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CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

CNET Road Show Discusses Avoiding a Automotive Window Tinting Nightmare

No one wants to have a bad automotive window tint job. While most people do not understand all that goes into a good tint job, we all know what a bad one looks like. Recently Brian Cooley from CNET Road Show decided to look into what it takes to avoid an automotive window tinting nightmare. In the article, Brian discusses things to look for to make sure your vehicle gets an great tint job. We wanted to share the top six things mentioned in his article.

When deciding on an automotive window tinting location;

  • Look For Clean – Automotive Window Tinting starts and ends with cleanliness. Any dust floating around the place will end up permanently stuck to your glass.
  • Get a Guarantee – A lifetime warranty for the original purchaser on the film and the installation should not be out of the question.
  • Look at References – Have the shop show you a car they have done. Inspect it for edge to edge coverage, no bubbles or dirt trapped in the film and edges that aren’t lifting.
  • Don’t Sweat the Wet – Know that the inside of your car is going to a bit wet in the process. It’s OK, it’s less water than it looks like and a good tint shop knows where – and where not – to let water drip.
  • Let it Cure – It will be anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on temperature and other factors before you can put the windows down. New tint needs to breathe out all the moisture it was applied with.
  • Clean it Carefully – Tint is applied on the inside of glass. Once tinted, clean the tinted surfaces with a non-ammonia glass cleaner so you don’t break down the film’s scratch resistant coating.

 

If you would like to read Brian’s entire article, click HERE.

If you would like to learn more about the automotive window tint products and services we provide, click HERE, and then contact us by calling 504-708-2209. Find out why we are the #1 source for automotive window tinting in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Are You Practicing Sun Safety and Protecting Your Skin While Driving?

Spring has finally arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana and as a way to honor May being Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share this important sun safety information with you. Did you know drivers in the U.S. have a higher rate of skin cancer on their left side due to exposure while driving? Practice good sun safety by having a UV blocking window film installed on your vehicle. In fact, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends window tint as part of a comprehensive skin care program stating,

“The sun’s ultraviolet radiation is associated with most cases of skin cancer, which will affect one in five Americans over a lifetime. UV radiation reaches us in the form of shortwave UVB and long-wave UVA rays, but glass blocks only UVB effectively. Although car windshields are partially treated to filter out UVA, the side windows let in about 63 percent of the sun’s UVA radiation; rear windows are also unprotected, leaving back seat passengers exposed. There is, however, a solution. Transparent window film screens out almost 100 percent of UVB and UVA without reducing visibility, and is available in all 50 states. If you have window film installed, remember that it protects you only when the windows are closed.”

If you would like more information about practicing good sun safety by using the automotive window film that we offer, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle. Find out why we are the #1 company for automotive window tint in New Orleans area.

How Can Window Film Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle in New Orleans?

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Many people begin a new year with a resolution to live a more healthy lifestyle. People begin things like new exercise programs and start being more conscious about what types of foods you eat. Just look at how the organic food industry has exploded as people understand the negative impact that certain things can have on their overall health. However, like most things, making good choices usually happens once someone has good information regarding why they should make those choices. Our team at Snappy Tint wanted to share some good information with New Orleans and the surrounding areas about healthy lifestyle choices as it relates to sun exposure and how window film can help.

In 2018, most people understand the risks and dangers of overexposing their skin to the sun’s UV rays, many are unaware of how much and when they are being exposed to them. Subjecting yourself to these UV rays without proper protection can lead to premature aging of the skin and the potential for skin cancer. Most people are likely wearing protective clothing and some type of sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors. However, have you ever thought about the exposure you are getting in your car or sitting beside windows at work and in your home? Most people don’t consider the exposure to these harmful UV rays when they are behind a piece of glass.

This is precisely why window film can become part of a healthy lifestyle. Even though you are behind a piece of glass, you are still being exposed to the UV rays that you need protection from. Applying a window film to that glass can block these rays from getting through. Window films have been given The Skin Cancer Foundation‘s Seal of Recommendation. This is what they had to say in a recent article:

“While it’s understood that taking sun safety precautions is important outside, few people realize they can sustain sun damage indoors, too. While both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation from the sun can harm the skin and lead to skin cancers, UVB is effectively blocked by glass. However, at least 50 percent of UVA rays can pass through windows. Window film is an increasingly effective solution, offering substantial indoor protection by blocking up to 99.9 percent of UVA radiation. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent and are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year. Window film can help prevent harmful UVA rays from damaging your skin.”

