Are you the type who looks back at your car after you parked, just to admire it? Do you get that sinking feeling after your new car gets its first tiny ding or scratch? Do you wish that your car could look like new forever? It’s okay if you are, because we’re like that too.
At Tint Tech, we know how important it is to you that your car looks polished, looks clean, and looks new. We know because we care about our own cars in just the same way. In fact, the main focus of our business is to keep your car looking its best long after it leaves the showroom. That is our passion at Tint Tech – to do our best to protect your car against the elements.
One of the best ways to keep that new car look; to protect it from heat, rock chips, and scuff; and to keep it looking better for longer is to install Paint Protection Film. In short, it is like invisible armor for your car.
Paint Protection Film: The Basics
Paint Protection Film goes by a number of different names, including “Clear Bra,” “Clear Film,” “Invisible Shield,” “Clear Paint Film,” “Clear Mask,” and “Clear Wrap.” Yet, the most common terms are either Paint Protection Film or Clear Bra.
If you are concerned about heat, scratches from rocks and debris, bug splatters, bird droppings, mineral deposits, chemical stains, and acid rain on your car’s paint job, then there is no better defense than installing paint protection film. It is, in essence, a clear barrier between the outside elements and your car’s paint surface.
Typically, paint protection film is installed on the areas of your car that are most vulnerable to scratches and chips coming from the road. That would include the forward facing portions of your car, such as the front “bra” area around the headlights, the hood, and the side view mirrors. It is, however, just as possible (and becoming increasingly common) to install paint protection film on the full body of the car for maximum paint protection.
In that regard, Tint Tech offers a variety of choices on the extent of coverage for your vehicle. Tint Tech is always geared towards satisfying your particular paint protection needs.
The Origin of Paint Protection Film
Interestingly, paint protection film was initially created to protect military helicopters during the Vietnam War. Mind you, paint protection film was not used to protect a helicopter’s paint job. Rather, helicopter rotor blades and other sensitive parts of military transports were often damaged from airborne debris and shrapnel.
In order to protect those sensitive moving parts, the military turned to the company 3M to develop something that was both lightweight and imperceptible to the naked eye. The result was a clear, flexible, lightweight film or tape that could be placed over the moving parts that needed protection.
The military quickly realized that installing replaceable film was far less expensive than replacing or trying to repair damaged helicopter rotor blades. Indeed, the utility of the protection film was so obvious that the military adopted the technology with an uncharacteristic swiftness. While the terms Paint Protection Film or Clear Bra have become the most common way to describe the protective film technology, you may hear some who still call it “helicopter tape.”
Paint Protection Film Moves Into the Automotive Industry
It did not take long for those in the automotive industry to understand the amazing protective benefits of paint protection film. In fact, racecar drivers first used the technology. Without doubt, those sponsors who had their logo painted across a racecar’s hood and sides wanted to make sure that those logos did not get scratched during a high-speed race.
Eventually, paint protection film found its way into our contemporary automotive sector. Now, automotive paint protection film is highly conformable, and comes in a number of thicknesses and colors. The film, however, is not visible or discernible from a car’s original paint color.
What Goes Into Making Paint Protection Film?
The key element of paint protection film is urethane. Specifically, it is made of a kind of plastic called thermoplastic polyurethane. That kind of plastic so amazing because of its properties of elasticity, transparency, and resistance to oil, grease, and abrasion.
You may have heard that paint protection film is “self-healing.” While that sounds very sci-fi, it is actually true. The thermoplastic polyurethane in the film is very flexible and can return to its natural shape after being stretched or disfigured. Thus, if a rock or some other abrasive hits the film, the paint protection film will absorb the damage and then return to its natural shape.
Of course, there is a limit to the protective qualities of the film. If bird droppings or bug splatters are allowed to remain on the car surface for a long period of time, particularly in the sun, it could become increasingly difficult to remove it from the car surface. However, regularly washing your car will ensure that the paint protection film does its job for a long time.
