Madico
Blister Free Window Film

Blister Free 600

Madico’s Blister Free 600 is a 6 mil, optically clear, anti-graffiti film ideal for polycarbonate, acrylic, and other uncoated plastics. This film uses a proprietary adhesive that withstands moisture fluctuations, preventing blistering and providing a long-lasting protective barrier.

Benefits

Madico’s Blister Free 600

Blister Free 600 offers a comprehensive range of benefits designed to protect and preserve plastic surfaces in various settings. Each feature ensures maximum durability and efficiency, making it an essential addition to any high-traffic or vulnerable area.

Invisible Vandalism Protection

The film provides a clear, protective barrier against graffiti and vandalism, ensuring surfaces remain unmarred and aesthetically pleasing.

Versatile Applications

Blister Free 600 is suitable for a wide range of applications, from transit systems and schools to ATM machines, kiosks, and information displays.

Optically Clear and Distortion-Free

Maintains the original appearance of surfaces without any visual distortion, ensuring clarity and transparency.

Retains Broken Plastic Fragments

Enhances safety by holding broken fragments together, preventing scattering and potential injury.

Protection Against Scratches, Spray Paint, and Acid Etching

Provides robust defense against common forms of vandalism, prolonging the life of plastic surfaces.

Cost-Effective Alternative to Panel Replacement

Reduces maintenance costs by offering a more affordable solution compared to replacing entire panels.

UV Light Rejection

Rejects up to 44% of UV rays, reducing fading and damage from sunlight exposure.

Common Applications

Ideal for use in transit systems, schools, skylights, ATM machines, kiosks, vending machines, street-level signs, and information displays.

Blister Free 600

Product Overview

Blister Free 600 by Madico is specifically engineered for use on polycarbonate (Lexan®), acrylic (Plexiglass®), and other uncoated plastic surfaces. Unlike standard films that blister due to moisture absorption and release, Blister Free 600's proprietary adhesive remains unaffected, ensuring consistent performance. This film acts as a sacrificial layer to protect against graffiti, scratches, and acid etching, offering a cost-effective alternative to replacing damaged plastic glazing. Additionally, it provides UV light rejection, heat reduction, and reduced fading, while enhancing safety by holding fragments together if the panel breaks. Ideal for high-traffic areas like transit systems, schools, and public displays, Blister Free 600 maintains the pristine appearance of plastic surfaces.

Product Specs

Product specs
Visible Light Transmitted 89%
Visible Light Reflected External 8%
Visible Light Reflected Internal 8%
Glare Reduction 0%
Total Solar Energy Transmitted 80%
Total Solar Energy Reflected External 8%
Total Solar Energy Absorbed 12%
Shading Coefficient (SC) 0.96
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) 0.84
U Factor 1.03
UV Rejection ≥ 99%
Emissivity 0.86
Light to Solar Gain 1.06
Total Solar Energy Rejected (TSER) 16%
IR Rejection 26%
Infrared Energy Rejection (IRER) 20%

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Architectural Film Performance Measurements

This document details the energy efficiency and protective benefits of Madico's architectural films, comparing metrics like visible light transmission, solar heat gain, UV rejection, and infrared energy rejection to aid in selecting the appropriate film for specific environmental and performance needs.

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Commercial Window Films Brochure

Highlights the benefits of installing Madico window films, which include optimizing building efficiency, increasing occupant comfort, reducing energy costs, improving exterior aesthetics, and enhancing glass safety. The films block over 99% of UV rays, reject up to 80% of solar energy, and help maintain interior warmth, leading to significant energy savings and a more comfortable working environment. Madico's films are scratch-resistant, long-lasting, and backed by a strong warranty, with applications in prestigious buildings worldwide.

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FAQs

Window film or window tint, is a self-adhesive polyester film generally made of PET, Polyethylene Teraphthalate, the same polymer used to manufacture water bottles, for example. Most films are applied to the interior surface of a glass window in a home, commercial building, or car with an adhesive, and have a scratch-resistant coating on the outer surface to protect the film. So basically, window film is comprised of three components: the polymer film, coatings with adhesives, and outer protective coating.

