Is Glass Restoration Possible?

Glass is a wonderful feature, whether in your shower, homes, or even boats. When properly maintained, you can keep glass clear and clean. However, especially in boats, glass can look dingy and dirty, no thanks to sea salt and other external factors. Glass also deteriorates as time goes by. So what can you do to maintain the cleanliness of your glass?

It’s quite expensive to replace glass, especially for boats. So what can you do to keep your glass clean and looking brand new? At Ultrashield, we make it our business to keep your glass clean and sparkling with our restoration services. Meaning, you don’t have to replace old glass with new ones. We give you a full service where we restore your existing glass to its original beauty, regardless of its present condition. Yes, glass restoration is possible.

Read on to find out more about Ultrashield’s surface protection, cleaning, and treatment services, among others.

Marine Boat Surface Protection, Cleaning, and Treatment

Ultrashield provides surface protection, cleaning, and treatment for marine boat surfaces. This is vital for boat owners who desire “easy clean” glass and “clarity of vision” during rough sea conditions. Our liquid glass treatment provides improved wet weather vision, day or night.

Our UV stable treatment prevents salts and other contaminants from etching into your boat’s glass. It creates a low maintenance surface that repels water, oil, salt, and other contaminants easily.

Ultrashield Restores Boat Windows

At Ultrashield, we restore your boat windows. In a perfect world, its best (and more cost effective) to have the glass windows treated before you hit the sea. However 9 times out of 10 this is not always the case. So, before we treat the surface, we do a full restore (additional cost) to remove unwanted acid rain spots, leaving an ongoing easy clean surface.

Here Are the Benefits of Liquid Glass Marine Surface Protection:

  • Optically clear
  • Improves wet weather vision considerably, particularly at night
  • Allows boat owners to see imminent danger and objects earlier and clearer
  • Improves reaction times to danger
  • Resists salts and other contaminants etching on the glass
  • Creates a low maintenance surface
  • Non-toxic and environmentally friendly
  • Repels water, oil and other liquids
  • High temperature resistant
  • Enormous abrasion resistance
  • Is UV stable; does not turn yellow or peel.

Residential Window and Glass Cleaning, Protection, and Treatment

Keep that million dollar view with water-repelling Ultrashield glass treatment. We protect your glass windows from acid rain, salt spray, chlorine, grime, residue, and other contaminants. One single treatment is an easy way to reduce cleaning time and keep your windows looking brand new. If you are sick of cleaning your windows and glass, then glass treatment is for you.

Excellent for New or Old Windows

Ultrashield application helps prevent damage to your glass windows, especially when you’re building new residential or commercial projects. We offer glass restoration to remove acid rain spots and glass treatment to prevent further damage to your glass windows.

Ultrashield Glass Treatment Gives You All These Benefits:

  • Uses a non-toxic and environmentally friendly product
  • Is a glass coating that repels water, oil and other liquids effectively
  • Preserves your view by repelling water effectively
  • Reduces dirt and grime build up
  • Reduces cleaning time by up to 90%
  • Eliminates the need for harsh cleaning chemicals
  • Scratch resistant (regular wiping will not remove the coating)

Ultrashield Experts Install Signage

Get your signage installed by the signwriting experts. Ultrashield are your one-stop shop for all signwriting needs. Need your current sign restored? Looking to start a new brand? From design to creation and installation of the design, we take care of the whole job so all you need to do is have an idea in mind.

We specialize in the designing, creation, and installation of all signage and signwriting. Wall prints, vinyl applications, and illuminated signs are all part of our service. Custom work is no problem.

What You Can Expect From Ultrashield’s Signage Service:

  • Professionally designed logos and images
  • Quality application of design lasting for years to come
  • An eye catching, attractive sign that will be the envy of all surrounding storefronts or offices

Ultrashield’s signwriting service is available for vehicles, business buildings, public facilities, and homes. Anywhere you need a sign – we can create and install one.

 Glass Cleaning

With our Glass Treatment, cleaning your glass is reduced to a simple clean with a mild detergent. No more hard scrubbing your glass for hours to get the stains off.

