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3M: Sun protection that doesn’t defy window tint laws

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May 11, 2018 02:42pm
Posted in: Shop Talk, Tips & Trends, Travels

You can’t control the weather or how commuters drive. But you can help protect your truck drivers from the sun.

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Sun exposure is just one occupational hazard truck drivers face. During long commutes, they’re exposed to sunrays for hours at a time. It doesn’t matter the season: summer, winter, spring, or fall. That sun exposure can put truck drivers at risk of premature aging, damaged skin, skin cancer, and more.

The logical solution is to tint the truck windows – but it’s not always that simple. There are many different window tint laws across Canada. When drivers are hauling product, the regulations change from province to province, it can be stressful to choose the right standard. Plus, dark tints can have a negative impact on night visibility, and thus driver safety.

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These variables can make choosing an automotive window film confusing. But it doesn’t have to be.

The clear choice is the colourless choice: automotive window film that meets safety and legal standards.

At 3M, we’ve developed an automotive window film that eliminates dark tint regulation stress, without compromising safety standards. The reason? It’s colourless.

3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline Series is a colourless automotive window film line that can actually reject more heat than darker automotive window films.1 We’ve been able to do this by combining over 200 layers of 3M’s patented, multilayer optical film nano-technology into a single automotive window film. The final product is thinner than a Post-it® Note.

How to choose the right automotive window film.

There are six different tint levels in the 3M Automotive Window Film Crystalline Series.

For trucking fleets, I recommend the 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline 90. This product is the first tint level in the series and it offers four main benefits:

  1. Enhanced visibility: For high sunlight, 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline 90 helps curb bright light with a 34% glare reduction capability. 2 At night, where dark automotive window films can make it harder to see, the clear nature of this product doesn’t impact visibility.3
  2. UV protection: 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline 90 is designed for optimal UV rejection. It can block up to 99% of UV light – a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 1000.4
  3. Temperature management: 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline 90 can reject up to 34% of solar energy and up to 90% of heat-producing infrared rays. This helps regulate the temperature in the truck, keeping drivers cooler and more comfortable during their commutes.5
  4. No interference with signals: As a side-effect of metalized automotive window film, drivers can actually experience dropped signals. As a non-metalized automotive window film, 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline 90 won’t interfere with Bluetooth, GPS, or satellite radio reception.


Written by: Jim Bradburn Application Development Professional, 3M Canada 




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