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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 your car’s 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 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 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, residential, or commercial 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 windows treated 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.

Office tinting

Don’t Fade Away: Top Tips to Stop the Sun from Fading Your Upholstery

Nothing brings down the look of your home or car – not to mention bringing down your spirits – than having upholstery and other items faded by the sun.  We don’t always realize it, but the sun is a powerful force, and regular windows do nothing to stop the harmful UV rays from coming into your home, office, or car.  The end result? – faded furnishings, art work, and upholstery. 

How can you avoid that fate?  The answer is easy – window tinting film!  Office tinting, home window tinting film, and auto tinting are the answer to all of your woes about fading.  

So, don’t wait another day while your precious belongings are ravaged by the sun.  Take the bull by the horns and invest in window film for your home, your office, or your car.  That will ensure that the upholstery on your home or office furnishings, or the dashboard and seat upholstery in your car will be protected for years.  And ten years from now, when your furnishings look as good as new, you will have office tinting, home tinting, and auto tinting film to thank for it. 

Moreover, if you want your office tinting, home tinting, or auto tinting film done by the best in the business, then look no farther than Calgary’s top tinting business – Tint Tech.  We are in the business of making 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

In this blog, we will talk about how UV rays can be harmful to all the items that matter to you in your home, office, or car; and what window film does to protect against those UV rays.  

How to Slow Down the Fading

Did you know that about 40% of the fading that you see in your floors, rugs, fabrics, curtains, blinds, wall paint, artwork, and other interior items is due to radiation from the sun coming through your windows?  UV light is the biggest culprit for fading, but the heat and visible light from the sun comes in a close second.  

The way to stop, or dramatically slow down, that fading is to use window film that is designed to protect against the harmful characteristics of the sun coming in.  

Indeed, office tinting window film, home tinting window film, and auto tinting window film all can block up to 99% of UV rays, and can reduce the heat coming through the window by about 75%.

Protecting Your HOME:

You have taken time and care to lovingly furnish your home so it is a beautiful place for you to live.  It is, to be sure, your home base, your retreat, and your sanctuary from the bustle of the world.  

You want to make sure that the artwork you have chosen, the perfect carpet and furniture stay looking good for as long as possible.  You paid a lot of money for them, so you deserve to have them last.  

As noted, 40% of fading that occurs with those home furnishing items by UV light coming into your home, followed by visible light and heat from the sun.  To minimize the fading that the sun will cause, fade protection window film is your solution. It sure beats using heavy curtains that will hide the light and the view from your home windows.  

Some of the residential window films that are provided by Tint Tech to combat fading are as follows:

1. Custom Printed film
2. Decorative or Frosted film
3. Low emissivity film (film that can help keep your energy bills low)
4. Safety and security film

Protecting Your OFFICE:

If you work for building management in the public or private sector, you know all too well that decorating and furnishing a workplace is expensive.  Yet, you want to make sure that the work environment reflects the culture, status, and brand of the organization. Also, work furniture needs to handle a lot of traffic.  Keeping it looking as good as possible for as long as possible is the name of the game.

Protect your investment in office furniture and artwork by installing office tinting window film.  It will add years onto your flooring, paint, furniture, and artwork.  

Call Tint Tech for a free quote on installing office tinting film at the office.  And remember, the office tinting film does not need to darken the windows.  You can get office tinting film that is clear, but still keeps out 99% of the UV rays, and 75% of the sun’s heat.  

Protecting Your CAR:

We all love our cars.  We care about how our car looks on the road, and we make sure to keep it clean.  But what about the looks inside. It is a bit of a buzz-kill when you see a great exterior, but faded interior.  Don’t let the sunlight cause your interiors, like the dashboard and upholstery, to prematurely fade.  

Regardless of whether your car has cloth or leather seats, both can fade in the face of constant sunlight.  Auto window tinting film will solve that problem with a simple installation.  

Also, just as with office tinting, if you do not like dark window tint, then there are plenty of clear-tinting options that will still keep out the harmful aspects of the sun.  

Talk to a Tint Tech in Calgary Specialist Today About Window Film to Fight Against Fading

Tint Tech, Calgary’s most popular window film specialist, 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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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.