All Surface Protection Available

If you have just stumbled across our blog, or perhaps have found our website you will see that Ultrashield provides surface protection for a range of applications. In fact, you name the surface, we will have a protective coating solution to suit.

Nano technology has been in existence for many decades but with the latest technological advances being applied it is fast becoming the answer turned to for increasing the lifespan of residential and commercial products the world over.

We are contacted most often because people are looking for protection options for glass, tile, metal treatment, splashbacks, concrete, or on marine assets. Did you know that we also can help you with surface restoration, and window tinting for both commercial and residential areas which helps to reduce fading, glare, heat and UV rays?

Our surface protection is a form of liquid glass sealant that is applied to your surfaces to give a long lasting, dust and rust repellent “over surface” to your items. It is applied in a very thin – but super strong – layer. On a nano level (think incredibly microscopic) it fills in all irregularities in the surface and creates a barrier to dirt, grime and moisture. This allows your protected surfaces to experience a longer life span and to look like new for longer.

Not only can you protect your glass and metal surfaces around your home, office or boat but Ultrashield can also be applied to areas that may be prone to attracting graffiti. Once Ultrashield has been applied, the removal of graffiti paints and inks will be a breeze. This is an especially good deterrent to the vandals as they get bored when their work is removed and will stop targeting your property.

If you are looking for a brand you can trust and products that will protect your investments for longer and make them look better, Ultrashield is what you need. When you choose Ultrashield you have the reassurance of our quality and service as we are New Zealand based. This means that we have a close relationship with our suppliers, and we choose to work with suppliers who are innovative in creating new products and services.

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Insulation Your Windows With Penjerex Film

Does your house feel too cold in winter? Maybe you’ve insulated your roof but you still feel the chill? The Penjerex window insulation film could be your solution.

Double glazed windows are now the standard, but often it can be very costly to retrofit them into an older home or building. Sometimes it is not even possible to do the retrofit, due to the frames not being designed to take the extra weight of the double glazing. So if you are in this situation, what can you do?

Insulation window film is your answer! Penjerex glass insulation film is 95% as effective as double glazed windows, but at around half the cost. BRANZ research shows that your rate of heating loss can be as high as 48% through single pane windows during winter periods. This means that you can save more than 20% on heating just by insulating your windows.

It also blocks 99% of UV light, keeping your furnishings protected against fading. It also keeps the glass together in the case of a broken window, making your home even safer.

Another benefit of Penjerex insulation film is that it is very easy to install, and it’s virtually transparent, so it won’t effect the look of your windows or sliders. You won’t even notice it’s there.

Because it’s visually undetectable from normal windows without film, you can pick to insulate only hot or cold areas in your home, saving you a great deal in cost. No need to do the lot if it won’t benefit you.

Penjerex insulation film is manufactured by Nitto Denko in Japan who is a global manufacturer of advanced film and adhesive products with almost 100 years’ experience.
Penjerex is the highest performing window insulation film available on the market today and comes with a 10 year replacement warranty so you can be sure you’re installing the best product in your home. To read more about the Penjerex window insulation film, see our insulation films page.

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How To Clean Windows

Washing windows is no ones idea of fun. In fact, if you’re like most home owners, its the last thing on the housework list you ever look at. First of all it always seems to take forever, and secondly it’s a bit of a messy job. It’s also has a short lived appreciation time for, as soon as you have cleaned the windows, undoubtedly a child will want to touch them, or lick them! A pet will put their nose on them or there’ll be some snap storm that sends dust, dirt and debris to stick to your once clean windows.how_to_clean_windows

Ideally, windows should be washed twice a year, but it’s a task most people don’t look forward to. Part of what makes window washing such a chore is that homeowners insist on doing it with wadded-up paper towels or newspaper, spray cleaner, and a ton of elbow grease.

But, all that rubbing isn’t a good idea. You jhow_to_clean_car_windowsust end up moving dirt around from one spot to another and putting a static charge on the glass, which attracts yet more dust and dirt. As soon as you finish, the window looks dirty again.

The best techniques doesn’t require hours of time, or a lot of elbow grease and certainly no wadded up newspaper.

Whow_to_clean_shower_glasshen starting (if time is of the essence) you should allow around 5-10 minutes per window pane (more if you have multipane windows).

The hardest part: Getting started.

The easiest part: Standing back and admiring your work.

What to do:

If you have large picture window then there is no point using tiny tools. You need large. The easiest washing solution is simply a bucket full of warm water with a squirt of dishwash in it. Don’t mix it around – the best solution has least bubbles. The best tool for this part is a fluffy squeegee. For large windows you are best to use a large one. They soak up lots of soapy water and knock the dirt loose without scratching the glass. Make sure you push the squeegee all over the window pane. Leave no part dry!

Starting at the top left, take a dry squeegee (this has to be a rubber lipped one, no fluff on this squeegee!)  and pull the squeegee over the soapy pane in a reverse-S pattern (left-handers would start at the top right). At the end of each stroke, wipe the squeegee’s blade clean with dry cloth. Lint-free is preferable like old cloth nappies.

Remove any water remaining on the edges of the glass with a damp, wrung-dry chamois. Chamois are great for soaking up wetness but don’t leave streaks. Don’t forget to dry the windowsill with a rag.

Now stand back and enjoy your handywork!

If that sounds like window washing just needs to remain in the “get round to it” and “never never” basket at your place then are there other choices? Of course there are! Ultrashield can be used to 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, glass treatment is for you. Ultrasheild gives you all the benefits of a non-toxic and environmentally friendly product, a glass coating that repels water, oil and other liquids effectively, it preserves your view by repelling water effectively, it reduces dirt and grime build up, it reduces cleaning time by up to 90%, it eliminates the need for harsh cleaning chemicals and best of all it is scratch resistant (regular wiping will not remove the coating).

Of course, there is no miracle that will stop you from having to clean your windows completely but with Ultrashield applied to your windows you can spend your valuable time doing something you love and not something you dread!

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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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