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Eastman Window Film Comparison Vs. 3M Tinting

If there’s one thing I’ve learned the last eleven years since retiring from 3M, it’s that many consumers recognize their logo and assume their window film  matches their brand reputation.

This is the “perception” challenge we must overcome despite the reality of 3M’s weakness in their window film solutions.


A feature-benefit-performance characteristics comparison (documented rather than hyped) weigh overwhelmingly in favor of the coatings Advanced Film Solutions represents.

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Here is a sampling of indisputable FACTS that quantify the superiority of the solutions we represent.

There are many fine manufacturers of window film products but the unquestioned global leader is Eastman Chemicals.

 In many product categories of the diverse Eastman portfolio our competition 3M Window Film offers no alternative product solution.

For example- – –
  • Bronze films in multiple light transmissions and interior and exterior reflectivity.

Heck we have blue films, green films and gold films; but why brag?

  • Dual reflective films: Here again the comparisons between 3M and Eastman are almost unfair.  Our Eastman portfolio includes the dynamic Vista Film dual reflective films ranging from the 14% Ultimate, the 18% Celeste, 28% Luminance and 38% Mirage. We also have lighter dual reflective films in a 48% and 58%.
  • Our LLumar DR series also ranges from a darker 15% to the 25, 35, and 45% light transmissions. 3M?They have a NV 15, 25 and 35 (I introduced this back in 2000!) and 3M re-boxes a 15% and 25% from another company under the Affinity name.

    Our Vista and LLumar clear adhesives compared to the 3M pressure sensitive adhesives are far superior in terms of clarity and durability. The re-boxed Affinity has the outside company’s adhesive which is a lesser quality version of the LLumar adhesive.

    Small wonder that interior designers choose Vista.

    Choices equate to meeting exactly the requirements of our clients rather than the other way around!


  • Non reflective residential and commercial films in escalating light transmissions starting at a 5%.  (See LLumar DL Series) 

    These films are ideal for privacy particularly when a reflective film is prohibited. 3M dealers may attempt to offer a car tinting substitute since they have no solution for this requirement.

  • One-Way Vision Films ideal for maximum privacy and heat rejection.
  • Solar security safety shatter films in a Silver 20, Neutral 20, 40 and 50 along with dual reflective shatter solar films in various light transmissions. 

    3M discontinued their Silver 20 security film as well as their 50% neutral film. 

  • Ceramic non metallic non-dyed Huper Optik patented and available in light transmissions ranging from 20-70% 

(3M has contracted with an outside coating company that supplies a single layer ceramic film for many companies. That ceramic film is only available in a 5 foot width and does not have the heat rejecting performance of the patented Huper films) It is also more reflective than the patented Huper Optik films.

 

Let’s now compare clear solar films that block IR and UV without altering the appearance of the glass.

Our Eastman portfolio includes Vista Spectra select, Terre films and the dymanic Huper Optik Sech Drei series.

Huper Optik has zero dye in their film (unlike 3M!)  and its durability and scratch resistance easily out-perform the 3M film.

The optical clarity of our Vista and Huper clear films easily surpasses the 3M prestige film a fact that is self evident in any direct side-by-side comparison!

Our warranties on Vista Films are transferable and our glass breakage warranty standard as well as optional exceed the 3M protection in scope and value of replacement.

The point is made and further it’s being made by a veteran of 33 years at 3M and once upon a time having been the National Sales manager of 3M Window Film.

Call Advanced Film Solutions today.

Toll free: 877-575-3456
Offices Tampa Bay-Orlando

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Prestige Florida Homeowners Select Eastman LLumar, Vista, Huper Optik Window Film Solutions

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It’s all about location when choosing your home.

When it comes to making your prestige home energy efficient, comfortable and safe the best choice is Advanced Film Solutions, Florida’s leader in window film installations.

Advanced Film Solutions is Tampa’s Vista, LLumar and Huper Optik window film installation company.


Window Film that lowers your monthly electric bill by as much as 30% a month.

  • Glazing films that last a lifetime with optically clear adhesives warranted by Eastman Performance Films the global leader in the window film industry.
  • Incredibly clean precise installations with our unmatched experience and attention to every detail.
  • Fact based estimates that define our difference between hype and real-world performance.