 

Madico® offers many types of window films. Some are tinted with metals, dyes, or pigments to reduce the visible light transmitted through the glass, and block heat coming through from the sun. Others are clear and feature multiple layers of PET to offer protection from shattering glass. There are even decorative window films that can replicate the look of frosted glass or etched patterns.

Solar radiation, also known as solar energy, is made up of three parts: visible light, which we can see, ultraviolet rays, which we can't see, and infrared rays, which we experience as heat. When solar radiation hits glass, window film blocks damaging UV rays and manages the light and heat that transmits through the glass. The amount is dependent upon the kind of window film installed.

All Madico® window films are installed by professional Madico window film dealers. The installation process begins with the dealer thoroughly cleaning your windows to remove even the smallest dirt particles. A piece of film is cut roughly to the size of your window—whether for an automotive installation or a window installation for home or commercial property. The installer then removes a protective release liner and sprays an application solution on the film’s adhesive to activate it. The application solution is also sprayed on the window to which the film will be applied. Then the film is installed on the glass, and the installer squeegees all the application solution out from between the glass and film. The installer will also do some final edge trimming to ensure the film fits perfectly.

Yes, but it depends on where you live. Many electric utility companies offer rebate dollars for customers who install window film. It takes just a little homework to find out which utility companies participate in incentive programs. You can learn more at energy.gov/savings.

 

For commercial buildings, window film installation may also help you attain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) credits and potential certification. LEED, is a highly-recognized green building certification program. You can learn more at usgbc.org/certification.

Yes, in most cases, window film can be very beneficial when used in conjunction with Low E glass.

 

Whether window film should be used on Low E windows and how much you will benefit depends on three factors:

 

  1. Type of Low E surface.

  2. Location of Low E surface on the window.

  3. The desired amount of heat gain reduction, heat loss reduction, or other window film benefits that you are looking for.

There are two types of Low E surfaces on glass. One is a conductive coating put on glass as it is being made. It gives some heat loss reduction, but does little to reduce heat gain into a building. The second type is a more complex system of multiple layers of metals and conductive coatings deposited on glass after it has been made. This type of Low E glass gives heat reductions of 30% to 50% in addition to reducing heat loss. Obviously, there will be more heat gain reduction using film on the first type of Low E glass. If there is any question about the type you may have, ask your glass company or the window manufacturer to send you the specific information about your glass.

 

The location of the Low E surface in your window system is also very important in deciding whether film should be used. If the Low E coating is on the room-side surface of the innermost pane of glass, the use of window film may reduce or eliminate the heat loss reduction of the glass itself. This may be more than offset by the heat gain reduction/heat loss reduction properties of the films to be used. Most Low E window systems, however, consist of double pane windows where the Low E surface faces the air space between the panes. In this case, film can be installed without eliminating the heat loss reduction benefit of the Low E glass. The type of window film you choose for Low E glass depends entirely on your desired benefit—whether you want to reduce heat gain, control glare, prevent heat loss, reduce fading or enhance the safety of your windows and glass doors. Carefully consider all these benefits before making a final decision.

Along with saving you money on cooling costs in the warm summer months, architectural window film helps retain interior heat to help you reduce heating costs in winter. Year-round, the sun’s ultraviolet rays cause colors to fade, fabrics to fray, and woods to crack. This damage to your furnishings, flooring, and artwork becomes worse over time, and can never be reversed. But it can be significantly reduced with the application of architectural window film.

 

Madico® films block 99% of harmful UV rays, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in sun damage, while helping to preserve the beauty of your home or office—and your valued possessions—for as long as you own them. Window film by Madico improves the comfort of your space throughout the year, despite the temperature, by making windows more energy efficient—and conserving all that energy benefits the environment, too.

Absolutely. For both automotive and architectural film, the useful life of window film can depend on the film type and the glass type. For buildings, window construction, building orientation, and geographical location come into play. Most residential and automotive applications are covered by a lifetime warranty for as long as you own your house or car. Most commercial installations receive either a 10- or 15-year warranty. The warranty coverage offered by Madico® is based on extensive internal testing and our years of experience in the field.

