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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.

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The Health and Style Benefits of Tinting Your Windshield

If you have had window tinting installed, or you have been looking into options for window tinting, then you have probably looked into how dark window film can be. You also may have considered the style you want for your car, but you may be overlooking one of the biggest windows in your vehicle: the windshield.

The light that enters your car through the windshield affects you more than any other angle, just ask anyone who lives west of their office and commutes with the sun shining in their eyes.

Not only is this uncomfortable, but it is also unhealthy. Read on to learn more about the three biggest benefits to tinting your windshield:  (i) protection from ultraviolet rays, (ii) glare reduction, and (iii) enhancing the aesthetic of the tinting on the rest of the car.

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

1. Protection from Ultraviolet Radiation

Especially around big cities, the vast majority of people commute at least some distance to their jobs. That means spending time in a vehicle, at the mercy of the sunlight that enters through all the windows of the car, including the windshield.

We all know that exposure to the sun carries the risks of premature aging, cancer, and underlying damage to the tissues. Along with the light we can see from the sun comes the invisible ultraviolet wavelengths. Exposure to ultraviolet light coming from the sun from both UVA and UVB rays are the cause of these negative health effects.

Modern window tinting films are very good at blocking UV radiation. In fact, the technology has gotten to the point where even films with a very high percentage of light transmission can block up to 99% of UVA and UVB rays. That means that when you are driving, you no longer have to be exposed to ultraviolet light coming through your windshield.

2. Glare Reduction

Glare can cause dangerous distractions while you are driving down the road. Whether it is from the angle of the sun over the horizon, or the glint of reflection off of car rims, mirrors, windows, or reflective surfaces to the side of the road, it can make you squint and lose focus on the road in front of you.

Tinting your windshield significantly reduces the intensity and size of these flares of light in your vision, not only reducing eye strain, but improving your ability to focus on what’s important: the changing road conditions ahead.

Depending on the darkness of the film you choose to have applied to your windshield, you may not even have to wear sunglasses while you drive, enhancing your everyday comfort.

3. Style, or “The Cool Factor”

For some, this will be the lowest priority of these three benefits. Your car gets you from origination to destination and runs well while doing so.  So, you are most likely interested in the practical and health benefits of tinting your windshield.

But, like a lot of us at Tint Tech, you may have spent hours making your vehicle as much of a statement as the clothes you wear. You’ve customized the paint, the rims, maybe added a spoiler to the back, and you’ve tinted the rest of your windows.  Now you want to extend the tinting to the front of your car as well.

Having a tinted film on the windshield, while enhancing the look of your vehicle, also provides the added benefit that it will be difficult for other people to look into your car and see what’s inside. Your car is stylish and you get to keep an air of mystery. Look at you, being so cool.

4. Keep Local Laws in Mind

Not all areas allow you to have tinted film on your windshield because it counts as an obstruction to your field of view, though it is not often enforced (think of the people who have their graduation tassels hanging from their rearview mirrors). In these cases, you might be able to sneak by with applying a transparent film that will block UVA and UVB without being noticeable.

Even in the places that do allow you to tint your windshield, some will stipulate that you have to keep the tinted film limited to a narrow band at the top of the window, the way that some windshields have a blue stripe at the top.

If you want to put tint on your car, please be sure to do a little research and check into the necessary restrictions on putting tint on your car before you go into an auto shop and ask about tinting your windshield.

If you are interested in protecting your skin, or you just want to extend the cool, tinted look from the rest of your windows, then you want to take a look at tinting your windshield.

Call a Tint Tech in Specialist Today About Tinting 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.

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What’s the Buzz with Auto Window Tinting Technology?

Business runs on the engine of scientific innovation. From the cotton gin to voice activated smart speakers, from the catalytic converter to hydrogen power, the evolution of science and technology has always led business in new, amazing directions. The better the tech, then the more advanced, more efficient, and more eco-friendly the product. 

That principle is as true in the vehicle window tinting business as it is in all other industries. And the latest tint technology for automotive window tint customers is fascinating. 

At Tint Tech, we pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve when it comes to automotive window tint technology. In this article, we will take the time to discuss the latest window tint trends.  

If you have been considering window tint for your car, but are still unsure, we welcome you to call us. At Tint Tech, we are ready to help you with any questions. We love to answer customer questions. That is because the better informed you are, the more you will be ready to enjoy all the benefits of an auto tint job. For more information call Tint Tech at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

The Beginning of Window Tinting

The after-market product we now know as window tinting came into vogue when having darkened windows was the desirable style and the sole reason to tint your car. Dark windows were aesthetically pleasing, and resulted in a sleek, sporty look for a car.  

The tint technology back in the day, however, was not like it is today.  The tint film was typically an adhesive film that was treated with dye. Given that the tint technology was in its nascent stages, there were frequent issues that greatly shortened the life of the window tint. Those issues included bubbling, cracking, yellowing on the edges, and fading.  

Those recurring issues, of course, created a demand for better tint solutions whereby the window tint film could last over the life of the car, and would hold the look the film when it was first applied.

The Impact of Police on Window Tinting

The role of law enforcement looms large in the development of automotive window tinting over the years as well.  When window tinting started to be in style, police soon came to realize that having the driver of a car hidden behind tinted windows was a law enforcement problem, and could even be dangerous.  

Indeed, police officers for their own safety want to make sure that they see a person’s conduct at all times. Stopping a car on the road, when the car had tinted windows presented a hazard to police. That is because police need to see the hands (and general conduct) of the driver in the car from a distance, to ensure that the driver was not retrieving a weapon.  

