Caring for Windows after Window Film Installation

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How to Keep Your Tinted Windows Looking Great with Minimal Maintenance

With proper maintenance, your new solar-blocking window film will look great for years to come. In the last decade, manufacturers have developed improved window tinting products that are more durable and are easier to maintain. Now, there’s no need to worry about the material fading, peeling or scuffing with normal use. By following a few simple guidelines, you can preserve the product’s original quality and energy-saving benefits.

Why Cleaning Practices are Important

In addition to protecting your tinted windows from damage, proper cleaning techniques will ensure that you aren’t voiding your factory warrantee. Most professionally installed products include at minimum a five-year warranty. Some brands offer a lifetime warranty against fading, peeling and bubbling. Today’s window films are attractive, effective, scratch-resistant and easy to maintain.

Do’s and Don’ts

Although films are more durable than they used to be, it’s important to avoid certain products that could gouge the material or fade the engineered tint. Never use ammonia on tinted windows unless the manufacturer recommends it. Over time, ammonia will produce significant fading that will decrease the sun-blocking performance of the film. Most commercial cleaning products designed for windows contain a high percentage of ammonia. Look for specially marked ammonia-free cleaning solutions that are advertised as safe for tinted windows. Some manufacturers suggest equal parts of isopropyl rubbing alcohol and distilled water.

Never use squeegees, razor blades, metal items or abrasive scouring pads as they can scratch the film. Soft cotton diaper cloths and clean microfiber rags are preferred for all tinted surfaces. Make sure that the fabric is clean, especially if you’re using microfiber. Trapped particles can damage the film while you wipe away the dust and dirt.

Other Tips

Always follow cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer. For example, EnerLogic recommends waiting two weeks after installation before cleaning its residential and commercial window film for the first time. In some cases, ammonia-based cleansers are safe to use, but you want to be sure before you apply them and risk damaging the newly installed product.

For more information about maintaining residential, commercial and automotive window films, get in touch with us at Sunbusters or check out our products online. You’re also welcome to stop by one of our convenient locations in Austin and Lakeway to speak with our experts.

4 Reasons to Seek an Auto Tint Shop That Uses a Computer Cutting Plotter

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If you’ve heard about the many benefits of automotive window films and you’re ready to protect your own vehicle from UV damage, your next task is to find a tinting shop to do the work. You wouldn’t let just anyone tamper with your valuable car; top-quality results are paramount. While all window films work in a similar way, the application process can be quite different. In the past, film tint patterns were cut by hand directly on the outside surface of the vehicle’s glass. Today’s technology has made the process much smoother. Top-rated tinting shops prefer using a computer cutting plotter to pre-cut the film patterns that match your car’s exact dimensions before the film ever touches the vehicle. Here are four reasons why this process is superior.

4 Reasons That a Computer Cutting Plotter Is the Better Choice

1.    Computer plotters cut film pieces with exact precision. The information they use is accessed through a large database containing film patterns that match the glass and body dimensions of your car model. The patterns are developed utilizing the best practices for the automotive tint industry.

2.    A computer cutting plotter is consistent; it cuts a pattern the same way every time. This eliminates the problem of human error, which is extremely common in the process of making patterns by hand.

3.    Computer-cut patterns are more efficient. They reduce film waste due to mis-cuts, and they also save time by getting your vehicle tinted and delivered back to you more quickly. If you’re concerned about the environment, it’s important to note that reducing wasted film material and energy also reduces the carbon footprint of the company using the system.

4.    Most importantly, with computer-cut patterns, your car is safe from cutting mishaps. No cutting occurs on any part of the vehicle. Cutting automotive glass patterns by hand without etching or scratching the glass requires an extremely delicate touch and years of experience. Damage to glass, paint and rubber gaskets by sharp blades are common when using the older technique. With a plotter on the team, your immaculate and beloved car won’t be going under the knife.

Our Technology Leads the Way in Tinting for Austin and Lakeway

We’re proud of the fact that Sunbusters was one of the first automotive window tint shops in Texas to adopt the use of computer-cut patterns. Embracing this advanced technology has enhanced our customers’ experience and provided great benefits for us as a business. The system we use is called PrecisionCut by Llumar. Visit us online to learn more about our computer-cut tinting films and other protective automotive services.

