Volume 9, Issue 1                        January/February 2005

The Back Page
Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Stylin’ … Profilin’
PHILADELPHIA—The window film industry got a boost when WCAU in Philadelphia reported that the time spent in a vehicle can and will often cause uneven skin damage. The suggested forms of protection included having window film installed on car windows.

The report, published on NBC10.com as well, cited local resident Jennifer Raio, the primary driver in her family and whose skin shows signs of sun damage more on the left side of her face. 
Dermatologist Dr. Eric Bernstein also weighed in on the topic.

“I am 100 percent sure that if you wear sunscreen every day and tint your windows, you will unquestionably slow down the aging process, period,” he said.

Suddenly Sabac
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Steven Sabac, owner of Sun Glass Protection Inc. in Boynton Beach, Fla. was featured in an article by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in November for his work in the window film and security attachment industry.

The profile touched on Sabac’s beginnings, from his days applying tint while in high school to forming his own company and making the decision to narrow his market to commercial applications only. Among the jobs featured in the article were Escambia County’s Civic Center and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, a building whose windows were shot at by vandals and a picture of which earned Sabac second place in the IWFA 2004 photo contest.

National Syndication
CASA GRANDE, ARIZ.—James T. Dulley, a nationally syndicated columnist for Starcott Media Services recently responded to a reader’s question about the use of window film and double-pane seal leakage. Published on the TriValleyCentral.com website, publisher of several newspapers in the Casa Grande region, including Pinal County, Dulley explained that double-pane window manufacturers advise against the use of window film. The reasoning behind it being that heat contained by the film can cause the air between the panes to expand and blow a gasket.

Dulley did go on to advise that lightly tinted, low-emissivity films don’t generate the heat that would cause such problems, but did warn against the use of darkly tinted film.

Black Hawk Up
WASHINGTON—The American Forces Press Service has reported that the same laminate that protects NASCAR racecar windshields will also protect Army helicopters, especially those going to Iraq and Afghanistan.
A multi-layer Mylar polyester coating applied the way any other window tint would be is expected to extend the life of aircraft windshields that are flying in desert conditions. According to the article, reprinted on Rotorhub.com, sand and debris can render helicopter windshields unsafe and replacement costs range from $3,000 to $5,000 each.
NASCAR teams have long been using multiple layers of coatings in such a manner that pit crews can peel off a layer when it becomes too damaged, leaving remaining layers clear and clean for drivers. The same concept has been tested so far on Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters, though the article did indicate that the military does plan to expand its use to all military aircraft windshields.

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