WFCT Products September/October 2022August 29th, 2022 by Nathan Hobbs
By Chris Collier
San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center is home to many events. From September 14-16, though, the facility hosts this industry’s top event: the 21st Annual International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ (WFCT). The show features exhibitors from the industry’s top companies eager to display their latest and greatest.
Architectural Advancement By 3M—Booth #214
3M Commercial Solutions Division will spotlight its new 3M Fasara Glass Finishes collection. The on-trend patterns incorporate an expansion on the Gradation Series. The new Natural Series finishes allow users to bring the essence of nature into environments. Fasara is also a non-PVC, low-emitting and low-combustion material, according to the company.
A Cool Vu By CoolVu—Booth #535
CoolVu Transitional Window Films “transition” from a lighter to a darker tint when exposed to sunlight, according to the company. CoolVu reacts to the sun’s intensity and darkens on bright sunny days to reduce sun glare and heat gain. On cloudy days and at night, CoolVu remains unchanged to preserve views and maximize available daylight.
CoolVu’s 55/35 Transitional Film adapts to the sun’s intensity on windows and doors without compromising your view. Utilizing advanced photochromic technology, CoolVu darkens when exposed to sunlight and returns to a lighter state when not.
Plentiful Protection By Madico—Booth #126
Madico showcases several products at this year’s WFCT— its Black Pearl Nano Ceramic automotive film and the new ClearPlex IR windshield protection film. The company will also introduce its pre-cut and pre-shrunk ClearPlex ReadyFit windshield film kits.
Hybrid Heat Rejection By Maxpro Window Films—Booth #430
Maxpro’s XCL PRO window film is a multi-layered hybrid that provides superior infrared rejection (IR) with low reflectivity, according to the company. More durable than traditional dyed and metalized window films, XCL PRO’s enhanced design delivers aesthetically pleasing, long-lasting results for drivers.
Advanced Nano Ceramic Heat Rejection By Avery Dennison—Booth #108
Avery Dennison developed its NR Nano Ceramic IR Series automotive window tint with durable inorganic ceramic nanoparticles. The product delivers high performance with advanced nano-ceramic components for long-lasting color stability and outstanding heat rejection, according to the company. A high level of optical clarity and deep graphite color tone upgrade vehicle aesthetics for a stunning looking and comfortable ride. NR Nano Ceramic IR Series automotive window tint is also metal-free, so there is no interference with electronic equipment, making each installation an optimal experience for both the owner and the installer.
Two for Two By Ceramic Pro—Booth #300
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Ceramic Pro Americas joins WFCT for the first time in 2022. Ceramic Pro recently launched two window films branded as Kavaca Window Tint during the virtual SEMA Show in 2021.
Kavaca Ceramic Ir is infused with a proprietary adhesive and film substrate with nano-ceramic technology to deliver excellent heat rejection, glare control and ultraviolet protection that is metal-free to support signal clarity for all types of electronic devices.
Kavaca Carbon Color Stable window film offers vehicle owners more bang for their window tint dollar, according to the company. Infused with non-metallic nano-carbon technology, it’s available in black or charcoal in various tint percentages.
Paint Protection Film
Sustaining the Shine By Sharpline Converting—Booth #505
Sharpline Converting’s DuraShield Titan paint protection film (PPF) features a new topcoat system providing additional performance benefits for its PPF line. In addition, the company’s DuraShield Satin TC matte PPF is back. DuraShield Satin TC transforms gloss paint into a stylish satin finish while protecting the surface from damage caused by rock chips, road debris and other environmental factors. The top-coated matte film is available in 60-inch wide rolls.
Far-and-Wide Protection By Global Hi-Tech Films—Booth #305
Global PPF is made with a pro-quality six mil thermoplastic polyurethane film (TPU) that includes a self-healing hydrophobic topcoat designed to protect paint finishes from scratches, scuffs and stains. The pressure-sensitive mounting adhesive is installer-friendly, and the silicon liner is easy to remove, according to the company.
Making Moves With Mutoh By Mutoh—Booth #115
The Mutoh XpertJet 1641SR Pro 64” Eco-Solvent single head, 4-color (CMYK) printer builds upon Mutoh’s made-in-Japan reputation and delivers ideal print quality and speeds. The XpertJet 1641SR Pro is paired with the company’s Greenguard Gold certified MS41 Eco-Solvent ink, suitable for use in sensitive environments. Bundle the XpertJet 1641SP Pro with the ValueCut 2 1300 MultiPurpose Cutting Plotter for the perfect pairing, according to the company.
Hands for Hire By KAM Unlimited—Booth #208
Taking on large-scale projects is an overwhelming undertaking for small dealers. Having their main crew tied up for weeks or months can be detrimental to the rest of their operations. KAM Unlimited is a nationwide window film subcontractor, taking care of the labor for large-scale projects so company owners can focus on advancing sales and maintaining their business. The company services window film, resurfacing film, and wet glaze projects.
The Perfect Prescription By AutotintRx —Booth #434
AutotintRx is a physician-owned company offering online, hassle-free consultation for automotive tint prescriptions. Nearly all its clients suffer from light sensitivity and could benefit from darker tinting. The service helps protect installers when installing darker tint and reduces the number of customers lost to illegal tint shops, according to the company.
Chris Collier is the assistant editor for Window Film magazine.
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