You can check out this entire article and other great sun safety tips at The Skin Cancer Foundation’s website by clicking HERE

We hope this article helps shed some light on how window film can play a role in you adopting a healthy lifestyle in 2018. If you would like more information, check out the link located HERE or call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to provide a free, no obligation consultation and estimate of implementing window film solution in your home, car or commercial space.

Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area’s #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area's #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

Snappy Tint is the New Orleans Area's #1 Automotive Window Tint Installer

If you are considering having automotive window tint installed on one of your vehicles, you have found the spot! Snappy Tint is the New Orleans area’s finest window tint installation shop. Not only do we have expert installers, we utilize the finest window films available. But window tint is not just for looks. Check out some of the other benefits of having a quality window tint expertly installed on your vehicle.

Four Benefits of Automotive Window Tint

    • Enhanced Style and Appearance – Whether you want the elegant look of a light film or the custom look of a darker film, there is no question that nearly any car looks better with automotive window film installed. There are automotive films to fit nearly any style or look desired. *Please note that automotive tint laws vary from State to State. Please familiarize yourself with the window tinting laws in your particular area.

    • Reduce Interior Temperatures – The sun’s heat can cause vehicle interiors to become unbearably hot, but automotive window film can help. Window film can significantly reduce the heat coming through your windows and modern technology allows you to achieve this performance even with very light films.

    • Cut Distracting Glare – At certain times of the day or year, glare can be distracting and even blindingly dangerous. Automotive window film enables you to cut the glare allowing you a better view of the road. It’s kind of like a high quality pair of sunglasses for your car.

    • Protection From Dangerous UV Rays – While most of us would not think about spending a significant amount of time in the sun without sunscreen, we expose our skin to dangerous UV rays in our cars each day. While it’s rare to get sunburned through your car windows, harmful ultraviolet (UVA) rays that contribute to premature aging and skin cancer can still reach you. Most automotive window films block 99%+ of harmful UV rays from passing through the glass. In addition, those same UV rays can cause damage and fading to your vehicle interior. So, protect yourself, your passengers and your vehicle interior from the sun’s damaging rays.

If you would like more information about the automotive window tint service that we offer, click HERE. If you want a quote or to schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a free, no obligation assessment and quotation on your particular vehicle.

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

How to Properly Care For and Clean Automotive Tinted Windows

One of the most common questions we are asked regarding window tint is the proper way to care for and clean automotive tinted windows. As a result, we wanted to write a brief article that explains the do’s and donts of tint care.

To begin, let’s discuss a bit about window film construction and how it adheres to the glass. As you likely know, window tint is installed on the inside surface of the glass. The construction of tint is such that once installed the outermost surface is a durable scratch resistant coating. This is what allows film tint to slide up and down in a properly adjusted roll down window channel for years without getting scratched. Although this surface is durable, it is not indestructible. Also, the window tint is adhered to the glass with a thin, optically clear pressure sensitive adhesive. Once cured, this bond should last for many years without fail. Now that we understand a bit about how the film is constructed and how it is adhering to the glass, let’s get into how to properly care for it to ensure long life.

Is Any Glass Cleaner OK?

In short, no. The type of adhesive that I mentioned is used to adhere the film to the glass and it creates a mechanical bond between the film and the glass. Certain chemicals can degrade this mechanical bond and cause the window tint to bubble or peel. Many times you may see a window film job that has a bunch of large bubbles and think that it was a bad tint or a bad tint job. While it may have been either of those things, it could also have been a quality tint that was installed properly that was cleaned using the wrong type of cleaner. There are so many cleaners on the market that we cannot possibly discuss each one individually, but the main thing to look for is an AMMONIA FREE Glass Cleaner. Ammonia is one of the main culprits in glass cleaners that attacks the mechanical bond of the adhesive. It will creep under the film and cause a mechanical failure breakdown between the glass and film and that is what causes the bubbles you have likely seen. Many companies make ammonia free glass cleaners, just be sure to read the label. If it does not expressly say that it is “ammonia free”, assume it has ammonia and find another cleaner to use.

What Should I Use to Wipe the Windows Down?

