- Can you actually see the Great Wall of China from space? Of course not.
- Does adding salt to water make it boil faster? Nope.
- Will cracking your knuckles mean you are destined for a life of arthritis? Not a chance.
- Will dropping a penny from the Empire State Building kill someone? No murder here.
- Are bats blind? No, they see fine but prefer to use echolocation in dark caves.
- Will you get sick if you swim right after you eat? No way, no how.
- Do Twinkies have no expiration date? Only in our dreams.
What do all of the above have in common? They are all really popular myths – or as we used to say “old wives tales” – that really do not bear out under real scrutiny.
Indeed, no man-made structure can be seen from space. There has never been a study conclusively connecting cracking knuckles to increased risk of arthritis. A penny was actually dropped from the Empire State Building on the popular television snow Mythbusters. The penny dropped at about 64 miles per hour, but only did minimal damage to its ballistics dummy target. And finally, Twinkies actually only stay fresh for about 25 days. So much for having sweet snacks in your bunker when you are waiting out nuclear winter.
What does all this have to do with car window tint, or the best car window tint shop in Calgary – Tint Tech? The answer is that there are a number of really interesting myths about car window tint that we think it is high time to debunk.
Accordingly, this article will be like our very own private mythbusters where we at Tint Tech look at the top car window tint myths and give you the real deal.
Once you enjoy learning the fascinating misnomers in the car window tinting world from this article, take the next step and give us a call to see what we at Tint Tech – Calgary’s best car window tint shop – can do for you. There are so many marvelous choices to add the extra something to your favorite ride. Let us at Tint Tech help you out. Call us at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
Myth #1 – Car Window Tint Film Does Not Last Long
We have said it before in previous blogs, and we’ll say it again. Gone are the days of the old-style car window tint that looked faded, greenish or purpleish, cracked, bubbly, uneven, and peeling. Those window tints were the car window tints of old.
The technology now used to create car window tint, and residential/commercial window tint for that matter, is amazing. Incredibly sophisticated processes are employed to make sure that window tint lasts a long time, has UV-protection qualities, and won’t crack or peel for the life of the car.
In fact, many window film products have warranties of up to 15 years! So, when anyone tells you that car or residential window tint will fade, crack, peel, or look bad after a short period of time, tell them about that Twinkie expiration date – it will blow their minds.
Myth #2 – All Types of Window Tint Have No Benefit in a Storm
Au contraire! Window tint, particularly residential window tint, brings a host of storm protection benefits that are legitimate and tangible. Here are a few:
- It can hold glass in windows together to prevent shattering if something hits a window in a storm.
- It can help prevent physical harm to passengers of a car, or people inside the house.
- It can help prevent high winds from entering a home.
- It is a good front line of defense if there is not enough time to install shutters before the storm.
That said, don’t get cocky. Window tint cannot do it all. Here are some things that it might not be able to do in a storm:
Window film can’t keep glass from breaking
It shouldn’t be relied on as the sole source of storm protection.
Window film does not entitle you to a “hurricane mitigation discount” on your homeowner’s insurance policy.
Myth #3 – An Intruder Can Get Right Through Window Film
Many skeptics look askance at the notion that window film – that very thin layer of poly-urethane film over a window’s surface – can do anything to stop an intruder from breaking into your car or home to steal stuff. Not so!
Safety window film alone will normally not stop an intruder cold from making an illegal entry through your car or home window. Yet, safety film is designed to hold together and stop a window from shattering into fragments.
The ability to keep the window from shattering and/or breaking through has a distinct potential to delay an intruder’s entrance – maybe long enough for a triggered alarm to get the cops there before the intruder can complete his or her plan. Further, a savvy intruder may avoid a window with safety film altogether, knowing the problems it could cause for his or her criminal designs.
Myth #4 – Any Energy Savings from Window Film is Minimal
In fact, the energy savings achieved by using window film in a home or office can lead to up to a 70% return on investment. That is a substantial savings and is right in line with the kind of energy savings tools we need to help the planet overall. Imagine for a moment if every home in the world was treated with window film so the use of energy drops significantly in the aggregate.
Tint Tech – The Best Car Window Tint Shop in Calgary Is Ready to Help You with Both Auto And Residential Window Film.
It is fun to bust some myths. And, in fact, knowing the truth about window film will only make the car and residential window film products Tint Tech provides that much more desirable. With energy savings, security, and UV protection elements, car and residential window film is the way to go. We welcome you to call us to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
If you are someone who obsesses about making sure your car looks new, stunning, and cool as it can; if you are someone who really wants to save energy in your home; or if you are a business manager who is looking for the best deal with regard to commercial window film, then this article is for you.
Indeed, those of you who care about the quality of your car, your home, or your business will likely be curious about how things are made. Accordingly, we are going to take a little time in this blog to discuss the process by which window film is manufactured. In short, if you have asked yourself – how is window film made? Read on.