Auto Tint: Your Easy Escape From the Texas Sun


It’s already starting to warm up in Texas, and it’s only going to get hotter. For drivers with professionally tinted windshields and windows, the summer is a little less intimidating; they’ll enjoy protection from both the searing heat and the dangerous ultraviolet rays. If the mention of auto tinting makes you think of mysterious, dark cars that are hiding dead bodies, the facts might surprise you.

Your Car Doesn’t Have to Look Suspicious

It’s a common misconception that car tinting only provides adequate protection when it’s dark enough to look suspicious. Dark tints are illegal in many areas, and this may contribute to the false impression. In reality, IR films don’t have to be dark to perform. You’ve probably seen tinted car windows many times and never had any idea that they were different. Films that are clear and virtually invisible can deliver exceptional protection without significantly changing the appearance of your car. If you want to drive more comfortably while saving your car and your health from sun damage, clear auto tint is an ideal solution.

The Many Benefits of Infrared Films

Tinted windows keep your car’s interior cooler, but relief from summer heat is just the beginning. Quality infrared or IR films block 99.9% of the ultraviolet rays that can enter through untreated automotive glass. Keeping them out protects you and your family from the negative health effects of UV radiation while you’re inside your car. Tinting also keeps the interior upholstery and plastic components safe from cracking, fading and heat damage. It even makes your driving safer by providing glare protection during the day and at night. As with any aftermarket automotive product, quality is important when choosing a window tint. A leading brand such as Formula One Pinnacle Ceramic film provides superior protection and a factory-like appearance, and it won’t interfere with radio frequencies or mobile devices.

Factory-Tinted Glass May Not Be Enough

If your factory-tinted windows don’t have impressive sun-busting abilities, they may just need a little help. Many SUV’s feature factory-tinted glass on the glass behind the front two doors and the cargo area. Fortunately, you can add a virtually clear IR film on top of the factory-tinted glass and nearly double its performance.

Let Sunbusters Give Your Car the Cool Factor

If you’re ready to fight back against summer heat and harmful UV rays, our Sunbusters experts can help. We rely on top-quality clear auto tint technology from Llumar to keep Austin and Lakeway drivers and their vehicles safe from the hot Texas sun. Visit us online today to learn more about our automotive tinting and other services.

Tinted Windows: More Than a Visual Enhancement

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Window Tint for Austinites: The Many Great Benefits

You already know that window tint will make your car look awesome from the outside, but have you stopped to consider all of the other benefits it might offer? If you’re on the fence about having your car tinted, you won’t be after reading this article!

1. Privacy and Security

Tinted windows are about a lot more than just appearances. They also provide a greater deal of privacy. If you’ve ever been in a situation that required you to change your clothes in a parking lot, you’re probably already aware why this is a wonderful thing.

A much more practical reason is that it can also help discourage crime. If a crook doesn’t notice the valuables in the backseat of your car because they can’t see in the windows, then there’s a good chance they will move on. It’s never wise to store valuables in the car in the first place, but during long shopping excursions, you sometimes have to. Having tinted windows could make all the difference in a situation like this.

2. Guard Against Shattering

Since window tint provides an additional film layer over the surface of the window, it can help prevent shattering in the event of an accident. Less shattering means less flying glass and potentially fewer injuries.

3. UV Protection

UV rays from direct exposure to sunlight have been proven to increase the chances of skin cancer and speed up the aging process. Research has shown that American drivers have a higher rate of skin cancer on the left side of their bodies due to driving exposure alone. As if that wasn’t scary enough, they can also damage the upholstery in your vehicle over time. When you have window tint installed, you’ll block up to 99% of incoming UV rays, making it that much easier to stay protected while driving.

4. Staying Cool and Saving Money

Along with blocking out harmful UV rays, your window tint will also help keep you cool. Austin summers can be scorching, and without a little protection, you’ll likely be blasting your air conditioner all season long. This can add up in fuel costs. You’ll be a lot more comfortable and save money when you brave the summer heat in a car with tinted windows.