You want to avoid using a standard paper towel to wipe down the tint as you clean. While this is OK for other surfaces, paper towels can trap a piece of dirt between the towel and film and cause scratches. This happens because there is nowhere for the dirt particle to absorb into the paper towel, so it just gets dragged across the film surface as you wipe the window down.

The best thing to use is a soft microfiber towel. These towels absorb more solution and allow a dirt particle to sink into the fibers and away from the film surface while cleaning. Not only will these towels give you a better, steak free cleaning, they will help you avoid scratches.

Is There Anything Else?

Actually, yes. One more thing to keep an eye on is the sudden appearance of small scratches in the film going from the top to the bottom of the window. This indicates that the window guide inside the door is either out of adjustment or had dirt trapped on it’s surface. If you notice these scratches, stop using that window and get the vehicle to a mechanic to check the adjustment and guide surface. Continued use without getting this resolved will cause these scratches to get worse and the only fix will be to replace the window film.

If you have any additional questions how to properly care for and clean automotive tinted windows, call us today at (504) 708-2209. We would be happy to help!

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

The Basics

In simple terms, window films are comprised of a thin, strong sheet of polyester laminate that is treated in variety of ways to improve the look or performance of existing windows when applied. Typically, the film is applied to the interior surface of existing windows as a retrofit. To properly adhere to the glass, one side of the film has an adhesive that bonds the film to the glass surface and the other side has a scratch-resistant coating for durability.

There are window films created specifically for everything from automotive, RV and marine applications to home and commercial building improvement applications. There are also window films designed for decorative glass enhancements and to increasing the safety and security of glass openings.

Popular Uses

Automotive Appearance & Performance

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Automotive window film not only makes your car stand out in a crowd, it also helps reduce the interior heat, cut distracting glare and block dangerous UV rays. There is a automotive film to fit every vehicle, desired look and expected performance.

Energy Savings

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Keeping a home or commercial building comfortable means utilization of a HVAC system. It is estimated that roughly 30% of the need for cooling and heating is as a result of heat passing through windows openings. Window films technology is such that it can actually act as an insulator on your window. Keeping the heat out in the Summer and helping retain the heat in the Winter. The result of this is that your HVAC system will not need to work as hard to keep the space at the desired temperature. By reducing the workload on the HVAC system, you are reducing the energy needed to keep your home comfortable.

Glare Reduction

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Modern architecture often features large windows. While this opens up a space, often these large windows bring with them glare issues at certain times of the day. Window films can be used to reduce glare by up to 87%, relaxing your eyes and making it easier to do things like viewing a computer or television screen. Also, because modern window films are made with ultra-clear, distortion-free materials, other than the glare reduction, your views will be maintained and you probably won’t even know the film is there.

Preservation of Furnishings

First, let’s discuss what exactly causes this type of sun damage. A common misconception is that the sun’s UV rays are what cause sun damaged floors, furniture and furnishings. While these UV rays are certainly the largest component that causes fading, as this chart illustrates, they only account for 40% of the total. Solar heat, or the heat you feel passing through your windows and the visible light streaming in are also major contributors. These account for an additional 25% each of the causes of fading. The last factor is listed as “other” as it is comprised of a variety of things that are harder to control and are not major overall contributors. These are things like interior lighting, humidity, etc.

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?

One of the first things you might realize from this chart is that you cannot “stop” fading completely. The fact is that unless the item you want to protect in a dark, climate controlled room, it will typically fade over time. However, if you plan to have the flooring and furniture in a place that will be exposed to these elements, the most you can do is attack the major contributors of fading. By significantly attacking these contributors, you can slow down this fading process and extend the life of your floors or furnishings. For these reasons, one of the best ways to attack the primary causes of sun damage and fading is with window film.

Add Decorative Element or Branding to Glass

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
Installing decorative window films to glass can provide privacy for the occupants of the space. The possibilities are nearly limitless as decorative window films come in frosted, tinted, or colored window film at various opacity levels to get the privacy you need without sacrificing natural light. In addition, decorative window films can be used to display company branding or to customize your space with unique designs, prints, or patterns, including styles that resemble cut or texturized glass. Finally, these films are easy to clean, durable and can be removed easily and inexpensively without damaging glass.

