The Annual Buyer's Guide
Exterior Products With Experience
As glazing technology pushes closer to a triple-pane standard, the window
film industry must make strides to keep up. And Hanita Coatings is no
Johnny-come-lately. HanitaTEK officials say the company’s XtraZone™ films
are built on its vast experience with exterior films in Europe and are
arriving to the North American market in perfect timing.
Titan™ films have a neutral gray appearance and offer low reflectivity,
while pressure sensitive adhesives are easy to install and produce outstanding
optical clarity. They are available in 20-, 35- and 50-percent visible
light transmission ratings, and they deliver total solar energy rejection
levels of 74-, 61- and 53-percent, respectively.
And HanitaTEK’s external films aren’t just for advanced glazing situations.
The company employs the same technologies to produce PolyZone clear, six-mil,
SR anti-graffiti films for use on plastic substrates like Lexan® polycarbonate
and Plexiglas® acrylic. Company officials say this combination has
led to a perfect film for outdoor structures that are vulnerable to graffiti
and scratching and it solves the problems associated with plastic glazing,
outdoor lifetime use and removability.
New Options for Advanced Glazing
For the longest time, building owners with Low-E, laminated or wired glazing
and other large glass facades typically have been left out on the benefits
of window film. Traditional internal window films were not suited for
these situations, either due to limited access, or because of the physical
properties of the glass itself. With the advent of external films,
that all changes.
Solar Gard has launched two new outside weatherable films: Sentinel™ Silver
20 and Silver 35. Because they are installed on the outside surface of
glass, both block heat from entering which reduces the risk of glass breakage,
a rare but critical issue for buildings with large vertical or sloping
The 2-mil films in Solar Gard’s Sentinel series reject up to 78-percent
of total solar energy. Other benefits include: maintaining the Low-E functionality
of the glass while simultaneously reducing the risk of glass breakage
and seal failure; easy cleaning, durability and scratch-resistance; the
ability to protect glazing from dirt and other air pollutants; and a five-year
vertical and two-year sloped warranties.
Additional Options from SunTek
Commonwealth Laminating and Coating has added several new films to its
line up of SunTek architectural and safety and security window films.
Ultra-VisionDS™ is a line of unique, high-end, spectrally-selective films
that offer high visible light transmission (VLT) and total solar energy
rejection (TSER), while producing relatively low visual reflectance (VR).
The company recently added a 40-percent option to this line that also
offers 70- and 50-percent. The new 40-percent is available as an 8.5-mil
safety and security product as well.
Other new films from SunTek include Dual-ReflectiveDS™ which features
a warm, neutral appearance that company officials say provides a pleasing
“less reflective” interior. The line is available in 15-, 25- and 35-percent
VLT. DR Mirror PS™ is a new one-way mirror film, which provides a distinctive
effect for maximum privacy without altering your customer’s view. It blocks
84-precent of the sun’s heat, 99-percent of damaging ultra-violet rays
and allows passage for 7-percent of visible light.
Last but not least, SunTek has added a 25-percent option to its 8.5 mil
dual-reflective SymphonyDS™ safety and security films, which includes
35- and 50-percent options as well.
Be In All Places At Once
U.S. Film Crew is now providing multiple levels of project management
services—nationwide. The Pittsburgh-based provider can give your company
a managing presence when you can’t be there. Services include: strategic
management of multiple sites, in multiple cities and locations; plans
for maximum efficiency and quality; and an utmost attention to detail.
Company officials say it can provide services for multiple large projects
or thousands of small projects. U.S. Film Crew can be there when you can’t.
IMPACT RESISTANCE PRODUCTS
Install Structural Sealant With Ease
Applying structural sealant to a security film installation is a must
for performance, but it can also create quite a headache and a mess. Most
installers use a masking agent around the area where sealant must be applied
and a smoothing tool to create an attractive bead. Once it’s installed,
the masking must be removed in proper timing to prevent defects. And if
your customer comes along and touches the sealant before the drying period
is over, it’s back to base one.
FilmFastener LLC offers an alternative to this messy system with a product
called BondKap®. BondKap is designed to be pressed into a freshly-laid
silicone bead—not only giving it that perfect look and shape, but also
protecting it during the curing process. No tape or smoothing tools are
required. Just cut the cap to the desired length and press it into the
wet sealant. BondKap automatically adjusts to the correct angle; then,
all you have to do is scrape away any sealant that makes its way to the
outside of the cap and you’re done. BondKap stays in place permanently.
