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LexJet introduces a new product for see-through signage named LexJet FaceMount Perforated Window Grip available in 53″ x 82′ and 27″ x 12′ rolls. Offering 60% printable area and 40% clear area and 1.7mm hole size for eye-catching design without obstructing vision into the window. Combined with a low-tack adhesive feature that allows the printed design to be moved repeatedly without leaving a messy residue, this product is a step above previous signage products in ease-of-use.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Stars Challenge Science Competition of 2011.  The winning team is from Mother Teresa Regional School located in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.  This eighth grade team were encouraged to use the scientific method to address a real-life problem, and one of the team members, Maria Alzate, proposed looking at ways to cool down their hot classroom when the sun is pounding down on them in the morning.  Atlantic Highlands Herald does an excellent job breaking

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is part of the Department of Energy. They recently released a 22 page report comparing traditional commercial buildings to “green” federal buildings. The findings were not surprising as many studies confirm similar results:

“To measure green building performance you must look at the building holistically, which includes the occupants and maintenance impacts in addition to the commonly targeted energy and water use,” said Kim Fowler, a senior research engineer and buildings relationship manager at

The IFWA issues a recent press release to highlight the importance of home tint even during the winter months.  The usual positive benefits of thermal insulation provided by Low-E winter window film was not the focus.  Additional benefits cited were:

“People in northern states may not know that because of the low angle of the winter sun, more ultraviolet rays may come through a window into the living space than in the summer in

The “Starting a Window Tint Shop” series will explore the many facets of a window tinting business topic by topic to help new window tinters or old tinting pros understand the business side of window tinting and start their own tint shop. Window tinting is an art as much as a science, so nobody should ever claim to have all the answers. That being said, TintCenter has been an online resource for window tinting consumers for almost a decade. We

It is always nice to see the window film industry getting stronger. In these turbulent economic times, window film companies from manufacturers to tint shops can feel tossed around like ships in the storm.

Positive window tint industry news brings some calm to a restless and turbulent market. This week Commonwealth Laminating of Martinsville, VA, maker of SunTek Window Films, announced an expansion of 40 additional jobs.

Earlier this quarter, Solutia reported

A Courier Jounal of  Louisville, KY had a recent article explains the classic misunderstanding in window film warranty policy between a car tint shop and a buyer.  The buyer states in his complaint:

On Jan. 9, 2006, I had the windows on my newly purchased car tinted at Auto-Sound on Rockford Lane. I was given documents that stated the job came with a lifetime warranty. I was very well satisfied with the tinting until this past summer when a bubbling

Here is an interesting visualization tool that allows you to map a site’s users onto a global map. This effectively gives you a snapshot of all the people coming to this window tint resource site right now.

The majority of users of this site are window tint consumers rather than window tinting professionals, so this visualization is also an image of the window tint consumers that are online right now.

Real time information and live statistics are also available at

3M is expanding our conception of what window film is by embedding flexible solar panels inside of window film. The combination of products is touted to not only block heat, but also generate enough electricity in 1 square meter to charge an iPhone in peak sunlight. This window film has low reflectivity, but high solar absorptance to maximize the electricity generated.

Although in concept this is clearly a product of the future, the product specifications now do not seem to

The 2011 SEMA show concluded last week. Car enthusiast blogs as well as professional trade magazines like Window Film Mag are catching up and getting their thoughts and opinions posted. One series of videos that were especially helpful were these from the “FILM’d” series hosted by editor Katie Hodge which highlights the thoughts of many industry players from manufacturers to dealers with their thoughts on window film product lines to general comments about surviving in this economy.

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