Staying Cool this Summer with Window Film

Summer is here and temperatures are rising! Everyone is looking for ways to manage the heat and stay cool.

Do you find yourself cranking down the air conditioning and longing to escape the sun for a summer afternoon movie marathon? Well, this can be a challenge both to your wallet and your television screen due to awful glare.

The application of professional window film on your home will combat these issues along with many others!

How does window film work?

Window film rejects heat and cuts glare through reflection, absorption, or a combination of both. The sun’s rays are composed of three types of energy: visible light, and infrared and ultraviolet energy that we can’t see, but can only feel.

Depending on its construction, window film allows most or all visible light to pass through the glass to which it’s applied while reflecting and/or absorbing most of the heat from the sun before you can feel it. Reflective window films bounce much of the sun’s infrared (IR) rays back into the atmosphere. And non-reflective or dyed films simply absorb or block the IR rays.

Finally, installing window film slows fading of furnishings and carpet, and significantly reduces cooling costs. This results in savings on your energy bills and your impact on the environment!

Which window film is right for me?

Contact your local, professional film dealer for assistance in selecting the best film for your home, office or vehicle. Before making the call, discover 5 Questions to Ask Before Considering Window Film for Home or Business.


Window Film Magazine – Guest Column “Selling Green Benefits”

Window Film Magazine recently invited Jim Black, Madico’s Director of Window Film Sales, to contribute to a guest column for their May/June 2019 issue.

Jim chose to focus his column on the “green” or energy saving benefits of window film and tips on how dealers can communicate these benefits to their customers.

An industry veteran, Jim began working with window film in 1988 as a dealer installer. He has served in various positions for major manufacturers in the film industry, the AIMCAL Window Film Committee, and the International Window Film Association (IWFA) Board. He currently serves as the IWFA board of directors as chair for the Communication and Education Committee.

Read the full article “Selling Green Benefits” in Window Film Magazine.


Federal Nonprofit Security Grant Program Includes Safety & Security Window Films

For more than 40 years, FEMA has helped people before, during and after disasters. FEMA is committed to building and developing a culture of preparedness across the country.

In support of FEMA’s mission, the organization is responsible for the administration of Federal funds to deliver numerous disaster and non-disaster financial assistance programs. One of these programs is the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). The NSGP provides funding support for hardening and other physical security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of terrorist attack.

Safety & Security Film for Physical Security

One of the allowable costs under the program is equipment, specifically safety and security window film. Funding can be used for “the acquisition and installation of security equipment on real property (including buildings and improvements) owned or leased by the nonprofit organization, specifically in prevention of and/or protection against the risk of a terrorist attack.”

As a professional window film dealer and installer, this program presents an opportunity to help secure nonprofit institutions that may have otherwise not been able to afford Madico safety and security film. Safety and security films offer numerous benefits to these nonprofits such as 24/7 passive protection from flying glass shards if a window is impacted, bomb blast mitigation, intrusion resistance and more.

Many nonprofits, such as local places of worship, are unaware that this program exists. Reaching out to the property managers at these nonprofits, armed with information about this grant, is a great way to make them aware and introduce them to the benefits of Madico safety and security film.

Federal Funds Available

For 2019, the total amount of funds under this nonprofit security grant program is $60 million. Individual nonprofits can qualify for an award of up to $100,000.

The two allowable prevention and protection categories and equipment standards for the NSGP are listed on DHS AEL located on the DHS/FEMA site at

For more information regarding property management standards for equipment, please reference 2 C.F.R. Part 200, including but not limited to 2 C.F.R. §§ 200.310, 200.313, and 200.316.

NSGP Resources:

There are a variety of resources available to address programmatic, technical, and financial questions, which can assist with NSGP:

  • For additional program-specific information, please contact the Centralized Scheduling and Information Desk (CSID) help line at (800) 368-6498 or CSID hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
  • For support regarding financial grant management and budgetary technical assistance, applicants may contact the DHS/FEMA Grant Operations Help Desk, via e-mail at


Protekt® Paint Protection Film Keeps Vehicle’s Finish Looking Newer, Longer

The road can be a hazardous place, especially for your prized vehicle. Vehicles encounter a lot on the road including bugs, bird droppings, gravel, sand and salt, all at high speeds!

We all know the feeling of coming home after a long road trip with a vehicle desperately in need of a wash. But did you know that substances as innocent as dead bugs can eat away at paint and finishes? We often do not have time to thoroughly clean the outside of our car as regularly as we would like which contributes to long-term damage to the finish. In addition to threats to the finish, gravel and sand that is kicked up while driving often cause rock chips in the paint on the front end of the vehicle. Salted roads in the wintertime can cause similar damage.

Paint protection film, such as Protekt® PPF, is a good option for protecting vehicles from road hazards. Not only does it offer protection from debris, it also guards against scratches in commonly damaged areas such as bumpers, door handle wells and edges.

