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How Can Tint Keep Your Interior Looking Like New?

Did you know that 40% of the fading that you experience in your car’s interior, and the furnishings in your home or office are due to UV rays from the sun coming through your window? Indeed, the sun is a powerful force of Mother Nature that cannot really be stopped by window glass.

So, what do you do if you want to keep your interior upholstery and other furnishings looking new for years – invest in the installation of window tinting film for the windows of your car, home or office. Indeed, short of putting curtains on every window to totally block out the sun, window tinting film is the best and most cost-effective way to keep your furnishings looking like new.

In this blog, we will talk about the qualities of window tinting film that block the UV rays that lead to fading. And if, after reading this blog, you have questions about your window tinting options, whether it is for your car, your home, or your office, the specialists at Tint Tech can answer all of your questions. We pride ourselves on having the most current industry knowledge, and we can help you choose whether window tinting film is a viable option for you.       

Also, if you decide to invest in office tinting, home tinting, or auto tinting film, then have it done by the best in the business, Calgary’s top tinting business – Tint Tech. We are the option for window tinting, and we make sure that your belongings do not lose their look due to the sun. So, call us today to learn more at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

Sunlight – A Blessing and a Curse

You have to admit that driving on a sunny day or sitting at home in your favorite chair, enjoying the sunlight filling your home with light, ambiance, and warmth is a great feeling. Even if you are at the office and working, seeing the sunlight come into your workspace makes that grueling job just a little bit brighter. No question, sunlight helps our mood.

Yet, sunlight has one major drawback. Sunlight can literally ruin furniture, upholstery, carpeting, works of art, a dashboard surface, virtually any interior surface.

Why does sunlight have that negative effect on furnishings and other materials? UV rays, which are not stopped by window glass, have the effect of breaking down many of the chemicals that exist in furniture, fabric dyes, even in the color of wood treated or not. The effect is permanent discoloration of the surface.  

What Can You Do to Prevent Fading from UV Rays?

When it comes to your home, there are only a few ways to protect your furnishings and carpeting.  

First, you could keep items out of direct sunlight. But, logistically speaking, that can be very difficult. The rays of the sun move throughout the day, and you really can’t keep all items from sunlight entirely.  

Second, you could consider window treatments, such as draperies, blinds, and shutters. That can be effective, but fix for the problem might be worse than the problem because you now have your rooms in virtual darkness.

Third, you can install window film on your home windows. Now, you might be thinking that you really do not like the idea of tinted film on your home windows. But, have no fear. Window tinting film for residential use has become very sophisticated. You can install a clear film that is virtually undetectable after installation.   

It is hard not to conclude that window film, particularly clear window film is the way to go in order to protect all of your interior furnishings.  

Now, with regard to your car windows, window film is a must if you want to stop your dashboard, and upholstery from fading because, unlike a home, you do not have the luxury of putting up curtains or something that would block a window for obvious reasons. Window film, therefore, becomes that much more vital to your fade-prevention goals.   

Why Does Window Film Such a Great Option?

Window film is a perfect option to stop fading in its tracks because most quality window tinting film products block out up to 99 percent UV rays coming from direct sunlight. That means virtually no UV rays will reach your home’s carpet, artwork, hardwood flooring, fabrics, furniture, pianos, and other valuable items in your house.  It means UV rays will not hit the top of your dashboard, your seat upholstery, your steering wheel cover, and other surfaces of your car.  

Moreover, window tinting film will also be effective in blocking 75 percent of the sun’s heat. That is a big plus as well because when you are in the warm months, you can take a little pressure off of your AC system in your home, office, or car, because a lot of the heat that would normally get through a window is reflected away with window tinting film.  

Finally, window tinting film will not restrict your view. So, you are essentially able to enjoy the sunlight without having to deal with its harmful effects – win-win.  

Talk to a Tint Tech, the Option In Window Tinting, in Today About Window Film to Fight Against Fading

Tint Tech can provide you with a free quote on installing office tinting film at your home, office, or car. And remember, the office tinting film does not need to darken the windows, clear window film options are available.

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular option in window tinting, is focused on avoiding fading for the items in your home, your office, and your car. We at Tint Tech provide energy saving, and safety, protections for your home and office with a wide selection of state of the art architectural window films and 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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What Will Self-Tinting Windows Look Like in the Future?