Would you like more information about getting your windows tinted in Austin and Lakeway? If so, please contact Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited. We’re ready to help you get started!

Sun Damage Stops Here: Protecting Auto Leather

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The value of window tint and other methods for preventing leather damage

Leather is a natural fabric that is susceptible to damage from many of the same sources as other fabrics. Sunlight is one of the biggest offenders, which makes protecting your car from direct sun exposure all the more important if you want to preserve the “like new” look of the leather seats.

The Problem with Sunlight and Leather

Both sun and heat have negative effects on leather. Being exposed to excessive light causes leather to fade gradually until it only shows a shadow of its original rich, deep color. At the same time, heat draws moisture out of the fabric, causing it to dry out and crack or warp. That means your car’s seats could be suffering damage whether the vehicle is parked in the sun or simply sitting in an environment that raises the interior temperature. While one sunny day may not ruin your leather, the effects of exposure compound over time, resulting in a dull, aged appearance that detracts from the value of the car.

Proactive Protection

With all of these potential threats lurking just behind the clouds, it may seem like a bad idea to ever expose your car to the sun. Fortunately, there are many protective measures you can take to ensure that the leather interior of your vehicle remains free from solar damage:

• Park in the garage at home and in public whenever possible.
• Park in the shade when full cover isn’t available.
• Invest in a quality car cover or seat covers.
• Always put the top up if you drive a convertible.
• Use a high quality leather conditioner regularly.
• Increase the frequency of conditioning during hot summer months or whenever the leather feels stiff.
Clean the seats often to keep them free from other potentially damaging substances.

Window tinting is another effective way to keep your leather seats in top condition. Applied as a film, window tint is a nearly invisible treatment that keeps the damaging rays of the sun at bay while you’re driving and when the car is parked. Check local laws to determine the degree to which you can tint your windows, and choose the best possible quality of tint for maximum protection.

Let Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited of Austin and Lakeway help protect your car’s leather interior with high quality window tint products. By blocking 99.9% of UV rays, 50% of incoming heat, and lowering visible light transmission, our window tints prevent the most common problems that occur when sunlight meets leather. Contact us for more information on how our window tints can help protect your car and your home.

Sunbusters Is Now in Lakeway!

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We’re happy to announce that we’ve just opened our new Sunbusters location in Lakeway. If you live in the area, you won’t have to drive far to find the best in automotive window tinting and paint protection technologies. Here are a few reasons you’ll want to check out our services.

Formula One High Performance Automotive Window Tinting

At Sunbusters, we install Formula One High Performance Automotive Window Films made by LLumar. Our films can enhance your car in many ways. They can provide extra privacy, create a stylish new look, keep your interior cooler, protect your upholstery from heat damage, reduce glare while driving and dramatically reduce your exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. Tinting can even help prevent your windows from shattering on impact. If you want your new car to keep its great looks and deliver the best driving experience, window tinting films can be of great value.

LLumar Automotive Paint Protection Film

Unless you never drive your new car, it has to face harsh treatment from the elements on a regular basis. While window tinting protects your car’s interior, paint protection film guards your car’s exterior and keeps it looking newer longer. Our LLumar high-gloss, invisible paint protection film is a perfect defense against anything the road can throw at your car, including flying road debris like rocks and pebbles, corrosive winter road salt, abrasive sand, bird droppings, pigmented mud, tree sap, road oil, tar and direct sunlight. With paint protection film on your car, you can relax and know that your car’s appearance and exterior integrity is safe regardless of road conditions or the whims of Mother Nature.

Lakeway, You’re Going to Love Sunbusters!

At Sunbusters, we’ve been tinting car windows for more than 20 years. In fact, we tint more vehicle windows than any other business in the Central Texas region. With prestigious clients like Lexus of Austin, Covert Ford, GMC, Bentley and many other car dealerships, our reputation for superior products and service is impeccable. We’re bringing the same great service to our new location in Lakeway, so if you want to protect your new car from the elements or enjoy a more private driving experience, we’re in your neighborhood, and we’re ready to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Paint Protection Film Supplies More Than Just Longevity

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Preserve your car’s paint job with protective exterior film

The only way to avoid damaging your car’s paint is to park it in the garage and never drive it. Since this is more than a little impractical, you need a simple, long-lasting way to prevent the scratches, dings, scuffs and corrosion that can occur as you drive through changing weather conditions throughout the year. Automotive paint protection film provides a defensive shield that does all this and more.