Safety & Security

What are Window Films and How Can They Be Used?
It probably is no surprise to you that windows are the most vulnerable parts of any building. They represent easy points of entry for people who may mean harm to the occupants, the building itself, or its contents. In addition, in a natural or man-made disaster, flying glass from window is often a major contributor to injuries and death. However, when professionally installed safety and security window films are added, the glass doesn’t shatter, delaying the intruder’s entrance, and preventing flying shards of glass from harming anyone.

If you have any questions, would like more information on window films or would like to arrange a free, no obligation consultation with someone on our team, give us a call at 504-708-2209. We would be happy to help!

Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Increase the Range of Electric or Hybrid Vehicles with Window Film

Gas prices seem to continually creep higher and more people are opting to purchase an electric or hybrid vehicles. Those are both great options to help save you money, but they can both be made even better. Did you know that by utilizing a heat rejecting automotive window film, you can increase the range of your electric or hybrid vehicle? In this brief article we will explain the how and why automotive window film is beneficial in this area.

First, let’s explore one of the primary ways that the battery in an EV or hybrid vehicle gets drained. In addition to powering the vehicle, much of the power from the batteries goes to operating the comfort systems. These would include things like lights, sound system and most importantly, the HVAC system. Depending on the vehicle, use of the air conditioning can reduce range from 9-17%. See estimate graphics from Tesla’s own website below that show range estimate for various cars in their line-up with all things being equal except the use of the HVAC system.

Model Range without HVAC Use

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Model Range with HVAC Use

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Now that we have established that running the HVAC does decrease the range of your vehicle, how can window tint help? Through the use of an automotive window film, solar energy entering the car through the windows can be reduced significantly. By reducing the heat entering the vehicle, the need to run the HVAC will be reduced and that will extend your range. Over time, through the extended range and reduced running costs, the window tint installation could actually pay for itself.

Hopefully this brief article will help you understand how window tint can help you increase the range of your electric vehicle or hybrid. If you would like more information about automotive window film and how they can be implemented into your electric or hybrid vehicle, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application. You can also learn more by clicking HERE.

Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

Legendary Car Designer Chip Foose Chooses 3M Window Film

When your car has to look great and offer the performance you are looking for, trust the same brand chosen by legendary car designer Chip Foose. Snappy Tint is proud to offer our customers 3M Window Film​. Check out this short video from Chip and 3M below that explains a little more about why 3M Window Film is the best choice you can make for your car.



If you would like more information about 3M Window Film and how they can be implemented into your vehicle, give us a call at 504-708-2209 to receive a free, no obligation assessment of your particular application. You can also learn more by clicking HERE.

Custom Window Tint 

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Choose from multiple designs or create your own custom window tint. This customer choose to go with a flame design from our art database. We then take these chosen images and combine them with the vehicle window tint patterns. The window film of choice is then loaded into the cutting machine and cut exactly as it was designed. It is then up to the installer to combine two or more patterns and tranfer them to the vehicle. 

For more information on how to have this done to your vehicle, contact Snappy Tint today. Email your questions to info@snappytint.com 

Snappy Tint 

5609 Salmen St. 70123

(504)708-2209 

The Smarter Choice for Window Tint in New Orleans

Window tint is an investment that you should not skimp on and choosing the wrong company could cost you hundreds not so long from now when it has to be redone. We believe you should only have to pay once to have this done and thats exactly why we offer the best products from 3M Window Films.

If there is ever an issue with your 3M Window Film, you will NEVER be asked to pay to have it fixed. Sounds fair right?  Well most tint manufacturers only warranty the material, leaving you paying the labor which could lead to an unpleasant surprise bill when you pick up your vehicle.

 

At Snappy Tint, you can rest assured your property will be properly taken care of while being serviced.

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While your tint patterns are being computer cut and placed on the transfer wall, you upholstery is being covered to avoid any over spray from the tint mounting solution.

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A visor strip, aka “brow,” can be installed across the top of your windshield to provide the driver with superior glare control even when the sunlight is at it’s most annoying angles just like the photo below.

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Some vehicles have windows that require extra attention to assure there are no VISIBLE GAPS around the edges. It only takes a few moments to position the material property, but you will be amazed how many vehicles you will now notice on the road with this problem. We make sure every glass looks as good as a factory tinted glass.

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There are many options in the New Orleans area to have your windows tinted, so choose the best rated, highest reviewed window tinting company in all of Louisiana.

 

Snappy Tint
5609 Salmen St. Ste B
New Orleans, LA 70123
(504)708-2209