How To Choose A Good Car Window Tint? Raytech, V-kool, Llumar,3m, Huper Optik
Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:15 PM
I will sharing some window film information in this forum. If everybody still survey around by looking for the "film specification" and ask for the "best quote". You are totally in wrong way. Let me share my knowledge to you. In Malaysia market, there are many low grade products normally from Korea, Taiwan and China. These low grade tinted is good when you first buy, even test with spotlight or solar meter device, and the tinted spec is superb high, but somehow after some time maybe within 1-2 years, the low grade tinted will start getting poor in heat rejection, bubbling, and color fading. Would you like to spend thousand on these products? How to prevent from buying these low grade films in market?
If you looking for good product, you must select the right brand that selling USA film.
Step 1. Filter the Good brand window film that carry and selling USA film. Do some research on the brandâ€™s website, figure out the background of the brand and the supplier/ manufacturer behind the brand. Many window tinted brand unable to reveal this information as they are not selling USA product, and there are not information about their manufacturer.
After choosing the right brand, goes to step 2.
Step 2. Make sure you buying the right product of the brand. Do not cheated with "House Brand". Many dealers in market today buying franchise from USA brand to attract customer come into their shop, but they selling a lot of other low grade product to customer, instead of original product. These non-original product called "House Brand" which is also from Korea, Taiwan & China film. In fact, many people have no idea they are using the fake product, as the dealer still giving warranty card on 'House-Brand" products. Unfortunately, most people maybe don't know about their tinted warranty only valid in that particular shop where they tinted their car.
Example : Let say Volkswagen is a good car brand. If you are buying the non original Volkswagen car from one dealer, and you unable to claim warranty in any other Volkswagen workshop, you must go back the shop where you buy this car for service and warranty claim. Why? it is because you are not purchase a real Volkswagen car at the beginning, so means you being cheated paying money on non-original product. Of course, this will not happen in real life, as we all know how to see those car model, but window film is different story. People really don't know how to differential it.
How to figure out the original product of the brand? It is simple. Figure out the original product in website, check on the available product model and film specification. Normally original product is printed the brand logo on the tinted film and pack with original packaging.
Step 3. To make sure you choose the right tint film. Go to the shop personally, test the film personally with spotlight, and request for solar meter device testing. After filtered the right brand and the right product. Now start survey by comparing the film quality, film performance, film price, film color, film reflective, film warranty coverage, testimonial etc.
Don't proceed to step 3, before step 1 & 2.
Education Material of IWFA
1. Infra-Red (IR) rejection not accurate to describe solar heat control of window film product.
2. IR only contribute 54% of Total Solar Energy Rejection.
3. SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is more comprehensive to solar control performance.
4. It Is misleading to consumer if Manufacturer refer to IR rejection instead of SHGC.
Link to the articles of IWFA : http://www.cornellst.....ndow Film.pdf
Llumar Window Film
Llumar International window Film from Virginia, USA.
Manufactured by Solutia Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company
Raytech Window Film
Raytech International Window Film, Malaysia.
Product special develop from Commonwealth Laminating & Coating, Inc. Martinsvella, Virginia. USA.
3M Window Film
3M headquarter campuses in St. Paul, Minnesota. and Austin, Texas
3M produce their own polyesters, adhesives, metals and scratch-resistant coatings.
V-Kool Window Film
V-KOOL International Pte Ltd, from Singapore
Worked with Southwall Technologies, Inc., a related company based in Palo, Alto, California, USA.
By year 2010, Novomatrix Pte Ltd, parent company of V-KOOL International was acquired by Solutia
Inc. Since then, V-KOOL International taken over by Solutia Inc. as a wholly owned
Huper Optik is the same company of V-kool doing ceramic verison.
International Pte Ltd, from Singapore
PSB Corporation and Novomatrix Pte Ltd (same as V-Kool in Singapore) *
Worked with Fraunhofer Institute (Germany Research Company)
Southwall Technologies Inc. (USA Window Film manufacturer, bough over by Solutia Inc in 2010)
About Solutia Inc
Solutia Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company.
*LLumarÂ® Window Film,**V-KOOLÂ®,*IQueÂ®,*HÃ¼per OptikÂ®, and*GilaÂ® Window Film*brands.
Guys, please post other brand that you find the information about their manufacturer in my thread. I may miss other good brand too.
Posted 24 February 2015 - 12:46 PM
Posted 24 February 2016 - 02:22 PM
Great information, I have applied V-Kool offered by tint-shop SDN BHD film on my car. It is pretty convincing. At least it it saving me from UV rays and high glares.
Posted 04 March 2016 - 03:43 PM
Awesome article, I too have applied Solar Gard film on my car, it's worth the price. One of the benefit of applying Solar Gard window film is that , it helps to protect from harmful UV rays.