Paint Protection Film Has Only Gotten Better Over Time
In the early days of paint protection film for cars, the film started to deteriorate over time. Specifically, consumers noticed yellowing, bubbling, and peeling.
- Yellowing. It was discovered that the early adhesives used to install the paint protection film would yellow after long-term exposure to UV light. Fortunately, the paint protection films today use a different adhesive that is UV resistant, and will not oxidize or become discolored.
- Bubbling or Blistering. The primary culprit with regard to bubbling or blistering is the installer. Poorly installed paint protection film will leave air blisters, or trap small contaminants between the film and the surface of the car. Accordingly, you need to make sure that the installer of your paint protection film is an expert in the field. Be assured that Tint Tech only employs the highest quality experts in paint protection film installation.
- Peeling. There are three main causes of peeling: poor installation, a substandard film, or improper care. Here at Tint Tech, we make sure that the installation of paint protection film is in a controlled, clean environment, and we go to great pains to avoid peeling edges. We also use the top-of-the-line films in the market – all which have their own warranties. The last step is for you to make sure that you carefully wash your car, ensuring that any pressure washing source is at least 12 inches away from the film.
In sum, paint protection film is that invisible armor that can keep your car looking as attractive as the day you bought it. We at Tint Tech have the expertise, resources, and passion for our work to guarantee that you will love the paint protection film we install for you. Call us at 1-403-968-8468 and speak with one of our paint protection film professionals today.
What is the thing we want most in the products and services we buy, in our relationships, and in our lives? Peace of mind. That’s right. Some sense of comfort, some sense of stability, some sense that everything will be okay. That can be a difficult goal to achieve at times. In a world that is constantly changing, in a world where people seem to just be scraping by, peace of mind can be hard to attain.
Well, Tint Tech has some good news. For those who are, or may soon be, customers of Tint Tech, the protective film specialists, we can provide you with the finest service in automotive and architectural window films. And even better than that, we at Tint Tech can give you that all-important thing – peace of mind.
Specifically, Tint Tech is pleased to stand behind their expert window film services by giving a lifetimewarranty for the various protective film products it provides. You read that right, a lifetime warranty from Tint Tech, the protective film specialists.
Let’s talk a little about warranties so you can understand why they are so important.
A Warranty Is A Promise To Stand Behind Products And Services – Get To Know That Promise Before Buying
Typically with a major purchase, the seller makes a significant promise to stand behind the product that you purchased. That promise is otherwise known as a warranty. In fact, federal law requires that all warranties be made available to customers before they buy, and even when they are shopping online.
Because warranties can vary, it is important that you consider what is in the warranty before buying. Of course, the last thing you want to think about when purchasing that new high-tech refrigerator, that new hot rod, or auto tinting for the new hot rod is the fine print in a warranty agreement. Believe us, we get it.
That said, thinking ahead a little when you buy can pay dividends in the long run. That does not necessarily mean you need to wade through all the fine print. You should, however, at least get a general sense of the warranty being offered at the same time you are comparing the model, price, luxury features, and paint color of that new hot rod. In short, make the warranty part of the factors relevant to your purchase.
Written vs. Spoken Warranties
Should a warranty be in writing? Absolutely. Anytime a salesperson makes an oral promise to you, like repairs are free, you should get that promise in writing. Warranties are difficult to enforce if it is just your word against the salesperson.
Further, when considering a written warranty with a particular product – like Tint Tech’s top-quality auto and architectural protective window films – you should keep the following considerations in mind:
- Length of the Warranty. It could be a lifetime warranty, or one that runs out after 10 years.
- Warranty Contact Person. Be sure to get a sense of whether it is the seller or a product manufacturer that will actually be backing up the item you are buying.
- Repair, Replace, or Refund? Consider whether the warranty guarantees that the product will be repaired, replaced, or if only a refund is available.