We at Tint Tech, the window tinting specialists, are always happy to share some interesting knowledge in our field. And after reading this, if you have further questions about protecting the windows of your own car, home, or business, please contact us. You can reach us at Tint Tech today if you call 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
The Foundation of Window Film – PET
Every type of window film – whether it car, residential, or commercial – uses a base polyester film as its foundation. Just to get a little technical for a moment, the polyester film is produced from a polymer called polyethylene terephthalate, which is commonly referred to as “PET.” Ultimately, PET, which is initially derived from petroleum, is your window film foundation.
The form of the PET is quite fascinating. The PET starts in pellet form. The pellets are then melted to start the window film manufacturing process.
Why Use PET?
The benefit of PET has to do with all the uses for window film. PET has excellent optical clarity and is exceptionally strong.
With regard to optical clarity, you want a window film that is perfectly clear, but for the dyes you wish to add to darken the windows. Yet, you want to make sure there are no imperfections that would get in the way of seeing through a window. Moreover, when you are dealing with a clear window film, which is used mostly for residential and commercial windows, PET’s clarity is vital. Nothing about a window film should result in a window appearing less than clear.
With regard to strength, PET is perfect for the longevity of a window film product. Gone are the days of the purple-looking, fading, bubbling, or cracked auto window tinting films of the past. Today’s window films are high-performing, durable, and are the result of years of research and development. PET, therefore, is the base material you want to ensure that your window film will last a very long time.
What, Then, Is the Window Film Manufacturing Process?
Step 1 – Melting and Creating Film Sheets
Starting with the PET pellets, those pellets are melted down into a material that can be stretched into sheets. Accordingly, the melted PET is stretched width- and length-wise to create a uniformly sized sheet, usually with the help of a roller.
Step 2 – Adding UV Protection Materials
During the initial stretching process, UV blockers are typically added at this point. As you may know, blocking out ultraviolet (UV) light is one of the best features of any type of window film, given that a regular glass pane will not keep out UV rays. It is this step that gives window film the UV protection qualities.
Step 3 – Adding Dyes or Metals
Here is where the process begins to differ depending upon whether you are manufacturing automotive or residential/commercial window film. The performance dictates the process.
For automotive film, the goal is typically to absorb heat. Windows tinted with window film will often make a car hotter in the sun. Therefore, you want the window tinting film to absorb as much heat as possible to keep it out of the interior of the car. Dyes are phenomenal at absorbing heat. Thus, you will generally use a dyed window film for an automotive application.
By contrast, metallized films work in the opposite way. Metallized films reject heat. You want your windows to reject as much heat as possible for most residential and commercial applications because you want to keep your home or office as energy-efficient as possible. Therefore, you would normally use metallized films for home and commercial applications.
To add dye to a window film, the polyester sheet is simply coated with the liquid dye. Then the treated sheet is cured in a heated oven. The oven-heating process has the effect of impregnating the film with the dye. The dye color become a permanent part of the window film. It will not wash off.
There are actually three different processes for metallizing a polyester film: (1) Evaporative Coating; (2) Electron Beam Coating; and (3) Sputtering.
Evaporative coating is the process whereby the metal is heated in a crucible to a temperature so hot that the metal melts into a gas cloud. The metal-gas is then deposited onto the film and immediately, permanently bonds with it. Aluminum is typically the metal of choice for evaporative coating because it melts at a lower temperature than other metals.
Electron beam coating is similar to evaporative coating. The only difference is that the metal is heated with a beam of high-energy electrons, that transform the metal into a gas cloud.
Finally, sputtering is the process by which an electrically charged gas, like argon, bombards the metal, which in turn frees the molecules. The molecules are then placed upon the film, layered side by side, to result in a very thin, precise coating. In fact, the coating is so air tight that the water used in the process is unable to evaporate away from the film. So, the film has a hazy look for two or three weeks during the curing process, until the water finally evaporates away.
Step 4 – Applying the Scratch-resistant Coating & Adhesive
Specifically for residential window films, a scratch-resistant coating is applied to the side of the film that will face the interior of the home. It is a fine protective barrier to ensure the film lasts and protects the film from dust and debris.
Adhesive is then added to the side that will, as you might expect, stick to the window. Usually, pressure-sensitive (glue-like) adhesive is used for car window film, and a clear dry adhesive that activates with water is used for residential and commercial films.
Step 5 – Adding the Adhesive Liner
The final step is to apply a covering to the adhesive to protect it in transit. Like the liner for band-aids, it is the material you peel away when you are about to apply the window film.
