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Auto Window Tint – You Have Choices

There is a sweet spot when it comes to choices in life.  When we have too few choices, then life is not ideal.  For example, airline flights.  Given the state of things, we only have something like four major airlines left that handle almost all of the flying for us. Of course, given fewer choices, we have to compromise and accept higher prices, baggage fees, and a half of a can of soda – no bueno.

On the other hand, if we have too many choices then we get overwhelmed.  A great example of way too many choices is Netflix. Can you count the number of times that you and your partner sat down to a movie, only to spend the good part of an hour just trying to decide which movie to watch?  And then, once you finally pick a movie that neither of you are both that crazy about, you fall asleep a half hour into the movie!

What would be perfect – like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – is to find a market where the number of choices was “just right.”  Now, we at Tint Tech can confidently say that the market for auto window tint is “just right.”  There are plenty of varied products with varying types of technology, features and price points to choose from.  Yet, there are no so many choices that it becomes overwhelming just to try to choose.

History of Auto Window Tinting

The time of “just the right number of choices” was not always the case in the auto window tint world.  Back in the day, all that was available was the basic dyed polyester film.

The dyed polyester film was normally inexpensive and was really only for good looks.  There were no other performance aspects to the film.  Just a nice appearance.

Of course, as you likely know, the dyed films had a limited lifespan.  After about three to five years of sun exposure, the film would begin to turn purple.  And worse yet, dryness from the sun, or general wear and tear, also may have resulted in cracking, peeling, or bubbling, which really messed up the appearance.

Accordingly, with dyed polyester, you could generally expect three to five years of a really cool appearance, but the issues would about from fading on up after that.

The only other option, back in the day, was a metalized film.  This film had a thin layer of metal attached to the dyed polyester.  That type of film would have some heat rejection qualities while still giving the car the desired tinted look.

The metalized films cost more than the regular dyed polyester, and were viewed as an upgrade for most auto window film tint shops out there.  That was largely because the performance of the film was better and it generally lasted longer than simple dyed polyester.

The metalized film, however, came with some significant drawbacks.  First, the sheen caused by the metal layer in the film made the tinted film not be a great match for the tinted glass that automatically came from the factory with SUVs, trucks, and minivans.  Thus, you had a bit of a “two-tone” look on your windows if you owned an SUV, truck or minivan.

The second drawback was that the metal layer in the film would interfere with the electronics in the car.  Thus, you might have a cell phone or GPS system that would not function properly because of the metal in the window film.

For many years, those were the only choices for auto window tint film – kinda like a half a can of sode, right?

It’s A New Day for Auto Window Tint Choices

Today, there are a number of new auto window tint options that are both attractive and high tech – and they don’t interfere with your cell reception.  These new batch of window tint film products do not purple after three years, and can reject heat without the window being almost blacked out.  Let’s talk a bit about the new choices out there.

First, the window tint is variable all the way to clear.  Of course, we still care about the aesthetics, and thus want to make sure that our cars have that cool tinted look.  But, at the same time, the gradations of tint are refined, and really span the range from very dark to virtually clear.

Now why would anyone want to “tint” their windows with a clear film.  Well, that leads to the second benefit of the new batch of window films – heat blocking. The technology in the new auto window films is geared towards keeping the heat out, and allowing your car’s air conditioning system to work a little less.  Accordingly, some customers only want the heat blocking benefits and do not care as much about the dark-window look.  They will go out and purchase the almost-clear or clear window tint.

Next, the new window tint products provide UV protection – about 99% of the UVs stay outside the car.  Now, regular glass has no UV protection.  So, your skin as vulnerable just sitting in your car.  And for those who drive a considerable amount, that exposure to UV rays can be hazardous for your skin.  Window tint to the rescue.  The new window tints block 99% of UV rays.  Thus, your skin is protected.

Ask a Tint Tech Specialist About the Best Choice For You

With a nice panoply of choices for auto window tint films out there – but not too many choices – it cannot hurt to get a little guidance on which window film might be best for your vehicle.  That is where the professional experience of the technicians at Tint Tech can help.

Remember, not all auto window tint products are created equal.  Tint Tech, Calgary’s premier auto tint shop, can give you the choices you need to make an informed decision based on quality, features, and price.

Tint Tech professionals will help you make the right choice in the new exciting market of great auto window tint film choices.  We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Car Paint Protection Professional Calgary

5 Paint Protection Films to Consider for Your Car

We at Tint Tech have seen many vehicle maintenance products come and go.  We have seen the technology in auto window tinting film dramatically improve over the decades, and particularly in the last few years.  We have seen many types of products to protect a car’s front end from chips, scratches, and nicks.  And over the years we have come to learn that one of the best investments for your car is paint protection film.

