Dealership v’s Tint Shops


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.

Family Day Care & Glass Safety

Family Day Care is becoming a convenient and popular method of child care, and comes with certain responsibilities relating to child safety that must be adhered to. One area of concern that can be difficult to find accurate information about, is glass safety. Specifically, which windows need to meet the AS1288 Safety Standards as set out in the National Education and Care Services Regulations, and which ones don’t. Although the simplest option is to make sure ALL glass complies, sometimes a Family Day Care setup might only be located in certain parts of the house, or backyard. The following is a copy of the current regulations relating to Glazing.

Education and Care Services National Regulations
(Current version for 1 July 2018 to Present Date; Chapter 4 Part 4.3 Division 3 Regulation 117)

(accessed 12 March 2019 at 10:37)

117 Glass
Subregulation (1): The approved provider of a family day care service must ensure that any glazed area of a residence or approved family day care venue of the service complies with Subregulation (2) if the area—

(a) is accessible to children; and
(b) either—
(i) is at or below the minimum height above floor level, (Note. The applicable height above floor level is 1 metre) specified by AS 1288-2006 Glass in buildings—Selection and installation, approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia, published on 16 January 2006, incorporating Amendments Nos 1 and 2; or
(ii) if the residence or family day care venue was approved before 1 June 2014, is 0.75 metres or less above floor level.

Subregulation (2): The glazed area must be—

(a) glazed with safety glass, if the Building Code of Australia requires this; or
(b) in any other case—
(i) treated with a product that prevents glass from shattering if broken; or
(ii) guarded by barriers that prevent a child from striking or falling against the glass.

Note. A compliance direction may be issued for failure to comply with this regulation.

If you’d like more information or a quote provided to bring your glass up to code, fill out the form below and we’ll get in touch to arrange the next step.

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Factory Tinting Does Not Block Heat


USA Tinting LawsIf you’re driving a new or near new car, chances are it may be equipped with factory tinting in the windows behind the front doors. Commonly referred to as Privacy Glass, it’s purpose is to provide passengers and personal property items some privacy from outside. Light transmission levels can vary between manufacturers, but VLT’s of 15-25% are quite common. Find out more about QLD Tint Laws here. And then spare a thought for the US, who’s current window film regulations vary greatly from state to state. –>

While this may offer adequate privacy, it does little to protect you and your interior from heat entering through the glass. Installing a quality nano-ceramic window film will offer two very major benefits.

UV Protection

The Cancer Council have done a great job of making us aware of the dangers of Ultra Violet Rays, and often sunscreen is our first thought when contemplating spending long hours in the sun.
How many hours per day / per week would you say you spend in your car?
And while UV-C is blocked in our upper atmosphere, UV-B and UV-A radiation are the major contributing factors to:

  • Sunburn
  • Skin Cancer
  • Premature Aging
  • Interior Fading

Factory Tinting and the UV SpectrumWindow Tinting films block over 99%  of the UV radiation that enters our atmosphere every day. That’s an equivalent SPF factor of over 50+. Your car’s  interior will thank you, and your skin will thank you. UV protection for every moment your car is in the sun.

Heat Rejection

While having darker glass in a car might reduce the heat slightly by way of shading, it simply can’t compare to the levels offered by modern window tinting films. Advancements in deep-dye technology and nano-ceramics allow window tint to reduce significant amounts of heat, while still remaining unobtrusive, and optically clear. Sure, the dealership may offer you a “UV film” to put over the privacy glass to block UV, but you might as well go for one that also keeps you cooler inside the car.

 Could your car look and feel cooler this Summer?

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Removing Car Window Tint

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

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, 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
Tel: 07 55313955

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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