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Top 3 Types of Tint Technology for 2019

What good is being an expert in something if we aren’t able to give you our thoughts on the latest and greatest in the industry?  Well, we at Tint Tech are not going to waste our expertise or keep it hidden in the back office somewhere.  Just like we are happy to give guidance to our clients in person, we are happy to share some of our thoughts on the recent trends in window tint technology here in our blog.  

In fact, there are always exciting things happening in the automotive, residential, and commercial window tinting world.  So, we will cover a few of them today.   

If, after reading this blog, you have more questions on the cutting-edge tint technology that is out there in 2019, then grab your smart phone and give us a call today at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

What Are the 3 Best Tint Products Out There Today?

There are three standout tint technology products that have really gotten our attention here at Tint Tech this year.  Just to clarify, there are so many phenomenal window tinting films out there today, and many products serve particular purposes beautifully.  But, for the purposes of this blog, we are going to focus on the three window tint film products that seem to display ‘the cream of the crop’ when it comes to tint technology for 2019.  

For ease of comparison, we will break down these top three into the “Best All Around” tint this year, the “Best For Your Money” tint this year, and “Almost Best” tint this year.

1. The “Best All Around” Tint for 2019 – LEXEN’s Premium Carbon

To begin, we at Tint Tech have to recommend the LEXEN 2-Ply Professional Window Film – Premium Carbon as the “Best All Around” window tint film so far in 2019.  

Why does LEXEN’s 2-Ply Premium Carbon get such a distinction?  Well, it provides a host of benefits, and it executes them all extremely well.  LEXEN’s 2-Ply blocks 99 percent of harmful UV rays, it does not interfere with your car’s radio signals, and the tint is scratch resistant.  In addition to blocking UV rays, it is also heat resistant so your car’s air conditioner does not have to work as hard in the hot months. Finally, this tint comes in five shades and allows for remarkable color stability.  

The tint technology built into LEXEN’s 2-Ply Premium Carbon makes installation very easy.  The tint film is easy to cut, easy to shrink with heat, and easy to manipulate during installation so the film fits your glass properly.  The look of the Premium Carbon is very clean and sleek, and it does not show any hazing of any type.  

When it comes to a downside, the only thing to watch out for is creasing during installation.  Whatever makes it easy to cut, also makes it prone to creasing unless you are careful during installation.  In fact, that is a good reason to leave the installation to the pros at Tint Tech.  Make your life easy by getting a great product like LEXEN’s 2-Ply Premium Carbon, and having the pros at Tint Tech install it for you.

2. The “Best for Your Money” Tint for 2019 – Protint Windows 5-Percent Shade Color Window Tint Film

Protint Windows 5-Percent Shade Color Window Tint Film is on the list because it is reasonably priced but still stands as a solid, quality product.  Like LEXEN’s 2-Ply Premium Carbon, it keeps out 99 percent of harmful UV rays with good heat reduction.  

With this product, you can choose a shade that ranges from 5 percent to 50 percent.  What also makes this a great buy is the fact that it can be used for other types of glass surfaces, not just car windows.  That is a great benefit, because if you get proficient at installing and working with Protint’s film, then you will be prepared to use it on commercial or residential windows tinting as well as the windows for your vehicle.  

Another bonus with Protint’s film is that it will maintain its dark color and will likely not fade for years.  The tint technology is such that fading, purple-ish coloring, and bubbling is not common after years of use. The one drawback is that it can be very tricky to install for beginners.  The roll of film will wrinkle easily during application. Again, to protect your investment in your car and the window film, you would be wise to get a professional to install this type of window tint.

3. The “Almost Best” Tint for 2019 – Llumar’s Clear Window Tint

We wanted to include a clear window tint to this top 3 list because clear window tint has really taken on a life of its own these days.  So, in the “Almost Best” category for 2019 is Llumar’s Clear Window Tint.  More and more, customers who are happy with the look of their car windows still want to enjoy a higher level of performance, with UV protection, impressive durability, and best-in-class scratch protection. 

Llumar’s Clear Window Tint fits the bill for 2019.  We are excited that the surge of popularity for clear window tint technology has brought in a whole new group of auto tint customers.

