks may contain a rear windshield that contains a curvature that is more prominent.

Due to the curvature of the glass, the technician may need to use a heat gun. A heat gun will help tint lay flat across curved glass. The heat gun is used to match the shape of the tint with the shape of the glass.


The technician will trim the tint. If there are any rough edges that are visible, the technician may use a razor blade or a utility knife to remove them.

To learn more about truck window tinting, contact an auto tinting service in your area.