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Huper Optik Ceramic Film Wins Comparison Vs. 3M Prestige Florida

Advanced Film Solutions is Florida’s leading window film installation company.

Our team of technicians has earned Angie’s List Super Service Award for the last 8 consecutive years.

We have earned an A Plus rating with the Better Business Bureau and the Best Of Home Advisor Award for 2015.

Our experience is unmatched and no other company has completed more residential and commercial projects since 2007 as has Advanced Film Solutions.

Our team has completed the City of Altamonte Springs City Hall, NC State University Hill Library, The City of Oveido, The City Of largo, The VA Hospital and hundreds of commercial buildings and retail stores throughout the state.

The question we are addressing is a film to film comparison between the Eastman Chemical Huper Optik Films versus the 3M Prestige series sold by 3M dealers and home depot agents.

Why Huper Optik is the superior choice?


  • We stipulate that both Huper Optik and 3M Prestige filter 99.9% of the UV
  • We stipulate that both Huper Optik and Prestige are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 ft. widths.
  • Huper Optik has a lifetime warranty as does 3M
  • Huper Optik offers a glass breakage protection and seal failure coverage up to $2500 per window.

Where Huper out distances 3M:


  • Huper Optik has a clear adhesive that presents superior clarity particularly at an angle.


  • Huper Optik is available in darker light transmissions than 3M prestige which max’s out at a 40% VLTHO
  • 3M has reflective films that meet TECO rebates like Night Vision. Unfortunately the NV films will not meet many HOA rules or deed restrictions that prohibit reflective exterior appearance. Fundamentally the major consideration for this comparison is predicated on a non reflective non metallic appearance.hu
  • Both 3M and Huper Optik block IR wavelengths. 3M dealers and home depot agents may tend to confuse potential clients by stating that prestige blocks 97% of the IR or worse 97% of the heat. This is entirely untrue. Both 3M and Huper block nearly 90% of the entire IR wavelengths but the fact that Huper is available in darker VLT’s is the reason Huper can obtain the TECO rebate where 3M does not.
  • Price: The cost estimate is typically based on the scope of work involved. In our experience the 3M dealers tend to charge a higher rate for installation based on the perception that 3M blocks more heat (it does not of course!) They may also have a higher consumer awareness compared to the Eastman name (Once Eastman Kodak) Whatever their rationale they typically charge more than 2-30% higher for a solution that delivers less heat rejection!

Advanced Film Solutions is based on Tampa Bay and has offices in Orlando and Sarasota.


We were founded by the former National Sales Manager of 3M Window Film.  He is a columnist for Window Film Magazine, Dr. Of Tintology.

Call for a free estimate toll free at 877-575-3456


Comparisons 3M Home Depot Window Tinting Advanced Film Solutions

You were strolling through a Home Depot Store and happened upon a 3M window film kiosk.

The helpful sales person showed you a French Fry heat lamp and how amazingly effective that Prestige was when they metered it on a BTU device.


The 3M dealer (wearing a Home Depot shirt) came to your home, measured your windows and handed you their quote. 

You were shocked but you held strong and told them that you wanted some time to think (or possibly mortgage your home!)

You went on GOOGLE and found this website.

So far so good?

Advanced Film Solutions installs the industry leading  Huper Optik film. 

These Are Facts:

The BTU meter and heat lamp demo create an illusion of performance

The narrow wavelengths produced by the IR lamp is not indicative of the entire solar spectrum.

Bottom line it’s a trick.

  • The Prestige 70 has fair heat rejection slightly over 50% (but certainly not 97%!!)  Check the NFRC website which documents the actual performance of Prestige 70.


  • When we measure your home you’ll get a quotation with the exact scope of the project. No guesswork.
  • Our warranty is lifetime and transferable. The clarity of our film surpass their prestige series.  We can prove that with a side by side comparison.
  • Our Huper Optik ceramic films qualify for TECO  rebates (Prestige does not!)

1457705_667075529992588_888455922_nThe clear difference is the Huper Optik superior clarity and Vista clear adhesives!

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