Call a Tint Tech for More Advice on How Best to Tint Your Vehicle

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular window film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your car windows with tinting film installed in Calgary.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state-of-the-art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary 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 I Make a Statement with Window Tint? Yeah, You Can

We love cars.  There are really no “ifs, ands, or buts” about it.  Cars, trucks, and SUVs are just those kinds of objects that represent the perfect combination of the functional, the beautiful, the high-tech, and the personal.  As car buffs, we understand all too well that a car, truck, or SUV excites so many different areas of the brain, in addition to getting us from place to place. 

What Makes Cars So Cool? 

As for aesthetic beauty, car designers spend immense resources trying to ensure that a vehicle has a certain kind of appeal.  Whether it is sharp angles, curves that demonstrate motion, or a touch of the nostalgic with the hint of a old-fashioned fin, a car is not just a thing to get to the grocery store, it is a form of a work of art.

Vehicles also excite that part of the brain that thinks of spaceships, computers, artificial intelligence, and other high-tech gadgets.  The goal to make something efficient but that serves many purposes in many circumstances is appealing. And when it comes to cars, they really are the culmination of sophisticated engineering trial and error over many, many decades.  It is often the high-tech aspect of a vehicle that allows it to carry the all-important moniker of being really “cool.”

Finally, your choice of automobile says something about who you are.  It is a personal statement.  Are you a practical guy who needs to just get to work in a Nissan Sentra?  Are you someone who will save and save to make sure that you are driving the hottest SUV from Porsche?  Do you strive to save the environment with your own small contribution by driving a Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius?  

Do you want to save the environment but show off a little while you do it with a status car like a Tesla?  Do you have a lot to haul – or at least do you want people to think that you are someone who may have the need to haul – by driving the heaviest of duty Ford F-450?  Or, of course, are you someone who needs to get the kids to practice with the ever-so-functional Dodge Caravan?

Whatever your lifestyle, whatever personal statement you may want to make, your car is a big part of making that statement.   In that regard, we at Tint Tech want to be a part of helping you make an even bigger statement.  This blog is going to go into depth about how window tinting Calgary will help you make a real statement, whether it is for your personal life or your professional life.  So, if you need auto tinting film done by the pros, then look no farther than Calgary’s best car window tint shopTint Tech.  We are the car window tint shop that is in the business of making sure that you enjoy all of the benefits of auto window tinting.  So, call us today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

 So, Where Does Window Tinting Come in When Making a Statement?

With regard to making a personal statement, a car, truck, or SUV can only go so far.  You can paint the vehicle any way you like, and you can even add designs to the paint job.  You can maybe add a spoiler to the back of your car, or even add a leather bra to the front – but what about the windows?

There is all that surface area of your windows that do not leave you a lot of options – or do they?  If you have read any of our car window tint shop blogs on this site, then you are well aware that your car windows can take on a distinctly classy look by darkening the windows with a nice, quality auto window tint film.

But that is just the beginning.  Let’s say that you have a desire to express yourself through a fabulous fire design on your car’s paint job – you know the kind of paint job that essentially says “hot rod.”  Well, there is auto window tint that can keep that design going. And better yet, the design on your window will not get in the way of you seeing out when you are driving.  

So, why not really make that personal statement with auto window tint that not only darkens, but continues the design in your car’s paint job.

Making a Business Statement is Also Possible

If you are someone who has your own business, you know that “branding” is so very important.  The more people know you, know your business, and recognize your logo, the better off your business will be. 

Driving around, you likely see a lot of cars that are connected to certain businesses.  The Mary Kay company perfected the branded car with their fleet of pink cars . . . remember those?  

Well, if you have a business logo, or your business’ name on your car, you now can continue the look in your windows.  The newest window tint is so advanced that you are able to seamlessly have any logo or design on your car’s surface carry through to the windows.  It is absolutely eye-catching, which is precisely what you want for your business. Think about it.  

Call the Top Car Window Tint Shop – Tint Tech For More Information on Specialized Tint

Tint Tech, Calgary’s window film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your windows tint installed.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving and safety protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary 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.

