Car designers increasingly see body-tinted glazing as playing an important role in model differentiation.
Vehicle body paintwork colours can be complemented by tinted glazing, which can also offer solar control and privacy functionality.
Pilkington Automotive makes a range of body tinted glass colours including:
- Solar Green
- Deep tint Sundym™ and Galaxsee™
Pilkington Automotive is a market leader in the development of dark tinted automotive glasses, producing two suites of glasses that provide significant benefits to privacy, solar control and overall vehicle styling.
The Galaxsee glass suite is a major player in privacy glazing. It was initially developed for the North American market and now finds global applications. This grey glass has a low light transmission and an even lower transmitted energy value. In comparison to an optimised green glass that is used in the front of the vehicle, the transmitted heat to the interior of the vehicle is decreased by approximately 65%. It also absorbs, and thus prevents, more than 95% of damaging ultraviolet radiation from entering the passenger compartment. Consequently, this glass is increasingly the choice for dark tail SUV and MPVs, in addition to being suitable for sunroof and full area moonroof applications.
Sundym is a green/blue glass suite that has a light transmission in the range of 26-45% over a 3 to 5mm thickness range. This glass blends with the green front door glass to allow both a design choice and an improvement to solar loading (45% less heat enters the rear of the vehicle compared to the front door glass).
The market continues to adopt these glasses due to the valuable combination of both physical and aesthetic benefits.