Let’s face it. New tech is very, very cool.  Cell phones, tablets, renewable energy advancements, self-parking cars, self-driving cars, streaming television, wireless Bluetooth devices . . . and the list goes on.  Well, there is no shortage of new tech when it comes to the window tinting world as well.  

Specifically, in the last few years, we have been seeing the evolution of “smart window” tint technology.  That is technology in which a window will change its own tint based upon the sun’s energy and will even take that energy and convert it into electricity.  It is truly amazing stuff.  

So, in this article we will talk a bit about the latest developments in smart window tint tech, and speculate as to what smart window tech will mean for vehicles in the future.   

At Tint Tech, we specialize in auto and residential window tint films.  But, we also keep our eye on the tech horizon. Our specialists at Tint Tech are always aware of the latest tech breakthroughs, and we are excited about the new kind of smart windows that darken in the sun and generate electricity. 

If you want to learn more about what Tint Tech, Calgary’s window tinting experts, can do for you now with regard to saving energy by using state-of-the-art window tinting film call us at 403-968-8468.  Also, contact us if you would like to learn more about the smart window tinting technology of tomorrow.  

The Solar Power of Tomorrow with “Perovskites”

Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski, back in 1839, discovered minerals that he aptly called perovskites.  These crystalline compounds are now instrumental in the solar power revolution.  

Specifically, solar cells made from perovskites are nearly as efficient as the silicon solar panels currently in use today.  The best perovskite solar cells can convert over 22% of the sunlight’s energy into electricity, whereas silicon cells can covert around 25%.  

The key, however, is that cells made from perovskites are much cheaper than their silicon counterparts.  That fact may push the solar energy world into high gear. Given the state of our environment, that might be just what we need to help the environment.

Windows that are Smart When Using the Sun’s Energy

Taking the solar harnessing power of perovskites one step further, perovskites can be the compound that leads to “smart windows.”

In general, a “smart window” is a window that can change from transparent to opaque based on the amount of sunlight and temperature interacting with it.  The warmer the window gets, the darker the window becomes to keep a home or car interior cool. Skyscraper buildings in city centers can truly benefit from such technology, and they can enjoy significant energy savings.  In the past, there were other attempts at smart window technology that did not use perovskites, where the window would transition based on temperature, but it was costly and inconsistent.    

Further, “smart windows” using perovskites can also harness the power of the sun to generate electricity.  As noted, the solar cells using perovskites are almost as efficient as silicon panels. So, combining tinting technology with solar power technology, perovskites are truly the key to the smart windows of the future.  

How Do Smart Windows Function?

About one year ago, researchers developed a lead-based perovskite solar window that transitioned from transparent to opaque when the temperature hit 60 degrees Celsius.  When it is cool, the perovskite material forms a complex with another compound called methylamine. The window is clear when that complex is formed.  

However, as the surrounding temperature increases, the methylamine vaporizes and separates from the perovskite, and the perovskite gets darker and absorbs sunlight.  Then, at night when it gets cooler, the methylamine vapor re-bonds with the perovskite and the window becomes clear again. The chemical reactions that result in such practical applications are fascinating.

Notably when the perovskite is absorbing sunlight as it is tinted darker, it is not as efficient as the perovskite cells discussed earlier.  The warmed perovskite tinted window can transform about 11.3% of the sunlight energy into electricity.  

Any Smart Window Disadvantages?

The technology is there, but it is not quite ready for prime time.  The solar efficiency of the solar windows drops after only a few transitions from light to dark.  That is most likely because the methylamine does not re-bond with the perovskite very well, and the bonding worsens each time.  

Thus, researchers are looking for perovskite-based smart windows that do not use methylamine.  One chemist reports that cesium-based perovskite solar windows, that do not use methylamine, allow for windows that can switch from transparent to dark with no loss of performance over time. 

However, the cesium-based windows have different issues.  

They do not go from clear to dark unless the heat is more than 100 degrees Celsius, and their solar harnessing efficiency is only at 7%, which is far less than conventional solar cells.  Also, perovskite windows have a reddish hue to them when they are dark, and colored windows are not a favorite among builders.  

Conclusion

In sum, smart windows are here, but not quite ready.  The latest attempts, however, give a glimpse at what the future could look like – office buildings and homes that have windows that both provide shade when the sun is strong and can convert the sunlight to electricity to power the office building or home.  Imagine what life would be like without the need for electric wires coming into your home, or the need for oil to heat your home or office.  