Tinting car windows yourself

Should You Be Tinting Your Car Windows Yourself?

You are the type of person who cares about his car.  You care about keeping it clean, keeping it tuned up, and keeping it looking great.  That means that you have likely considered tinting your car windows to give it that amazing, sleek, sports-car look.

Honestly, nothing adds a great looking finish like tinting car windows.  Simply put, it is a great way to complete the look of your already great-looking ride.  Whether you have a heavy-duty truck or SUV, or a hot-rod pocket rocket, the tinted windows are a must.

So, the question becomes – should you be tinting your car windows yourself?  Tinting your car windows yourself comes with a lot of work and a lot of patience.  That said, tinting your car windows yourself could also be a great project, and major cost saver.  

We at Tint Tech like to make sure that our customers have all of the choices and car tint options available to them, as well as the advice to back it up.  In that regard, let us go through with you the pros and cons to tinting your car windows yourself. Who better to give you the skinny than Calgary’s top auto window tinting shop, Tint Tech.

You might have some more questions after reading this blog, so please feel free to give us a call at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form.  We are ready to answer your questions.  

In the meantime, let’s talk about the pros and cons.

Tinting Your Car Windows Yourself – The Upside

1. Costs Less.  Let’s get down to brass tacks.  Money makes the world go around, and money also is something we need to keep track of.  So, there is no question that the best benefit to tinting your car windows yourself is to save some hard-earned money.  By doing it yourself, you save on the cost of labor, and any markup on the tinting film that a tint shop might place on the product.

2. There are DIY KitsAuto tint film manufacturers know that there is a market out there for those who want to go the DIY route.  In that regard, you can easily find DIY kits that provide pre-cut film for hundreds of models of cars, trucks, and SUVs.  The kits are measured to precision to fit the windows of the car you select right out of the box.  Moreover, the kits are user-friendly, more so than in the past. There are some kits that have whole sheets of tinting film, but depending on your skill level you can choose which is best for you.

3. You Have Options.  When it comes to aftermarket car products, there are so many options that you will never feel at a loss for a DIY tinting kit that fits your budget.  All you need to do is select the level of quality of tint, and the ease of installation. Of course, higher quality tint (and easier installation) can be a little more expensive than kits with lower quality tint, but you can choose what works best for you.

4. The Joy of Doing it Yourself.  You really can’t put a price on having completed a major project yourself.  That is why the sense of accomplishment is a major upside to tinting your car windows yourself.

All that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind about the choice to go DIY.

Tinting Your Car Windows Yourself – The Downside

1. It Ain’t Easy.  There are those home projects that are surprisingly easy (you know, the ones that leave you saying, “why didn’t I do this myself before”).  But, then again there are those where you immediately feel that you ‘bit off more than you can chew.’ That is not to say that tinting your car windows yourself is an impossible job.  But, you need to know that tinting your own car windows is difficult. You’ll need some special tools, some free time, and a lot of patience.  

2. Need a Clean Workspace.  Auto window tint needs to be like a second skin for your car’s window.  Any kind of debris could jeopardize that process. That is why you need a very clean place within which to install the window tint.  Of course you don’t need to go as far as goggles, masks, and foot booties, but you need to make sure that dust particles by your car’s windows are minimized to a great degree.  It is those kinds of dust particles that get between your tint and your window, and lead to bubbles, cracks, or other imperfections.  

3. All the Legal Mumbo-Jumbo.  As you likely know, window tint is regulated by local laws.  Depending on where you live, you can only tint your windows a certain percentage.  That becomes a big disadvantage to do-it-yourselfers. You may pick a tint that looks great but runs afoul of local laws.   Accordingly, a big downside on tinting your car windows yourself can be not knowing what is legal in your province.   

Tint Tech Can Help.  

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular window film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice on tinting your car windows yourself.  Of course, if you choose to have your tinting professionally done, we provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your tinted windows.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety, protection for your home and office with a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary 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.

Windshield Tinting

Tinting Your Windshield – Can You Do It?

Did you know that we spend an average of 17,600 minutes driving each year?  That comes to about 290 hours on the road, or put another way, it is the equivalent to seven 40-hour weeks in your car.

