3M, a North American company, has been providing innovative marketplace solutions for more than 102 years. They invented and marketed the first window film product and continue to set the standard in the window film industry.
Competitors repeatedly state that their window films are “just as good as 3M”, but the truth is - not all window film is created equal!
Consider These Facts
3M was issued the first US patent on Window Film in 1966. No one has more experience with Window Film than 3M. In fact, 3M became the “inventor of Window Film” by issuing the very first patent on Window Film in 1966. Today they are still the only manufacturer that produces their own raw materials, such as polyesters, adhesives and scratch-resistant coatings. This gives them the quality control and product consistency other manufacturers just can’t match. The quality of their Window Films is confirmed by ISO 9002 Certification and the satisfaction of thousands of users worldwide.
3M has invested millions of dollars in film research and development. Today, millions of square feet of 3M Window Films are installed all around the world. 3M offers a complete selection of films that vary in color, density and heat rejection qualities to ensure there’s one to accurately match your needs.
They have a core of authorized dealers, and 3M Window Film is backed by a warranty that covers 100% of materials and labor.*
As a worldwide leader in adhesive and film technologies, 3M has been improving the solar performance and safety of glass for almost 40 years. ISO 9002 and Factory Mutual certifications and the satisfaction of hundreds of thousands of users worldwide confirm the superior quality of 3M Brand Window Films.
ADHESIVES: Window film is only as good as the adhesive system behind it!
3M is the only window film provider that produces its own adhesive system developed specifically for window film. This patented pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) is engineered to form an aggressive mechanical bond to the glass that can be easily removed at the end of its useful life, unlike chemical bond (CDF) systems that go into the glass pores and are difficult and costly to remove. The result will be a clean, long-lasting installation with excellent impact resistance, and no bubbling, blistering, puckering or wrinkling.
BENEFIT: Unmatched optical clarity!
UV INHIBITORS: 3M places the UV inhibitors in the adhesive coating!
No other film manufacturer has this capability. As a result, the 3M adhesive coating is protected against the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation! With most competitors’ films, the UV inhibitors are sandwiched between the adhesive coating and first layer of polyester, thereby exposing their adhesive system to premature aging.
BENEFIT: Longer life!
ABRASION RESISTANCE: 3M Abrasion Resistant Technology allows them to apply a much more durable hard coat than the competition.
This technology protects the film from scratching or demetalizing when the film is bumped, touched or cleaned. Tested according to ASTM-1044 Standard Method of Test for Resistance of Transparent Plastics to Surface Abrasion, the 3M Abrasion Resistant Coating has been proven to be 6 to 10 times harder than coatings on lower priced films.
BENEFIT: Greater Protection!
PRODUCT TESTING: 3M uses state-of-the-art testing facilities to assure film quality.
Prolonged testing assures long-term film durability, color stability, adhesive performance and resistance to metallic corrosion and maintenance of performance characteristics. The tests performed are published by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and are available upon request.
BENEFIT: Highest Quality!
WARRANTY: 3M provides a comprehensive warranty that is a solemn agreement between 3M and you.
3M is one of the most respected companies in the world and their stability and financial strength provide you with the assurance that they will be around to honor their commitments. Many of 3M’s competitors, several owned by foreign-based companies, have not been in business very long, or have been bought and sold numerous times over the last decade.
The comprehensive 3M Warranty covers film and labor, and offers one of the only warranties in the industry that does not exclude ammonia as a cleaning agent.
BENEFIT: Peace of Mind!
Authorized Dealer Network: Only authorized Dealers are eligible to sell and install 3M Window Film Products.
Our sales and installation staff has been trained by 3M to meet their stringent quality standards.
BENEFIT: Quality craftsmanship!