Protekt PPF is optically clear and won’t discolor over time. It is also self-healing, which means minor scratches will resolve themselves. PPF is installed by professional dealers who understand the best way to utilize the product to achieve the desired protection level. In the end, drivers save time and money on costly repainting and repairs.

Are you ready to protect your vehicle with Protekt PPF? Visit the Madico Dealer Directory to locate an installer near you.

Are you a dealer interested in selling Protekt PPF? Learn more in the Madico Dealer Portal.


The unseen benefits of specialty films

Steven Sorrentino, Director of Specialty Films, recently contributed to Aircraft Interiors International. His piece entitled “The unseen benefits of specialty films” explores the recent developments in the film industry that have resulted in advanced film and coating solutions for aircraft.

Aircraft Interiors International enjoys international acclaim as the best, most readable quarterly magazine ever produced on the latest trends and developments in aircraft interior design, cabin brand development and completion.


ProtectionPro™ by Madico Launches New Infinity Series

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Jan. 28, 2019 – ProtectionPro TM by Madico today announced the launch of the ProtectionPro Infinity Series, the latest addition to its successful line of durable device protection accessories. Offering more than 40 different colors, patterns and textures that safeguard phones, tablets, and more, the highly customizable Infinity Series provides endless creative possibilities while adding a measure of protection.


Each design option in the ProtectionPro Infinity Series features surface protection and essential durability. Phones, tablets, gaming equipment and devices of any kind can be protected with the Infinity Series device protection which is cut on demand to fit devices of all shapes and sizes.


“ProtectionPro is the world leader in on-demand device protection,” said Brad Bacigalupi, ProtectionPro by Madico’s Director of Business Development. “With the Infinity Series line of products, retailers can service more customers, increase profits, reduce inventory, and maximize shelf space. Plus, consumers will love the ability to personalize their style and improve their devices’ durability.”


The Infinity Series offers a variety of designs and textures for every type of personality:

  • Carbon Fiber – This bold, linear patterning and reflective design gives any device a futuristic appeal, allowing customers to show off their personal style while improving the durability of their device.
  • Metal – The stately tonal qualities of metallics are widely associated as symbols of strength, elegance and luxury. This design option gives consumers device protection with the premium look and feel of brushed metal.
  • Texture – These patterns offer a variety of nature-inspired finishes with unique styles and colors to improve the feel of any device. Popular design choices include leather, snakeskin, zebra and alligator.
  • Sparkle – Style savvy customers can dress up any device with this collection of eye-catching colors that shimmer and shine.
  • Spectrum – This vibrant palette of matte and satin finish colors accommodates changing style preferences and seasonal trends with its many bright and brilliant design options.
  • Art – Use any device as a canvas with nature, animal prints, camouflage and other photographic themes. Distributors can now offer customization with select images and artwork.


This solution is carried by thousands of big box retail stores, telecommunication providers, repair shops, and electronics shops all around the world. For more information on Protection Pro or for information on how to become a distributor, visit  or call (801) 571-8243.


About ProtectionPro

With thousands of active retail and repair locations around the globe, Protection Pro is the trusted leader in on-demand device protection. The ProtectionPro system is brought to you by Madico, a pioneer in cutting-edge protection technology. An award-winning organization, our expertise is in the research, science, development, and manufacturing of high performance, complex, multilayer films engineered to exceed customer expectations.


About Madico, Inc.

Headquartered in Tampa Bay, Fla., Madico, Inc. innovates, manufactures, and distributes a broad range of protective, functional and decorative materials-based solutions including films, coatings and laminates for various industries worldwide from automotive and architecture to healthcare and aerospace. Since 1903, Madico has pioneered industry-first products with an unrivaled commitment to quality and dedication to its customers. Madico is a fully-owned subsidiary of Lintec USA Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit


Protecting the Investment of Public Transit with Specialty Films

The Madico Specialty Films group is headed off to Berlin, Germany to exhibit at InnoTrans 2018, the leading international trade fair for transport technology. Sub-divided into the five trade fair segments – Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction, InnoTrans occupies all 41 halls available at Berlin Exhibition Grounds. A unique feature of InnoTrans is its outdoor and track display area, where everything from tank wagons to high-speed trains are displayed on 3 500 metres of track.


Along with Madico’s participation at InnoTrans, Steve Sorrentino, director of Madico Specialty Films, was invited to submit an article to Mass Transit magazine.


We invite you to read the full article entitled, “Protecting the Investment of Public Transit with Specialty Films,” which can be viewed here. The article will also be a part of Mass Transit’s November print edition highlighting the products featured at the InnoTrans show.


Mass Transit is the only magazine exclusively dedicated to public transportation. It focuses on the people to showcase their best practices and give their firsthand accounts that readers demand.


Madico Dealer Spotlight – DP Tint and Detail

DP Tint and Detail located in Tustin, California was established in November 1979 by Ken Luna and specializes in automotive tint and detailing. Ken has been a loyal Madico customer for over 35 years and attributes his loyalty to the fact he hasn’t had a warranty claim since 1996! Ken focuses primarily on automotive installations and is a big fan of Madico’s Charcool and Wincos.


