Ultrashield’s Digital Glass Film Wrap

Whether you like it or not the long hot days of summer are just around the corner. While some of us bask in the heat, no one wants to deal with the glare that comes with sunlight that streams into our homes or workplaces. Sun glare can be a real problem. It interferes with everyday life – making watching TV or working on a computer a nightmare and everyone has experienced trying to have a conversation with someone and having to change position because the sun keeps catching you square in the eye.

Ultrashield can provide you with the answer to this dilemma! Whether it is the high placed summer sun or low lying winter sun, Ultrashield can provide an application of anti-glare window film to your windows. Window film will cut out a large proportion of unwanted glare, whilst still allowing natural light to pass through the glass. Anti-glare window films are effective as soon as they are installed, and can reduce the glare by up to 75%.Ultrashield_Film_Wrap_Digital_Glass

Traditional methods of blocking sunlight and glare such as blinds and curtains, require constant cleaning and block any chance of you looking out the window. In contrast, anti-glare window film requires no additional cleaning and can be installed at a fraction of the cost. It has no maintenance requirements and allows you to still look out  – unless you opt for privacy screening in which case the film will be opaque allowing little light through.

Ultrashield was able to provide a solution for their client Pharmacy on Dominion Rd. They required a glare solution to their upper level and so Ultrasheild applied Johnson’s SS20 window film to the top windows. This resulted in heat and glare reduction from the afternoon sun by 75%. Does this make your space dark and uninviting? No! You only lose up to 10% natural light compared to bare windows. The window film provides a 99% reduction in UV rays. UV is one of the main contributing factors to fading and can also be damaging to skin, so by blocking these potentially harmful rays it is possible to protect upholstery and furnishings, as well as providing a valuable barrier for sensitive skin.

What if you aren’t looking for anti-glare film but have a business that could do with a better market presence? Ultrashield can help you here too. Utilising building spaces and/or vehicles in your business can increase your business profile and make you stand out from the crowd. Ultrashield can apply wrap to your building or vehicle and make it essentially a mobile billboard. Using a wrap on your building or vehicle is a great way to advertise and seeing as the wraps can be removed with reasonable ease – you can choose to change your advertising and not have the large costs usually involved.

Ultrashield was approached by a Charter Vessel operator who wanted to make their boat stand out at the Marina and out on the sea. Ultrashield were able to tint the windows using a NS15 Black Johnson’s film and then applied new signage onto 3M Matt Black Car Wrap.

Signage can be created using any font and any wording. It can be used to enhance an area, get your marketing slogans across or to provide information for visitors.

Have you ever heard the proverb, “First Impressions are the most lasting”? Let Ultrashield improve your business entrance by providing digitally printed glass options. Digital printed glass offers you a range of privacy, advertising and design choices to make your customers first impressions lasting.

Digital printing on glass allows for high levels of customization and your own unique designs. Digital glass printing can be used on glass for both exterior and interior applications. Most commonly it is used on Commercial and Residential building facades, Storefronts, on cabinets and shower enclosures, on kitchen backsplashes and on room and office partitions.

Why consider using Digitally Printed Glass? Well besides looking pretty it can make your business stand out. No one wants their business to be ignored. Be loud, Be proud and shout from every corner that you are there.
Ultrashield were brought on board by Lion Breweries to help redesign their reception area using digitally printed glass. The results speak for themselves. Their reception is bold. It is unique. And it screams Lion’s brand.

Films, Wraps and Digitally printed glass has a number of uses and applications. Why not consider how your business could benefit from this technology and give Ultrashield a call. We would be happy to explore your options with you and help you enhance your business with unique film, wrap or printed glass

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Keep Your Eyes On The Road With Windscreen Treatment

We’ve all experienced it at some point: you’re driving down the road and make a turn or come over a rise and you are blinded by the setting or rising sun. Your windscreen turns from an item of protection to a creation of chaos! The suns blinding glare can make it nearly impossible to see. Not only is this situation incredibly frustrating, it’s also very dangerous.

ultrashield_windscreen_treatmentThe clarity of your vision behind the wheel is crucial so you can avoid accidents and injuries. Your windshield allows you to see what is ahead of you. Putting your total attention on the road rather than squinting is the difference between your safety and a collision.