That is a lot of driving.  Clearly, traveling by car is a central part of our lives. 

There’s No Question That We Spend a Lot of Time in Our Cars

In case you like the power of numbers, here are some more interesting statistics:  People drive the most during the fall (October through December), driving about 31.5 miles daily, compared to 26.2 daily miles during the winter months – though 26.2 miles a day is still a lot of driving.  Finally, over 66 percent of total driving trips are done by drivers without a passenger in the car.  

Given all the driving that we do on a daily basis, we need to be conscious of the health, and energy efficiency, aspects of driving.  If you have read any of the blogs on our site, you know that the sun can be harmful if you are exposed to it for an extended period of time – even if it is through the windows of your car.  Remember, that regular glass does not protect your skin from harmful UV rays that come into your car while you are driving.

So, how do you avoid harmful UV rays while spending so much time in your car?  The answer is easy – auto window film.  

Auto Window Tint Is for More Than Just Looks

While auto tinting used to be reserved solely for those who want a cool, darkened-window, look for their vehicle.  Now, however, the heat avoiding and UV protection aspects of auto window tint are invaluable in keeping you and your family healthy while driving so many miles each year.

In that regard, if you need auto tinting film done by the pros, then look no farther than Calgary’s top tinting business – Tint Tech.  We are in the business of making sure that you enjoy all of the benefits of auto window tinting.  So, call us today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

The next question then becomes:  What about tinting your windshield?  You have seen many cars with the side and rear windows tinted, but how about the windshield?  

As a threshold matter, tinting your windshield is something that you can do in some places in Canada.  However, you need to know a little bit about the tint laws in your area and about the various window tinting options that are out there.  So, without further ado, let us discuss the details about tinting your windshield.  

Tinting Your Windshield Can Be Done in Some Places, But Not Many

Tinting your windshield is a tricky thing because depending on where you live the rules are different.  In Canada in general, tinting your windshield is not allowed. That is because your windshield is obviously the most important of your windows to allow you to see what is happening on the road.  You also need clear visibility at night.  

That said, there are some provinces in Canada that do allow some tint on the windshield.  Here is a breakdown by province:

  • Alberta – no windshield tint allowed
  • British Columbia – windshield tint can only go down 7.5 cm from the top of the windshield
  • Manitoba – windshield tint can only go down 12.7 cm from the top of the windshield
  • New Brunswick – windshield can be tinted as long as it allows 70% of visible light to come through
  • Newfoundland – no windshield tint allowed
  • NW Territories – no windshield tint allowed
  • Nova Scotia – no windshield tint allowed
  • Nunavut – no windshield tint allowed
  • Ontario – no windshield tint allowed
  • Prince Edward – no windshield tint allowed
  • Quebec – windshield tint can only go down 15 cm from the top of the windshield 
  • Saskatchewan – no windshield tint allowed
  • Yukon – no windshield tint allowed

As you can see, many areas are very restrictive when it comes to putting window tint on your windshield.

New Transparent Auto Window Film 

While it may seem like tinting your windshield is not possible in a lot of places, there is a way to get around those prohibitions – transparent window film.  Yes, there is a type of window film that is not tinted and is not meant to darken your window. It is generally called transparent, heat-blocking auto window film.  

The technology for clear, heat-blocking window film has been around for about 10 years, but it is not as well known in the marketplace as the tinted auto window films.  Transparent window film is a great way to stay within the laws of your region but still have a sheet of clear, heat-blocking film across your windshield that can keep excessive heat and UV rays away from your skin when you are driving.  

There are great energy efficiencies for your car’s air conditioning system, and great health benefits to avoid UV rays, by taking the step to get transparent window film on your windshield.

Call a Tint Tech in Specialist Today About Getting Clear  Window Film for Your Windshield

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular window film specialist, is focused on making sure that you know all the options available so you can make an informed choice.  We also provide the best quality installation in the region – such that you will not be able to see any bubbling, cracking, or other imperfections on your windshield that has tinting film installed.  

We know how to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our work so that you get the most out of your windshield window film.  We at Tint Tech also provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films in addition to automotive window films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary 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

Care for Window Film

How Do You Care for Window Film?