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Thousands of satisfied clients that have one thing in common:


Advanced Film Solutions transformed their windows into energy efficient glass.

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You can join our growing client base. 

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Huper Optik Comparison 3M Prestige Window Film Florida

One of the more popular threads in this window film blog are posts that highlight a comparison between 21st century patented ceramic window tinting represented by Huper Optik and the 3M prestige multi-layered optical film.


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I have a unique perspective having been employed at 3M for 33 years (1974-2007) with the 3M Window Film department for several years as National Sales Manager (in those days known as Scotch Tint and Scotchshield!)



Homeowners and retail store owners want to reduce the heat coming into their windows but of equal importance, preserve the aesthetics of their windows.

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They want to experience the benefits of window film without a metallic shiny glass appearance!

The choices drill down to Huper Optik versus the 3M multi-layered prestige series.

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Here is a quick comparison that you may find helpful!


Points that are equal:

  • Ceramic and prestige films do not interfere with EM or RF signals- Call it a draw!
  • Huper Optik Ceramic and prestige films all reduce the UV by 99.9%- A draw!
  • All films including Huper Optik Ceramic and prestige films work better at an angle- That’s also a draw and silly even to mention, except for the fact that they brought this up as an advantage! It isn’t!
  • Huper Optik will never rust or corrode, neither will their prestige. Another draw!They bring this issue up because there are silver films that can oxidize in humid environments.This is typically never clarified by 3M, so consumers may be mislead into believing that all films corrode except theirs.This is false!

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  • Our Huper Optik and are available in a 20% and 30% version. The Select series is available in a 35%. We cut more glare and heat than their Prestige 40%

  • The optical quality and clarity of Huper Optik and are unmatched by prestige film which tends to haze.
  • Our hue is neutral theirs is “blue.” You may like a blue look in your home but Interior Designers typically advise not to alter the hue of the light streaming through your windows. It can clash with your unique color scheme.
  • Huper Optik has a superior hard coat. Huper Optik does not have any dyes!

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Throughout the country we have won against prestige films for the above reasons and the better cost advantages for our Huper Optik ceramic films.

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Relentless Heat? Get Florida Huper Optik, Advanced Film Solutions

Advanced Film Solutions recently completed several installations with our Huper Optik Ceramic films competing head to head against 3M prestige film.

We won.



Frankly with so many arrows in our quiver we have an unfair advantage over my former company and their numerous dealers, agents, home depot people and window genies.

Our primary challenge is to dispel the perception of superior performance based solely on logo and brand reputation by offering and demonstrating superior documented Window Film.

Brand Leaders by any objective measure of sales, market share or performance where it counts:

ON GLASS!

Certainly if anyone understands the halo effect of 3M it’s a guy like me who spent 33 years at 3M waving that logo and in particular as a former National Sales Manager of 3M Window Film.

I kind’a know that stuff don’t I??

We match the right solution for YOUR Requirements!

  • Warm soft light without the (smurf) blue shift that all prestige films suffer.
  • Optical clarity particularly when the Sun hits the glass at an angle.  The 3M prestige film has a hazy cloudy appearance that is unacceptable.(Dare to compare! 

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  • Huper Optik  Ceramic films will not corrode (despite the nonsense my 3M competitor offered about rusting!)
  • By the way we will happily remove any hazy cloudy 3M Film upon request at no charge (FREE!) when you upgrade to Huper Optik!

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Relentless heat calls for the world’s best window films:

Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota
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Your View Matter Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Ceramic Huper Optik Window Film

There’s nothing quite like a view of the Gulf of Mexico and the mangroves along the Bay.
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Homes that take advantage of these views typically are designed with copious amounts of glass.


The advantages of breath taking views are subject to a down side we are all familiar with: the incredible heat, glare and damaging UV rays.

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Advanced Film Solutions solar control films block 99.9% of the UV and up to 75% of the heat in our non metallic Huper Optik Ceramic films.

Our selections are less reflective than the glass itself.

This preserves your day and night views.

Neutral in appearance many of our selections are virtually invisible on the glass.

Your view matters!

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Call Advanced Film Solutions for a free estimate!

Toll Free: 877-575-3456