Tint shop sheds light on the benefits of shade
June 12, 2019
KEY LARGO — Anthony and Yamilet Deleon like to throw shade wherever they go, in a good way. Through their business, Tints “N” More, they filter the direct blaze of the sun, reducing heat in cars, homes and businesses.
“We block the heat, not the view,” said Yami.
Tints “N” More, which moved to the Keys from Miami, offers three shades for car windows, from light to dark and from the front windshield to the back window.
The sun can be exceedingly cruel in the Keys and temperatures in cars can be dangerously hot, around 130 degrees in 95 degree weather.
“Tinted windows may help prevent skin cancer from the ‘five-o’clock shadow,’” Tony said. “It gets extremely hot in cars. I’ve seen what the heat can do. It damages dashboards, leather seats and headliners.”
Yami said tinted windows may also help retain youthful skin.
“We help people squint less, so they get fewer wrinkles around the eyes. Our motto is, ‘Why squint when you can tint,’” she said.
Ultraviolet radiation can travel through car and home windows, where it can contribute to the daily accumulation of sun exposure that can lead to skin cancer and photoaging, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
The foundation also advocates tinted windows.
Tints “N” More installs window film on any make and model.
“He can probably do it with his eyes closed by now,” Yami said of Tony’s expert installations. “His installation is his art medium.”
The couple opened their window film business 33 years ago, just as the industry was beginning to bud. That is when tint manufacturers like 3M began making metal-integrated tints as opposed to the dye-based films that often bubbled and peeled.
Tints “N” More also applies window films to homes and commercial businesses.
“It helps keep the house cooler,” Tony said. “Window film for homes is a whole different thing. It can be as dark as you want or as reflective, but looking out the window, you won’t even know it’s there.”
The Florida Keys Electric Cooperative offers window film or solar screen rebates up to $200, according to a press release.
“Heat rejecting window tints make a big difference,” Tony said.
He’s tinted window in high-rise buildings and multimillion-dollar mansions.
“I’ve been doing this for so long, I never know what I’m going to get into until I see the job,” Tony said.
Tints “N” More also offers boat wraps, car wraps and sign installation. The company also does hydrographics, or water transfer printing, which is a custom film design adhered to marine console panels, car dashboards, interior trim and car rims.
Yami pointed to a photo of a flat black Porsche, with chainmail armor on the console and rims. She said the Porsche, before Tony wrapped it in vinyl, was silver.
Car window films are at the Tint “N” More shop, where Tony can control the weather elements in a bay. It usually takes less than two hours for four doors with appointments accommodated by the next day.
Tints “N” More guarantees its film if damaged by elements or an accident.
“We go by doing the right thing for our customers,” Yami said.
Shop hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Tints “N” More is located at 104535 Overseas Highway in Key Largo. For more information, visit tintsnmore.com, find them on Facebook or call 305-233-3600.