Thus, it did not take long for governing bodies to begin passing laws restricting the level of tint a person could have on his or her car windows. While the laws vary from province to province, tinting side windows at the front of a car, and the windshield is generally prohibited.

Latest Trends in Tint Technology Today

Over the last few years, the real discovery with regard to window tinting is that “tangential” benefits to window tinting – like blocking UV rays and keeping unwanted heat out of the car – have taken over as primary reasons to get window tinting film today.  Here are three trends that capitalize on those formerly tangential benefits.

1. Clear Tint Technology

Clear, or virtually clear, window tint – i.e., window film that does not darken the car’s windows – is really the name of the game in tint technology today.  Most window films in general will block up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays. The same is true for clear window films. So, for those customers who do not want to darken their windows, yet still have a way to eliminate UV rays, clear tint is the way to go. 

Indeed, blocking UV rays from the interior of your car will reduce your, and your family’s, risk of skin cancer, particularly if you spend a great deal of time in your car.  Also, keeping UV rays out will protect your car’s dashboard, upholstery, and other surfaces inside your car, thereby keeping your car looking newer for longer. Finally, keeping UV rays out of your car will help keep the heat of the sun at bay.  Your air conditioning does not have to do as much work if you can reduce the sun’s heat from coming into the car.

2. Tint Durability

The technology related to the durability of window film is another important advancement.  Many respected window film brands now come with warranties and certain guarantees. Unlike the old days, window tint film is manufactured to last for many years without the bubbling, cracking, and fading tint of old.  

3. Reduction of Infrared Light

While UV ray protection does do some work to keep the sun’s heat out of a car’s interior, the latest and greatest tint technology also keeps out a healthy chunk of infrared light as well.  In fact, the latest forms of ceramic window films – which contain ceramic, rather than metallic, particles in the film – will remove the sun’s heat through infrared light by approximately 50 percent.   

Tint Tech Knows Tint Technology – It’s in the Name

If you want to learn more about the latest changes in tint technology, then go to the specialists – 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.

We 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 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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To Tint or Not To Tint?

There are so many benefits to tinting. As you likely know, tinting your vehicle’s windows is not just for looks anymore. Auto window tint can bring you privacy benefits. It can help you keep your, and your family’s, skin from being harmed by ultraviolet rays. It can save you energy by keeping the heat in your car during the winter, and keeping the heat of the sun out of your car during the summer. And, it can keep would-be burglars from seeing inside your vehicle. 

Even so, your car is one of your biggest investments. If you are like all of our customers at Tint Tech, then your car is one of, if not the, most important things you have. As such, you want to make sure that you consider all options before making any major changes to your car – like tinting your windows.  

So, let us take this opportunity to discuss the most important considerations you need to think about before pulling the trigger on getting window tinting for your car. There is a lot to consider. If, after reading this article, you have more questions about your particular vehicle, then you should be sure to contact us at Tint Tech.  

We at Tint Tech are the best car window tint specialists in the area, and we are ready to help you with any question you have. We love to answer customer questions. That is because the better informed you are, the more you will be ready to enjoy all the benefits of an auto tint job. For more information call Tint Tech at 1-403-968-8468, or be sure to fill out our online contact form

1. What Tinting Product Would be Right for Me?

Your first step is to be sure you know why you are having your vehicle’s windows tinted in the first place. It is just for looks? Nothing wrong with that. Yet, would you rather make sure that you have great ultraviolet protection for your family? Do you want to minimize glare? Or do you want to auto window tint for all of those reasons.  

As you would expect, there are different types of window tinting film, at all different price points. The difference between them has everything to do with the reason for wanting the tinting film on your vehicle’s windows. If looks are the only thing that concerns you, then you may be able to get away with a cheaper window film that gets you the look you want.  

However, if you are looking for 99% ultraviolet ray protection, then you would opt for a tinting film product that has those features, even though it may be more expensive.  

2. How Good is Your Window Tint Installation?

An important consideration for window tinting is the quality of the installation. While it may seem obvious, it is worth mentioning that the manner of your tint installation is something you should think carefully about before going ahead and getting your tint installed.  

You have many options when it comes to tint installers, from Tint Tech to the many tint shops in the region. The question becomes, do you want it done right the first time, and pay a little more; or are you willing to take a chance on a cheaper install that may not last as long? It is true that a professional can make even a cheaper tint product look great. By the same token, a quality tint product could be ruined by a poor installation.  

You can be assured that Tint Tech employs only the best installers to make sure that your tint installation is done right the first time.

3. Are There Warranties on the Product?

Ideally, all things should operate as they are intended to operate. But this is not an ideal world. There are times when a product does not work the way it was manufactured. In those cases, there are guarantees to replace faulty products. That is where warranties come in.  

So, with regard to auto window tinting film, you want to make sure you check on the warranty on the product before buying.    

With the best car window tint installers, like Tint Tech, you should receive a warranty card for the product to be installed on your windows. If an installer is not ready to provide you with that type of warranty card or other assurances, then you may want to look elsewhere.

4. Now Let’s Talk Dollars and Cents?

It is not often that money is no object. So, you have to be cost conscious with an investment like window tint. As you assume, prices vary considerably. For standard film, on a compact car, it is possible to pay $100 or so for all the windows on your car. But, for a high quality tint, like a tint with solid heat reduction properties, the price could range from $200 to $450 for all the windows of the car.  

Inquire at Tint Tech, We Are Here For You

We at Tint Tech take pride in the work we do. We treat every car as if it is our own. That’s what sets us apart from the competition. With our 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 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 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.