Window Film Blog

Excellent survey run by Ross Kehl over at Window Film Magazine asking the question of what type of solution is used by window tinters.  The responses to the survey were enough to draw a real conclusion.  The results were not surprisingly, Baby Shampoo being #1 as the go to solution for professional tinters.

What soap/solution do you use for film installation?
Baby Shampoo


Joy Dish Detergent


Ajax Dish Detergent


Other (enter response in comment box below)



Showing his in-depth knowledge, Ross goes further and explains

Combining the sensual and upscale tastes into window treatment design is quite an art.  Wall Street Journal, long read by a well-heeled business owners, wall streeters, and generally aflluent, goes into depth describing the thinking behind curtain design, and happily even gives a description of window tint’s role in the multi-layered approach to the world of curtains, drapes, and window tint.

Some interior designers are looking for inspiration to women’s fashion—specifically to the wispy, sheer blouses and pullovers more women

We like to highlight news stories that bring stories of window tint shops starting out and succeeding.  Here is a story from Sophia, WV about Kevin McKinney, the owner of Pro Tint Motorsports from the Register Herald.

His grandparents, Red and Elva, gave him $25 a week for allowance and when he started driving, he began mowing lawns for extra cash.

McKinney knew where he could get a good deal on long sheets of window tinting, so he saved his money

With a flat 20% darkness limit on all windows of cars and no color and reflectivity limitations, New Mexico has some of the more relaxed tint laws among the 50 states.  It is heartening to see a local police department declare in a Daily Times article:

“Our deputies follow state law,” said County Attorney Jim Durrett.

The police department does understand that with the intense sun of the area, tinting is necessary. In fact, a majority of Farmington’s patrol cars have

The window film manufacturers continue to innovate and bring more value to their dealers.  SolarGard is leading the charge in this new area of bringing window film estimation tools to your mobile devices like the Apple iPad and iPhone.  Instead of pulling out your large laptop, and waiting for it to boot-up during a discussion with a client while making awkward small talk as your wait, the SolarGard mobile application allows you to instantly whip out your iPhone or

The natural effects of UV and heat promote aging in whatever they hit.  Whether it is your carpet, furniture, or your skin, the heat and radiation causes oxidation, the same process used in cooking food, which then causes deterioration.  When we combine this effect with another recent phenomenon, the rise of plastics and glues in our carpeting and rugs, it brings a negative health risk to us all.

Thanks to Sea Green Natural Blog for noticing another benefit to using window

The recent IWFA window film study hits the nail on the head.   TintCenter covered the release a little while ago in this home tint article from almost 2 weeks back.   The study itself compares home tint performance against other home energy products across multiple dimensions:

existing homes and new construction
geographical regions and climates
single pane, double pane, different types of glass

Since the study initially come out, we are heartened to see many online news outlets recognize this story is

Sufferers of asthma and allergies despise dirt and dust.  Carpets are impossible to suction entirely clean, capturing dust and re-emitting them through time.  Window sills and curtains also passively collect dust, and bumping into them may cause a shower of dust triggering asthma attacks or allergy symptoms to flare.  This is a reason many home owners who are keen on keeping dust in the home under control prefer wood or composite flooring material rather than carpets.  In a similar vein

The recent IWFA energy study that comprehensively evaluates window film performance against other energy products from existing and new homes is a real hit.  I am seeing that multiple larger eco-conscious or “green” sites featuring this study in their blog posts.  One of the heavier hitting eco sites is Clean Technica, part of a larger blogging family, featured the window film study stating:

International Window Film Association (IWFA) — yeah, I didn’t realize that existed — reported last week that “a

Some of the most useful reviews for products can be found in enthusiast forums.  It is surprising that only die-hard consumers that do it for the love, have the patience and money to buy products from different brands and in the process, developed a deeper understanding.  In this case, spareparts from UK has a magnificent post regarding his perception of paint protection brands and products.  A quick summary of the findings by spareparts in the UK: