Window tint is a cost-effective way to enhance the appearance of your vehicle, provide UV protection, create privacy and reduce heat and glare. Tint also makes your window more resilient to break-ins and reduces glass shatter in the event of an accident.
Daddy’s only uses 3M Color-Stable window films. After using different brands and different grades of window film throughout the years, we have decided to exclusively use 3M Color Stable window film. If you put on a poor quality window film to save money, you will probably end up spending two to three times as much if you have to have it redone down the road. That’s not even taking into consideration your time, which is more valuable than money! Here is a little information about window tint:
Not All Window Tint Is the Same!
Several brands of window films are available to consumers: 3M, SunGuard, Sun-Tek, Madico, Wincos, Formula One, Johnson and Lumar name a few. In addition to the numerous brands of window film, each brand also offers many grades of film: Color-dyed, Metalized, Carbon and Ceramic name a few. Based on our research and experience using window films since 1988, 3M is the top manufacturer and the 3M Color Stable grade of film has the best performance, value and warranty available.
The following is an explanation of the different grades of the 3M films. 3M’s pricing is based on the performance, technology and warranties of their different films. With 3M, you do get what you pay for. Don’t be fooled just by hearing the 3M name, the grades really do make a difference.
3M FX-ST film is 3M’s entry level color-dyed film. It is 3M’s lowest quality film that not ONLY comes with a three-year warranty and is specifically NOT guaranteed against fading or turning purple. FX-ST film’s best heat rejection is 46% and is typically priced at $149 for a passenger car. Daddy’s does not carry this film based on it’s tendency to fade to purple rapidly.
3M FX-HP film is a metlaized and color-dyed film which works better than the FX-ST film. However, the metal in the film interferes with wireless signals. This means the range of the remote controls to your vehicle, cell phone or GPS systems, or even AM Radio stations may not perform well. FX-HP film’s best heat rejection is 55% and is priced around $189 for a passenger car. The FX-HP film comes with a lifetime warranty, however, it is NOT guaranteed against turning purple. Daddy’s does not carry this film because of it’s lack of warranty coverage and signal interference.
3M FX-Premium film is a step up from FX-ST and FX-HP. It is NOT metalized so there is no signal interference like with the FX-HP, however, it does not perform as well with heat rejection. FX-Premium’s best heat rejection is 45%, and is typically priced at $229 for a passenger car. FX-Premuim film has a lifetime warranty but it is NOT guaranteed against fading or turning purple. Daddy’s does not carry this film based on it’s low heat rejection performance.
3M Color Stable window film is constructed with a patented Nano-Carbon technology. This means the film derives it’s color from carbon material which never fades and protects against Infared Rays which heat up your car. 3M Color Stable is a true black film that does not have the “mirror look” that the metalized films have. It is also much easier to see out of than the lower grade 3M films. 3M Color Stable’s best heat rejection is 57% and comes with a Nationwide Lifetime Warranty that guarantees the film will NEVER fade or turn purple. This film is typically priced at $279 for a passenger car. 3M Color Stable performs the best and is backed by the best warranty available. We use 3M Color Stable exclusively at Daddy’s. 3M Color Stable film is made in the USA.
We also offer:
3M Crystalline 3MCR90 Clear Automotive Window Film for your Windshield
3M has developed this window film using a multilayer nanotechnology which works with materials smaller than the width of a hair. 3M’s multilayer technology allows 3M to produce a patented window film with hundreds of micro layers of polymer that is less than the thickness of a sticky note. This advanced technology allows 3M Crystalline Window Film the ability to reflect up to 84% of the sun’s infared radiation with high visible light transmission resulting in a crystal-clear film that will not interfere with mobile phone reception. The 3M Crystalline Window Film has a UV blockage performance of 99.9% and a total SPF that exceeds 1700! Not only will your interior will be protected, but more importantly, you and your passengers will be guarded against sunburn, premature aging and risks associated with skin cancer.