When something is brand new, it always looks great.  A new car, a new house, a new building, a newly installed auto tint job, or newly installed window tint job, they all look good right off the proverbial assembly line.  It’s the upkeep that can be the real challenge.  

So, if you take the time to have window film installed in the first place, then it is worth your while it to make sure that you do what it takes to keep it looking great. 

The question becomes, then, what can you do to care for your window film so it lasts and keeps looking great?  You should be happy to know that it is not as difficult or time consuming as you might expect.

This blog will clue you into the best way to care for window film that is installed on your home or auto windows.  After following the advice we give you, your windows should stay looking good through the warranty of the product. 

Remember, anything you need related to auto, commercial or residential window tint can be provided at Tint Tech, Calgary’s top auto tint shop.   We love making your car or home look better and ensuring that you enjoy the many benefits of window film.   So, call us today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

The 3 Main Tips for Caring for Your Window Film

Window film is somewhat durable, but it can begin to ruin the look of your car or home windows if it is scratched, cloudy, faded, or cloudy.  Even though it may take a little time and elbow grease, making sure you maintain your window film will mean a longer time with clearer, cleaner windows.  

Try to follow these three steps to make sure that you keep on top of your window film.  

Expert Tip #1:  Leave Time for Curing at the Outset

When you first install, or first have installed, your window film, it is altogether possible that it will have a cloudy look.  That can certainly be a source of no little stress if you spent a lot of money on a window film installation. But have no fear!

It is perfectly normal for a little adhesive or other installation fluid to remain on the surface of your film, or between the window film and window surface.  You will see a cloudy or hazy appearance to the film or small bubbles. The good news is that the cloudiness will eventually disappear.  

The timing varies as to how long you will have the cloudiness to the film while film adheres to the glass in a process known as “curing.”  With thin films it could take about 24 hours, with thicker films the curing time could be as long as 30 days.

Expert Tip #2:  Cleaning Windows that Have Window Film

You should clean your windows periodically regardless of the type of windows you have.  Accordingly, you would need to clean tinted windows with window film from time to time as well.  Regular cleaning will really help you keep the window film lasting long and looking good. Here are few thoughts on good cleaning habits for window film:

1. Start with a Dry Window.  Make sure that your window, and window film, is completely dry before starting to clean.  Remember that it takes time for newly installed film to cure. Accordingly, if you want to clean your newly installed window film, make sure that you have at least waited until the curing process is complete (as discussed above).

2. Clean First Thing in the Morning.  Not only does it make good time management sense to get those windows cleaned in the morning so you have rest of the day to enjoy . . . but, heat makes window film more vulnerable to damage.  Sunlight will warm up glass to a high temperature. So, it makes the most sense get to cleaning the windows first thing in the morning before the daylight has a chance to warm up the glass.

Expert Tip #3:  Keep It Gentle

To protect the window film that you installed at some time and expense, you need to make sure that you use the right products and techniques.  Here are somethings to keep in mind:

1. Clean materials.  You want your windows clean, so you need to make sure that your cleaning materials are clean.  

2. Soft is Better.  You can effectively clean your window-film-covered windows with a soft cloth or synthetic material.  You do not need, nor should you use, abrasive materials. They will only damage the film. Brushes with bristles, brillo-type sponges, or cleaning sponges with dirt in them, can easily scratch your window film.  Further, use a soft cloth or very flexible squeegee to dry the window after cleaning.  

3. Most Glass Cleaners are Ok.  You do not need a special type of glass cleaning solution for windows with window film.  Most regular glass cleaners will do. The manufacturers of window film products design the film to handle the use of glass cleaners.  But, be sure to use a cleanser that is ammonia-free.  An easy cleaning solution is just a little liquid dish soap in a pail of water.   

Talk to a Tint Tech in Calgary Specialist Today About Proper Care for Your Window Film

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular protective film specialists, is not just focused on protecting your car.  We at Tint Tech provide energy saving, and safety, protection for your home and office.  We do so by providing a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films, automotive window films, and paint protective films.

Every staff member at Tint Tech of Calgary 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.