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Post Mon May 11, 2009 10:15 am

Perf. window film-what life does it have?

Hi all, as per the title, I was told last week that perforated window film, such as Contravision, Clearview etc. only has a 2-year life before failing.
Is this due to the print or the film failing?
Got me worried now, and my customer is non too happy either, so I need to get this cleared up.
Any input gratefully received!

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Post Mon May 11, 2009 10:34 am

only lasts about 6 months over here!! I have pretty much stopped using it, unless it is no where near the sun!!

I was told not to laminate it?? I dont know if everyone has been told the same thing?? Or whether that is the problem??

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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:06 am

Hello chaps! Just had the customer on the phone. Using the vertical stripes as in Rob's demo didn't work-they don't like the stripes, apparently, as all they see is the stripes! This, I would think, is due to them being in a tractor-cab, and therefore very close to the window.

Hey Dan, a bit worried about your 6 months! These tractors are being exported all over Europe, so will come across all extremes of weather, but to an extent will be protected from the hard wear that vans & cars get being on the road all the time.

The customer now also wants them laminated, to stop the holes filling up.

Don't know where we go from here, would like to keep this customer...
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:14 am

Lorraine I would speak to whoever does your digi printing and ask them to put 7 year UV laminate on and as the colour is mainly black the fade should not be a massive issue the only other thing i can suggest is black window tint but the fitting of this is specialised :-?
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:31 am

Hi Lorraine

Durability on external perforated window film is at best 1 year. It is possible to help extend this by cutting the graphics slightly smaller then sealing the edges with either narrow tape or a sealer but being a farmers daughter I have seen my Dad pressure wash his beloved tractor within an inch of its life. Farmers also tend to use some pretty strong detergents from time to time and I would not like to guess what effect they would have on window graphics. Really as George has said an internal window tint might be the best direction to advise your customer to go in but hes quite right not the easiest to fit :roll: :roll: sorry not much help there.

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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:35 am

I have just spoken to customer again and have found out they are putting the film on the windows prior to fitting them.
What do you think if they were to apply unlaminated, unprinted perf. film to the inside, then I supply the printed logo to apply to the outside?
They would, in effect not have issues with print fade or laminating on the perforated film.

I'm not too sure about this, I think it would be fine, what do you reckon.... :roll:
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:41 am

that could well work Lorraine :D
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:45 am

:lol1: Only concern is the UVL attacking the adhesive through the glass.

The customer is coming down to pick up a length of film to trial later.

He's also talking about giving me all their 'sticker' work, which sounds like I may have to dust off the PC60 and get the instruction manual out. (!) :cry:
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:49 am

:-? :-? The chap driving the tractor is gonna have difficulty see out of the back through the white.......I think :-? :roll: :lol1: Oh I'm gonna go have a play with some.
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 11:51 am

just put some on my car window it work ok you can see through and it looks like a black titnt too :D
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 1:03 pm

I've got my one way vision on the rear of my car unlaminated. Been on for 18 months it hasn't faded or failed. The clear focus stuff seems to be a lot longer lasting then the cheaper alternatives on the market.

We did use some cheap one way from china and that failed within 10 months. Faded so badly.
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 1:03 pm

Also my car is outdoors 247.
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 1:17 pm

George Elsmore wrote:just put some on my car window it work ok you can see through and it looks like a black titnt too :D


Hey George, don't forget these guys are going to be looking directly at it, from about 2 feet away, not in a rear-view mirror. Thanks for trying it though :D
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 2:02 pm

we used some on a few fiesta cars some time ago. fading wasn't the issue but the vinyl began to crack where the window curved. it had very little print on it and cracked on solid white areas with no ink. was at most 6 months after the job when i spotted it.
i guess the media has to be pretty receptive to the ink but ide also think the INK would be just as much to blame for fading as opposed to just the media.
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Post Mon May 11, 2009 2:04 pm

i have been told lately that a contractor has not been allowed lettering to the tractor /digger windows on site as reducing vision, health and safety and all that.

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Post Tue May 12, 2009 6:44 am

Hi there

I didn't get chance to check out a large section of the perforated window film only A4 but I did sit in the cab of the tractor and the rear window must must be pretty free from obstruction as the driver needs to be able to view his trailer pick up hitch (think that's what Dad called it)when attaching implements. George's idea of window tint is the only way I recon unless you suggest to the customer that they could have a fade top to bottom printed onto clear and clear overlaminated this methord could incorporate a company logo and could be done either inside or out????

All that said on this occasion there was so much muck on the rear window he'd have to open his window to see anything :roll: :lol1:
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Post Tue May 12, 2009 9:34 am

Hi All,

Without lamination 1 - 2 years subject to grade , with an approved lamination the some will give you a warranty of 5 years.

If you dont overlaminate the water sits in the holes and increases the possability of contamination not to menton reduces visability.

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