GENERAL TINTING QUESTIONS
Tint4U Solar Films block out everything except your view, preventing up to 79% of solar heat from entering your home or workplace through the glass. Our films also cut glare by up to 93%, substantially reduce fading and block a remarkable 99% of harmful UV rays.
Below are a few definitions to help you understand how to choose the best window film for you:
- Total Solar Transmittance: The percent of solar radiation to be directly passed through a window system
- Total Solar Reflectance: The percent of solar radiation to be reflected by a window system
- Total Solar Absorption: The percent of solar radiation to be absorbed by a window system
- Visible Light Transmittance: The percent of total visible light to be passed through a window system
- Visible Light Reflectance: The percent of total visible light to be reflected by a window system that can be seen visually
- Percent Ultraviolet Transmittance: Percent of total ultraviolet light to be passed through a window system
- Percent of Total Solar Energy Rejected: The percent of solar energy rejected by a window system, equals solar reflectance plus the part of solar absorption which is reradiated outward
Many glass cleaning preparations available can have high ammonia content and could over time affect the scratch resistant coating on the film. It is not advisable to use methylated spirits or course material such as paper and some cloths either. The use of a damp chamois cloth or purchase a glass and tint cleaning kit from us that comprises a quality squeegee, spray bottle, cleaning cloth, glitter pad and instructions. This kit will also make the job of cleaning all your windows easier, quicker and with better results.
Most window films have a scratch resistant coating on the outside surface of the film. This scratch resistant coating is used to protect the film from normal wear and tear. However, care and caution must still be used in cleaning the surface of the glass on which film has been applied to reduce possible damage:
- Ideally, a weak solution of Baby Shampoo in plain water sprayed on the film surface and using a professional style squeegee to clean the window is best.
- Do not use any solution that contains abrasive or caustic material, such as baking soda.
- Also, do not use anything sharp such as razor blades or scrubbing pads.
- Avoid using methylated spirits(diluted or not) and/or newspaper on the film surface.
- Use of soft clean lint-free towels will not harm the film.
- Care must be taken when using a squeegee, to avoid gouging or scratching the film.
- Avoid cleaning your windows when they are hot, as it will often leave streaks.
While most window film companies use scratch-resistant films, you should ask to make sure. If a company has an extra charge for a scratch-resistant film, you may wish to contact a few more companies for quotes. With today’s technology, scratch-resistant films are considered standard.
Solar Films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption through the glass.
Typical coloured or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The colour absorbs the solar energy at the glass, thus reducing the direct transmission into the room. These films are not as effective as reflective films for reducing heat.
Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallized films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass. Reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction).
All Tint4U Solar Films are made to be transparent and optically clear. The ultraviolet protection is built into the adhesive system to provide longevity to the film as well as provide UV protection for your home and office furnishings.
All Tint4U Window Films are protected with our abrasion resistant coating that provides long-term durability and maintained appearance.
Tint4U films are professionally applied by skilled, authorized installers. Almost all of our films are designed to be applied to the inside of your glass.
The first step is to prepare the window area for the application; placing drop cloths on the floor protecting and/or moving furniture where necessary.
Next, the window glass is cleaned using a simple cleaning solution (often water and a very mild soapy solution) and razor blade scrapers. Then the film is cut to fit each individual glass panel, leaving a very small border from the window frame edge to allow for a contamination free installation. The protective liner is removed and both the glass and adhesive surface of the film is sprayed with a mild solution for proper positioning, and applied to the window glass. Using a professional grade squeegee and following proper techniques, the application is completed by removing excess water, and a final squeegee technique to dry the edges.
We suggest allowing thirty days for the film to fully dry and cure. During this curing process, it is normal to have small water bubbles and/or a hazy appearance. These will disappear as the film dries; depending upon the film type and weather conditions, drying may take as much as 30 (or even 45) days, or as little as a few days. Once dried, Tint4U Window Films will look great and perform for many years to come.
No, Tint4U Window Films requires professional application. Our certified Window Film Installers are thoroughly trained and experienced in applying all window films to the highest standard. In this way, our customers will enjoy the benefits of Tint4U Window Films and the comfort of the Tint4U warranty.
Tint4U Window Films are made to last for many years. The exact length of time depends upon the type of film applied, window orientation, type of glass it is applied to and the particular climate in which it is applied. Most films last well beyond the warranty period.
