Dealership v’s Tint Shops

DEALERSHIP TINTING v’s PROFESSIONAL WINDOW TINTING

When deciding whether to have your vehicle windows tinted at a dealership there are some factors you might want to consider:

1. The experience of the installer. Is he/she a mechanic that has just been trained by the local window film representative last week? Believe it or not this is a popular reality at some dealerships. It takes years of experience and guidance by an experienced installer to apply solar film professionally. Who would you like working on your vehicle?

2. The type of window film. As dealerships have taken on the role of window tinting over the past several years, their choices of product selection are driven by the bottom line…price of material. Cheaper films are not good. They have adhesive failures, color alteration and distortion problems. Quality films have little to zero warranty issues.

3. Price. Dealerships charge you a premium for convenience. The price is driven by the sales person not the quality of the product. They charge $400-500 for average to poor quality films. That is because they, in most cases, outsource the work to an external company. (usually to the lowest bidder) Our pricing is rated according to the quality of the film.

4. Professionalism. Do you want a company that offers window film to the buyer as a last minute upsell before closing a deal? Or an experienced professional with years of experience, who places his/her reputation (and income) solely in the hands of his/her quality of workmanship.

Removing window tint from cars

Removing window tintRemoving window tint from car windows is never as simple a job as it seems. If you’ve ever tried to do it yourself you’ll understand the nightmare task it can be at times. There are very few chemicals or solvents that will help, and even those that do, won’t work until the layers of film have been removed to expose the adhesive underneath. One of the more successful methods for removing window tint is to use steam to soften the films adhesive and allow it to release from the glass a little easier, however this will not always guarantee perfect removal. There are many unknown factors to consider when removing old window tint from car windows, particularly regarding the back window.

These factors include:

  • age of the vehicle
  • quality of the film that was used
  • original method of installation
  • prior condition of the rear demister
  • level of film deterioration

In some cases, the rear window demister can be removed from the glass either partially or fully while removing window tint due to poor manufacturing techniques by vehicle manufacturers, and believe it or not, it’s more likely to happen with newer model cars than older ones. These circumstances are outside of a window tinters control, and in most cases the company will ask you to sign a notification or liability waiver and consent form before carrying out such work. This is to protect them from having to take responsibility for failures on the part of the vehicle, or the previously installed window film. There are many methods a tinter can use to minimise the risks of these things happening, but they would be foolish to offer any sort of guarantee for the same.

Below is a link to a media release from the Window Film Association of Australia and New Zealand.
Removing Window Film – Fact Sheet

Privacy Policy

Ultra Tint is committed to providing quality services to you and this policy outlines our ongoing obligations to you in respect to how we manage your Personal Information.
We have adopted the National Privacy Principles (NPPs) contained in the Privacy Act 1988. The NPPs govern the way in which we collect, use, disclose, store, secure and dispose of your Personal Information.

A copy of the Australian Privacy Principles may be obtained from the website of The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner at www.privacy.gov.au.

What is Personal Information and why do we collect it?
Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual. Examples of Personal Information we collect include: names, addresses, email addresses, phone and facsimile numbers.
This Personal Information is obtained in many ways including (interviews, correspondence, by telephone and facsimile, by email, from quotes or invoices provided, via our website www.ultratint.com.au, from contact made through various social media platforms, from media and other publications, from other publicly available sources) and from third parties. We don’t guarantee website links or the policy details of authorised third parties. Ultra Tint will never pass any personal information onto third party sources without your prior consent.

We collect your Personal Information for the primary purpose of providing our services to you, providing information to our clients and marketing. We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. You may unsubscribe from our mailing/marketing lists at any time by contacting us in writing.

When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.

Sensitive Information
Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.

Sensitive information will be used by us only:
• For the primary purpose for which it was obtained
• For a secondary purpose that is directly related to the primary purpose
• With your consent; or where required or authorised by law.

Third Parties
Where reasonable and practicable to do so, we will collect your Personal Information only from you. However, in some circumstances we may be provided with information by third parties. In such a case we will take reasonable steps to ensure that you are made aware of the information provided to us by the third party.

Disclosure of Personal Information
Your Personal Information may be disclosed in a number of circumstances including the following:
• Third parties where you consent to the use or disclosure; and
• Where required or authorised by law.

Security of Personal Information
Your Personal Information is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorized access, modification or disclosure.
When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a minimum of 7 years.

Access to your Personal Information
You may access the Personal Information we hold about you and to update and/or correct it, subject to certain exceptions. If you wish to access your Personal Information, please contact us in writing.
Ultra Tint will not charge any fee for your access request, but may charge an administrative fee for providing a copy of your Personal Information.

