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Architectural FAQ's

Question 1

The window that has the tinting on it, while the sun is shining on that window,  the window feels extremely hot on the inside. In comparison, the window next  to it w/ nothing on it, feels cool in comparison. Is the tinting supposed to make the window so hot like that?

Answer

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.

Question 2

Will window film harm my house plants?

Answer

The effect of window film on plants has been studied by numerous universities,  and researchers have concluded that window film does not harm plants. Some species of plants may take a few weeks to “adjust”, but they will come to no harm. In fact, in some studies specific species of plants thrived after window film was installed due to the fact that window film eliminates ultraviolet light, which is harmful to plants, and near infrared radiation, which can stunt the growth of plants.

Question 3

Is sealing the window film necessary? Will my window film degrade if it is not sealed?

Answer

Many window film applications require that some sort of edge sealant be used, though not all. Typically most safety film installations require that the film be either anchored or sealed to the pane, to ensure the window remains in place after breakage. Other films require edge sealant to protect the metals that are underneath the film, especially if they are near the sea or other environmental  conditions require it. However, not all installations will require edge sealant  and regular window film is generally safe without it.

Question 4

Will my cell phone/PDA work if I install window film?

Answer

Yes, your electronic communications equipment will work. It is true that some metalized films can reduce phone signal strength, but for that to happen one would have to completely surround themselves with the film, which is unlikely.


Automotive FAQ's

Question 1

Will installing window film on my vehicle interfere with the radio, satellite radio, back-up camera, Bluetooth, mobile phone?

Answer

Though most window film installations on most vehicles will not interfere with electronic communications equipment, in rare cases a metalized film may  cause disruptions to a piece of equipment. Experienced dealers know what issues to be aware of, and can advise customers as to which films are most appropriate for their vehicle. Ultra Performance is an effective film at blocking heat gain, and due to the fact it operates by using nano particles it cannot  interfere with any communications equipment and is safe for all vehicles.

Question 2

What is the darkest film I can legally put on my auto windows?

Answer

State requirements for minimum visible light transmission (VLT) differ between states. The International Window Film Association maintains a chart of all applicable state requirements, and can be found at http://www.iwfa.com/iwfa/Consumer_Info/auto_statelaws.html.

Question 3

What films do you offer for autos that are electronic friendly?

Answer

The Solar Gard Supreme and Ultra Performance automotive window films are  Satellite, GPS, TPM  & cellular friendly. Both of these product lines are available in different shades and offer excellent UV protection.

Question 4

What causes automotive window film to turn purple and bubble?

Answer

Purple film is caused by dyes in the film breaking down and changing color. Bubbling film is an indication that the adhesive used to apply the window film to the glass is failing.

Question 5

If Supreme film is placed on the rear window, and Quantum film is used on the side windows will this prevent electronic interference?

Answer

Solar Gard Supreme automotive window film is especially exceptional at preventing electronic interference from Satellite, GPS, TPM* & cellular signals.   In most cases the chance of electronic interference is small; however, we do not recommend this practice.

Question 6

Will installing a metallized film to rear glass of car disrupt the radio reception?

Answer

A metallized film can and will interfere with a transmitted signal that needs to pass through glass to operate. If a vehicle does not have a mast antenna on the outside of vehicle, generally the antenna is in the upper rear glass. A non-complaint by a customer does not mean there is no interference, your customer may not complain because they listen to a strong FM transmitted signal or satellite radio with an outboard antenna. In most cases you can tune to an AM station and lay the film over the rear glass, this will greatly reduce reception as it is the weaker signal. Using a non-reflective film on rear glass will not interfere with radio reception or any other vehicle electronics.










General FAQ's

Question 1

How can I create a one way mirror effect with window film?

Answer

Creating a one way look can be achieved by addressing two key factors, glass reflectance and light quantity. To achieve this you must increase the exterior glass reflectance while maintaining a lower interior glass reflectance. Light quantity should be maximized on the exterior and minimized on the interior. The greater this difference in conjunction with the increased exterior glass reflectance the more a one way look will be achieved. You can not achieve a one way appearance, interior to exterior, under night time conditions. 

Question 2

Does window film block UV A and B?

Answer

Solar Gard window films block both UV A and B.

Question 3

Why do I see an oil slick pattern on window film?

Answer

This 'oil slick' pattern is called iridescence. While this is common with window film it occurs only under certain conditions and should be considered normal. Regretfully, all manufactures have this issue due to the physical thickness of the hardcoat, aka scratch resistant coating,  on the interior surface. Since the physical thickness of the scratch resistant coating is so thin, it can cause interference reflections off of the interior surface. These interference patterns manifest themselves as metallic-green to metallic-magenta colors in distinct patterns across the films surface.

The visible light source (cool-white fluorescent, daylight fluorescent bulbs, incandescent, natural, energy efficient, etc….), film type (lower VLT, higher  VLR is worse), and actual viewing conditions all play a role in the extent of  the appearance of iridescence. When viewing conditions allow plenty of  natural lighting and the film construction configuration is neither low VLT and/or high VLR, this appearance is rarely noticed.

In the event that the choice of solar control film and the lighting / viewing conditions, render a poor environment, i.e. the appearance of the iridescence is pronounced, the following steps can used as a resolution. A warmer light source (less blue light) such as natural sunlight, daylight bulbs or incandescent lamps can alleviate much of the iridescent effect. If the viewing condition still needs improvement, the only alternative is a different film choice. Usually in the latter case, films of higher visible transmission, especially coupled with lower visible reflection create a superior aesthetic for the iridescence pattern. Recommended bulbs are daylight by Phillips F32T8-750 or 760 or GE full spectrum bulb 750 or760.

Question 4

Will I be able to remove window film if I want?

Answer

Yes, window film can be removed. Depending on the length of installation,  removing the adhesive may require some solvent. Window film installers will  cleanly remove window film for a fee.

Question 5

My  shop is located in a very competitive area, how can I separate my store from these shops that may also use Solar Gard window film?

Answer

While there are a number of ways to do so, one of the more effective is what can you do for that customer’s car differently from the other shops? Different installation techniques can differentiate your shop from others while adding value to your bottom line price. One piece back windows is an example of this, but has become pretty common in our industry. Micro edging or shaving top edge of glass is an advantage over the average shop, this technique takes very  little practice but can add value to your installation cost and add a different aspect of your installation against competitors in your area.


Safety and Security FAQ's

Question 1

What film do I need to use to meet ANSI Z97.1? 

Answer

ANSI Z97.1 is a human safety impact code defining break safe characteristics for glass. It represents a 100 ft. lbs. impact on the glass. To meet the standard a 4 mil or greater thickness film must be used. Test reports are available from Technical services.

Question 2

What film do I need to use to meet CFR 1201 Category 2? 

Answer

CFR 1201 is a human safety impact code defining break safe characteristics for glass. It represents a 400 ft. lbs. impact on the glass. To meet the standard a 7 mil or greater thickness film must be used. Test reports are available from Technical services.

Question 3

Will safety/security film keep my window from breaking? 

Answer

No. Safety and security films do not keep windows from breaking. What they do is keep the shards of glass safely in place, so that they are not ejected through the air at the risk of striking and cutting people or objects. Additionally, it is easier to clean up a broken window that has any sort of film on it, and shards don’t dangerously litter the floor.

Question 4

Is Solar Gard safety film code compliant for new construction?

Answer

No. Although we have tested and passed to the standards set by  several governing bodies, window film is a retrofit product and is not considered compliant since it does not act alone; it is a part of the frame and construction.




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