Tint4U Window Films are warranted to maintain their solar properties without bubbling, peeling, cracking, or crazing. Should the product prove to be defective, and on presentation of a validated Tint4U Warranty, Tint4U will replace the film and provide the reapplication labour free of charge.
Standard window films should not be applied to acrylic or polycarbonate windows. These are plastic sheeting products and they all have the potential to outgas. Heat and visible light from the sun causes outgassing which is the release of chemical components and/or moisture absorbed by the plastic. The outgassing interferes with the window film adhesive system, and results in bubbling between the plastic window and the window film.
It should also be noted that many window film adhesive systems, when applied to plastics, will create a permanent bond. In the event that the film should have to be removed, it will be almost impossible to remove the film completely without damaging surface of the plexiglass window.
However, if your acrylic or polycarbonate window does need tinting, then we do have a specific window film that is compatible with this type of material, but not for application to motor vehicles as it has too high reflectance and does not comply with Road Safety legislation.
Yes. The scratch-resistant surface protects against abrasion during installation, normal wear and tear and cleaning during the normal lifespan of the product.
Tinting car windows is perfectly legal, as long as the tint film applied is not darker than the legally imposed darkness limit (normally 35% Visible Light Transmittance). Our tint films ranges from transparent to the darkest legal tints. Speak to our friendly team of professionals who can assist you with your options. We can also test your windows with our light meter to confirm if your vehicle windows meet regulation standards.
Federal law states clearly that no film, regardless of its properties, shall be applied to a windscreen under any circumstances due to safety concerns.
Yes. This will let you take advantage of the heat, glare and UV advantages of our films, but there are specific films that need to be used on factory-tinted glass to allow your vehicle to comply with Road Safety regulations. Our staff will explain your options upon enquiry.
Yes! All windows are tinted right to the top of the glass and to below the line of the door trim – no gaps at all.
Yes, we pride ourselves on our ability to tint rear screens in one piece. Although this can sometimes be a challenge, it is rare for us to have to do it any other way.
To ensure a quality finish, the door trims must be removed to allow the film to extend past the rubbers found at the base of your door windows. This is an industry standard and should be done on every job to get a perfect, gapless finish.
This will vary, but the average expectation is approximately 2 hours for a full window tint on a sedan.
Where you have antennas embedded in the glass, we use a special non-metalized film on those windows instead. This ensures good reception through the window tint.
No. They will work as they always have done.
No. The existing tint needs to be removed before the new film is applied to your windows. The cost of this work is not included in a standard quote and so you will need to let us know so we can give you an accurate cost for the whole job. When the old tint is removed from the rear screen, we use a steaming method to reduce the chance of damaging your demister bars; however, we cannot guarantee removal of films from demister bars, as it is sometimes impossible to do so.
You must leave your windows up for 24 to 48 hours, depending on the outside temperature. You may notice a streaky effect, and even what looks like bubbles in the windows. This is quite normal, as there is still water between the glass and the film which needs to dry out before the adhesive cures totally. Curing will usually occur within 2 days, but in cooler weather it can take up to a week. Clean the film with a soft cloth and do not use Windex or any other ammonia-based products.
In September 2008 we were informed by WFAANZ (Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand www.wfaanz.org.au) about some tinting businesses offering outlandish heat-rejection properties for their films. The fact is that TSER ratings (Total Solar Energy Rejection) are an industry standard for measuring heat reflection benefits by using automotive films. The maximum heat-rejection figure available is around the 60% mark. Some have claimed this figure to be in the 80–90% range, but are not referring to the TSER heat rating but instead the IR rejection. We feel it would be ethically irresponsible to quote these percentages, when it’s obviously a ploy to fudge figures to create sales.
HOME & OFFICE
- Lower heating and cooling operating costs
- Improved tenant comfort
- Improved aesthetics, uniform appearance
- Improved safety and security
- Extended A/C equipment life
- Valued alternative to adding more A/C equipment
- To protect furnishings and window displays from harsh UV damage (our solar films provide 99% UVA & UVB reduction)
Most often, our commercial customers will purchase Tint4U Window Films for tenant comfort and justify the purchase through energy cost savings and better tenant retention rates.