Preserves Appearance

The main reason people opt for protective film is that they want to maintain the glossy “like new” look a car has when it’s first driven off the lot. Thanks to modern technologies, these films can not only deflect damage but also “self-heal” to eliminate the appearance of any minor scratches that do occur.

Reduces Maintenance Costs

Trying to keep your car looking like new without the help of a protective film requires frequent washing and touch-ups along with visits to the body shop to repair more serious damage. The money and time you spend on all this adds up fast and amounts to much more than the cost of film installation.

Year-Round, Total-Body Protection

Each season brings a different kind of threat to your car’s exterior. Summer paving work leaves loose gravel that can kick up as you’re driving, and winter road treatments are notoriously bad for automotive paint jobs. Protective films can cover the entire vehicle, including the areas most vulnerable to seasonal damage, so that you never have to worry about potentially harmful road conditions.

Keeps Nature at Bay

Bird droppings, bug splatter and tree sap can all accumulate on your car, causing unsightly spots or leading to corrosion. Protective film provides a barrier against these messes and makes them easier to clean.

Simple Maintenance

Paint protection films do need cleaning, but maintaining the protective barrier doesn’t require any special steps. All you have to do is wash the car like you normally would with car wash soap and a soft microfiber cloth. Finish up with a coating of synthetic wax, and your car will continue to shine like new.

At Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited, you have the choice of paint protection film with or without a top coating. Visit our website or give us a call for more information about how these two options can protect your vehicle. We can help you choose which type of film is best for your car. When you’re ready for installation, you can rely on us to perform a top-quality job that includes an inspection to ensure that the film will perform as it should.

3 Things You Didn’t Know Could Make Your Home Secure

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Improve safety with some unusual approaches to home security

Are you doing all you can to make sure that your home is safe? Burglar alarms and motion sensors will deter invaders to a certain extent, but it never hurts to have a little extra protection for you and your family. Add these security measures to your current safety plan for greater peace of mind.

Take Care of the Yard

Unkempt grass and untrimmed bushes announce that you’re away and make your house a prime target for enterprising thieves. Overgrown hedges make perfect places for potential housebreakers to stay out of sight while scoping out your property. Piles of wood at the sides of the house or shed can act as “ladders” for easy entry. If you can’t keep up with the demands of your yard or you tend to be away from home for long stretches of time, consider hiring a landscaping service. They’ll keep your yard looking neat and trim even when you’re out of town.

Project a Menacing Image

You want your home to be inviting to guests, not burglars. That means striking a balance between creating an inviting atmosphere for the visitors you want and scaring away those you don’t. There’s an opportunity to be imaginative when doing this, including turning simple landscaping elements such as rose bushes into unpleasantly sharp “traps” by positioning them beneath first-story windows. A tall, solid fence made from wood or wrought iron with decorative spikes running along the top looks nice from a design standpoint, but it clearly tells criminals that you’re not going to put up with them coming into your yard. Add a “Beware of Dog” sign somewhere on the property to complete the image.

Strengthen the Windows

Windows are weak points in any home. It’s all too easy for thieves to break the glass and climb in or smash a few panes and make off with whatever they can grab through the hole. Adding security film thwarts their efforts by holding glass together after it shatters. This serves the dual purpose of preventing unwanted entry and stopping glass from scattering all over the floor inside. Security films may be clear or tinted, with tinted versions providing added protection from the harmful effects of UV rays. Available in a range of thicknesses, these films are also useful for lessening damage during bouts of severe weather.

A secure home is a peaceful home, and Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited stocks a range of safety and security films to help bring about that sense of comfort. Contact us to discuss your options, and we’ll help you decide which type of window tint is right for your Austin home.

