Slip Slop Slap

Imagine the state of your skin if you spent your days lolling on the water with no protection, fully exposed to the elements. Wind, rain, salt, UV rays. That’s what most boats endure on the Sydney waters, 365 days a year. Like your skin, a little preventative care goes a long way.

Start with the windows. A tint protects the glass, reduces the glare when you’re driving the boat and prevents harmful rays entering the boat’s interior to damage vulnerable soft furnishings. Enjoying that enviable sheen on your weekend toy can take hours of soap, polish and elbow grease – made much easier with the adoption of a simple coat of Permanon. Unique Tinting is the Australian authorised reseller of this Boeing-certified paint protection product, which is gaining popularity amongst Sydney’s boating community, who realise that spending time in your boat is more fun than spending time on your boat.

Finish your Slip Slip Slap campaign on your interiors. Leather is a popular option for boat upholstery – and for good reason. With care, its high initial cost is more than justified by ease of care and longevity. Start by adding protective coating and you’re ahead of the game; seek professional advice promptly if you do have a spill or see salt or moisture damage developing and you can get your leather surfaces back on track.

Ask us about GTechniq Protection Products for marine grade leather protection and repair – and other ways to give your boat the same sort of protection from the elements that you’d give yourself.

Limo Secrets

Move over – the stretch limo has become a common sight on Sydney’s roads, booked up for weddings and their pre-lims, parties, and by the pampered school formal crowd who are too young to get behind the wheel themselves.

Being oversize, limo’s fall into the RTA’s Light Omnibus category, which means super dark tints and one-way privacy glass are all legit – on the windows rearward of the driver. And just like you – limo drivers know tinting vehicle windows is smart: it keeps the heat and glare out, protecting the occupants and the vehicle interior. But what really goes on behind those dark windows?

Start with luxurious plush seating for up to 20 (with seatbelts – if you really believe they’ll be used). A DVD surround-sound stereo system with amp and sub-woofers is a minimum. Add WiFi. Sparkling glasses and a full bar (sorry – over-18s only and table service is extra!) Neon strip lighting, low-heat dynamic LEDs or traditional disco strobe funk – with a disco floor and a disco ceiling. Then there’s the added mystery of who’s on board: which celebrity is out sampling the sights of Sydney this week?

Keep it clean

Manufacturer car window tinting refers to the use of tinted auto glass. In most models it is very light, especially for the harsh Australian weather conditions. Adding a further tint makes sense – but it involves adding a further protective adhesive layer to your car windows, so it needs care.

Professionally applied car window tint takes 3-5 days to dry completely, so avoid winding windows up and down during that time. The tint is applied to the inside of the car’s windows. Be aware that as the film sits on top of the glass, it may be affected by sharp objects, including carelessly tossed seatbelt buckles and heavy objects loaded sloppily into the car. Glass is also affected by this sort of haphazard treatment, but the small nicks and scratches may be more evident through tint film.

Tint film is actually smoother than a glass surface, so marks less and will require less cleaning. When you do clean it, use an alcohol based cleaner, a neutral soap or dishwashing liquid diluted to at least 1:100, plain water, or plain water mixed with a little vinegar. Avoid Windex and other branded window cleaners, especially anything that contains ammonia, which may cause the tint to turn purple. If you prefer to use a branded product, look for one that is suitable for tinted surfaces.

Use a soft cloth with a low fibre count. Chamois leather, sponges, cotton cleaning cloths or microfibre are all fine; anything abrasive such as steel wool or the green plastic scourers used to wash dishes are not. Likewise, if you need to scrape the window, use a squeegee with a rubber blade and not any scraper or metal blade. Be aware that if you stick anything on top of the window tint, such as stickers or labels, removing them may damage the tint and will not be covered by your warranty.

Take extra care washing around the edges of the window tint. Water or cleaning products can creep under the surface and cause bubbling. Whilst some manufacturers advise careful removal of edge bubbling with a plastic card (credit card or equivalent) covered in a smooth cloth, we would prefer to see you call ask and ask us to professionally rectify the damage.

If you hand carwash duty over to someone else – whether it be the kids earning pocket money, the local Scout troop earning a few dollars, or a high street chain – make sure they know you have a tint and that there are certain products they must avoid.