Low Maintenance, Easy Clean

At Ultrashield, our friendly Installers leave every customer with cleaning instructions for ongoing maintenance. However, in general, a simple hose down finished off with a squeegee will help maintain that brand new look. Remember this treatment is LOW maintenance and easy clean, not no maintenance, no clean.

Ultrashield provides glass restoration, protection, and treatment services for boats, windows, signage, showers and baths, balustrade, insulation film, metal, concrete, tinting, among others. Inquire about Ultrashield’s services here and get your free quote right now.

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DIY Tips for Window Cleaning

No matter how much time you spend on cleaning your home, if the windows are dirty, the overall impression isn’t going to be great. Here we’ve gathered some information for you to dive into for the most efficient ways of cleaning and maintaining clean windows.

  1. Squeegee water/vinegar or window cleaning spray. Read the full description in our previous blog post 
  2. Try the old trick of cleaning your windows with newspaper. Spray water on the surface and then rub dry with crinkled sheets of the paper. It takes some work but cleans most of difficult build-ups with the rough surface of the paper.
  3. Buy or hire a glass cleaning machines such as vacuum window cleaner or steam cleaner. Make sure to get one of good quality or you can end up disappointed with half-cleaned windows.
  4. Hire the professionals. Spend your time on something you like instead, and let them do the hard work. The result will be spotless. Ask them to treat your windows with glass protection while they’re there and your future cleaning will be brought down to a minimum. Read more about window glass protection below.

5 ways of maintaining clean windows
Why does the rain in New Zealand always seem to come from a 90 degree angle? You clean and clean and after the first rainfall, they can look almost as dirty again. How do you actually keep the windows as clean as possible? Here are our 5 recommendations to keep your windows clean longer.

  1. Identify where the dirt is coming from. Is the dirt brought by the rain? Maybe splashing on the ground falling from a full drain? Bird poo? Maybe even mould growing on them?
  2. Do something about that! Can you or your landlord fix that drain? Air out your house to prevent mould. Maybe look at a long-term solution to prevent rain falling straight onto your windows?
  3. Don’t let it build up! Save some sweat by regularly removing the dirt.
  4. Have you ever felt that it doesn’t matter how much you clean your windows; they still look dirty? You’re not the only one. Did you know that glass is a liquid porous material? That means that dirt can get into those pores and that material will alter (undetectable to the eye) with temperature? That means dirt can get trapped in to the pores and that it can be difficult to remove without the right knowledge and tools. Ask a professional to help you restore the glass and get that one-million-dollar view back.
  5. Or why not break up with window cleaning as you know it? Reduce your cleaning time by up to 90% by treating your windows with our Eurocoat Window Glass Protection. It forms a skin over the glass that prevents acid rain, dirt and grime from getting in to the pores. No more scrubbing or harsh chemicals, no more streaks. Just hose down or wipe with a damp microfibre cloth and your windows will be sparkling clean at once. Did we say that the product is environmentally friendly?

Interested in getting to know more about Window Restoration and/or Eurocoat Window Protection? Contact us today for your free quote.

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How Are You Protected From Graffiti?

Graffiti can be beautiful pieces of art but most of the times, it’s unwanted vandalism just destroying your property. Except that graffiti removal can be costly and hard work, it’s shown that the general feeling of the neighbourhood is more unsafe with visual signs of vandalism around. If you’re reading this, you probably already got tired of removing graffiti or want to prevent it from happening, again so and we have set up this guide for you.

Be proactive

Prevent the damage to happen from the start. Here are 4 steps to protect yourself from graffiti:

  1. Make it harder to operate undisturbed by installing outdoor lighting. Your choice if it’s on all the time, on a timer or a motion detector.
  2. If you have the funds, install surveillance equipment. No one wants to be filmed committing a crime, right?
  3. Flowers and trees are beautiful to look at and planting them in front or walls or fences minimize the space for the graffiti. Planting lower shrubs under windows can make it harder to reach them, especially if they have got prickles! Ask your local garden centre for low maintenance plants in the right size.
  4. Install a window graffiti protection film on your glass and protection on metal surfaces to protect it from permanent signs of graffiti and scratching. Read more about this below.

