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Aug 16


Our top 7 reasons why tinting is a good idea

  1. Today’s auto films can provide up to 78% heat reduction versus untreated automotive glass. A cooler interior provides more comfort and can significantly reduce air conditioning usage thus extending the life of AC systems and improving gas mileage.
  2. Auto film blocks up to 99%* of UV rays while also significantly reducing heat. Reducing these two primary causes of fading helps to protect and extend the life of all of your vehicle’s interior including seats, carpets, wood trim and dashboard.
  3. Our clear safety and security films block 98% or more of UV rays.
  4. Exposure to UV rays from the sun is known to pose potential health risks for your eyes and skin. Auto films provide an effective “sunscreen” for you against the harmful effects of the sun.
  5. Glare from the sun or from headlights at night can blind your vision when on the road. This dangerous condition can be greatly helped by tinting your vehicle’s side and rear windows.
  6. Thicker “automotive protection” films can provide an extra level of safety in case of an accident, and security for your possessions against smash-and-grab car robbers.
  7. There’s a variety of auto film products for windows to suit any type of car, truck or SUV. From virtually invisible films to darker colors, there’s a range of shades to give you the look you want.
Jul 15

 

 

Unless you have ridiculous amounts of money to burn on high-end luxury cars you only plan on driving once a year, you probably plan on actually driving your car on a regular basis. Most luxury car owners buy their cars as the ultimate ride to wherever they need or want to go. They didn’t pay an entire year’s salary just to leave it sitting in the garage. And therein lays the biggest problem for high-end car owners who want to actually drive their cars: driving will take a toll on your investment.

Even just the elements can wreak havoc on your beautiful automobile. Rain, wind, dirt, gravel, sun exposure, sleet, hail, debris, stone chips, insects, etc. are all part of a continuous list describing the furious onslaught your car must survive. Sure, you may have never thought much about your car’s paint job when you drove a Civic. But you didn’t invest in a brand new Corvette just watch that immaculate, shimmering paint job wear off. You bought your car for it to look good, so how can you keep it looking every bit as beautiful as when you first saw it on the lot?

The answer is a clear bra, and more specifically, a 3M clear bra. The 3M bra is a thermoplastic urethane film applied to a car’s painted surfaces in order to protect it from anything the pain job will face with normal car use. While there are several quality brands available, 3M has the distinction of being universally well-received, at least from what we could find on the first few pages of Google search. It’s seriously impressive that we couldn’t find a single negative review for several pages. So how can your car benefit from the instillation of a clear bra?

 

1) Maintain Market Value

As you know, the market for a high-end automobile is distinctly different from the market for economy cars. With the limited number of models made each year, value does not automatically decline as the year fixed to the model gets farther away from the present. Value decline over time is not nearly as pronounced as value decline with wear and miles. This market is virtually opposite of the economy car market, where the year after the model is the most valuable element of your car. If your 2005 limited edition Corvette looks like it was just picked up off the lot, you will command top dollar. It pays to protect your paint.

 

2) You Can Barely See It

Okay, let’s be honest; if the coat doesn’t look good, it doesn’t matter how nicely it protects your paint. What’s the point of a breathtaking paint job you can’t see? Fortunately, 3M bras are hardly noticeable, with onlookers having to catch it at just the right angle to even tell the clear bra has been applied. Sure, it may douse the shimmer just a bit, but what’s better, a perfect look for a year or a near-perfect look for five years?

 

3) 5 Year Warranty

Here’s the best part for the cost conscious. 3M clear bras come with a five year warranty, so you can rest assured that you will get your money’s worth, even if the product doesn’t perform as advertised. A universal round of thumbs up and high fives says that you won’t need the warranty, but it’s always nice to be insured.

If you want to keep your paint job looking amazing, give 3M’s clear bra a try. The internet says you won’t be disappointed.

Tiffany Olson is a blogger from Northern California who writes on a myriad of topics including car paint protection, 3M Clear Bra, and Xpel Clear Bra. When she’s not blogging, you’ll usually find her reading, cooking, or hanging out with good friends.

Jun 03

safely protect your car from Seattle sunshine with a layer of window film

 

 

Finally, some sun in Seattle! It’s going to be a sunny weekend here in the Emerald City, make sure your being smart while enjoying the sunshine. That’s right, its time to think about window tinting. Protect yourself from harmful UV rays and minimize the effects of the sun using 3M Automotive Window Films. This weekend is a perfect time to take action and Emerald City Window Tinting can help!

Not only do you need protection from the sun but so does your car. With window film installed, you can reduce interior fading and cracking by blocking up to 99% of the sun’s UV rays. Window tinting allows you to enjoy the beautiful Seattle scenery by reducing glare and improving driving comport. Window tinting also allows you to stay cool by maximizing comfort with superior heat rejection.

Will window tinting affect your ability to communicate? Nope. Non-metallized films provide zero interference with mobile phones, GPS devices and radio reception.

Lastly, window tinting just makes you look cool. We can help you create a sleek look you will love.

 

So give Emerald City Window Tinting a call today. 206-335-9917

May 28

It’s that time of the year again! As spring approaches, the heating bills may be lowering but the air conditioning bill will soon follow even in Seattle. Window tinting is highly effective in reducing costly cooling bills by reducing harmful UV rays and other heat factors from entering your Seattle home.

That`s not all that window tinting can do for your home in Seattle. Tinting will also work to protect your valuable interior furniture, carpets, and décor from harmful sun rays. If you are the type that likes a more open look to your home; in other words, you don`t like many window blinds or other treatments blocking your view of Seattle, then window tinting is your answer.

Plus, as you research facts about window tinting you will see the obvious advantages in cost (Film or window tinting is much cheaper) compared to conventional window treatments. Decorators and custom blinds can be very expensive; however, you still need something on those windows to protect your home.

Luckily, we can  help with window tinting Seattle! Call Emerald City Window Tinting & Signs, Inc. for more info!

(206) 334-6084

Apr 05

3M is here to help protect your car!

You’ve seen it happen year after year. Your car takes a beating during the colder months of the year. Over time, the damage adds up and can negatively affect the value of your car. Protect your car this winter from road hazards! Invest in 3M Clear Auto Bra technology and take advantage of it’s strong protection against rocks thrown up by vehicles on the highway in winter or  help combat against harsh winter areas where sand is poured on the roads for traction. Contact us for more info!

 

 

Mar 28

 

 

Can you have car window tinting applied to your windows in wet or cold weather? Yes! Some people assume that they have to wait to Given Seattles climate, it's a good thing that car window tinting in bad weather is possiblehave their car or home windows tinted. Well, with the modern adhesive systems found on today’s window tinting products, it is possible to have your car windows tinted even in freezing weather!

The curing time may be extended in adverse conditions but the professional installers at ECWT take the weather into consideration during installation, allowing more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to activate the drying process!

Jan 18

 

Privacy glass can protect your office from prying eyes

Privacy matters! Why would you want to keep your shades pulled down all the time? Our privacy glass films are a smart and cost  effective answer to enhance the performance of windows in your home or vehicle. Home window tint ensures that privacy during the day and it doesn’t block your view of the world!

More importantly it helps protect your property from prying eyes wanting to make a quick buck from your property when no-one is present inside. So the next time you are out of home or office, and the window tinting is in place, it will make things difficult for them to guess. Contact us for details! 

Dec 07

Wow summer flew by fast! Labor Day is over, schools are back in session and now it’s time to start looking forward to the fall and winter. This means less sunshine and cooler temps. When it comes to home window tinting and temperature control, most people think about the summer time and how you can avoid using air conditioners because the tinted windows will help keep the heat out.

Keep your home warm for less this winter

A lot of people don’t realize that, in the winter time, tinted windows will help reduce the amount of heat loss from your home! Saving you money on those electric bills that always seem to creep up during the colder months! Learn how ECWT can help.

Nov 16

 

 

It’s warming up in the emerald city. Did you know that roughly one third of an average building’s cooling load is due to solar heat Learn how window film can help with heat reductiongain through windows? Window films can actually reduce up to 78% of the sun’s heat without compromising your view outside unlike shutters or blinds.  Also, your home will feel more comfortable and your energy costs will be lower. Tinting can help with heat reduction and save money at the same time! Contact us with any questions you might have!

Oct 07

 

 

We found this great video online that demonstrates the effectiveness of security window film. Take a look!

Check out our selection of security window film.