We’ve been in the automotive window film industry long enough to know that not all window films are created equal. 3M proves that yet again with their next generation of window films called Crystalline. Crystalline Automotive Window Films offer superior performance in all categories, including infrared heat reduction (the heat you can feel), UV rejection, and durability. Many people think that you need dark tint to get maximum heat reduction. However, Crystalline’s proprietary, multilayer optical film technology contains over 200 microscopic layers, which allows it to outperform other films, and it’s still thinner than a Post-It Note. In a side by side comparison, one layer of Crystalline film blocked more infrared heat than four layers of 5% limousine tint. The benefits of 3M Crystalline Window Film are clear. You don’t need to sacrifice your vehicle’s good looks to get the performance you desire. Please feel free to click the link below and read more about this amazing new window film from 3M.
3M Crystalline Automotive Window Film – PDF File
Posted 1 year ago at 9:59 am. Add a comment
3M Window Film Solutions
(3M has many film solutions besides the typical “make it dark” window tint)
I would like to give you a little info about Quality Auto Trim and the window film we use. First off, although Auto is in our name we have been installing Residential and Commercial Window Film in Spokane since 1987. We are the exclusive 3M Window Film Dealer in Spokane. We have been in business in Spokane since 1980 and are rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. 3M (the originator of Scotch tape and Post-It Notes) invented window film and is certainly the industry leader. 3M has window film solutions for many different needs. Below are some of the solutions with an explanation of the benefits of choosing that film. Also be sure to check out the Window Film Simulator on the 3M Website.
Prestige Film – (Prestige 40 is the most popular) If you want heat reduction without much dark tint we have 3M Prestige Film in different degrees of darkness. Prestige Film cuts out 97% of the infrared heat which is the heat you feel. We have a display in our Showroom where you can compare the heat reduction of Prestige Film vs. clear glass, and it is very impressive. Prestige film allows cheerful light to still come in while blocking an amazing amount of heat. If you have a chance, stop in to our showroom and feel what I am referring to. The other reason to choose Prestige Film is the interior reflectivity is very low, much like the glass itself. Most window films have metal in them which helps reflect heat to give you the performance that you like. This is fine and effective if you don’t have a view or care much about looking out the windows as it gets darker outside. Metalized films will reflect interior lights as it gets dark outside, and you will have a harder time looking out. In my home, I have had metalized film on it for many years, and it works great. However, as the sun went down, if my dog was outside barking, I could not tell if he was barking at a passing dog or if he had cornered a skunk. So Prestige Film is for people that like a good amount of light to still come in, want great heat reduction and/or maybe have a view that they do not want to lose in the evening.
Night Vision 25 is a high performing metalized film that is a bit darker than any of the Prestige Films. It provides more privacy from the outside with a somewhat darker and moderately reflective appearance. However, it is not reflective like a silver mirror reflective film (which we sometimes use on commercial buildings). It’s a generally accepted look for a residence. You’ll get great heat and glare reduction from this film. Night Vision 25 will also enable best viewing of tv or computer screens due to the glare reduction. All of our films help with glare reduction, but Night Vision is the best if glare reduction is your main goal. As I mentioned in the previous paragraph, you will lose vision from the inside in the evening because of the lights inside reflecting off the film. Night Vision 25 is the choice for some privacy from the outside and excellent heat and glare reduction as long as you don’t mind diminishing your view of the outside in the evening.
Security Film which will protect against even a sledge hammer trying to break in. We also have combination films that give you performance and Security.
FADING- is can be a problem as you know. 3 factors represent 90% of the cause of fading:
Ultra Violet Rays – (40% of the cause of fading)- All our films will eliminate 99% of the UV Rays
Heat – (25 % of the cause of fading) -Prestige and Night Vision 25 will reduce on average approximately 66% of total solar energy
Light – (25 % of the cause of fading) -Prestige and Night Vision 25 on average will reduce 60%-75% of the light.
So overall 3M film will solve approximately 72% of the fading problems on average, thus significantly extending the best appearance of your fixtures.
LIFETIME WARRANTY – Many Window tint installers in Spokane will offer a Lifetime Warranty. However, if you ask or check into how long they have been in business in Spokane, they may say only two years. Some work out of their car, or a home they have lived in for a year or two. In Spokane, many window tint installers have come and gone over the years. What good is a lifetime warranty from an installer that probably won’t be there next year? And what good is a lifetime warranty from a manufacturer you have never heard of?
Quality Auto Trim is in its 32nd year in Spokane, and we have recently made a long-term commitment to stay in business by building our new facility pictured above. And the manufacturer of our window film (3M) is a well-respected, nearly 100 year old company that is known for its innovation by introducing 5,000 new patents every year. Both Quality Auto Trim and 3M will continue to protect our names by treating our customers in the way they deserve to be treated.
PRICE – If you would like to call me with some measurements, I would be glad to send you some samples and give you a firm quote right over the phone or by email. Or if you would like a representative to come to your home and do the measurements, we will be glad to send someone to you at no charge. We also have a pleasant showroom with a helpful display where you can see what the films look like and see specifications that will help you “dial in” which film is the right one for your purposes.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an estimate.
Mike Dalton- 927-8464
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Did you know that you can still get a sun burn in the winter? Okay, some of you are saying, “Tell me something I don’t know,” while the rest of you are saying, “I never knew that!” Whether or not this is news to you, it’s absolutely true. Sunburns can actually be worse in the Winter because we tend to let our guard down. Think about it, the sun doesn’t care if it’s Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter here on Earth. The sun burns just as hot and does just as much damage to your skin all year long. Granted, clouds do offer some protection, and the shorter days drastically reduce the amount of exposure to the sun’s harmful rays. However, those UVA and UVB rays can still pass right through the atmosphere, the clouds, the glass, and into your skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation, who recommends 3M Window Films, suggests a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunblock of SPF 15 or higher for adequate protection. Did you know that 3M Window Films have an SPF rating of up to 1000? Try getting that from a tube! Don’t wait until next summer to tint your car, home, or business. Make an appointment today to protect your most valuable possession, your skin.
