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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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This year’s SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show continues to be chock full of products, companies, and ideas that tickle the fancy of automotive enthusiasts and modders of all stripes and colors. Window film companies have traditionally attended this sprawling even in Las Vegas. From domestic companies reaching out to their base to foreign companies entering the US market with their products, we usually see a wide variety of window film products represented at the show.

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It is worth reminding during winter season that drafts from windows and doors are some of the biggest enemies of winter energy efficiency. There are many plastic window film products that are dummy-proof to install are window insulation kits. Here is a great video that demonstrates the installation process:

These plastic insulating film products are available at your local hardware store or from online vendors like SnapTint at their Winter Window Films product section.

One of our readers shared this story with us of a girl with a rare genetic condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum that occurs in 1 in 1 million people. When exposed to UV light, her skin quickly burns. A brief 2 minute exposure to the sun would result in third degree burns. With conditions like this, it becomes quite hard to have a normal life. Car, Home, and even clothing need to contain window tint to shield

From Solutia earnings conference call for Q3 2011. On this call were Jeff Quinn, Solutia’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer; Mike Donnelly, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and Jim Sullivan, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Quick summary is that domestic window film sales are mostly flat. Growth driven by adoption of window films in high end markets in China. Solutia sees SouthWall acquisition as important step to continue this market development.

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