There are vast differences in the construction properties of automotive and architectural film. Automotive window film is designed to absorb solar energy, which means a car can actually grow warmer inside as the car sits idle. The magic of creating interior comfort happens as the window's absorbed heat radiates as the car drives down the road.

 

Architectural window film, of course, is used on stationary structures. If one tried to install automotive window film architecturally, you can imagine how the solar-absorbing auto film would prove detrimental to a home or office environment. It's for this reason that architectural flat glass is designed to reflect heat. In fact, if you were to try putting solar-energy-absorbing auto film onto flat glass, there's a good chance heat buildup would cause the glass to break.

 

There are other differences. For example, automotive film is designed to be heat formed during installation, allowing the installer to shape the film as needed around the curvature of a vehicle’s windows. Architectural film uses a different adhesive than automotive film. It is formulated to give an installer more control when positioning film on large glass surfaces.

When the sun hits glass that's not protected with window film, a significant amount of the sun's energy—about 90%—is transmitted through the glass. That's where the heat comes from. To counteract that, installing window film on glass will block up to 80% of the sun's energy. That means a whole lot less heat is getting through to you. The exact amount of heat absorption and reflectance of the film will depend on the type of film your professional installer recommends for your specific needs. Dyed films do not have metal and are considered non-reflective, and while they absorb solar energy, they're not as effective at solar control because of their non-reflective property. On the contrary, metalized and nano-ceramic films provide solar absorption and reflectance—and much more solar control—with nano-ceramic film offering the highest levels of solar protection. These films block up to 99% of the sun's harmful UV rays.

When the dealer squeegees out the application solution during installation, it is nearly impossible to get every drop of solution out. Thus, there is a drying time (cure time) for the film, during which the remaining application solution between the film and glass evaporates. During this time, our window film is still performing to its full solar control and safety capabilities. However, it is common to see bubbles, haze, streaks, and other visual defects in the film as it cures. This is completely normal, and these will disappear as the film dries out.

The amount of time for the film to fully cure can vary drastically. If it is a dark solar control film on a south or west-facing window in a hot climate in summer, the film can be completely cured within a few days. However, if it is a heavy gauge safety film installed on a north facing window in wintertime, it’s not uncommon for the curing process to last over a month. Remember, though, that the film will perform as designed during the drying time, the bubbles and streaks are purely cosmetic.

This depends on the film type, glass type, window construction, orientation, and geographical location of the building.

 

All Madico® architectural window films are covered by a warranty for some specified time. Most residential and automotive applications are covered by a lifetime warranty as long as you own the house or car. Most commercial installations receive either a 10- or 15-year warranty. There are some specialty films that have different terms; for example, exterior films are warranted for five years on vertical glass, two years on sloped glass; and decorative films usually have seven-year coverage.

 

The warranty coverage is based on extensive internal testing and our years of experience in the field. It is common that we see films that last well beyond their warranties, sometimes as long as 15-20 years.

 

Madico automotive window films longevity depends on some specific variables as well, like product type and quality, the climate the car has to bear, and the amount of direct sunlight the car is exposed to. The good news is, Madico automotive window films are manufactured using high quality dyes, adhesives, and laminates and are covered by a lifetime warranty for as long as you own the vehicle.

When the weather is warm, window film can reduce air conditioning costs and save on lighting costs by reducing solar heat gain, while still letting in natural light. When it’s cold outside, window film can retain interior heat, saving on heating costs. In existing commercial structures, the energy savings achieved by window film can offer a payback in less than two years, or up to a 70% ROI — depending on factors such as construction, location, and type of film used. Window films can block up to 86% of the sun’s heat. A significant reduction of the sun’s heat aids in a building’s energy efficiency as less energy is needed from the HVAC cooling system — saving up to 30% of a building’s cooling costs.

Window films have many benefits, depending on your choice of film.