Ken remembers the early years when he helped train installers with Madico films.  Ken has always been interested in innovative ways of simplifying the installation process while still upholding the highest standards of work. Over the years Ken has been on the forefront of installation technique. He started wet shrinking in 1986, then used baby powder, then dryer sheets, and now his very own product that he developed when one of his installers was struggling to shrink back windows.


Thank you to Ken Luna for your continued business and loyalty throughout the years! Madico is proud to have customers like you!


Madico, Inc. Introduces Black Pearl® Nano‐Ceramic Automotive Film

Popular Black Pearl automotive window film now available to dealers in a ceramic version


Tampa Bay, Fla. – August 9, 2018 – Madico, Inc., one of the world’s leading manufacturers of materials-based solutions, today announced the latest addition to its successful line of automotive films, Black Pearl® Nano-Ceramic. The new film uses advanced nano-ceramic technology to provide up to 87% infrared heat rejection, increasing comfort, reducing glare, and keeping vehicle interiors cooler.


Black Pearl NC has excellent conformability for easy installation, making the latest from Madico the perfect product for film installers to expand their business and meet consumer demand for ceramic films.


“We absolutely love the Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic film. Our technicians love to install it and our customers are always pleased with the result,” said Leslie Ewing of Made in the Shade in Mesa, AZ, who was one of Madico’s first dealers to begin using the new ceramic film. “Many of our employees have Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic on their own vehicles so our customers can take a look at it installed before they purchase. People are always happy with what they see and even how they feel when they sit inside the car.”


Available in a wide range of different visible light transmissions or shades to accommodate any driver’s preference, Black Pearl NC also features a rich, black color popular with consumers.


“Adding the Black Pearl® Nano-Ceramic to Madico’s trusted line of high performance automotive films provides dealers with a range of options to meet the needs of their customers,” said Jeffrey Plummer, Madico’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “This product brings the best of window film technology into auto shops across the country.”


Like all Madico products, Black Pearl NC provides a level of safety should drivers be involved in an accident. The film holds together broken glass, lessening the chance of flying shards of glass harming a vehicle’s occupants. The film also protects a car’s interior surfaces and upholstery from excessive UV exposure and the drying effects of the sun, adding to the longevity of the vehicle.


“I was very excited to offer Black Pearl Nano-Ceramic in my shop,” said David Lopez of Dwight’s Auto Glass & Tint in Tucson, AZ, who was another one of Madico’s first dealers to try out Black Pearl NC. “I have found that more and more customers were coming in and asking for ceramic films. Now I’m happy to be able to provide my customers with a quality product that is easy to install and shrinks easily. The film also has a really nice color to it and good range of VLT’s.”


Black Pearl NC is a 1.5 mil premium grade film product and comes with a lifetime warranty that is now available from participating Madico dealers. For more information, call 888-887-2022, or visit


About Madico, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa Bay, Florida, Madico, Inc. innovates, manufactures, and distributes a broad range of protective, functional and decorative materials-based solutions including films, coatings and laminates for various industries worldwide from automotive and architecture to healthcare and aerospace. Since 1903, Madico has pioneered industry-first products with an unrivaled commitment to quality and dedication to its customers. Madico is a fully-owned subsidiary of Lintec USA Holdings, Inc. For more information, visit


ClearPlex Windshield Film Featured at the Porsche Parade

Madico®, Inc. participates in the Porsche® Parade every year, wherever it is held in the United States. This year’s Parade was held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.  The Porsche Parade is the premier event of the year for the Porsche Club of America, which is the Porsche organization in the USA that is endorsed by the Porsche leadership in Germany.


The Porsche Parade is an exciting event to attend because Porsche owners bring their cars from all over North America to participate in the week’s events.  Imagine!  More than 2,000 Porsches from the early years of the cars’ production to the most modern models.  Owners compete with their cars in the Concours events to determine which cars are cared for better than other cars.  In the early years of our involvement with the Porsche Parade, cars sporting ClearPlex® film on the windshields would be hit with demerits by the judges.  Now ClearPlex film is recognized as an important item for maintaining the integrity of the Porsche’s original equipment, so we’ve made progress in having ClearPlex film recognized by the most discerning Porsche enthusiasts as an acceptable piece of equipment on the vehicle.


Other events include rallies in which the Porsches tour the countryside.  This is another opportunity to introduce ClearPlex film to drivers whose cars get damaged from the road debris kicked up by other cars in the rally group.  How many times did we hear the lament, “If only I’d had my windshield filmed with ClearPlex?!”  Of course, we take advantage of these sales opportunities by installing ClearPlex film on Porsches at the Parade itself and by referring owners to ClearPlex film installers in their hometowns.


We’re looking forward to next year’s Porsche Parade in Boca Raton, Florida!


By Peter Jensen, ClearPlex Business Manager