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Does Anti-Graffiti Film Really Work?

Graffiti can look cool, it might even achieve “art” status.  But there is a time and place for everything. When you have a business that is plagued by vandalism, then graffiti is far from cool.  In fact, graffiti can be a nuisance that hurts your business, ruins the façade of your store, and means a lot of out-of-pocket expense to clean it all up.  Indeed, graffiti can ruin the look and feel of a whole neighborhood when vandals choose to spray paint on the glass enclosure of a bus stop or windows on any structure downtown.  

 When it comes to graffiti on a painted surface, the fix can be relatively easy – just paint over it.  When it comes to graffiti on glass windows or stainless steel, however, the fix is not so easy. Most times, to get rid of graffiti on a window or the side of a bus, soap and water won’t do the trick.  Paint thinner will be useless against paint that has long dried. Therefore, you are stuck replacing the window or doing an expensive fix for the stainless steel, usually at a high cost.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a product that could leave a window intact, yet make it easy to remove the graffiti?  Wouldn’t it be great if graffiti could be removed by one person as soon as it is discovered? Well, there is. It is called anti-graffiti film.  It is a marvelous product that is available through Calgary’s top window tinting shop, Tint Tech.

If you own a business, or if you are a purchaser for a government agency that is responsible for infrastructure items like bus stop enclosures, bus windows, buses, train windows, trains, schools, or any other government property, then consider contacting Tint Tech today.  We can provide you with all of the information you need with regard to anti-graffiti film. 

This blog will get into the nitty gritty of anti-graffiti film so you can protect your property, prevent permanent damage, avoid difficult clean-ups, and sidestep costly glass replacement.  We will show you that with anti-graffiti film the best defense is a great offense.

What Is Anti-Graffiti Film?

Anti-graffiti films are virtually invisible film products that provide a guard that is easily removable.  That way, you can defend your valuable assets from permanent ruin, and expensive replacement repairs.

The anti-graffiti films on the market now are made specifically for smooth exterior surfaces.  That means that anti-graffiti films are not just for windows. Anti-graffiti films are actually designed to shield both glass and stainless steel.  Further, the films on the market are made so that they can be easily cleaned with common household window cleaning products.

How Does Anti-Graffiti Film Work?

Essentially, the idea behind anti-graffiti film is to place it on any glass or stainless steel surface.  Then, if you have a vandalism incident where the surface is covered with graffiti, then you simply pull the anti-graffiti film off.  As you pull off the film, you easily take off the offending graffiti as well. It is that easy.

While Anti-Graffiti Film Sounds Good, Is It Really Worth It?  Won’t the Vandals Come Back?

That question is a good one.  You, as a property owner, building manager, or public official, do not want to keep on buying more and more anti-graffiti film because the local vandals keep coming back.  But statistics show that anti-graffiti film can actually discourage graffiti artists.

Specifically, the Bureau of Justice statistics reports that removing graffiti within the first 48 hours has a huge impact on whether a property will be targeted by vandals a second time.  Indeed, it follows that graffiti artists who have their “work” taken down almost immediately creates an enormous disincentive to try it again. That is great news for those who want their property to remain graffiti free. 

How Bad is it to Have Graffiti Anyway?

Graffiti is not just an unpleasant eyesore.  It has been shown that properties in a neighborhood where graffiti is present for an extended period of time lose approximately 15% of their value.  Further, as you likely know, graffiti in your neighborhood will have an impact on your bottom line if you own a business in the area. 

Thus, graffiti is bad news for a community.  Anti-graffiti film is the answer. If you are a property owner, building manager, or public official, and you need a less expensive way to combat graffiti in schools, stores, office buildings, buses, trains, and other public transit locations, then you should strongly consider anti-graffiti film.  

Does Anti-Graffiti Film Have Other Good Benefits?

The answer to that question is an unequivocal “yes.”  When you use anti-graffiti film on windows (remember, the film is virtually invisible), you are able to tap into some other phenomenal benefits beyond preserving the appearance of the exterior of your property.  Those benefits include:

1)Lower Clean Up Costs.  As noted, the ease of simply removing window film saves a bundle compared to replacing a window.  Moreover, the time it takes to remove, and replace window film is much less than replace an entire window.

2) Reduction in Repeat Vandalism.  Also, as noted above, the ability to quickly and completely remove graffiti is a disincentive to vandals.  In other words, graffiti artists like to have their “work” be visible for a very long time, particularly if it is connected to other criminal activity.  So, if they see that their work is immediately taken down, they will go elsewhere.