Graffiti removal on glass and metal surfaces

Even if you’ve taken the steps above, your property could still be at risk for graffiti. If your surface doesn’t have a protection film you can try these methods for removal:

– Be quick! The faster you remove the graffiti the better chances you have to avoid permanent stains. Studies also show that graffiti removed within 48hrs makes it less attractive for repeat offenders.

– Water blasting can be an effective method on sturdy unpainted surfaces.

– Fresh graffiti may be removed by using paint stripper, oven cleaner or special purpose graffiti removal products. Make sure to read the warning text on these products and follow the protective clothing advice since the chemicals can be harsh on your body. Always test on a small hidden area to know that the surface doesn’t get damaged.

– Bring in the professionals. It can be a time and energy consuming work getting rid of the graffiti if you haven’t invested in any type of protective treatment. The professionals have both experience and access to specialty products and tools and will do the job for you.

– If you can’t get rid of paint or stains; sorry, it’s time to replace or repaint the surface.

How does a graffiti protection film work?

A graffiti surface protection film is a visually clear film you can install on glass and metal surfaces. When damaged, it’s simply pulled off and replaced by a new one and your surface is left unaffected. No need for harsh chemicals that are bad for both you and the environment.

The high-quality film we use at Ultrashield is a unique polyester construction bonded with special adhesives. It doesn’t only protect from paint but also from key scratches and acid etching damage with its hard “CST” coat. No worries about a distorted view when applied to windows or mirrors, it is a visually clear film that adheres well to the surface without leaving bubbles or uneven edges. To remove dirt, just use your normal window cleaning detergent as you would for any window or mirror.

Where can I install a graffiti protection film?

The film is especially great for public areas with high pedestrian traffic. Any glass or metal surfaces that are prone to graffiti such as retail shop and cafe fronts, bathroom stalls and mirrors, bus shelters, public transport vehicles, display cabinets and signage. If you’re unsure, just give us a call for advice.

Why install a protection film?

To summarize, this is what you will gain on installing a graffiti protection film:

–    Protecting your original surface from ugly permanent stains

–    Protects from scratching and acid etching damage

–    Quick and easy installation

–    Easy replacement after graffiti damage. Just peel off and install a new sheet of film and your surface will look good as new again!

–    No need for harsh chemicals while removing the graffiti

–    Saving lots of money on by replacing the film instead of the whole surface. Windows are expensive, right?

Interested in knowing more about our graffiti protection film? At Ultrashield we are specialized surface protection for commercial and domestic needs. Contact us (link) for your free consultation and quote. When you’ve spent the energy and money in making something beautiful, we want to help you to keep it that way.

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How To Clean Windows For Long-Lasting Results

Autumn is approaching and we will soon start to spend more time inside. It’s time to give your windows a good clean before you get annoyed by looking out through a layer of stains and dirt. Follow these five steps for sparkling clean windows (or skip half-way down if you want to make it easy for yourself):

1. Use a soft broom or brush to get rid of the spiderwebs and debris around your windows.
2. Wash the windows with soapy water and a microfiber cloth or sponge. For stubborn stains, we recommend rubbing a piece of crinkled newspaper on the glass.
3. If your windows were very dirty to start with, you can repeat step 2 with clean water and cloth for a better result.
4. Squeege the windows dry. Always start at the top and work vertically. Each new stroke should overlap the previous one with an inch or two. Pro tip: Clean the squeegee on a towel after each stroke to remove excess water, dirt and soap.
5 Dry the vertical edges and windowsill with a dry cloth. Done!

To avoid streaks, always try to wash your windows out of direct sunlight as the heat will dry your windows to quickly before you’re done squeegeeing.

Or just skip the hard work and get the professionals to treat your windows to keep cleaning to a minimum

Did you know that most of the dirt we see is actually stains inside the pores of the glass? Especially living in New Zealand we’re exposed to acid rain that etches the surface and leaves watermarks that are hard to remove. If you’re living by the ocean I’m sure you’ve noticed the marks salt water leaves as well. Treating your windows with Eurocoat glass protection products will make your windows look as new again and future maintenance will be brought down to a minimum.

