3M Sun Control Films are designed to reduce the amount of solar heat transmission through window glass by increasing the solar reflection (not necessarily visible reflection) and solar absorption through the glass.
Typical colored or dyed films work primarily through increased absorption. The color absorbs the solar energy at the glass, thus reducing the direct transmission into the room. These films are not as effective as reflective films for reducing heat.
Reflective films are films that have been precision coated with metals. These metallized films are designed to increase the solar energy reflection of the glass. 3M reflective films range from moderate to excellent in solar performance (heat gain reduction).
All 3M Sun Control Films are made to be transparent and optically clear. The ultraviolet protection is built into the adhesive system to provide longevity to the film as well as provide UV protection for your home and office furnishings.
Most 3M Window Films (Tint) are protected with our abrasion resistant coating that provides long-term durability and maintained appearance.
3M Low E Films work much in the same way as the sun control films except that they offer an increased performance against cold weather heat loss. The patented construction of these films enables the metal coating to reflect more of the interior room heat back into the room where it is needed. This improves personal comfort by reducing cold spots near windows and can help save on fuel costs, especially in commercial buildings. These low-e films are also protected with our patented abrasion resistant coating for long-term durability and maintained appearance.
3M Philippines offers 4 variants of Automotive Tint: Crystalline, Black Chrome, Color Stable and FX-ST. The difference in price is mainly due to the technology, number of layers and adhesive used. The higher the price, the more advanced the technology is, the better the performance.
3M™ Crystalline Automotive Tints (CR70)
The Clear Choice
3M Crystalline has the highest technology among all tints. It lets you enjoy maximum clarity with advanced heat rejection. Car owners can drive around and enjoy the view outside without the discomfort from the sun's heat.
3M™ Black Chrome Automotive Tints (BC10, BC20, BC35)
3M™ Black Chrome Automotive Tints are a premium line of metallic automotive tints that not only enhance your vehicle's appearance, but offer excellent heat rejection, glare control, privacy, and protection from the damaging UV effects of the sun. 3M™ Black Chrome Automotive Tints come with a limited lifetime warranty against peeling, bubbling, blistering, fading or discoloration.
3M™ Color Stable Automotive Tints (CS10, CS20, CS35)
3M Color Stable is a line of premium, high heat rejecting black automotive tints that maintain its color and will never fade to purple.
3M™ FX ST Automotive Tints (ST5, ST20, ST35)
FX Standard Auto Film delivers great looks and great performance. It has a scratch resistant coating, and several different shading levels in an attractive charcoal hue.
Look at the total solar energy rejection (TSER) value. This describes the total amount of solar energy (UV+ visible + IR) that is blocked, or rejected, from passing through the window. However, higher TSER is not always the better performing film. You can always increase the TSER number by simply making a film darker or more reflective. Remember that TSER looks at UV, visible and IR. To make an apple to apple comparison, you need to look at films with the same visible light performance.
After thirty (30) days, you may clean 3M™ Films using normal household cleaning solutions, including ammonia based products: e.g., Windex, and a soft, lint-free cloth or towel. You may also use a squeegee to clean the films. Abrasive products which would scratch or damage the film should not be used.
Although they may look the same, close inspection will reveal that CS is black or blue-black. The FX-ST film is green-black. The difference in price is mainly due to the technology used. 3M Color-Stable Automotive Tint is made with a unique and advanced technology that provides lifetime warranty against color change. It also provides superior optical clarity.