Decorative Window Film: A Simple Solution for a Big Enhancement

Why Decorative Window Films Are a Smart Choice for Homes and Businesses

You’ve probably heard that the windows in your home or office have a huge impact on its overall aesthetic and real estate value. After all, windows are designed to provide protection from the elements. They’re also an essential part of a building’s exterior and interior design. Updating your windows with decorative films is a great way to add value to your property without going broke.

Why Window Film Makes Sense

No matter where you live or work, you rely on your windows to give you a view of the world. Upgrading them from time to time is essential, but that doesn’t mean that you have to replace windows entirely. Window film is an economical alternative that offers great energy savings. If you’re looking to improve your home’s overall insulation, using films on windows is a great place to start.

Because they add a layer of tinting to your windows, films help cut down on the heat that enters your home. In fact, window film and tinting offer a better overall return on investment than does low-E window replacement. They’re also a smarter choice than thermal draperies because they allow natural light to enter your home.

In addition to their energy-saving power, window films boast other benefits including

•    UV protection that helps minimize your family’s exposure to harmful light rays,
•    reduction of heat and glare from the sun,
•    increased sturdiness to keep windows from shattering during storms,
•    enhanced privacy, and
•    protection against fading for carpets, flooring, furniture and artworks.

Choosing the Right Window Films for Your Space

Of course, window films have big aesthetic benefits too. They give your space an instant facelift without the expense of replacing all of your windows, and they’re available in dozens of styles. Choosing the right films for your Austin home or business means weighing both your energy needs and your decor demands.

You can work with a window tinting professional to determine what degree of tinting will be most beneficial for your property. In some cases, you might choose different films for different areas of your building. As you evaluate your window film needs, don’t forget outbuildings and garages. Tinting will help protect the items that you store in these areas from sun damage while increasing privacy and security.

Once you’ve nailed down the technical details, you can think about aesthetics. Window films are available in a variety of opacities, patterns and tints. Choose designs that complement your current decor while remaining timeless. Think of window films as an accent to your home’s overall style.

Are you ready to leverage the benefits of window tinting in your home or office? Contact us at Sunbusters Window Tinting to see what we can do for your Austin property.

Reinvent Your Ride With Aftermarket Installations

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Simple upgrades to make your car feel like new

Have you been eyeing the cars on the market today and wishing your outdated model had some of the latest advances these vehicles are equipped with? With aftermarket parts and systems, you can upgrade your car to be just like new at a fraction of the cost. From mechanical to cosmetic, aftermarket installations allow you to customize your vehicle to create a car of your dreams.

GPS Navigation

GPS systems that operate via voice commands are safer alternatives to trying to use the map app on your smartphone as you drive. Mount an independent system on a dashboard stand or have a unit installed directly into the console to facilitate easy navigation no matter where you are. If you do a lot of traveling, this is one upgrade you won’t want to be without.

Enhanced Entertainment

Make driving more fun with a new stereo and the set of speakers you’ve always wanted. Many sound systems now sync with smartphones, tablets and MP3 players so that you can bring your entire music collection on the go. Opt for a hands-free system and control your tunes using just your voice.

Safer Driving

New headlights may not be the most glamorous aftermarket upgrade, but they are a smart investment in safety. Stronger bulbs and clearer light allow you to see farther and increase the amount of time you have to react to unexpected obstacles. Window tinting controls the light that comes into your car during daytime driving, keeping you safe from the harmful effects of UV rays.

Better Handling

Upgrading your car’s wheels not only makes it look cooler but also improves the way it drives. Lowering the unsprung weight of the vehicle provides better handling for a smoother ride. While you’re at it, consider investing in better tires that are equipped to handle the weather you encounter in the places you drive most often.

Integrated Gadgets

Adding a remote starter system that you can activate using your smartphone makes it much easier to warm up your car in cold weather. These systems may also include other safety features that allow you to keep track of your car and control its use if need be. Equip the interior with a smartphone dock and USB adapters to keep other technology at your fingertips as you drive.

To ensure that your desired aftermarket parts operate correctly, contact Sunbusters Window Tinting Limited. We provide expert installation of the most popular aftermarket upgrades that includes reliable soldered connections coupled with heat shrinking. These methods are designed to give your new parts a long life and provide the best possible performance as you cruise around Austin.