Bahasa Katut, Rhonda pimped her ride!

For those who haven’t visited Bali, ‘bahasa’ means goodbye, and with all the savings Rhonda made with AAMI, she was able to pimp her ride and speed away in what looked like a showroom car that left poor Katut at the kerb.

Having a showroom car isn’t just about appearance; it’s also about preventative maintenance. Protecting your vehicles from minor damage with paint treatment not only offers the sophisticated look of a showroom car, but also repels dirt, leaving the chore of cleaning your vehicle in the dust (along with poor Katut).

Pimping the exterior of your vehicles is just one half of the equation. With children in and out of the car after a sweaty sport match, friends bumping a ride, pets joining family picnics, drinks and snacks in the car and those accidental spillages – well that’s just a recipe for interior protection. Unique Tinting’s interior treatment fights against odours clinging to the interior, protects against dirt and spills and extends fabric/leather life, which enhances the resale value.

Now I don’t know about you, but I wonder if we should call Katut a cab?

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We’re all going on a summer holiday…

Dreading those long road trips with the kids and the dog in the summer heat? Dread no more.

So you’ve just bought your new car or had your car serviced, ready for the family getaway and your neighbour brings to your attention your ‘naked’ windows. You ask yourself, “What’s the point of changing the windows?” The answer: a tint-full.

Having your windows tinted can cool your car down and save on air conditioning (which in turn saves money on fuel – and we all a like a saving!). Tinting also reduces the interior’s fading and helps maintain the value of your vehicle.

But the pro’s aren’t just for the family wagon, tinting protects the passengers and pets from harsh UV rays, keeping you looking younger. It also provides a sense of security and privacy once you’ve parked your car or if you’re unlucky to have hoons drive up beside you at the lights.

The only thing Unique Tinting can’t cool down for you is if you get lost and don’t ask for directions like your wife told you to.

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Sydney City or slippery city?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know how up and down the weather in Sydney has been. One day it’s hotter than a jalapeño, the next it’s like we’re living in Antarctica.

When you think of summer, sun and surf are words most likely on the tip of your tongue and whilst it’s vital to protect your car from the effect of blazing UV rays and sand, there’s more than just one element to consider.

What about wind and rain damage to your beautiful beast on wheels? When it’s wet in Sydney, it’s wet on the roads, which means your car is at the mercy of dirt and rocks, not to mention hail damage when the skies really open up.

Unique’s Paint protection and glass coating are sure-fire ways to protect against all environmental elements.

Unique Tinting is known in the market for providing the latest in paint protection and glass coating. Protecting your vehicles from minor damage, Unique Tinting’s GTechniq and Permanon products offer the look of new paint with minimal disruption.

People come to us with a problem; we provide them with the solution.

So, what’s your problem?

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Santa Claus is coming to town!

Picture this…blazing sun, 40-degree days, and the kids salivating to be taken to the beach. An abundance of Summer fruits and drinks, plus games in the park with your favourite pooch.

With the festive season looming faster than you can say “Ho, Ho, Ho,” it’s not only a time of year to prepare yourself for the bountiful celebrations; it’s time to prepare your car for the holiday fun ahead.

Sure the holidays are a time for surf and sand, a champers or two and some good old-fashioned Christmas presents, but it’s no time to become lax about the state of your car.

Beach = sand and water, dogs = dirt and smell; ‘friends’ you surely don’t want cuddling up to your car interior.

Fabric and leather treatment for your car is essential if you want to preserve that beautiful new car look and feel over the holidays.

It’s great to be sun smart, but let’s be car smart too.

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Get sun-smart behind the wheel

Yep, it’s that time of year again. The UV ratings are creeping upwards, and the dreaded hole in the ozone layer is looming large over the Antarctic and creeping up towards southern Australia.

Tinting your car windows is one of the best ways to protect your skin – and that of your family – from sun damage. You might think that in your vehicle, you are already well-protected, but it is widely documented that some of the most common sites for melanoma and other sun-related skin damage are the right arms of regular drivers and the back of people’s hands. Not surprisingly, these are the two places that are continually exposed to sunlight during those hours you spend behind the wheel.

There is no substitute for high SPF sunscreen and protective clothing, but it’s worth drawing on all the tools in your arsenal to defend against one of Australia’s greatest killers. Unique Window Tinting’s high performance tint films all provide 99% UV light rejection. It’s only October – the ideal time to bolster your defences before the onslaught of summer.

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How do you like them apples?

It’s undeniable that the late Steve Job’s innovative brand, Apple, has taken the world by storm. The number two on Fortune’s global 500, Apple represents one of the savviest product marketing strategies of all time. But if you think that innovative technology and the term ‘nano’ only relate to Apple, think again.

In a society drive by need and speed, consumers don’t just want the best in computing technology, they want the best in everything. Top of the line surface protection treatments and the latest in window tinting films and techniques are no exception.

Utilising the latest in nano technology, Unique Tinting supplies and applies Permanon and GTechniq paint, fabric and glass coating solutions to hard and fabric surfaces.  Safe and simple to apply, these products are ideally suited to the interior and exterior of cars, boats and planes, and produce brilliant shine on any hard surface.

So getting back to Apple, let’s talk nano. The technology behind Permanon and GTechniq products is nano based. When applied, nano-engineered particles of Permanon Silicium (Si14) electrostatically bond and fill microscopic pores and pits that naturally occur in solid materials. Permanon bridges and fills these pores and pits; making it hard for dirt and bacteria to bond or embed to the surface. This process makes cleaning easier and longer lasting.

Specially formulated for treating fabric, carpet and velour surfaces, GTechniq is also a nano based, barrier forming product. Acting to surround individual fibres right down to the base, GTechniq provides an invisible barrier which helps prevent unsightly stains and soiling. This barrier remains on the surface where they can be more easily and efficiently cleaned and removed.

We may not be on Fortune’s global 500, but we listen to the wants and needs of our customers and stay abreast of the latest in interior and exterior surface protection.

So, how do you like them apples?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Kiss waxing goodbye

A non-toxic line of surface protection products, Permanon is water based, biodegradable and durable (it can only be removed with a high alkaline cleaner).

Permanon’s technology allows for rapid application of a transparent UV resistant coating that is safe for all solid indoor and outdoor surfaces. Once applied, the surface will have a brilliant shine, be extremely water repellent and resistant to heavy soiling. Permanon resists nearly all acids, alkaline solutions and solvents. Any hard surface can be treated – plastics, metals, painted/varnished surfaces, gel coat, glass, FRP and polished stone. Permanon is quick and easy to apply and goes the distance.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact Unique Tinting today to discuss your surface protection needs.

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