But what can you do to enhance your visibility and prevent sun glare on your windshield? This is where Ultrashield is your friend. Ultrashield is a professionally applied glass treatment that creates a ‘hydrophobic’ effect on automotive glass. A hydrophobic effect is where water is repelled – it doesn’t stick to the glass it simply sheers off.

Ultrashield is a revolutionary glass treatment  that keeps glass as it should be – see through. Ultrashield repels both water and dirt. Rain, sleet and snow simply beads, sheds and rolls off and ice does not stick. Ultrashield makes your windscreen, side glass or rear glass cleaner and clearer for far longer and if it does need cleaning, Ultrashield makes your glass a whole lot easier to clean.

Ultrashield on your windscreen will vastly improve the quality of your vision by reducing unwanted reflections from the windshield surface. In the summer sun it helps to reduce any eye fatigue that starts to set in from glare and reduces the haloes that appear around lights.

Ultrashield also allows more light through the windshield and improves the quality of your night vision.

During summer, when the ground is dry and dirt and dust are easily stirred up by passing cars, having Ultrashield on your windscreen allows dirt to be easily wiped off ensuring clear visibility.

Driving can be perilous at the best of times and driving in the heavy sub-tropical rain that New Zealand gets puts your powers of sight to extreme test! An Ultrashield treatment greatly improves safety when driving in pouring rain especially at night.

Driving slowly in rain isn’t much of an issue when you’re trying to get from point A to point B. If you have Ultrashield applied to your windscreen then any time you find yourself driving over 60km/h, rain water will be blown straight off the glass:  no need for wipers! Research has shown that visibility is improved by 35% when driving in pouring rain. With increased visibility, a driver’s ability to identify a small object when driving in awful conditions is improved by 25%.

With an Ultrashield application to your windscreen you will also find that in wintertime ice will either not stick to the glass or will be much easier to remove (depending on how low the temperatures get!)

Some of the great benefits that Ultrashield can provide to you once applied to your windscreen:

  • ultrashield_windscreen_treatment_2Improves visibility in wet conditions
  • Glass remains clean with simple wipe of the blades
  • Anti-dust component prevents dust and dirt from sticking to surface
  • 85% function after 80,000 wipes Can be re-applied as needed
  • Hard water and salt deposits won’t stick to surface, so a simple rinse and wipe is all that’s needed to keep it sparkling
  • Oils and grime won’t stick to the surface so they are easily removed
  • Durable coating is not affected by UV or normal household chemicals

So don’t throw caution to the wind – Summer is here and sunstrike is a known hazard on our roads. Let Ultrashield keep you and your family safe this summer and contact us today for a quote on your car. You’ll be surprised at how effective Ultrashield is!

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How to restore glass, DIY TIPS

Glass provides a way of enjoying the outdoors whilst staying in. It gives a surface for us to work on or put our coffee mugs (or tea cups for those tea drinkers) on to rest. But there is nothing more unsightly than scratched glass. It takes away from the beauty of a clear pane and becomes quite the pain.

In many cases, you can restore your home or business glass yourself and save the unneeded expense of glass replacement. Restoring your glass, yourself can see you reap sizeable savings when compared to what many professional glass replacement companies wish to charge for their service. If the glass in question is in a difficult place to get to, or if there is more than one area that needs attention then, you might end up having to spend your holidays at home this year.

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So what can you do to try to eliminate any etching? First, roll up your sleeves and mentally prepare yourself, then;

Step 1 –  Denture Tablet Method

These tablets, when put in water, foam and bubble, and it is this action that causes dirt, wear, and grime to be removed from dentures. This same reaction can be used for minor surface scratches on glass.

Fill a container with hot water and drop in a denture tablet. Typically, one denture tablet is enough for one cup of water, so the more water you have the more denture tablets you will need in order for it to work. When the foaming action begins, you can apply the solution to the etched glass. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and then begin scrubbing the area with a scrubbing brush.

Step 2 – Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the chemicals found in denture tablets as well as some brands of glass etching cream. Baking soda can remove some scratches that dentures tablets cannot which also include shallow glass etching designs.

Dip your fingers in some water and put a layer of baking soda on them. Use your fingers to scrub the area you want to work on. This is particularly great for dish detergent scratches. Allow the baking soda to dry and crust over then wash it off the glass.