- Complete Coverage? With some warranties, the product, or parts thereof, may be repaired at no cost to you. However, there may be a labor cost that the warranty does not cover. Just be sure to find out whether there is some condition that may make a repair bill partially your responsibility.
- Limitations or Conditions. Get a sense of whether there are some requirements that, if not followed, will void a warranty. For example, if a product is only to be used for personal use, then using the product for business purposes my void the warranty.
What is an Implied Warranty?
Another piece of good news for consumers is the fact that there are certain “automatic” warranties that attach to products and services that exist as a matter of law. Those warranties are called “implied warranties.” In fact, the law recognizes a few types of implied warranties.
- Warranty of Merchantability. This is the most common type of implied warranty, and the most basic. In short, it is a promise a seller must honor that a product does what it is intended to do, e.g., a microwave will cook food with microwaves, or a car will drive you down the road.
- Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose. This warranty applies when you buy a product on the seller’s advice that the product will satisfy a particular use. For example, if a Calgary window tinting company tells you that a protective window film protects against harmful UV rays, then there is an implied warranty that the window film will actually keep out UV rays.
Therefore, even if a product does not have a written warranty, the implied warranties still apply unless the product is clearly being sold “as is.” Note, however, that implied warranties typically last for only a few years, depending on where you live.
Tint Tech’s Lifetime Warranty Guarantee Is Something You Can Trust
Now that you have learned all about the importance of knowing what warranty coverage exists for a product, you probably want to learn about the details of Tint Tech’s window film warranties. You can rest assured that Tint Tech has you covered, so you can have peace of mind.
- Tint Tech Provides a Lifetime Warranty on Protective Window Film. Tint Tech stands behind the quality work we do. Accordingly, an original customer of the architectural window films we provide and install is covered for as long as the customer lives in the home, or works in the office, that has installed window film. Similarly, an original customer of the auto window films we install is covered as long as the customers owns and uses the auto.
- Tint Tech Even Provides a Warranty Against Bubbling, Fading, and Peeling. Tint Tech also promises that the residential and auto window film we provide and install will not blister, bubble, or delaminate from the glass. Further, the window film is guaranteed to maintain its appearance without discoloration for the lifetime the original customer uses the product.
We invite you to contact online, call, or visit Tint Tech to get all of the details on our lifetime warranty. We are the finest in window film specialists. At Tint Tech, we deliver expert quality, expert service, and a great price. We take such pride in our work that back it up with a lifetime guarantee. Call us at 1-403-968-8468 to learn more.
When you think of “window film,” your mind most likely jumps straight to an image of a high-end car with sleek, dark windows, adding to the car’s style and mystique. Or, if you are a fan of innovative architecture, then you might recall the reflective windows of a skyscraper that add to the allure of the high rise and the city it inhabits.
Whichever image comes to mind when thinking of window tinting, high-quality window tinting companies like Tint Tech don’t mind at all. Even if customers stop at the elegant, classic look of a well-applied window film, Tint Tech is comfortable in the knowledge that window film provides amazing benefits beyond a great look.
Let’s take a moment to dive deeper into the many benefits window film provides for both auto and architectural customers. Some of these benefits, like health-related benefits, may surprise you.
1. Privacy Matters
If you own a home in a busy, well-trafficked area; or if your home has a significant number of windows, then privacy will likely be high on your priority list. The same goes for cars. Theft of items stolen from cars increases when valuable items are visible through car windows. Even office equipment will be safer if passers by are not able to see computers and other expensive devices through office windows.
Accordingly, window tinting film provides the right solution. While still tasteful, window film brings the kind of comfort and peace of mind that comes from being removed from prying eyes. Window film can provide the all-important privacy, away from the outside world, for you and your family.
2. It’s Only Fair to Cut the Glare
Sunlight has been proven to have a positive effect on a person’s energy and mood. Indeed, studies have shown an overall benefit in the happiness quotient of a region when that area gets more sun in a day, compared to places in the world where rain and cloudy days are more frequent.