Paint protection film, that thin layer of protection that you use to “wrap” your car, protects the paint job on your car, makes minor scratches and scrapes easy to remove, and therefore really helps your car hold its value.  That is especially true if you have a high-end car that you want to keep in pristine condition, but still drive around.

Do-It-Yourself Paint Protection Film?

We now live in a world where do-it-yourself (DIY) is the name of the game.  On YouTube, you can learn how to tackle a plumbing job in your home, cook the most exciting meal of your dreams, or even learn how to sing.  That ability has encouraged many people to try to save a little money, use their own elbow grease, and take on a project they would not normally do themselves.

The same is true of paint protection film.  As the technology has improved, the DIY options for paint protection film have improved as well.

As specialists on paint protection films and other types of auto films, we at Tint Tech are eager to give you our take on some of the best paint protection film products out there.  Whether you are thinking about doing it yourself, or you want a professional to install the film for you, these products that we discuss below are great options for you.

So, we will devote this blog to our thoughts on some of the products available to you in the market.  If you want more information on these, or other products, we invite you to give us a call at Tint Tech.  Because our paint protection film professionals have worked with so many different products in the market, we can help you make the right choice for your vehicle and your budget.

Here is the good, the bad, and the last word on some of today’s paint protection film options.

5 Recommended Paint Protection Films

  1. Vinyl Wrap Film from Karlor

To begin, Karlor’s Vinyl Wrap film is the choice if you are a strict budget.  Of the five products on this list, Karlor Vinyl Wrap Film is the least expensive but is still a good product.

Given that it is less pricey, you will not get the same quality as some of the more expensive films.  But, you need to see what works for your budget.  Vinyl Wrap Film has an acrylic-based adhesive that is not so sticky that you have trouble readjusting the film during installation.  The manufacturer represents that the film should last 4-7 years outdoors and 10 years indoors.

The good – it is inexpensive and easy to install.  The bad – it is likely less durable than other, pricier, options.  Overall, if you are looking paint protection film that does not break the bank, Vinyl Wrap from Karlor might be your choice.

  1. Clear Paint Protection Film from VVIVID

This slightly less-known company has a product that, like Karlor’s Vinyl Wrap, is a less expensive option, while still giving you solid protection for your car’s surface.  Also, like Vinyl Wrap, it has acrylic-based adhesive that makes repositioning during installation easy.  Clear Paint Protection Film from VVIVVID is not expensive and easy to apply, but lacks the quality of other better-known brands.

  1. 3M Scotchgard

3M has been an adhesive product leader for many years and, not surprisingly, its Scotchgard paint protection film is the gold-standard.  Its product is a long-lasting, clear paint protection film that is only .0008” (or .08 mm) thick, which is far thinner than the other two films mentioned above, both at .17 mm thick.

It is a polyurethane film that is relatively easy to apply but can be tricky if you have never applied paint protection film before.  If you are trying to do it yourself, you may want to purchase more film than you think you will need so there is some left over to fix any mistakes the first time around.  What is so great about Scotchgard is that it is so thin you will not see it once applied.

  1. XPEL Clear Paint Protection Film

XPEL has a strong line of vehicle maintenance products, and its clear paint protection film rivals 3M’s Scotchgard.  Also, at .08 mm thick, XPEL’s film is nearly invisible once it is applied, yet it is not as durable as 3M’s Scotchgard, and it is actually slightly more expensive than 3M’s product.

In addition, XPEL makes a great quality “door sill clear film guard” that protects door sills and rocker panels from scratches or other damage.

  1. SunTek Top Coated Paint Protection Film

SunTek’s paint protection film is typically sold in larger quantities, which allows for you to have lots of extra film to cover more than just the front end (“bra”) part of your car.  Also, SunTek’s film has fascinating “self-healing” technology in its polyurethane film, where any scratch or swirl will disappear with the application of hot water or hot air on the surface of the film.

SunTek also has a matte film in addition to the normal gloss film.  The matte film is perfect for matte paint jobs, which are increasing in popularity these days.  SunTek is pricey, but the self-healing properties of its film sets it apart from 3M’s Scotchgard.

Look to Tint Tech for Guidance on Paint Protection Film

The technology of paint protection film has progressed in the last few years.  Tint Tech specialists, the paint protection film professionals in Calgary, would be happy to discuss with you the details about what is out there when it comes to paint protection film options in Calgary today.

