Who makes Vista and Formula One window films?

CPFilms Inc. is the manufacturer. They are the largest manufacturer of window film in the world and process their film completely in-house. They are 9002 certified. They also manufacture Llumar window film. While Llumar window film is the most recognized brand name for both automotive and flat-glass films, Vista (commercial and residential) and Formula One (automotive) are the premium products in their respective field. There are very unique products in both lines of film that deserve a second look.

Can I tint the windshield of my car? I need maximum UV protection.

You can tint the top portion of the windshield (approximately 5”). The lower portion must remain clear and unobstructed. Keep in mind that the windshield is laminated glass. Laminated glass has built-in UV protection with a UV absorbing interlayer sandwiched between two layers of glass.

Can I install window film on Plexiglas™ or Lexan™ windows?

This depends on which type of film you want to install. To install an automotive or solar control film, the answer is ‘No.” Installing the polyester based film onto the acrylic sheeting results in chemical out-gassing, which may cause premature failure. But you can install the vinyl-based films such as the Frosted Glass, Frosted Sparkle, etc. This would also include the complete translucent vinyl series.

Do you have a film that will reduce the incoming heat in the summer but let the heat in during the cold winter months?

A solar control window film will continue to reflect heat in both summer and winter. The Low ‘E’ films are designed to reflect the interior radiant heat back into the building instead of letting it transfer to the outside through the glass. These films can be used on dual and single-pane windows. Keep in mind that the film is only reducing a percentage of the heat from the sun. The remaining percentage is still coming in.

If I want to have the film removed do I have to replace my windows?

No, while the film is designed to stay on the glass, it can be carefully removed. While the process is simple, many would still prefer to have a professional do it. On vehicles with rear window defrost lines, extra care needs to be taken.

If I want my windows tinted darker that the law allows, can I sign a waiver and have it tinted as dark as I want?

I liken this to making a contract to break the law, so the answer is ‘No.’ Over the years we have developed a good relationship with the law enforcement community. The law is there as a matter of safety for both the officers and the general public. See the legal requirements on the Automotive page for more details.

Does the film go on the inside or outside of the glass?

All Vista films are installed on the interior surface of the existing glass. In the Llumar line of products, there are two types of exterior applied films. As the interior-applied films will last substantially longer than the exterior films, we would try to use the interior film whenever possible. See the Llumar page for more information on exterior applied films. An interior film cannot be installed on the exterior side.

Can I put film on dual- and triple-paned window?

Yes. In most cases there is a film solution for your dual- or triple-paned windows. Each installation situation is put to a ‘Film-To-Glass’ test to determine which films can be used safely with your glass type. Glass failure due to the installation of window film is covered on the warranty form. Please request a copy as there are some restrictions that apply.

Will the film affect my houseplants?

In most cases the answer is ‘No.' Typically in a home installation, a light to medium (70-29% VLT) density film would be used. This should not have any negative affects on household plants. There are some plants however that require a lot of UV light to survive such as the African Violet. These could be moved to an unprotected window for a couple of days per week. Plants may go into a state of shock for a brief period of time after the film is applied as they become accustomed to the reduced light. In most cases plants thrive on the new conditions of reduced heat. Laminated glass is commonly used in greenhouses to reduce the incoming UV rays. This helps to protect the flower color and reproductive development from the damaging effects of UV radiation.

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