In order to protect your Personal Information, we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.

Maintaining the Quality of your Personal Information
It is an important to us that your Personal Information is up to date. We will take reasonable steps to make sure that your Personal Information is accurate, complete and up-to-date. If you find that the information we have is not up to date or is inaccurate, please advise us as soon as practicable so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.

Policy Updates
This Policy may change from time to time and is available here on our website.

Privacy Policy Complaints and Enquiries
If you have any queries or complaints about our Privacy Policy please contact us at:

201 Nerang St, Southport QLD 4215
info@ultratint.com.au
Tel: 07 55313955

Night Time Privacy Tinting

We often get asked, “Will tinting my windows give me night time privacy?”

First, it’s important to understand how privacy is generated in the first place. When a window film is applied to glass, it inherently reduces the amount of light in the room, and reflects the bright light from outside.

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Window Film Thermal Image

Received this by email from a client, demonstrating how effectively window film can reduce the temperature in cars. We’ll let his email do the talking…

G’day Kevin,
Did a test today to show how effective your 3M CS35​ Tint is on the front windows. Around 9am in Sydney, for about half an hour, I left the window down slightly for ventilation while reading the newspaper. The Sun position was to the rear and left of the window and the images are of the strip of sunlight on the vinyl dashboard.

It can be seen from the normal image that the section of the dash beside the vent is shaded by the tinted window, and the points 2 & 4 on the thermal image are 36 and 31.6 degrees respectively whereas the points 1 & [Max] are at 61.8 and 63.6 degrees.

The outside temperature was 20 degrees.

It’s a pretty good demo of how good the tint is at blocking heat ingress into the car.

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Window Film Care & Cleaning

Drying time:

Your new window film will take about 3 to 5 days to completely dry, sometimes a little longer depending on film brand, type, and prevailing weather conditions. A slightly hazy or foggy appearance may be noticeable during this time, caused by residual moisture under the film that needs time to evaporate.

 Cleaning Your Tinted Windows

Window film may be cleaned with a soft clean cloth or a damp chamois. Ammonia based products should never be used as this can destroy the hard coat on the inside surface of the film. Do not use anything abrasive (scourers, brushes, or newspaper) to clean your tinted glass.

 Black Dotted Edges

Most cars have a black ceramic ‘frit’ edge on the rear and some side windows. Sometimes this ceramic edge is straight and flat, sometimes it will have a dotted edge. These black ceramic dots are quite thick on most cars and prevent the window film from sticking to the area between the dots. This results in a whitish looking strip trimming the glass. Typically this isn’t very noticeable, however some cars have a wide band of dots trimming the top of the rear window. This area is so wide that the whitish looking area created is more pronounced. Unfortunately, this effect is unavoidable as the ceramic cannot be removed from the glass without damaging the glass itself.

 Seat Belt Chips

Caution should be used when releasing seat belts. Small chips can be made in the window film due to the seat belt hitting the glass as it is released and retracts back quickly, THIS DAMAGE IS UNFORTUNATELY  NOT COVERED BY YOUR WARRANTY.

 Imperfections

Though we strive for perfection in every one of our installations, due to the nature of the product, some degree of dust contamination and or minor imperfections are often present in every window film application, also pre-existing flaws or scratches and metal deposits on the glass are often much more noticeable after the windows have been tinted. These things will not affect the performance of your window film in any way, and are not deemed by the manufacturer to be a warrantable fault.

Small silvery looking spots or ‘metal rubs’ on some windows are usually found in station wagons or other utility vehicles, and are caused by a metallic object (such as a baby stroller handle or tradesman’s ladder) rubbing against the inner surface of the glass during travel. This rubbing deposits metal onto the glass creating a silver or grey stain. Usually these these metal rubs aren’t very noticeable and often aren’t noticed until the windows become tinted.

 Night Time Rear Demister Distortion

At night you may notice that the light from headlights will reflect off of the rear demister lines. This is caused by the film having to bend slightly around the raised demister lines. It can vary from car to car and often becomes enhanced when the window is on a particularly sharp (acute) angle, This is very normal, and happens with all window films.

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WA Changes Tint Laws

At long last, some uniformity between ADR rules and state regulations regarding window tint requirements.

Just like in the Northern Territory, in Western Australia you are now (as of April 13th 2013) able to tint glass behind the driver (or the B pillar) to 20%VLT. The front windows as always must remain at 35% VLT. The laws have been revised to bring window tinting regulations in line with current ADR privacy glass standards. Let’s hope QLD and the other states come into line soon too. (more…)