Film Jobs July/August 2020

August 11th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

No Fear of Flying

By Erin Miller

Past customers are a good source of future projects, but Ty Sullivan, vice president of SPF Window Tinting (SPF) in Hattiesburg, Miss., never thought it would lead to the tinting of a helicopter—that is until he met a customer for life. It started when Sullivan tinted his car, a Mercedes G-63 AMG. The customer was so pleased with the results it wasn’t long before he returned to get his commercial building tinted. The contract to tint the windows of his house soon followed.

When this gentleman wanted cooler temperatures in his Robinson R66 helicopter, he returned to the company that had done such great work on his car, business and home.

“We educated the customer on the requirements and the liabilities–there were many,” says Sullivan.

Most aircraft windows are constructed from polycarbonate or acrylic plastics, and these materials are not often tinted because of the outgassing, the release of vapor, they generate. While the polycarbonate is being formed, it traps water molecules within it. As the polycarbonate ages, any film applied to the product’s surface bubbles when the water molecules escape.

Sullivan eliminated the outgassing problem with the helicopter’s acrylic windows by applying Blister Free, a 2-millimeter film with a proprietary adhesive produced by Madico. A second solar control film, Color Stable 35% by 3M™, was applied on top of the Blister Free film to achieve the interior cabin temperatures the customer desired.

“This project was interesting, fun, expensive, time-consuming and aesthetically pleasing,” says Sullivan.

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