Talk about Energy Saving Window Tint Options with the Pros at Tint Tech

With our knowledge of state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint.  We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

Every tint pro at Tint Tech is a protective film specialist in Calgary 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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How Do You Wash a Car that Has Paint Protection Film?

We all lead very busy lives, and that can mean cutting corners on certain household chores when we must. So, ask yourself, are you tempted to use an automatic car wash because you know you just won’t have time to do it over the weekend? Do you worry that the automatic wash might do some damage to your car, particularly if you have treated your car with paint protection film?

Well, in this article we will discuss the proper way to wash your car, whether it has paint protection film installed or not. Unfortunately, as tempting as it might be, an automatic car wash is not good for a vehicle that has been treated with paint protection film. I know that comes as bad news to some – but there is a silver lining. Paint protection film is such an amazing product that cleaning your car yourself is actually a little bit easier because your car has paint protection film installed.   

Of course, there is nothing better than talking to someone in person who knows all about these issues. Our Tint Tech tint pros in Calgary are the best people to talk to about what kind of paint protection film would be the way to go in your situation, and how to properly maintain it. After you read this blog, if you have some questions please give our tint pros a call at 1-403-968-8468. We are looking forward to working with you.  

Paint Protection Film Basics 

If are you reading this blog, then you likely have paint protection film already on your car, or you are considering getting it installed.  If that is the case, then you know that paint protection film is a thin urethane film that adheres to the painted surfaces on your vehicle.  

It cannot be seen by the naked eye once it is installed, and it is meant to protect your vehicle’s surface from all of the stuff that could scratch or scuff your car. In addition, it makes washing your favorite ride just that much easier to do.  

Now let’s consider the aspects of how to properly wash your vehicle. We will first consider the basics of washing any car, with or without paint protection film. 

Do’s and Don’ts When Washing any Vehicle 

1. Do It on a Regular Basis. Letting your car go too long without washing it is not a good thing.  In the salty, snowy winters it is sometimes hard to keep up, but you want to make sure that you do not wait too long because the built-up salt on your car could start to impact the clear coat paint on your car, or the longevity of the paint protection film.

2. Don’t Wash in the Hot Sun.  We’ve all seen the commercials, musical videos, and movies with the proverbial zany car washing scene – they are always washing their cars in the hot summer sun. It makes for great entertainment, but washing your car in direct sunlight could actually result in some problems. If the sun is directly on your car, then the water you are using to wash it will evaporate quickly. That means that you could end up with water spots on your car. Worse yet, the chemicals in the soap might not react favorably to the hot sun as well.  

3. Start with the Wheels.  Given that your wheels are often the dirtiest part of your car, that would be the place to start.  Why? Because it takes care of the biggest cleaning issue on your car, and then allows the residual soap as you wash the rest of your vehicle to rinse over the wheels a second time.

4. Try the Two-Tub Trick. You don’t want to rub dirty water on your car when you are cleaning it. That can easily happen when you constantly put the same sponge in one bucket as you wash your car. So instead, have two buckets. One with soapy water and the other with just water to rinse. After you soap up one part of the car, rinse the sponge in the rinse bucket, before getting more soap on the sponge. It really works.

Do’s and Don’ts When Washing Your Car That Has Been Treated with Paint Protection Film

There are really three major things you need to remember about washing a car with paint protection film.

1. 7-Day Rule.  You should not wash your car within seven days of getting your car treated with paint protection film.  When paint protection film is installed, the job is not actually done when the tint shop says that you can pick up your car. The protection film on the car needs to “cure” or set on your vehicle. That can take up to a week. So, make sure that you avoid washing your car during that first week.

2. Don’t Use a Powered Buffer. We all want our cars to be as shiny as possible. And many times, power buffers can do the trick. However, when they say “powered” buffer, they mean “powerful.”  A buffer can really dig into a car’s surface a little more than you want. Further, issues arise when there are particles or other debris that might get in the middle of the buffing process, which may end up in a scratch rather than a shine.  

3. Handle Bugs, Birds, and Tree Stuff Right Away. You don’t always need to do a full wash on your car. And it is important that any substance like bug splatter, bird droppings, or tree sap be removed as soon as possible so as not to harm your paint protection film. So, carry around a little kit to handle those spots in a jiffy. No need to go the full wash route for every bug splatter.