We often get asked this question and the answer is daytime - yes and night time - no. Tinted windows will only give you day-time privacy. Unfortunately there is no such window film that allows you day and night time privacy without losing your view. Daytime privacy films are medium to dark or reflective which do not impede your ability to see through to the outside. HOWEVER people cannot see you from the outside looking in, but at night when the lights are turned on, the film will reverse. The easiest method for achieving night-time privacy is by simply closing your blinds or drapes at night. Blinds and drapes work very well in partnership with window film when it comes to privacy. In situations like bathrooms or front entry windows, a frosted film often works well to create privacy day and night while still allowing ambient light into the room during the day however with decorative/frosted films you cannot see in or out. Total whiteout or blackout films block out 100% of the light, allowing absolutely no light into or out of a room. Solar window films are designed to see through, whereas frosted, blackout, whiteout and decorative films are designed for privacy from both the interior and exterior of a room. This rule isn’t without exceptions however. For example, privacy can be created with the use of a highly reflective film, combined with strong external lighting and slightly dimmer internal illumination at night.
The application of Tint4U Window Films will increase the temperature of your sunlit glass which will increase the stress on the glass edges. The quality of those glass edges and several other factors (external shading, interior shading, glass history, type of film, size/shape of glass, indoor/outdoor temperature) all contribute to the potential risk of glass breakage.
Tint4U’s thirty years of experience with applying Window Films to different types of glass enables us to make proper film/glass recommendations and minimize the potential for glass breakage.
When deciding to purchase window film for your home or office, the subject of glass breakage may come up. Industry wide, glass breakage caused by window film occurs in approximately 1/10 of 1% of all installations. In most cases, when breakage is reported, the film installation was not the sole cause for the failure. Breakage is usually the result of flaws, imperfections, or expansion restraints that existed in the glass or window framing prior to the installation of the window film.
Window films reduce the transmission of damaging and harmful solar radiation. By increasing the amount of solar radiation absorbed and reflected by the glass, less solar energy can enter the building. When glass is subjected to the effects of solar radiation, the normal and immediate result is the increase in the glass temperature. The sun naturally warms the glass as its powerful energy passes through. Glass with film has an increased ability to reflect and absorb solar radiation. Because window films are usually installed on the inside surface of the glass, increased amounts of solar radiation will be absorbed as it passes back and forth through the glass.
Some window films can cause excessive solar energy absorption in certain kinds of glass. The result can be extreme thermal expansion and stress, which can cause glass breakage or seal failure in an insulated glass (IG) unit. Additionally, thermal stress fracture can result from uneven temperature distribution across the surface of a glass plate. This is typically caused by partial shading of the window.
To avoid problems, you must select the correct window film for your glass. To do this, it is helpful to know how glass reflects, absorbs and transmits solar radiation and how its ability to reject solar radiation will change when a window film is installed. In the past, dark or highly reflective films were very popular and used to attain maximum solar energy rejection performance. Unfortunately, dark films typically have high absorption ratings which can increase the risk of glass breakage and seal failure. Thanks to the technological and manufacturing advances used in today’s window films, it is no longer necessary to purchase very dark films to achieve significant solar energy rejection performance. Today’s high-tech films provide impressive performance without absorbing excessive amounts of solar energy. Best of all these films save energy, reduce ultraviolet transmissions, increase interior comfort and give a contemporary appearance to a building or home.
No, Tint4U Window Films do not cause seal failure. When recommended films are applied to the inside pane of an insulated glass unit, there will be some absorption (except with clear safety films) of the sun's energy, which will increase the temperature of the glass pane. Some of this heat will transmit to the airspace, slightly raising the airspace temperature. However, even a 6 degree Celsius increase (unusual for most films) will result in a less than 3% change in air pressure, whereas properly made units are designed and tested to withstand 22% changes in air pressure.
Risk of seal failure is greatly determined by the quality of workmanship and the quality of the materials that go into building the insulated glass units. The best guard against seal failure is to purchase well-made units from reputable window manufacturers that have solid experience and histories with insulated units.
Whilst our solar films provide 99% UVA & UVB reduction, nothing completely stops fading. Tint4U Window Films are designed to help reduce the major causes of fading (ultra violet light, visible light, and solar heat), thus prolonging the life of your furnishings.
As a general rule of thumb, ultra violet (UV) is approximately 40% of the cause, visible light is about 25%, and heat about 25%. The remaining 10% can be attributed to humidity, pollutants, interior lights, dye stability, and more.
Made from single and/or multiple layers of high quality polyester film and bonded securely to glass with a special strengthening adhesive that means our film can help to absorb impact and resist shattering.