It therefore comes as no surprise that we often like to take advantage of natural light in our homes. Further, in response to some of the scientific studies, office buildings have removed the blinds and curtains, allowing workspaces to have more natural light. The purpose is to have a more energized and upbeat workforce.
While there are certainly benefits to having natural light brighten our homes and offices, there is a definite downside – glare. Trying to watch TV at home, or work on your computer at home or in an office when dealing with glare on your screen can be a huge issue. Window film can come to the rescue.
Window film reflects excess glare. A well-installed window film (something that is one of Tint Tech’s specialties) captures the best of both worlds. By darkening a window just the right amount, you can still enjoy the benefits of natural sunlight without having to contend with excessive glare, particularly at those times during the day when the glare is particularly intense.
3. UV Protection = Health Protection
When it comes to window film technology, probably the last thing you consider is its potential health benefits. However, window film has enormous health benefits because it blocks out ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Plain glass windows do not block out harmful UV radiation. It is actually possible to get sunburn indoors if you are sitting close enough to a window for an extended period of time.
In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation has concluded that UV radiation is the leading cause of non-melanoma skin cancers, and can play an important role in cases of melanoma (one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer). Other studies have shown that slightly more than half of skin cancer cases in the United States occur on a person’s left side, the driver’s side of the car. That indicates that being closer to the window makes us more vulnerable to the effects of harmful UV light.
In addition, UV light can fade upholstery, artwork, and other furnishings in the home. UV rays will have the same effect on dashboards and upholstery in cars. Protecting those things from UV rays can ensure that they will look better, and last longer.
Window film is the best way to block UV rays from sunlight. Indeed, Tint Tech’s expert installation of window film will result in blocking 99% of all harmful UV rays.
4. Beat the Heat
Window tinting can also be instrumental in reducing unwanted heat in your home (or auto) and even keeping the temperature consistent throughout your home from room to room. Without window tinting, certain rooms will get hotter based on the angle of the sun, thereby creating “sun rooms” that are way too hot, no matter the thermostats’ setting.
A home with window tinting, by contrast, will reduce heat in the rooms that get the most sun, and thus, allow for a cooler home. Further, the temperature will be consistent throughout the house, adding that much more comfort in the summer months.
5. A Triple Win – Save Energy, Save Money, and Save the Environment
The fifth amazing benefit of window film is, of course, energy savings. In fact, one of the most important reasons to invest in an expert window film for your home, such as the type that Tint Tech provides, is to save on energy costs.
By simply keeping the sun from generating immense heat in your home, properly installed window film can reduce your energy bill by up to 30%. That is truly a win-win for you because it benefits both the environment and your wallet.
In sum, window film in your home, your car, and your company’s office space has incredible advantages, and makes it well worth the investment. We welcome you to contact Tint Tech today to learn more about the expert window films we can provide in Calgary and elsewhere. It is a source of great pride for us at Tint Tech that we provide high-quality Calgary window films and top-notch customer service at a reasonable price.
Call today at 1-403-968-8468 and speak to one of our Calgary window tint professionals. When it comes to window film, and all the benefits that come with them, look no farther than Tint Tech to deliver expert quality, expert service, and great price.
Window tinting is a technology that just keeps getting better and better, and for good reason. Tinting is not only a sleek, attractive look for your car or home, but it actually has serious health benefits – like protecting against ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can travel through car and home windows.
In fact, a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that almost 53% of skin cancers in the United States are found on the left – the driver’s side – of the body. Those results suggest that people who drive a lot are more in danger of being exposed to UV radiation through the driver’s side window.
It comes as no surprise, then, that the popularity of the Calgary window film/tinting world is gaining more traction. If you would like to learn about all of the ins and outs of window tinting technology, we welcome you to contact Tint Tech today at 1-403-968-8468.
You may be wondering whether there is any difference between tinting technology for car windows compared to commercial and residential (i.e., architectural) windows. The answer is both yes and no. Read on to learn more.