Consider Upgrading Your Style with Paint Protection Film with the Tint Pros at Tint Tech

With our knowledge of state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint. We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

Every tint pro at Tint Tech is a protective film specialist in Calgary 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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4 Great Reasons Why You Need the “Full Wrap”

People may call it “clear wrap,” “clear bra,” or “full wrap,” but they are all referring to the same thing – paint protection film. We at Tint Tech are huge fans of paint protection film because we find that it is the best product to keep your car, SUV, van, or truck looking like new the longest.  

Because we often field questions from customers about the pros and cons of paint protection film and whether it is the right product for them, we are devoting this blog to a discussion of the 4 top reasons why you need the “full wrap” when it comes to paint protection film.  

All that being said, there is nothing better than talking to someone in person who knows all there is to know about this amazing product. So, our Tint Tech protective film specialists in Calgary are the best to give you advice on what kind of paint protection film would be the way to go in your situation. After you read this blog, give us a call at 1-403-968-8468. We are looking forward to working with you.  

What is Paint Protection Film?

If you have not seen some of our previous blogs, then you may not even know what paint protection film is. Let’s cover that now.  

As the name suggests, paint protection film is a thin urethane film that adheres to the painted surfaces on your vehicle. It cannot be seen by the naked eye once it is installed, and it is meant to protect your vehicle’s surface from all of the stuff that could scratch or scuff your car.  

Go for the Entire Car – or Just the Front End?

With paint protection film, you do not necessarily have to cover the entire car. In fact, if you find that all of the impacts from rocks, road debris, and bugs is all on the front end of your car, then you can get what is called “clear bra.” That is paint protection film that only covers the front fender, and front end of your vehicle.  

However, many of our customers are now going for a “full wrap,” i.e., paint protection film over the painted portions of the entire car. Given that you can get scuffs or scratches on any portion of your car in addition to the front bumper, hood, rocker panels or fenders, you may find that a complete paint protection film job might be the best way to go.  

Now, let us talk about some reasons why you might want to get paint protection film over your entire car.

Reason #1 – Birds Don’t Care What Part of the Car is Protected

When it comes to bird droppings, it is literally a “crap shoot” as to where a bird might hit your beloved ride. Accordingly, you would be well served making sure that all painted surfaces of your car are protected with paint protection film – not just the front end.  

You know all too well that you can park under the wrong tree, and – oh, boy – you’ll be going to the car wash pronto. And you can not underestimate the problems that result from bird droppings. If left for a considerable period of time, especially in the sun, your vehicle’s surface might be permanently damaged. Chemical stains could really hurt the appearance of your car. Thus, paint protection film for the hood and roof of your car are vital to fight against the damage inflicted by our flying friends in the sky, who might just be waiting for you by the nearest electric line.   

Reason #2 – Can Never Predict Where Road Debris Could Hit

Without question, a car’s front fender/bra area takes the most impact regarding rocks and road debris. Yet, there is really no telling where road debris can go – making a good argument for paint protection film over your whole vehicle.  

For instance, just the other day, we had a Tint Tech customer come in with a massive hole in the side-view mirror. It happened when a truck kicked up a rock that cleared the fender and did some real damage with the side-view mirror. Luckily for the customer, it did not hit the windshield. Thus, the example shows that the front fender area of a car does not always take all the impact of the debris that could strike your car.

Reason #3 – The Classic Case of the Shopping Cart in the Parking Lot

Last week, one customer came in with a story that we hear all too often. He just got his new car, and he was loving how it looked. But almost a week to the day after driving the new car off of the lot, a thoughtless driver in the local supermarket parking lot parked too close, of course, to his vehicle. Of course, the thoughtless driver opened the car door just a little too far and left our friend’s new car with a scrape in the passenger door. Needless to say, our friend was bummed.  

The same thing happens when you have an out-of-control shopping cart. Why does it always seem that those carts run into all the new cars first? Paint protection film would be able to protect your car’s surface from those light – but potentially scrape-worthy – impacts.

Reason #4 – Problems with the Sun Coming Out Tomorrow

While it may take a long time to become noticeable, the UV rays emitted by the sun will eventually have an impact on your car’s paint job. Paint will slowly oxidize under the heat of the sun’s UV rays, thereby giving your car a matte or faded look. If you only install paint protection film on part of your car, it is possible that the unprotected portions will fade faster than those parts that have the extra layer of film.  

Let the Protective Film Specialists in Calgary Give You the “Full Wrap” Treatment

With our knowledge of state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint. We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a protective film specialist in Calgary 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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The Protection Film Really Heals Itself?