Tint Tech professionals will help you make the right choice when it comes to paint protection film.  Again, we welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Paint Protection Film Specialist

To Drive or Not To Drive? That is the Paint Protection Question

When it all comes down to it, what are your options to avoid scratches, dings, road debris, brake runoff, flying rocks, and bird droppings from marring the beautiful surface of your beautiful car?  As far as we can deduce here at Tint Tech there are really only three options.  Of those three options one is kind of unsatisfactory, one is not very practical, and one is both immensely practical and a smart investment.

So, what are those options:

  1. Always stand 10-feet away from your car,
  2. Never drive your car, or
  3. Invest in Paint Protection Film.

Let us chat a bit about each option.  First, why stand 10-feet away from your car?  Well, that approach takes advantage of the optical illusion that your car does not have scratches on it when you look at it from far away.  Yes, we understand.  When you drive a lot, you are bound to have small scratches and dings find their way onto the surface of your car.  That is kind of the “cost of doing business” when you drive on roads with gravel, debris, and other things that could kick up and hit your car’s surface.

Remarkably, though, when you stand about 10-feet away from your car, especially right after you have your car washed, you really do not notice the scratches that much.  If you have bad eyesight, you can take off your glasses and the scratches and imperfections on your car vanish that much more quickly.   Of course, we are being a bit ‘tongue-in-cheek’ here.  This option is, as we noted, unsatisfactory to real car lovers, to say the least.

Second, not driving is a great way to avoid getting scratches and dings on your car.  Really, it is very much the 100% solution to keeping your car in perfect condition.  That, however, defeats the whole purpose of having a car though, right?  We love our cars, and those of you who indulge in the world of high-end, luxury vehicles may be inclined to keep that gorgeous piece of machinery in the garage to avoid injuring such a marvel of art and engineering.

Yet, cars are meant to be driven!  And if you are proud of your latest luxury liner, or pocket rocket, then you most likely want to show it off a little.  So, option two is not terribly practical.  It’s the minimal-paint-damage but minimal-enjoyment option for sure.

Third, and finally, the option that can keep your car virtually free of scratches and dings, yet lets you enjoy the ride is none other than paint protection film.  If you have not heard of paint protection film, then you should consider it as the ‘thing to do’ right after your next auto purchase.  If you have heard of paint protection film but have heard horror stories of yellowing, bubbling, and sticky residue, then you should look into the latest technology in paint protection film.

The technology of paint protection film has progressed leaps and bounds in the last few years.  So, it is worth your while to take a second look at the product.  Tint Tech specialists, the paint protection film professionals in Calgary, would be happy to discuss with you the details about what is out there when it comes to paint protection film options in Calgary today.   Call us at 1-403-968-8468.

What Is Paint Protection Film?

It is often called “clear bra” or a “wrap,” but paint protection film is essentially a thin, flexible layer of latex-type material that is carefully placed over the body of a vehicle to protect it from all the things that could harm a car’s surface or paint job.  The film has the ability to save your car’s paint from things ranging from low-speed scrapes to potential damage from light hail.

Paint protection film is great for any vehicle, but it is particularly popular with those who own expensive vehicles.  That is because paint protection film is truly an investment in your car’s future.  We all know that a car depreciates rapidly after it drives off the lot.  Paint protection film is one of those products that can keep a car’s resale value as high as possible.

What Paint Protection Film Options Are Out There?

Paint protection film can be applied to the entire car or it can be only applied to certain parts of the car that bear the brunt of road debris and other things that can easily scratch your car’s surface.  That is actually why paint protection film is often called “clear bra.”  That is because it is film that can only be applied to the “bra” area of your car, which is the front fender and around the headlights, typically.

Protecting only parts of your vehicle is the way to go if you want to keep costs down.  Wrapping, or applying paint protection film, to your entire vehicle will cost more than just certain areas, as you would expect.  Yet, paint protection film over your whole car will give you complete peace of mind.

Does It Protect Matte Finishes?

The matte finish is becoming very popular these days.  That is because a matte finish looks both cool and beautiful on a car.  Yet, matte finishes are very, very delicate.  A scratch on a matte finish can be obvious and hard to fix.

In fact, if you try to rub out a scratch on a matte finish, you will likely create a shiny part right in the middle of your gorgeous matte panel.  Thus, not only does paint protection film protect matte finishes, but is highly recommended if you go the matte route.

Think About Paint Protection Film in Calgary

In sum, paint protection film gives your car an extra layer of protection against chips and scrapes.  Maintain the beauty of your car, while eliminating the stress level of getting scratches, by investing in paint protection film.

The professionals at Tint Tech, the paint protection film specialists in Calgary, will help you make the right choice when it comes to paint protection film.  We welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

Home Window Tint Specialists

Home Window Tinting Prices and Perfection Paralysis

Your home is your castle.  It took a lot for you to buy it, and you put a lot of elbow grease into keeping it looking great.  Whether it is cleaning the gutters, keeping the landscaping just so, or making sure that the paint job on your home is looking like it was just applied, you care a great deal about the look, as well as the functionality, of your home.