A Neutral, Darker Option
Johnson Window Films’ newest line of automotive films are designed to
help you match all the latest shades of automotive glass. When its dealers
said it was becoming increasingly difficult to match up, Johnson officials
knew it was time to go back to the drawing board in order to produce a
neutral, darker shade.
The new Marathon line represents the latest in a series of dyed, metal
hybrid films. Its universal black shade offers a color and reflectivity
that’s consistent throughout the line and closely matches factory-tinted
glass. Marathon is available in five VLT levels, including MN 05, 20,
30, 35 and 45.
Keep the View or Simply Enhance It
CPFilms recently added a number of architectural films to its LLumar and
Vista lineups, offering its dealers several unique new options.
The Vista Nanoceramic™ series combines strong solar and energy savings
performance with what company officials describe as a crystal clear “skytone”
appearance. This new spectrally-selective film is designed to provide
stunning views and, unlike many films, its non-metal construction resists
corrosion, doesn’t require sealing and won’t interfere with electronic
signals. A patented scratch-resistant coating with UVShield™ technology
also provides durability.
For those customers who are looking for something more than a crystal
clear view, LLumar has introduced its exclusive one-way mirror film to
the North American market. This film creates a unique, one-way mirror
effect by combining high external reflectivity with low internal reflectivity.
And by rejecting 84-percent of solar energy, it lowers energy costs and
improves comfort at the same time. Both the company’s Clear Distortion-Free
(CDF) or pressure sensitive (HPR) adhesives are available for installation
For a look of privacy that continues to let sunlight in, LLumar’s Etched
Frost product offers the appearance of etched glass, along with easy installation
and maintenance. This first in a new series of vinyl films can be cut
to even the most exacting design and its frosted white appearance diffuses
light, which is ideal for back-lit signs.
Styles You See and Styles You Don’t
Solamatrix made debuts in both the automotive and architectural segments
this summer. Black Lava, the latest addition to its Sun-Gard automotive
line, is a metal-free film that offers a true-black color to enhance the
look of any vehicle. With a unique 1.5 mil single-ply construction, Black
Lava is the next generation of GPS-, AM radio- and keyless lock-friendly
automotive film. Company officials say dealers will love the product’s
installation characteristics, calling it one of the best shrinking films
on the market.
“There is currently nothing else out there that installs as easily and
the color looks impressive on any vehicle,” says Bill Stewart, North American
sales and operations manager.
Black Lava films are available in 5-, 20-, 35- and 50-percent VLT ratings.
In the architectural department, Solamatrix introduced IQue, its newest
line of spectrally selective films. IQue is engineered by sister company
V-Kool and is being launched in several markets including the United States,
Canada and Europe. These films are virtually clear, yet capable of blocking
more than half of the sun’s heat without drastically changing the appearance
FOR THE SHOP
The Utmost In Image
Many tinters know the importance of branding and image. And for those
who want to take it to new heights, Performance Tools Distributing in
Plain City, Ohio, offers a new option—cabinets by Unique Garage. Through
a recently signed agreement, Performance now distributes these one-of-a-kind
shop appointments that company officials say offer the only pressure laminated
graphics on the market.
Unique Garage’s cabinets aren’t produced by a sticker or vinyl, so you
don’t have to worry about your technicians accidently scratching away
at your company’s image. And Performance can order up virtually any image—whether
it be one of your priceless rides, a company logo or even a family photo
shot. You name it, and they can place it in your shop.
A good scraper is a window film installer’s best friend. And OLFA-North
America is constantly striving to make sure that you have the best available.
The Rosemont, Ill.-based company recently introduced six new OLFA®
high-performance, professional scrapers and four replacement blades.
OLFA’s new scrapers are engineered for maximum scraping power and for
demanding jobs. They feature durable construction for solid weight bearing
and are fabricated with easy-to-clean, chemical resistant handles. In
a departure from your typical scraper, OLFA models are designed for easy,
tool-free blade changing and the company’s blades are produced of high-grade
Japanese steel for maximum sharpness and endurance.
Multi-Edge arc scrapers are available in both a one-inch (T-25) and the
1¾-inch (T-45) style. They feature a unique handle design, which
enables the fitted scraper blades to “arc” for pin-point abilities and
detailed scraping, or to flatten for a wider scraping area. Extra blade
storage in the handle adds convenience.
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