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5" Yellow Super-soft Bondo Spreader Squeegee Window Tinting Tool

5" Yellow Super-soft Bondo Spreader Squeegee Window Tinting ToolSoft, pliable plastic allows this tool to be used to temporarily pull back rub rails during film installation of door glass or used like a squeegee to anchor film to glass during pattern cutting. Another use is for sweeping film flush to the glass surface during heat forming procedures instead of using the hand.

Tips for tinting car windows

We all dread climbing into a vehicle that’s been sitting outside in the summer heat. Short shorts and leather seats can be an especially bad combination. Tinted windows are one way to help keep your backside from burning. You'll want to consider hiring a pro to make sure you get the best tint job for your car.

1.    Familiarity with local regulations - Because dark windows are a safety concern for law enforcement officers when they’re making a traffic stop, many cities and states have specific limits on how dark you can tint your windows. Most professional window tinting companies make it their business to say up-to-date on window tint regulations. While some shops may provide darker-than-legal tint, most shops make sure their customers stay on the right side of the law.

2.    Experience - Unless you’re purchasing a more expensive professional-grade tint kit, you’ll likely find the film in a DIY window tint kit is flimsy and temperamental when compared to the higher quality materials a window tinting pro would use. For a first-timer, window film in general is hard to work with; a slight breeze or wind can cause creases or crinkles, and some may find it hard to keep dust or other debris from sticking to the film.

3.    First-time success - Even if you successfully apply window tint film to your vehicle’s windows, you may not do so perfectly. So try again, right? Not quite. Removing window film is much more difficult than applying it, due in part to the sticky adhesive used to apply it to the auto glass.

4.    Guaranteed work - If a professional window tinting company does a bad job, car owners can always demand re-tinting or they can try to get their money back. If and when you make a mistake while tinting you own windows, however, you probably won’t be able redo the tinting without buying another kit.

5.    Cost - The cost to tint all of a car's windows can range in price from $120 for a small car up to $380 for large vans. DIY kits are most frequently used as a way of saving money. However, low-grade window tinting film does not always provide good results for the car. For example, one of the main reasons car owners are interested in window tinting is that they want to protect their car’s interior from fading and cracking. Cheap or low-quality window tinting, though, does not always provide this protection.



Green Silicone Blade Handle Squeegee Window Film Tool

Green Silicone Blade Handle Squeegee Window Film ToolThe Green Silicone Blade Handle Squeegee is a perfect tint tool for bubbles and water removals while applying car window film. Making with plastic handle, the Squeegee is easy to grip and control. The soft and smooth edeg of the Silicone Blade gives car window film and vinyl more protection while tinting and wrapping. It is still a best application tool for cleaning up during the whole tinting.

Home Window Tint: 2011 Federal Tax Credit

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 granted energy-conscious consumers federal tax cuts for certain areas of home improvements that result in reduced energy usage, including window film installations. These tax credits for home window tint were welcomed by many home-owners and have been officially reintroduced for 2011. What this means is that those who buy qualifying energy-efficient solar window film for use in their homes are eligible for the 2011 federal tax credit, valid from the 1st January through to the 31st December 2011.

What You Will Need

All relevant forms are available to download from either www.irs.gov or  www.energystar.gov where you’ll also find several other tax credit forms conveniently related to home energy efficiency. You will have to fill out the 2011 version of IRS form 5695 and file your 2011 Income Tax Returns by the 15th April, 2012. For your window film filings to be valid, make sure to keep the dealer invoice copies, categorized by installation cost and the actual cost of the film. You will not be eligible for tax credits based on the installation costs, but these details are required nevertheless. Also, remember to ask for a copy of the manufacturer’s certification statement when installing your home window tint, as these are required for figuring out which products qualify for your location. A good rule of thumb with all the above copies is to keep one for yourself and one for official records.

What You Will Get

On the whole, a tax credit gives you more direct savings than a standard tax deduction. A tax deduction merely lowers the amount of income subject to tax, whereas a tax credit affects your overall income tax due. Tax credits either raise the tax refund amount, or directly reduce the total amount in taxes that you owe. Installation charges aside, you can get up to a 10% credit on the amount you paid for the window film installed, which can add up $500 for the entire tax year.

Save Not Once, But Twice

By applying for the 2011 Federal Tax Credit in connection with your home window tint, you will be saving money on both your  standard energy bill at the end of the month, as well as your federal tax bill. In the average household, heat that makes it through the windows is responsible for 40% of the monthly utility bill in summer. Home window tint with special solar control can reduce the heat entering your house by up to 80%, which goes a long way towards reducing overall energy costs throughout the summer.

More Reasons to Tint

It should be noted that saving money is certainly not the only reason, or even the main reason, you would want to tint your home. Home window tint has a long list of direct benefits including: protection from UV rays, preventing fading of furniture and heat damage to electronics, and generally improving the comfort of your indoor living space.

Did you know: The Alliance to Save Energy has reported that increased urban energy efficiency is the fastest, most cost-effective, and cleanest solution to the problem of dwindling global energy supplies.

Where To Buy

Please note that the window film tax credit of 10% is only applicable with regards to the cost of tint film itself – i.e. installation costs do not qualify.

One final caveat: if you are buying your window film from any of the following outlets, the tax credits do not apply as they do not stock professional-grade window film:

-          AutoZone, Home Depot, Lowes.

TintCenter recommends SnapTint Window Tint for DIY pre-cut window film for these reasons:

    Professional-endorsed and high quality window film
    Pre-cut to your precise requirements
    Approved for the 2011 Tax Credit for Window Film


Architectural and Office Tint

 These are the latest examples of notable and important skyscrapers, commercial, university, and other assorted buildings going green. Whether it is for green LEED certification or for aesthetic or privacy reasons. The justification for installing window film on architectural buildings are universally consistent and strong.

Spring 2012


JP Morgan Chase HQ

270 Park Avenue
New York, NY


LEED Platinum status - upgraded HVAC; lighting with occupancy sensors and daylight dimming controls; Energy Star kitchen appliances, computers and monitors; new building insulation and window tint to reduce glare, heat gain and air conditioning load.






Winter 2011

Kansas University – Center for Design Research
2544 WestBrooke Circle
Lawrence, KS

LEED Platinum status – first commercial Passive house?

Natural light filters through an electrochromic, butt-glazed curtainwall that forms most of the building’s south façade. A 10-inch-thick trombe wall—composed of 6-inch-thick concrete masonry units filled with sand and clad on both sides with 2 inches of limestone—sits 2-1/2 feet behind the glass and provides much of the building’s heat during winter. From the exterior, the trombe wall appears to be just a continuation of the building’s envelope under glass, but it takes on a completely different character on the interior. Between every other course, there are thick sheets of laminated glass laid horizontally within the joints. From the meeting area inside, these give an otherwise heavy feature a glow when it’s backlit by the sun.

William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

312 Rosa L Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN

Bob Martineau is commissioner of the Department of Environment and Conservation. He says in its first year, the state will upgrade one of its most visible facilities, the Tennessee Tower in Nashville, with insulating film over its hundreds of windows.

“The film project is about a $600-thousand capital investment to put that film on the building, and we get about a $360-thousand energy savings in the first year. So in less than two years, it will pay for that.”


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