Your Home Windows Are Part of the Whole Package

That care and attention to detail does not stop at your windows. In fact, as any good homeowner knows, the windows of your home are immensely important to maintaining quality and comfort in your home.  Old, drafty windows are bad for many, many reasons. They let in the elements, which means that you increase the amount of dust, insects, pollen, and other pollutants into your home.  When it rains, a window with gaps will make your home vulnerable to water damage, mold, and in the worst-case scenarios flooding.

Another issue involving your home windows is the fact that even well-sealed windows make it difficult to keep heat in your home during cold winter days, and keep the heat out during hot summer days.  The glass of a window is, as you would expect, harder to insulate compared to the insulated walls of your home.

In that vein, double- and triple-pane windows can help, but windows are the worst culprit when it comes to air conditioning the inside of your home.  That is true even though windows are also vital to the enjoyment of your home.

What Do You Do to Help Keep Your Home Comfortable Inside? 

The answer is that you should get window tinting film for your home.  You may be thinking that window tint is only for cars.  While it is true that window tint is a product that is more popular for installation on car windows, but home window tint is actually taking the market by storm.  More and more homeowners are beginning to understand the myriad benefits that come with home window tint film.

Some of those benefits include:

  • Increased Privacy.  Do you have a home that is close to the street?  Can those walking past your house see pretty clearly into the windows of your home.  Tastefully tinted home windows will give you and your family extra privacy, and dissuade those prying eyes.
  • Heat Absorption.  The technology of window films today is truly amazing.  The current window films on the market have the ability to absorb the heat from the sun.  In that way, home window tint can keep heat from coming into your home.  That, in turn, translates into your air conditioning system not having to work as hard to keep the interior cool.  The benefit can ultimately save you money on electric bills.
  • UV Protection.  Not only does home window tint film protect your home from the heat, but it also protects your family, and your furnishings from the harm that results from UV rays.
  • Glare Prevention.  Working close to a window makes working that much more pleasant.  But sometimes the glare from the sun makes it difficult to see your computer screen.  Home window tint easily removes that issue as well.
  • Safety.  Home window tint not only brings a little more privacy to your home, but it can even keep you safer.  Home window film makes it harder for would-be burglars to see inside.  Not knowing if there are valuables in a home makes a burglar take pause before risking the consequences of a break in.  Further, window film actually makes it more difficult to break a window.

With all of the benefits that come with home window tinting, your next question is most likely – what are the available home window tint prices?  Let’s take a moment to talk about those.

Home Window Tint Prices

Before getting into actual numbers, it is important to remember that home window tint prices can vary dramatically.  Why would home window tint prices have such a wide range?  That is because a number of factors need to be considered.  Those factors include:

  • The type and quality of the home window film you select,
  • The size of the home window film,
  • The window style, whereby oddly shaped windows require that much more work to install, and
  • The curvature of the window, given that flat windows are the cheapest to install.

All that being said, now let’s take a look at some home window tinting prices.  You can typically expect to pay about $2 to $14 per square foot for most types of home window tint film, not including installation.  By contrast, if you are looking for smart glass, you may be paying between $50 to $100 per square foot.

What are the home window tint prices based on the product?  This list gives you an idea of the price range differences.

  • Ceramic Film, which uses ceramic particles to block 50% of the sun’s rays without an impact on visibility can run between $5 to $10 per square foot.
  • Security Film, which makes it harder for a person, or debris during a storm, to break the glass, can cost between $7 to $9 per square foot.
  • Solar Window Film, which blocks solar heat without compromising much visibility is a little more expensive at $8 to $14 per square foot.

Now that you know some home window tint prices, you can better assess the cost of tinting the windows of your home and enjoying all of the benefits of window film.

What About Perfection Paralysis?

“Perfection paralysis” is that phenomenon where you have difficulty making any choice or moving forward with any project because you want something to be absolutely perfect.  In short, you are “paralyzed” by wanting perfection.

With home window tint, you need not worry about perfection paralysis. First, you would be wise to make sure that a professional, like the specialists at Tint Tech, install the home window tint for you.  In that way, you are guaranteed a perfect job.  Second, even if you find a flaw with one or even two windows, window film comes with warranties, and you can remove tint if necessary.

Therefore, you should not let perfection stop you from getting the gorgeous home of your dreams that is both amazing to look at, and comfortable to live in.

Let the professionals at Tint Tech help you make the right choice when it comes to home window tint.  We know all the different home window tint prices and the quality differential among window film products.  So, we welcome you to call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.