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AUGUST 2017 THE SHOP 77 of classroom and hands-on training. The hands-on portion is taught by our in- house professional installer, with a heavy emphasis on repeatability of technique." JOIN THE CLUB For those who customize pickups, the name Scorpion will be familiar as a spray-on bed- liner supplier. The company, however, has also diversified into a one-stop shop for window film. Beau Battin of Scorpion discusses the division that was created in 2011. "We now offer a full line of automotive, commercial/residential, privacy/decorative and paint protection films, as well as a full line of installation tools, plotters and pre- cut software programs," he says. "Scorpion Window Film is sold via a private distribu- tion model." The company offers a diverse lineup including dyed, metalized, carbon ceramic and nano-ceramic films, Battin says, noting Scorpion Window Film and its distribu- tors focus on customer service through established relationships and partnerships. A company feature he was anxious to Feeling the Heat in New York A new law seems to be taking a bite out of window film installations in New York. The law requires a minimum of 70-percent light transmission, meaning only the absolute lightest- shade window films (nearly clear, because even OEM glass has some light rejection built-in) will pass the test, according to experts. This includes passenger car rear side win- dows on certain vehicle classes as well. Early reports from New York tinters say the law, which took effect in January, is adversely affecting their vehicle window film business. At least one petition requesting Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeal the law has been started on Be sure to check for ongoing coverage of the issue. share involves the reuse of film pieces that have been creased. "Scorpion uses a manufacturing process that allows the film to take additional heat, making it possible for the installer to smooth out the crease—saving not only the piece of film, but money for the installer as well," he says. Similarly, Lee also discusses tips and tricks, particularly relating to 3M's new Crystalline film. "The Crystalline Series features a propri- etary, multilayer optical film nanotechnology that combines over 200 layers in a film that is thinner than a Post-It Note. This unique technology is the reason a clear film can reject more heat than darker films," Lee states. The technology requires different han- dling and installation methods than tra- ditional tint. "As a result, 3M teaches its dealer installers the 'floating heat shrink' tech- nique as the proper way to shrink this film during the installation process," she says, involving heating up both the bottom and top of the film to warm it evenly prior to the final installation.

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