Volume 13, Issue 4 - July/August 2009



Easy Matching
With all of the new factory tint colors out there, it can be difficult to keep up. But Johnson Window Films’ newest line of automotive films are designed to work with just about anything. “We talked to many dealers and they kept telling us that it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with the variety of glass colors from car manufacturers,” explains Cody Forbes, marketing director for the company. “It became apparent they needed a neutral, darker shade that would work across the board.”

The new Marathon line is the latest in a series of dyed, metal hybrid films. Its universal black shade closely matches factory-tinted glass, and Forbes says the color and reflectivity are consistent throughout the line. Marathon’s hybrid construction combines an aluminum layer that delivers a high level of heat and UV rejection with a long lasting, color impregnated black dyed film. Marathon will be made available in five VLT levels, including MN 05, 20, 30, 35 and 45.

Block Only What You Want To
If you’ve been battling the issues of electronic signal interference and matching up to factory tinted glass, there’s good news—Bekaert Specialty Films recently added five additional shades to its Ultra Performance (UP) series. These premium Solar Gard automotive films are produced using a nano-particle coating in which millions of microscopic particles work together to intercept infrared radiation, all the while allowing electronic signals to pass through unobstructed.

Company officials say the UP series offers exceptional shrinking, outstanding clarity, significant glare reduction and unprecedented color stability. In addition, all UP films are scratch resistant and come with a limited lifetime warranty in North America.

What Tint?
Spectrally selective films are erasing the word “tint” from the window film industry by offering a clear alternative for those who don’t want to “see” their protection. Solamatrix Inc. recently entered this market by introducing IQue, a product that’s engineered by its sister company V-Kool and offered in several markets, including the United States, Canada and Europe.

Combining high-performance solar control with high visible light transmission (VLT), IQue films provide a nearly transparent protective barrier against the sun’s heat and radiation. “Our IQue 78FG is a full-fledged, spectrally-selective film, with improved solar heat rejection properties over clear glass,” says Jim Ford, sales manager. “The key advantage of this film is its high visible, natural light transmission, which is often required for certain architectural applications.”

Beyond Just Film
Commonwealth Laminating and Coating recently expanded its facility to accommodate a new dyed-films line. But that’s not all the company expanded. It also beefed up its film offerings, merchandising materials and PS coating technology.

SunTek officials say new merchandising materials were created with dealers’ needs in mind. These upscale, versatile sales tools feature a modern, dual-purpose design that allows dealers to employ the same materials while bidding on commercial or residential projects.

The company’s manufacturing and process improvements facilitate new films, including: Ultra-Vision, a non-corrosive, spectrally selective line; Dual Reflective, with a neutral appearance and solar performance that’s improved over previous versions; and DR Mirror, a specialty product designed for one-way mirroring applications.


Clean Up Your Act
No one wants to roll their priceless ride into a haphazard area where tools are being tossed around. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to clean up your act, and Shure Manufacturing Corp. offers a number of solutions.

Shure’s Standard Technician Cart is a prime example. It provides top and bottom shelves with a lockable drawer, three-inch casters, shelves with a 1 ½-inch lip on all sides, a handle and top shelf mat, among many other features. Choose from 22 signature colors in a powder coat paint finish to match your shop’s look.


Storm Curtains 
With the advent of hurricane season, it’s time to know what you’re up against. Honeywell’s hurricane-resistant storm curtains, containing the company’s Spectra® fiber, have been certified under Florida building code to withstand winds of up to 175 mph, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

These roll-down curtains can be fastened to wood, brick or concrete surfaces, and are installed using standard fasteners that do not require special tools.


Our Crew is Your Crew
If you have reservations about using contract installation services because you’re concerned that your customers will notice a third-party installer, U.S. Film Crew officials say fear not. When the Pittsburgh-based company’s crew members show up to your job site, they won’t show up in U.S. Film Crew attire—they’ll show up wearing your company’s logo.

And the company’s services don’t stop at installation. If you’re overwhelmed in the office, U.S. Film Crew can handle your project management needs. Company officials assure that the integration of your staff with U.S. Film Crew will be seamless and undetectable.


If you’re adding aftermarket film to factory-tinted glass, you cannot afford to guess at the resulting VLT. And the only way to know for sure is by testing. Gigahertz-Optik’s LCRT-2005-S is designed as a portable instrument. LED pulse modulation suppresses ambient light effects and extends battery operation time. The controller supports measurement set-up, the measurement itself and documentation employing simple four button operation. Its compact-sized housing with silicon edge ‘bumper’ protection holds four AA type batteries to provide long operation time.

Keep an Eye on Your Operation
Ever wonder what goes on in your shop while you’re away? Zonet’s new Internet Protocol (IP) model 7630 and 7630Q wireless cameras allow you to maintain watch over your shop through a simple web browser. The Walnut, Calif.-based company’s network cameras are easy to set up and small enough to be placed almost anywhere. With their own IP address and built-in web server, they connect directly to your network and can be remotely accessed.

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