The Tint Tech Window Tinting Specialists are Here to Help You with Your Window Film Questions
The making of window film is a fascinating subject, and we have all the answers regarding your window film options. We invite you to call us to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
We at Tint Tech are the protection film specialists in Calgary, and we pride ourselves on using only the best products and films to install on our clients’ vehicles. In fact, our reputation as installers of paint protection film hinges largely on the quality of the films we use. That is why products by Xpel are on the top of our list of product providers.
If you have not heard of Xpel, we would like to take a moment to fill you in on the amazing paint production films Xpel has to offer. You will be amazed by the quality of their products, and that is why our Tint Tech protection film specialists are happy to use them for the quality paint protection film installation our customers expect.
If you want to keep your car looking its best and would like to know the paint protection film options out there, call us at Tint Tech today. You can reach us at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
Ultimate Plus – Don’t Diminish the High Gloss Finish
Xpel’s Ultimate Plus paint protection film is one of the most advanced in the world. The key to Ultimate Plus is the combination of a completely smooth finish and incredible durability. Here are just a few of the amazing features of Xpel’s Ultimate Plus.
- Self-healing surface. We know that you often can’t avoid fine scratches on your car, or those swirl marks from washing the car or clearing snow and ice. Ultimate Plus, however, leaves those problems behind because the paint protection film is self-healing. With just a little bit of heat, any fine scratches or swirl marks literally disappear.
- Stain resistant. All the things that are tough to get off of your car’s surface, like dirt, grime, dead bugs, salt and bird droppings, are no longer worth worrying about. With Ultimate Plus paint protection film, those nuisance spots are easy to remove.
- 10-Year Warranty. A product is only as good as the manufacturer’s willingness to stand behind its product. Xpel provides a 10-year warranty with Ultimate Plus, ensuring that your car will look great for years.
- Invisible. When installed by protection film specialists from Tint Tech, Xpel’s Ultimate Plus is invisible to the naked eye, so you can enjoy the color of your car, and keep it looking like new.
- Durability. There are protection films, and then there are Xpel protection films. The quality of Xpel cannot be matched by cheaper alternatives. In fact, the last thing you want is for your paint protection film to fail or rip. Xpel’s Ultimate Plus is incredibly durable so it lasts as long as you have your car. For maximum impact protection, Ultimate Plus delivers.
Stealth – For that Flat Factory Finish
If you opted for the fashionable matte, frozen, or frosted look for your car’s paint job, then you want to accentuate that look with Xpel’s Stealth protection film.
Like Ultimate Plus, Xpel’s Stealth gives you a 10-year warranty and the amazing self-healing qualities that keep your car’s surface look brand new. In addition, Stealth boasts some remarkable features, including:
- Custom applications. Stealth will allow you to protect factory flares, splitters, and trim pieces, as well as emphasize gloss aero and carbon fiber.
- Design Access Program. Xpel developed a Design Access Program that is the world’s largest and most comprehensive pattern repository. Accordingly, professional installers have the confidence to know that there is a Stealth film pattern for any vehicle.
Tracwrap – the Enthusiasts Choice for DIY Protection
Tracwrap stands for “Temporary Road Abrasion Coverage,” and it is made particularly to keep your paint in pristine condition on a road trip, for track day, or going to your next car show. Gone are the days of blue painter’s tape to keep your car’s surface protected. Rather, get the enhanced protection of Tracwrap.
Made from very tough 8-millimeter urethane film, Tracwrap is a remarkably tough barrier between your car’s surface and the elements. In fact, Tracwrap provides much more protection than painter’s tape or those unruly spray-on alternatives.
The biggest advantage of Tracwrap is the ease of installation and ease of removal. When it comes to installation, Tracwrap uses a never-before-used air-channel adhesive layer. That means that the film can be applied by anyone without the need for specific tools, chemicals, or mixture of a slip solution. The ease of installation makes Tracwrap a dream to work with. Even better, the film can be installed anywhere – in your driveway, a parking lot, or right outside the track. It is that easy to install.
When it comes to removal, the story gets even better. Tracwrap is as easy to remove as it is to apply. The product uses a low-tack adhesive. That means that the film can be removed from your car’s surface in one large panel or strip, without leaving any sticky adhesive residue on your car.
Indeed, Xpel’s technicians did amazing work to develop Tracwrap. When a film is needed that is strong, yet temporary, Tracwrap is the best product out there. Xpel really got this one right.
At Tint Tech we make Tracwrap available to all of our customers. We also are happy to give tips and shortcuts on how to best use the film for maximum results.
Tint Tech the Protection Film Specialists are Ready to Help You Protect Your Ride
At Tint Tech, we are just as much car enthusiasts as we are the top protection film specialists in Calgary. We understand our customers because we have the same drive to keep our vehicles as pristine and off-the-lot-new looking as you do.
With that obsessive commitment to quality products to protect the look of our cars, we share that commitment with you. That is why we use Xpel products. We know that Xpel is 100% dedicated to protecting your vehicle. Xpel holds the highest standards throughout the entire film-production process. That is what makes Xpel one of the more recognized names in car protection films, and why we at Tint Tech are happy to use those products for our customers’ benefit.