Concept – Where Auto and Architectural Tinting Overlap
Generally speaking, auto and architectural tinting are very similar. At a basic level, they both use window films to tint windows. In that regard, they share the same overarching purpose – to keep a car, office or home more comfortable.
Direct sunlight through a window can cause intense heat, accompanied by intense glare. As noted above, a plain, untinted window does not stop UV radiation from coming into a car, home or office. Sunlight can cause premature damage to furniture, art work, or other items in a home or office; and it can increase the pace of deterioration of a car’s dashboard and upholstery. Window tinting technology, either auto or architectural, is meant to protect against all of those issues.
In sum, auto and architectural window tinting shares the following benefits:
- Saves on Air Conditioning: Window tinting limits heat in the interior of the car, home, or office in hot weather, thereby reducing air conditioning costs;
- Saves on Heating Costs: Tinting reflects heat back into the car, home, or office in cold weather, thereby reducing heating costs;
- Avoids Fading: Window tinting keeps home furnishings and car upholstery from fading;
- Protects From Burglary: Certain types of safety window films can be several times thicker than standard sun-protective films, thereby reducing the chances of break-ins, property damage, damage from storms, and injury from shattered glass;
- Health Benefits: As noted earlier, window tinting can also protect against harmful UV rays that could lead to skin cancer. Both auto and architectural tints filter out virtually all harmful UV rays.
Composition – The Difference Between Auto and Architectural Tinting
While the concept of window tinting is the same whether we are dealing with auto or architectural window tinting, the composition is very different. Here are some of the major differences.
Designed to Shrink? The window tinting for car windows is specially designed to shrink to curved glass. The window film itself has an adhesive that will attach and hold fast to the glass to give it that seamless, wrinkle-less, smooth look that is the mark of professional tinting – no matter the curvature of the surface.
Architectural window tinting, on the other hand, will not shrink, and does not normally need to because of the flat surface of home or office windows. In fact, if you apply automotive tint to flat glass it may cause the flat glass to break because of the auto tint’s ability to shrink.
Absorbing vs. Reflecting the Sun. One interesting difference between auto tint and architectural tint is how the sun’s energy is handled. Auto tint actually absorbs the sun’s heat. What gets rid of that heat is the wind rush when the car is in motion. So, a car that is sitting in the hot sun will likely be a lot hotter inside with tinting – be careful my fellow drivers.
Architectural tint, by contrast, is designed to reflect the sun’s energy. By reflecting the energy, the sun’s heat is stopped at the tint, and the window does not get hot. That means that no motion or wind is needed to cool the window.
The reason for the difference between the types of tint is because legal restrictions limit the darkness of automotive tint for safety reasons. A tint that is too dark in a car can be impossible to see through at night. Accordingly, the reflective properties and darker tints available to architectural windows are simply not available to the window films used on automotive windows.
Metallic Materials.Adding metals to a window tint can greatly increase color stability and heat rejection. The driver of a car, however, utilizes a number of electronic gadgets – GPS system, cell phone, satellite radio, etc. – and is surrounded by glass. Accordingly, car window tints cannot have metallic materials in them because they will interfere with the electronics in the car. Car window tints, then, are engineered with dyes to partially or completely replace the metallic components. For that reason, car window tints suffer slightly from color stability and heat rejection.
Application – Always Get An Expert To Do Your Window Tinting
The one rule that both auto and architectural window tinting will always share is that you should get a professional to install it. At Tint Tech, we take enormous pride in our work. In Calgary, window tinting and window film are our specialty. To us, every car, home, or office window is treated as if it is our own.
That level of care is what makes us the ‘cream of the crop’ in the window tint industry. Our state-of-the-art protective film technology increases the security of your glass and adds privacy for car and home windows alike. Most importantly, our work results in a clean, attractive, lustrous look for any window. Call us today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468. Get ready to love the work we do for you.