To get rid of those old stains and etchings, we start the treatment with a rejuvenation of the glass. Using a buffer to create heat (that’s how you open the pores) together with Eurocoat Glass Rejuvenation liquid we are getting rid of the old stains and restore the surface making the glass look as new again.

Next step is to apply Eurocoat Window Protection, which is a high-quality SiO2-coating based on nanotechnology. When applied if forms a clear protective skin (not visible to the eye) with a contact angle of 105-109 degrees that makes the water bead down instead of spreading on the surface. The dirt (grease, oil, lime and environmental pollution) will adhere less to the surface and be easily removed since it’s not entering the pores. The coating is UV-resistant and stands a fair amount of wiping and scrubbing.

Will you ever be cleaning your windows again? Yes, but your windows will look clearer for longer and cleaning will be done in a breeze. Just rinse with a hose and use a squeegee or dry cloth to wipe off. No scrubbing or harsh chemicals needed. Optional is to use a bit of soapy water now and then for a crystal clear result but most people are happy without. For brand new external windows we give you a warranty of 5 years and 3 years for used windows.

Contact us today for more information or to get a free quote for a long-lasting treatment of your windows.

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Protecting Windows And Glass With Film

Glass is the clear choice for modern homes. It incorporates transparency, lightness and variability which are all elements of contemporary architecture and design. Using glass in windows and wall systems are a great way to bring people closer to nature. It also invites natural light into the home, which is proven to reduce stress as well as energy bills. Not to mention, glass adds a stunning look to any building. And the list of benefits goes on.

All that being said, glass has its disadvantages. One primary problem with glass is it absorbs heat and acts much like a greenhouse. Other issues include glare and poor heat preservation in winter, which leads to higher energy bills. According to BRANZ research, the average home loses up to 48% heat through single panes.

While this can be solved with double glazing, this particular method is often too expensive or difficult to install into existing window frames. This is where an insulation film proves useful, particularly Penjerex which is the highest performing window insulation film on the market today. Here are several key advantages to using this insulation film for protecting windows:

It’s lighter than double glazing

Double glazing adds quite a lot of weight to your windows, which makes retrofitting quite problematic. You see, existing frames and ranch sliders are not typically designed to hold the extra weight.

An insulation film which is sleeker and lighter solves this problem. Its lightweight properties also make installation a breeze. On top of that, you won’t be troubled with noise or disruption to your home during installation.

It’s cheaper but similarly effective

Penjerex insulation film works 95% as effectively as regular double glazing but costs only half as much. It has very good thermal resistance that will ensure your comfort all-year round.

The beauty of this window glass protection film is you can choose to apply it to any particular problem areas, i.e. hot and cold spots in your building. This “low emissivity” window film has a special metallic foil that reflects infrared heat back inside the building to reduce heat loss by 44 per cent, turning your window into a radiant heater during the blistering cold months. It also reflects a small amount of radiant solar energy to keep your home comfortable during summer.

As you can guess, window films can cut your power bills significantly.

It is extremely durable

When applied properly, window insulation film will not crack, peel, flake or bubble. It will protect your windows and your home for up to 10 years!

It also makes your glass windows harder to penetrate, making it resistant to breakage in case of theft, storms and accidents. And in case the windows shatter, the insulation film keeps the shards together after impact. That’s an added layer of protection for your home.

It doesn’t affect aesthetics

Worried that double glazing might change the look of your home or office? An insulation film will put you at ease. It’s virtually transparent and unobtrusive that you won’t even notice it’s there. Other than preserving kerb appeal, it also keeps your view from the inside crisp and clear as usual.

It keeps harmful UV rays out

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation not only harms your health but also damages your carpet and furniture. It can cause premature color fading and deterioration. Our high-performance insulation film lets in natural light but keeps 99 per cent of UV rays out.

A word of advice: There’s a massive variation among window insulation films in terms of performance, quality and cost. So always choose a high-quality product with proven results to get the best value.

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