Step 3 – Dry Powder cleaners (eg: Ajax)

This cleaner is very harsh so wear gloves and take care when using it. Wet the glass etching and sprinkle the cleaner on top of it. Allow it to sit on the glass for at least 30 minutes before rinsing clean.

Step 4 – Metal Polish

This solution is probably the harshest of all of them. Metal polish is meant to be used on metal, so by using it on glass, you run the risk of damaging it more than actually helping it. For this reason, it should only be used on thick glass. It is a good idea to follow the instructions on the bottle for proper usage and safety requirements when attempting to remove a glass etching.

Now what if none of these DIY tips help at all? Call Ultrashield!

Ultrashield can remove glass etching from all types of glass no matter how thin or thick or where it is located. Using an effective polishing technique, Ultrashield can remove all sorts of scratches on glass.  Most window scratches etched into glass are not excessively deep and our polishing will repair your glass to an as-new standard. We can then provide glass protection options to keep your panes looking new and to ensure further scratching does not happen again.

Keep in mind that if the scratched glass is at your business place, our techniques are not silent and there is a fair amount of disruptive noise that takes place as the scratches are polished away. For this reason, it is best to arrange an after-hours appointment so we can get your glass as good as new for you without disrupting your business.

If it all seems just too hard to do the DIY on your glass – call us and we will clear your pane

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Let’s Explain “Nano Shield”

You can be forgiven if you have never heard of the term Nano.  Nano was first used to explain a scientific measurement of matter sometime in the 1950’s however it did not become a common term until the 1980s. And by common – we do mean within the scientific industry.

In 2016, slowly the term Nano is filtering into daily life for thousands of people as technology changes and different terms are used more often.

Background

The word Nano originates from the Greek word meaning “dwarf”. If you are comparing a nanoshield_glass_protctionnanometer to something relatable, a nanometer is one billionth (10-9) of a meter. Or if that is too difficult to imagine, a nanometer is about 80,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. If your mind is still boggled – the simple answer is that it is a very very small measurement.

Microscopic Engineering

When Nano is combined with Technology you get engineering at a micro level. This micro design and creation has predominantly been used in the car and aeronautical industries where it has led to much safer design. However, it is now available for use in every day applications.

When you get nano sized structures that are used to build a consistent network of molecules on a surface the result is referred to as a nano coating. Nano coatings are typically hydrophobic (repel fluid) or hydrophilic (attract fluid).

Not all nano coatings that are available on the world market are the result of true nano engineering. Some products add submicron particles and fillers such as silica dust. The typical hydrophobic effect that is usually attributed to nano engineering is manipulated with additives to distribute the particles on the surface of products with a binding additive. The problem with products that do not have a true nano formula is that they are not able to sustain wear in the long term.

So what is Nano Shield?

It is a highly durable, flexible, breathable, hydrophobic coating. It can repel oil, water and dry substances. A type of nano coating that most people are familiar with is the use of Scotch Guard on their fabric surfaces. If the fabric is coated with Scotch Guard then dry substances do not stick and wet substances sit on the top of the surface, unable to penetrate.

Nano Shield provides the same benefits. Almost all treated surfaces can be cleaned with just water. This means that you no longer require a supply of cleaning chemicals in your home or office. Solvents and cleaners are generally no longer necessary to keep your assets clean.

Nano Shield Benefits

Nano Shield is versatile and can be applied to metal, glass surfaces, ceramic, stone and plastic surfaces. This means that many parts of your home can benefit from Nano Shield application.  Applying Nano Shield should almost always be completed by a trained professional, however the application process is relatively simple and you can have it sprayed or dipped onto your surfaces and it can be dried either at room temperature or with a thermal drying technique.

Once applied the Nano Shield is a transparent coating, not visible to the naked eye. This means that if applied to your surfaces you will not see any change in the look of your surface. It adheres to surfaces without the need for complicated pre-treatments.

 If you are wanting to have it applied to metals an extra, usually optional, corrosive protection can be applied. It has long-life inert surface protection when applied to metals. This means it has no chemical reaction when applied to surfaces.

A further bonus is that additional anti-bacterial protection from moss, fungi and algae is possible.