Decorative films offer a solution that is more elegant, cost effective and versatile than traditional sand-blasted or acid-etched glass. Customised designs and graphics are easily achieved allowing maximum creative flexibility. Glass partitioned offices take on a brilliant new look too, providing privacy without the “closed in” feeling or the expense and maintenance of traditional curtains or blinds.
Yes, most definitely window film can be removed. Window films are designed and manufactured to specifications that guarantee that they will not peel off from your glass. However, if desired, they can be removed by a professional using the correct tools, techniques and sometimes solvents leaving your glass in its original condition.
It is not unusual for the window to get hotter after film is applied. If this did not happen, the heat would continue into the room and make the room hotter. The film is designed to stop unwanted heat at the window and not let it continue into the room. When the heat is stopped at the glass or window, then the glass is going to get hotter since the heat is not passing through it. It is very much like putting your hand over a flame and feeling the heat. Then you put something between you hand and the heat such as a piece of metal and you no longer feel the heat but the metal will get hot since it is intercepting the heat and it is not getting to your hand. Some of the heat you feel when you touch the window will radiate into the room but this will be negligible and have virtually no impact on the temperature of the room. Once you get you hand 4 to 6 inches from the glass you will notice there is very little feeling of heat since the heat is concentrated in the glass.
Yes, a window film will enhance the natural reflective qualities of the glass.
In short, the answer is no. You will be advised by our trained staff as to what film to use for each situation. We have many different grades of films to suit all applications, so our trained staff will advise you on the correct selection.
In general, window films laminate the glass which provides for protection from broken pieces of glass, but do not stop the glass from breaking, as all glass will break given the right amount and type of stress applied to it. Safety and Security films provide for more protection than solar films from broken glass, but still don’t strengthen the glass to stop it from breaking.
If safety of your glass is a concern, talk to us about our range of Safety and Security films. Most solar films are 50 micron thick. Safety and security films can range from a 100 micron to up to 350 micron thickness.
Once fading has begun, it’s impossible to stop it. It’s a chemical reaction that simply cannot be stopped, even if the items are kept in the dark. Therefore, tinting can’t stop fading unless the items behind the tint are added after the film has been applied, however adding a film to your windows will slow the rate of fading by reducing heat, visible and ultra violet light. This slowing is commensurate with the film selected.
No. Glass needs to be perfectly flat to ensure a quality finish. A non-flat surface would result in unsightly air pockets between the film and the glass.
No. Window films have no noise-reduction properties at all. The only way to decrease noise through a window is to explore double-glazing options.
Generally speaking, the application of window film will not have an effect on the growth of most indoor plants.
Near growth and flowering may be retarded in the initial days after your window film is applied as the plant adjusts. In some cases where plants are in constant, direct light for long periods of time which causes wilting, the plant may actually thrive after the window film is installed.
Where there is concern about possible plant growth being affected, it is recommended that owners move the plant, as a test, to another part of the room to stimulate a less lighted area before the window film is applied. This move will help to judge what the potential affects might be. In addition, it may be wise to consult a local nursery for advice, which is also recommended in the case of exotic plants.
Many windows, especially those on storefronts, have stickers, decals, burglar tape, and other such items on the glass. Depending on the circumstances, these might have to be removed.
Your window tinting professional should discuss the potential problems with you and determine what to do with any decals. If they are not highly raised above the glass, window film can be applied over them. However, this will create a poorer bond on the decal than on the glass. More highly raised stickers should be scraped off.
Burglar tape and alarm contacts are also found on windows. Tape is usually only slightly raised above the surface of the glass. Film can be installed over such an irregular surface, but customers should be advised that the installation will not be top quality. Alarm contacts, however, should be removed before applying film, but should not be done by the window film installer. It is better to ask you, the customer, to contact your security company to remove and replace the alarm contacts.
Window film should generally be installed in new or renovated buildings only when all other work has been completed. There are many reasons for waiting until the end of construction.
There is little sense in applying window film to windows that have frames that may need to be stained or painted. This could lead to stain or paint splatters on the film itself which would need to be cleaned off. Some cleaning agents would damage the film requiring the film to be replaced.
Other reasons could be the potential for damage to the film due to the high amount of activity in a construction environment. Also, in many cases, there is a high level of dust and particles, such as wood dust or carpet fibres, in a construction area that could become trapped between the glass and the window film.