3) Scratch Protection.  In addition to the benefits above, anti-graffiti film, like other protective films will prevent scratching, scraping, etching, or other physical damage.  And if someone tries to engage in a little etching anyway, then the film is ultimately removable. 

3) Protect Any Furnishing Inside.  Anti-graffiti film is like other window films in that it has anti-UV ray qualities.  That means that harmful UV rays cannot get through a window and otherwise prematurely fade curtains, furnishings, or other products inside your business.  

Tint Tech, the protective film specialist, is not just focused on protecting your car.  We at Tint Tech provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office.  We do so by providing a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films, including anti-graffiti film.

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.

 

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Can Decorative Frost Up Your Retail Game?

Many, many, many retail stores confront you with advertisements in their windows when you approach the front door.  Electronics stores regale you with great deals on cell phones and accessories, clothing stores entice you with the latest in fast fashion at great prices, shoe stores have window length posters touting the current “buy one, get one” deal, and of course grocery stores have any number of products that are on sale or half off.  

If you are a store owner, or you work for a commercial retail store, you may ask yourself:  Does it look attractive to have a picture of lunch meat staring at the customers as the walk into the store?  Can there be just too many happy, frolicking, smiling families with the best in fall fashion adorning the windows?  Are the window ads with pictures of floating sneakers really accomplishing their desired effect?

If you are asking those questions, and/or have a desire to keep your store looking active, attractive, and a little classy, the professionals at Tint Tech, Calgary’s window tinting specialists, just might have the solution.  

What About Decorative Frost?

Decorative frost is a type of window tinting film that essentially lets you put interesting, artistic, eye-catching designs on your retail store’s windows while giving the store a creative-classy look that will differentiate it from any other stores in your complex.  

As the name suggests, it is a frost-type window film.  That means that it can allow your store to have decorative designs and silhouettes on the windows without losing natural light or making the store feel closed off from the outside.  

In addition, if you have a part of your store that needs extra privacy but do not want to put up opaque privacy film, then decorative frost film is the answer.  The design you create, or choose, for the area can be both private and can convey your store’s branding. It really is a win-win. Why not have privacy film that is also pleasant for your customers to look at?

How Would the Design & Preparation Process Happen?

In dealing with frosted film that is both decorative and used for privacy purposes, we at Tint Tech as installers need to determine how we can apply the film.  In certain places, we may only have access to the exterior. Thus, we would choose for you an exterior decorative frosted film.  It would be a film that can handle greater weather changes, and weather effects.  

You also have options that can be low in cost, but still high in style.  That is a win-win – design and privacy (form and function) – working together.  Of course, light can still shine through, which is also something you will most likely want for a more pleasant working environment.  

What Types of Challenges May You Face?

As noted, weather can be the biggest challenge if we are talking about installing external film.  Indeed, we at Tint Tech know that heavy rain, or strong sunlight, can slow down an install considerably.  Yet, things can get a lot easier if the installation is in an area that has some type of awning or overhang.  

The Mechanics of Installation

The installation of decorative frosted window film can be tricky.  Given that decorative film has shapes, designs, and other cutouts in the film, installers need to be careful about applying the film without doing any violence to the design cut into the film.  One sharp move with a squeegee or utility blade and any particular film panel might need a start from scratch. 

Also, installers should make sure that the adhesive used is appropriate for the elements that will impact the window.  As discussed, if an external installation is required, then a stronger adhesive is called for compared to what is necessary for an interior installation.  

At Tint Tech, the window tinting specialists, we have handled the kind of decorative/privacy frosted window film discussed above.  Frosted window film is a marvelous product because of its versatility. Indeed, is the perfect combination of taste, functionality, and aesthetics, all rolled into one.

Accordingly, we know the problems and pitfalls that are incumbent on such a project.  That is why you should contact us to learn about your options on how frosted window film can help your business, whatever business that might be.   Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Tint Tech Professionals Can Make Your Workplace a Better One with Decorative Frosted Window Tinting Film

Tint Tech, the window tinting specialists, is not just focused on protecting your car.  We at Tint Tech provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office.  We do so by providing a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films, including decorative frosted window film.  

We have various cutting edge window films that provide solar protection for hot sun conditions.  Without a well installed window film, UV rays and simple solar heat will make your business’s energy bills go through the roof.  

In addition, Tint Tech employs Calgary’s best window film specialists.  Indeed, Tint Tech professionals will be happy to guide you through all of the options available to you.

Having been in the business for decades, Tint Tech knows window film.  We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do.  We treat every project with care, which sets us apart from the competition.  We increase the value of your business with quality service and quality products.  And we provide prices that won’t break the bank.  