There is nothing finer than a pristine, carefully done, clear-coat finish on a new car. The beauty of the design and engineering of a car is only enhanced by the marvelous finish on the body of the car. Do you want to keep that great finish looking new? Why not consider self-healing paint protection film

The Challenge of With Those Pesky Scuffs and Scratches

I’m sure you always think when you get a new car: “Wouldn’t it be nice for the car to look as shiny and new as it does right now?”  Well, that can be tough if you drive your car daily, and you confront the usual debris and road pebbles on your commute, or the small scratches from people who park alongside you in the parking lot.  

Yet, the dream of a relatively scuff- and scratch-free car can actually be a reality if you look into investing in paint protection film. And note, we say “invest,” because anything that you do to enhance the look of your car, or to help keep a car looking new, is indeed an investment.  

Holding the value of a car can be difficult. As they say, a car begins depreciating the moment you drive it off of the dealer’s lot. Yet, if you treat your car with paint protection film – also called “clear wrap” – then you are minimizing the depreciation that will naturally occur.

In this article, we will talk about the wonder of self-healing paint protection film and how the paint protective film specialists at Tint Tech will install the film to guarantee maximum results. Remember that Tint Tech protective film specialists have the training and experience to ensure that the paint protection film installed on your car is done flawlessly the first time. Call us at Tint Tech, Calgary’s paint protection film leaders, at 403-968-8468.

Can Paint Protection Film Really Have Self-Healing Qualities?

Yes. When it comes to self-healing film, the technology is truly amazing. Here is how it works:  

First, the paint protection film is made up of not one, but three, layers.  

1. The first layer is an aggressive adhesive so the film is able to stick to the car’s surface for a long, long time.
2. The second layer, the thickest layer, is a polyurethane that absorbs and mitigates the damage from road debris and other outside forces.
3. The third layer is a clear coat, ensuring that the polyurethane does not get discolored.

Next, the polyurethane layer is the one that has the self-healing aspects. Why? Because it is flexible.  

1. Polyurethane allows its surface to absorb – and evenly distribute – an impact on the car’s surface.  That alone helps avoid debris from chipping a car’s paint job.
2. In addition, even when something scrapes the surface of the car and leaves a visible scratch, the polyurethane will “rearrange” itself so the surface returns to a smooth – non-scratched – state after applying just a little heat.

Finally, self-healing only really works with a little heat.

1. It takes a small amount of heat to allow the polyurethane to become flexible enough to simply smooth itself out after an impact.
2. The end result is that a scratch or scuff on the surface of the paint protection film goes away as if by magic.
3. The effect is similar to ice.  Imagine a smooth ice cube. Then put a scratch the surface.  Next, put just a little heat on the ice cube so the very top layer melts a bit.  When the cube cools again, the ice is smooth and the scratch is gone. While polyurethane does not actually melt, the effect is similar.

The protective film specialists at Tint Tech are happy to show you how the self-healing aspect of paint protection film works so you can see it for yourself. Our Tint Tech staff will use a heat gun to show how just a little heat will “heal” any scratches on a car so they disappear.  

When you are out and about, though, all you need is the heat of the sun to activate the “healing” properties of the paint protection film. So, if you get a scratch on your car that is protected with the self-healing film, all you need to do is park your car outside during the day so the paint protection film can do its “healing” thing.   

Is Paint Protection Film a Good Project for Do-It-Yourselfers?

Probably not.  You may be able to find some DIY products out there that allow you to do a clear wrap, or clear bra, on the front of your vehicle, but we strongly recommended having a wrap done by a professional.  

At Tint Tech we have authorized, trained installers who have been doing the application process for years. Truly, you would want the application to be done by a professional because you want your film to be invisible and last for the life of your car. If the film is not applied properly, you will see bubbles or it may peel, which of course ruins the whole look. 

Tint Tech Can Install Your Self-Healing Paint Protection Film

With our knowledge of state-of-the-art protective film technology, we can protect your vehicle from sun and heat damage, and from chips and scuffs on your vehicle’s paint. We also increase the security of your glass and add privacy for car and home windows. And we can do it all for less money than you think.

We really strive to stay on top of the latest trends.  Accordingly, we work with only the most advanced products in the market, and we apply those products with the highest level of skill to ensure that you get the best results.

Every staff member at Tint Tech is a protective film specialist 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.