For more information, call us today at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
Have you heard of “ceramic coating” or “nano-coating” for your car? Well, this automotive technology is starting to take off in the mainstream marketplace. So, you might want to read on. Tint Tech, Calgary’s leading car protection shop, is happy to introduce you to this truly awesome innovation in keeping your car looking new.
From those who own highly specialized cars to those who just want to keep their car looking as new as possible for as long as possible, the ceramic coating is something worth considering. This blog will give you an overview of the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing facets of ceramic, or nano, coating. Also, if this blog has inspired you, feel free to call us at Tint Tech to learn more about the ceramic coating options for your vehicle. We are available to speak with you at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is the second layer of skin over your car’s clear coat paint job. But unlike other types of paint protection, ceramic coating uses nanotechnology – in other words, particles so small that they are invisible to the naked eye.
The ceramic coating is made up of very tiny particles that form an extremely thin layer over the non-glass parts of your car, and it is invisible to the eye. The particles are so small that, when applied to the car’s surface, they seal all the pores and crevices on your car’s paint job. The result is that your car’s surface is hydrophobic, which means that it essentially repels water. Not only is it water-repellent, but it is resistant to UV rays, scratches, chemicals, extreme heat, and even graffiti.
The results are truly incredible. You may have seen videos (and if you haven’t, we suggest you take a look at some) where muddy water is thrown over the hood of a car treated with ceramic coating. The muddy water simply slides off the hood leaving no residue whatsoever.
In short, the ceramic coating is such a marvelous way to protect your car, it repels water and other dirt, and makes cleaning your car much, much easier.
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty about the Good, the Bad, and the Amazing about the ceramic coating.
The Good – You Can Do It Yourself
Because the ceramic coating is a technology that was originally created for the oil and space industry, it has had a very high price tag. You are likely looking at several thousands of dollars to have the ceramic coating applied to your vehicle by a trained, certified professional. That is because the equipment, labor, and application experience are built into the price. Also, the application process may take between one to five days to complete.
You may be wondering, what is so “good” about that? The good part is that professional installation is not your only option. You may opt for professional installation if your car is a show car, or if you want to make sure it is done correctly the first time. Yet, there is also a much less expensive option – a DIY ceramic coating kit.
Around $100 or less, there is now a range of marvelous consumer-level car coatings, allowing the everyday driver to hop on the nanotechnology bandwagon. These do-it-yourself consumer kits are less sensitive than professional-grade car coatings, and they are designed to be applied with little or no experience.
There will be some difference in quality and durability depending upon the product, so a little homework (or a call to Tint Tech) might be necessary. But the DIY option is relatively easy to apply, is cost-effective, and you can see tangible results. Be careful, however, to make sure that your car’s paint surface is properly prepared, that the DIY product gives sufficient guidance, and watch for over-exaggerated claims by some DIY kits.
The Bad – It Doesn’t Make Your Car Indestructible
The “bad” part about ceramic coating is that there are a lot of misconceptions about what the coating can and cannot do. Ceramic coating is an amazing product (as discussed more below), but it does not make your car indestructible. Indeed, ceramic coating:
1. Does not stop rock chips
2. Does not prevent water spots
3. Does not replace proper maintenance and care of your car
4. Does not prevent dings or dents
5. Does not last forever
Ceramic coating makes maintaining the look of your car much easier, but you still need to do basic maintenance.
The Amazing – So Many Benefits
Don’t let the list above get you down. Coating technology is truly amazing, and the benefits far outweigh the things it cannot do. Here is a quick list of some of the amazing benefits:
1. Water repellent. Water is repelled from the surface of your car instantly. The hydrophobic quality of the ceramic coating results in water beading upon your car and simply rolling off the surface, taking with it other dirt, mud, and grime. That is because the water and other particles are unable to bond
with the car’s surface. Again, as we mentioned before, take a look at a ceramic coating video demonstration, you’ll be amazed.
2. Dirt repellent. The ceramic coating is much harder than a car’s ordinary paint job. Thus, water, snow, ice, and other particles do not stick to the surface of your car. They just slide off the surface, leaving the car looking clean.
3. UV & Rust protection. We all know that the sun’s UV rays will eventually fade the paint job on your car. Ceramic coating will protect against that, dramatically reducing fading and oxidation.
4. Durability. Ceramic coating is, as noted, stronger than an ordinary paint job, and lasts for years.
Have Tint Tech Help You With Your Ceramic Coating Purchase
At Tint Tech, we understand how important it is for you that your car looks great. As the top paint-protection professionals, we know that ceramic coating is a great option to keep your car looking like new for longer. Call us at 1-403-968-8468, or fill out our online contact form.