The Skin Cancer Foundation
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Posted 1 year, 9 months ago at 1:39 pm. Add a comment
For Spokane Window Tint check out the cool window film simulator for auto or home window tint on our Window Tint Page or click the fillowing link: 3M Tint Simulator
Posted 2 years, 9 months ago at 4:27 pm. Add a comment
I am getting a number of Spokane people asking about 3M Safety and Security window tint. With all the smash and grab problems going on in Spokane, including the latest 2 jewelry store break ins, these are very relevant products. In your home or business they add an extra security that is comforting to have. Thieves figure they have maybe 10-15 minutes after an alarm goes off before the police arrive. So they smash the windows, grab what they can in 2 – 3 minutes and skidaddle. The Security film either stops them entirely from getting in the location or slows them down enough that getting out of there soon becomes the priority. The critical fact here is that we are at least buying more time for the police to get there.
3M has three different kinds of Safety and Security films. Their STANDARD SAFETY FILMS come in 4 mil to 14 mil with an extra thick adhesive to hold the glass together lending structural security. The thicker the better for security purposes. The problem is that the thicker you go you start to lose clarity. Thus the next level of Security film. ULTRA PROTECTION SERIES. This film has a multiple micro layer construction. Kudos to 3M (the inventors of window tint) again for their technological innovation. This film has been described as “like it is woven together”. The result is thinner film with the tensile strength of thicker film. It comes as ULTRA 400 (4 mil) and ULTRA 600 (6 mil). The 4 mil has tensile strength like 6 mil Security film and the 6 mil has tensile strength more like 8 or 9 mil film. So you have good clarity and very good resistance to tearing and penetration. I think this film is the best option for homes and a good option for businesses as well.
The Lexus of Security film is the ULTRA PRESTIGE SERIES. This film has great clarity, has a version that is optically clear, is a 4 mil multi layer film (over 200 layers, WHAT TECHNOLOGY!) has very good tensile strength to resist tearing and penetration, yet also has great heat reduction. (reduces 92+% of infra-red). This has been described as “the heat you feel”. (BTW At our new, very cool showroom at 8710 E Appleway Blvd in the Spokane Valley – check out the WATERFALL! - we have infra-red heat lamps that demonstrate this heat reduction dramatically. The display, samples and related specs are very helpful in determining which is the right film for your purposes, whether they be for Security,heat reduction, privacy films, or decorative films. There is also a looping video that shows Security film withstanding a real bomb blast).
Finally there is an add-on extra security option. 3M IMPACT PROTECTION ATTACHMENT SYSTEMS – There is still a potential problem with break-ins even after having the right Security film. That is, someone can pound on the window with a hammer and then if he has enough time (which is questionable) he can pry open a potentially loose side of the window caused by the pounding. The 2 different attachment systems are for the purpose of keeping the edges of the windows attached to the frame. The first is 3M IMPACT PROTECTION ADHESIVE. It is applied around the frame to bond the glass, window film and frame together. The second Attachment system is the 3M IMPACT PROTECTION PROFILE. This offers the same protection as the adhesive but also offers a clean, factory-finished appearance to the window.
Take the above steps and your home or business will definitely be more secure from intruders and you will be able to rest more easily.
Posted 3 years, 3 months ago at 8:59 pm. Add a comment
So people are thinking the winter is really done. Thoughts are, where to plan summer vacations? I sure am looking forward to fishing season! Or I think we will have a big garden this year. And some think,maybe I will start washing my own car again, clean it up, maybe tint the windows in preparation for summer. These are fun thoughts. Even though this was the mildest winter I can remember in my 30 years in Spokane, I am ready for Spring. It is my favorite season because there is so much to look forward to. We have the whole Spring and Summer!!!
Posted 3 years, 3 months ago at 9:03 pm. Add a comment
Did you just get a new truck with the Cash for Clunkers program? Congratulations! You may be looking for an affordable way to get your windows tinted- there isn’t a better way to go in Spokane, WA than Quality Auto Trim. Featuring 3M Window Tinting Films, you can count on us for the best quality workmanship and excellent product that will be reliable for years to come.
However, that may not be all you need to finish out that new truck. Thank fully, at Quality Auto Trim we make it easy for anybody looking for new vehicle accessories- we are truly a one stop shop. Our new mobile electronics department offers a variety of gadgets, like Backup Cameras, Car Stereos (Including Car Stereo Installation), GPS systems, Vehicle Security Systems, and more. Need an iPod jack? We can do that.
Next, you can protect the quality of your new paint job by getting 3M protective film for your grill and hood. Also known as a Clear Bra, you can rest assured that your new truck will be protected from paint chips and other abrasions. 3M Scotchguard offers a whole package of protection, including Fabric Protection, Protective Film, Vinyl Protection, and Carpet Protection. Check out out Protection Package Pricing!
That’s not all- our accessories department rounds out everything you need to make sure you’re fully outfitted: mud flaps, nerf bars, bed liners, chrome grills, seat upgrades, mouting racks, truck boxes, and more. You’ve really got to come down and see our new showroom at 8710 Appleway Blvd, Spokane, WA 99212 to appreciate the wide variety of ways we can make you smile even bigger about owning your new truck!
Posted 3 years, 8 months ago at 8:16 pm. 2 comments