Typical Applications of Nano Shield

Many things that we typically take for granted these days have already been subjected to a nano coating in the process of manufacture.

  • Baths
  • Showers and Shower Trays
  • Tiles
  • Vanities
  • Stainless Steel and Chrome fittings
  • Toilet Seats
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Garagesnanoshield
  • Gates
  • Fridges
  • Dishwashers
  • Ovens
  • Pots and Pans
  • Sports equipment
  • Garden furniture
  • Lawnmowers
  • Boots
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Headlamps
  • Windscreens
  • Wheel rims
  • Lacquered surfaces

Although not a comprehensive list, you should by now have a clear idea of where Nano Shield can be used and where you yourself might benefit from having it applied to your surfaces. Keep in mind the basic benefits – it makes your things easy to clean, it provides scratch protection, stain protection, and repels fingerprints and bacteria which all helps to increase the longevity of your assets.

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Tips on keeping a shower clean

The shower. It sits in your bathroom as a prime asset. It is large and useful. It can help you flex your vocal chords whilst in it, it can alleviate pain and sore areas in your back. It is a dedicated clean space. So why do so many of us hate cleaning it and why is it SO difficult to keep the soap scum at bay?

At the end of the day humans are rather dirty creatures and to keep clean and healthy we require bathing regularly. The shower provides a good space to do this but unless it too is kept clean then it is all rather pointless.keeping_a_shower_clean

Do any search on the wide world of the internet and there are many tips that you can stumble across to make shower cleaning easier and in some cases they even promote an end to cleaning all together. There are many chemical solutions available that purport to eliminate scum and grease from your showers. If you are more ecologically bent then there are a number of ways that you can clean your shower all in keeping with the clean/green theme.

What are some of the more popular ways to clean your shower?

  • Cover your shower heat with a plastic bag full of vinegar and secure it with a rubber band or hair tie. The vinegar must surround the head. If you leave it there overnight, when you take it off the next morning you’ll find that you have a clean shower head with no real work!
  • If you have the right tools in your shower then it is easy to keep the glass clean. As long as you remember! Keep an inexpensive squeegee in the shower and after you finish showering use it to wipe down the walls and glass. It must be done every time you shower but it will dramatically reduce the amount of scum you find building up on the glass.
  • You can keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in the shower and spray all over once you’ve finished. This too will keep soap scum at bay – just don’t use vinegar on stone showers as it can eat away at it.
  • If you’re into eco-friendly options for cleaning you could try this lovely smelling home remedy for sparkly clean showers

Lemon Lavender Disinfectant

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup vodka (excellent germ-killing properties)

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops lemon essential oil

1 1/2 cups water (distilled or boiled and cooled)

Pour all ingredients into a clean spray bottle. (These can be purchased at the local $2 type store). A funnel makes this process easier.

Spray around your shower liberally and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.

Wipe clean using a microfiber cloth

  • If mould and mildew are present and you want to use a home remedy to keep with your eco-friendly values then this recipe is a winner:

Peppermint and Tea Tree Mould and Mildew Remover
1 cup water
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
10 drops tea tree essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix and store in a dark container.  Spray liberally on mould/mildew, let sit for 1-2 hours, rinse.  Repeat if necessary.

  • If Lemon is a preferred smell in your home then another recommended solution is to cut a lemon in half. Dip one half in baking soda, then rub on the glass door. Once the glass is clean you could rub it all over with a small amount of Lemon oil. The oil repels the water and the soap wont dry onto the glass.

All these solutions – and many others that come recommended – do work. But they require consistent use and at regular intervals. What if you just don’t have the time to have a shower cleaning program? Well you can get Shower Glass protection applied to your shower. This will cut down the soap scum build up. It is not a 100% solution to never having to clean again but most now come with a 90% claim – that in itself could save you up to 50 hours of shower cleaning a year!

How does it work? The latest glass protection products repel hard water, oil, soap scum and grime to keep the glass cleaner for longer between cleans and they work on all indoor and outdoor glass surfaces, including shower doors, mirrors, windows, doors, railings and back splashes. So if you dream of walking into your bathroom and having a sparkling clean shower without lots of effort consider getting glass protection – it will save you time and give you a calm sense of clean.

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