The best, most convenient time to install the window film is just before your furniture is placed in from of your windows and before the window treatments have been installed. However, this is rarely the case.
The majority of the time, our qualified window tint installer can easily work around most window treatments. In the event a window treatment restricts an installation, this instance should be discussed with the customer at the time of the quote.
During the window tinting installation process, most installers use a soap and water mixture (such as baby shampoo) which is used to both clean and install the window film. This soap and water solution is recommended as it does not stain or discolour any fabrics, woodwork, or paint.
The application of window film to the outside surface of some windows may also be considered.
Most window film manufacturers make a few products for exterior applications. As these films are subjected to an extreme amount of weathering and may easily be abused because of their location, or as a result of careless window cleaning, they have a somewhat limited life. These products generally have limited warranties for shorter periods of time.
Weather conditions need to be considered in the installation of exterior window films.
Vehicle wrapping vinyl can be easily removed so that when you want to sell your vehicle you can simply restore it to its original colour without losing value. The main reason people have their vehicles wrapped is because they would like to keep their car but want a different colour or want to use their vehicle to advertise their business or product. Our vinyl range has over 80 standard colours and patterned vinyls. If you want a printed design or a part wrap, we are open to your ideas on personalising your car.
The cost depends on the size of vehicle being wrapped but for an average size car it starts from around $3500.
Most films are under manufacturer's warranty for 7 to 10 years. The length of the warranty depends on the film choice and positioning i.e. horizontal or vertical.
Yes. The vehicle wrapping film we use is applied with high quality adhesives and can be easily removed within 5 years of the wrap being installed.
No. We’ll supply you with simple instructions for removing the graphics yourself.
Applying specialist vehicle wrapping film to your vehicle will not damage your paintwork. However If you already have stone chips, abrasions or rust patches on your paintwork it’s important to remember that when the vinyl is removed it may pull loose paint off with it.
Vehicle wrapping is most effective when the whole vehicle is covered in a complete design, but you can chose to wrap just part of the vehicle, such as the rear doors or side panels.
In regards to the difference between colour change and car wrapping; there is none respectively speaking with vinyl as colour change refers to using block colour vinyl on the vehicle as opposed to using special effects vinyl such as matte, brushed or carbon fibre.
Vinyl of course isn't the same as the original paint job, however if you avoid high pressure hoses and clean it with care there will be no problem. In some cases it is much easier to clean dust away if the vinyl is polished beforehand. It can withstand 120 degrees Celsius and is developed especially for vehicle exteriors (this is why the material costs so much). After having your car wrapped in 2 to 4 days the vinyl will become much harder and will be similar to a plastic coating protecting it from stone chips and general scratches, but this does depend on the vinyl structure. Carbon fibre and gloss vinyl are more susceptible to scratching and damage than matte vinyl.
Yes, we use a special perforated vinyl on the rear windows. This vinyl allows you to be able to see out the windows while still maintaining the look of the wrap. Using the defrosters will not damage the window wrap.
Yes, we would prefer the vehicle to be washed before you bring it in for the install. This way we can assure the wrap will be completed in the proper amount of time.
PAINT PROTECTION FILM
Not at all. In fact, Tint 4U’s Paint Protection Film has the highest optical clarity which means it’s virtually invisible to the naked eye. It’s essentially a clear coating that is applied to your paintwork, so it actually enhances the gloss look of your car!
Of course! Whether you’d like simply your side mirror casings protected or your whole car, the Tint 4U team are here to help. No job is too small, we just want you to feel protected while out on the road.
No worries at all. Believe it or not, the technology of the Paint Protection Film is ‘self-healing’ which means any minor scratches will disappear by themselves, keeping the film and your vehicle finish looking new.
To ensure the perfect fit, each piece is computer generated and trimmed precisely to your vehicle’s factory specs. It’s then applied just like a window tint would be and is easily removable also, by a trained professional, with no damage to the paintwork.
With Paint Protection Film, you can wash, wax and care for your car just like you normally would. Our Paint Protection Film provides the best option to help keep your vehicle in prime condition.
No, our Paint Protection Film is premium quality and will NOT discolour or stain. It provides an almost invisible clear coat with superior optical clarity that matches a new car’s finish.
Tint 4U offers peace of mind too, which means we warrant all Paint Protection Film professionally applied against cracking, bubbling or yellowing caused solely by defects in manufacture or materials, for a period of five years from the date of purchase of the product