 

For residences and buildings, tinted window films, also called solar control films, can do the following:

  • Significantly reduce solar heat gain (up to 86%) and temperature inside a building

  • Reduce air conditioning costs in summer and heating costs in winter

  • Extend the life of HVAC systems by reducing maintenance and strain on the system

  • Decrease a building’s environmental emissions

  • Increase occupant comfort

  • Reduce up to 95% of annoying glare to improve visibility inside, especially for computer and TV screens

  • Allows natural light in without the glare, reducing the need for artificial lighting

  • Provide daytime privacy

  • Block up to 99% of damaging UV radiation, protecting furniture, carpets, woodwork, and other interior furnishings from fading

  • Improve building aesthetics and accent windows

  • Increase shatter resistance

  • May help in attaining LEED credits towards certification

 

Automotive window films:

  • Improve personal safety by blocking up to 99% of harmful UV rays

  • Improve occupants' comfort due to maximum heat and glare reduction

  • Offer extreme IR rejection—up to 92%

  • Reduce fading of interiors

  • Help hold shattered glass together in the event of an accident

  • Accent the look of automobiles

 

Safety & security films are comprised of thicker polyester and stronger, more assertive adhesives. They hold shattered glass in place to offer protection from threats like:

  • Burglary and vandalism attempts—the film's thickness helps make treated glass harder to break or rupture

  • Graffiti—anti-graffiti film protects buildings from taggers and artists

  • Wind-borne debris

  • Natural disasters

  • Bomb blasts

Reflective is a traditional film that is reflective in appearance. These films reject up to 98% of the heat keeping homes and offices more comfortable, provide privacy, cut glare, and help to lower energy costs.

 

Dual Reflective films provide sun protection while reducing daytime heat and glare. These films also offer optimal nighttime views by reducing the interior reflectivity of glass, providing a more natural view.

 

Neutral films are less reflective than traditional film—reducing glare and preventing heat gain, all while providing a natural neutral tone.

 

Made specifically for exterior applications, exterior films cut annoying glare, block 99% of UV rays, and help lower cooling costs while providing a uniform exterior appearance.

 

Solar Safety & Security films combine safety and security film with solar control properties, to reduce the energy consumption of a building.

There are three types of window film (in automotive, referred to as window tint). Non-reflective or dyed film that absorbs the sun's energy—providing heat reduction for automobiles. Reflective or metalized film that both reflects and takes in solar energy for architectural applications. And nano-ceramic film, which utilizes molecular science to engineer nanoparticles (which measure 1 billionth of a meter) to identify and absorb vast amounts of infrared heat, practically all the UV radiation, and varying degrees of visible light

The term ceramic is frequently used when nitrate and oxide coatings are used in window film construction. During the coating process, nitrogen and/or oxygen are introduced into the sputtering chamber in conjunction with a negative electrical charge and argon gas. By introducing these gases, the target metal is transformed into a non-metallic ceramic. The appearance of the coating changes drastically and is less reflective in appearance compared to a metalized coating. Hence the term ceramic, as the coating is no longer metal with metal properties and appearance.

Madico® window films are available through our extensive dealer network nationally and internationally. Our films are manufactured at our facility in Tampa Bay, Florida, and distributed through eight service centers across North America. Internationally, Madico has distributors all over the world including in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa.

To find a window film or window tint dealer near your in North America check our dealer locator here.

To find an international distributor please visit our window film distribution page.

Quality window films are designed for use on specific types of window glass. Although Madico® offers many types of solar control and safety & security window films in a wide variety of shades, colors, and performance characteristics, it can be challenging to decide what to choose. So, in addition to reviewing our window film products on this website, we highly recommend visiting our dealer directory to find a local authorized Madico dealer who can determine your needs and help you select the best window film.

In most cases if a house plant is already receiving adequate light, the use of window film will not harm it. New growth or flowering may be impacted, as the plant may take a few days to adjust to the light change. If a particular plant normally wilts by the end of a sunny day, it can actually thrive better with film installed. Although there are some obvious guidelines in determining what, if any, effect window film will have on a plant (for instance, dark green plants need less light than lighter colored ones), there is one sample test which can be done prior to film installation — simply move the plant to an area with less sunlight for a few days. In addition, most nurseries or local agriculture agencies can advise you whether a particular plant needs closer to maximum or minimal light.