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality, while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Contacting us will be your best first step toward putting your business on the right path, and differentiating yourself from the competition.  Give it a try, the only result will be a great looking commercial space.

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Can I Remove My Paint Protection Film?

We love our cars.  We want them to look great, and stay looking new as long as possible.  Sometimes, to make sure that our car, van, or SUV looks new for longer, we install some paint protection film.

Indeed, our car, SUV, or van protective film can keep the paint job intact, can make bug splatters and bird droppings much easier to clean, and can protect your vehicle from scrapes and scratches from road debris.

Yet, we may have made the mistake of going to a car or van protective film shop that does less-than-quality work, or the film on our vehicle is just getting old.  The old adage “you get what you pay for” is so very true. If you paid that great low price for car or van protective film, and now your vehicle’s paint protection film is peeling or getting cloudy in certain spots, then you probably paid for a low-quality job.

At Tint Tech, Calgary’s top auto protection film specialists, we keep quality as our number one priority.  We keep our prices affordable, but we make sure that our work is done right the first time. That is why we employ only the best trained and certified paint protection film specialists.

What Do I Do If I Need My Paint Protection Film Removed?

Tint Tech not only installs quality paint protection film, but we are also happy to remove your car or van’s protective film so that you can improve your vehicle’s appearance.

So, what do you do if you need to have your paint protection film removed?  You should make sure that you go to an established tint shop to help you with the job.

Nothing in life is ever permanent, which can be a good thing when it comes to paint protection film.  Even things that you think are permanent can be removed – like tattoos. So, have no fear if your car or van’s protective film is unsightly and needs to be removed.  It can be done.

In fact, many car and van protective film products have a specified life span after which you must remove it and replace it with a new one.  Tint Tech, of course, can help you with that too.  That is because you really need a trained technician to remove car and van protective film properly.

Does Paint Protection Film Come Off Easily?

The answer to that question is – it could.  Over time the adhesive quality of the protective film can diminish.  That, in turn, would make it easier to remove the film. That being said, however, not all of the film may be easily removable.

Here is how we test how easy it is to remove the film by just peeling it.  We take any plastic or nylon auto trim tool, and lift a portion of the film at any edge that is beginning to peel.  We test if it comes off easily. However, if we feel any resistance, or if the film comes off in small pieces or shreds, then we employ a heat gun.

Using a Heat Gun to Remove the Film

From a distance of about 8 to 12 inches from the surface of the vehicle, we hold the heat gun over an area of the protective film.  The heat gun will, after a moment or two, begin to soften the film, making it easier to manipulate and peel. We are careful to make sure that the heat gun gets no closer to the car’s surface than 8 to 12 inches.  Otherwise, the excessive heat on the vehicle’s surface could do other types of damage to the film or the paint job itself.

Once the heated area is softened, we then gently use a scraper (again, plastic or nylon is best) to dig under the film layer and peel away the film, hopefully in bigger strips.  As we go along, we may also use some 3M adhesive remover under the film to continue the removal process.

Taking It One Piece at a Time

In the removal process, our goal is to not only remove the old or faulty film but to maintain the integrity of the car’s paint surface.  That only makes sense because it would be self-defeating to harm the paint job that the film was meant to protect in the first place.

With that in mind, our trained technicians try to take the removal process one small area at a time so we can understand how your particular protective film behaves with the heat gun.  We are particularly careful around the various areas of the car, like the lights and front grill area.

In fact, the professionals at Tint Tech know that patience is the best tool when doing a paint protection film removal job.   To be extra careful, the process is necessarily slow. But, that kind of patience and care pays dividends at the end of the job when we have successfully removed all of the old protective film.

Tint Tech Professionals Provide Quality Service for Installing or Removing Paint Protection Film

Tint Tech employs Calgary’s best protective film specialists.  We understand all of the benefits of the car and van protective film, and we are the experts who can provide you with professional installation or removal that will be right the first time.  Indeed, Tint Tech professionals will be happy to guide you through all of the options available to you with regard to automotive paint protection film and discuss the life of the film product that you are interested in.

Having been in the business for decades, Tint Tech knows protective film.  We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do.  We treat every vehicle as if it is our own.  That is what sets us apart from the competition.  We increase the value of your ride with quality service and quality products.  And we provide prices that won’t break the bank.

For more information about how we can remove an old paint protection film job, or install the new protective film, call the specialists in Calgary, Tint Tech.

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a professional installer/remover who will see your project through from start to finish.  With over 45 years of combined experience among our professionals, Tint Tech guarantees that our work will be of the highest quality while ensuring your ultimate satisfaction.  Call today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.