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Automotive window tinting does more than simply boost aesthetic appeal

One of the most obvious reasons for a driver to decide to enquire about car window tinting films is the same one that motivates many dealers and fitting businesses to approach us about such products here at Opalux – the visual effect that tinting has on a vehicle’s glass surfaces.

You may be interested in ordering car window tinting films for your own customers due to their having requested a solution that would enable them to maximise the privacy – and therefore, safety and security – of their vehicle driving and ownership experience. 

Alternatively, of course, it may be the classy and uniform appearance that window tinting lends to a vehicle that is the chief motivation a particular customer has to have such films fitted to their car.

But car window tinting films don’t just improve the way a car looks. That’s because there is a wide range of other respects in which products like the OPX films we stock here at Opalux could considerably enhance the day-to-day life of the average driver.

Give your customers much greater comfort and convenience as they drive

As we mentioned above, safety and security are certainly things that many drivers wish to bolster when they ask businesses like yours about car window tinting films. When it is more difficult for a bystander to look through the glass at the contents of a vehicle, there is a much-decreased likelihood of that person attempting to break into the vehicle to steal any precious goods.

But when you peruse our broader selection of OPX car window tinting films, you will soon see examples of the various other practical purposes that they can serve.

No one wishes to be behind the wheel of a car, for instance, only to have their vision suddenly obscured by low-lying sun, which is why a film with excellent glare reduction priorities may be an especially great priority for some drivers. Our one-ply non-metalized NR Elite Solo 5 film is just one fine example of such a film, lowering glare by an astounding 94%.

Penetrating and persistent ultraviolet (UV) rays are another worry for many drivers, given the damage that they can cause to not only human health and comfort, but even possibly a car’s interior upholstery over time. Fortunately, you can select literally any of our current OPX car window tinting films – including those from the NR Elite Solo, NR Elite Duo, HP Refined and IR Challenger ranges – in the knowledge that your customer will benefit from UV filtering of up to 99%.

Talk through your needs for high-quality car window films with Opalux

Opalux has been one of the most trusted suppliers of window films since its establishment in 1976 – and more than 40 years on, we remain the company that you should call when your business needs to source tinting products of the highest calibre.

Call our hotline now, on 0845 026 1125, to receive further guidance as to the car window tinting films that may best suit the application you have in mind. Our OPX range continues to go from strength to strength, and our experts can help to maximise your chances of making the best possible choice for your given customer, each and every time.  


OPX NR Elite Solo car window film is no mere ‘entry-level’ option

Understandably, when your dealer or fitting business is striving to meet the most exacting demands of its customers, you will expect the highest level of sophistication – but also excellent value – in whatever car window films you choose, as a bare minimum.

Our wide selection of OPX window films, however, may give you the false impression that our supposedly ‘entry-level’ products may lack something in the way of refinement or performance. This could not be further from the truth, as is deftly demonstrated by our OPX NR Elite Solo films.

They may be called ‘Solo’, but they fulfil multiple purposes

While our OPX NR Elite Solo products are so-called on account of their single-ply construction – as opposed to the two-ply form taken by their NR Elite Duo counterparts that can also be ordered from Opalux – they are impressively cutting-edge films in their own right.

This much is demonstrated partly by certain characteristics that all of our OPX window films under the NR Elite Solo banner can boast, such as their remarkable clarity, high-performing colour-stable properties and non-reflective appearance.

However, you only need to take a cursory look at the relevant section of the Opalux website to appreciate that we also offer many variations on the basic formula of our NR Elite Solo film. In fact, we presently stock six versions of this 25micron, non-metalized film – namely NR Elite Solo 5, 15, 20, 35, 50 and 70.

These numbers correspond with the percentage of visible light that each of these films allows to be transmitted through the glass. So the OPX NR Elite Solo 5 film, for instance, only permits the transmission of 5% visible light, while rejecting 43% of total solar energy; these percentages are a very different 70% and 23% respectively for the OPX NR Elite Solo 70 product.

But it’s also far from just various degrees of solar energy rejection and visible light transmission that these sometimes overlooked OPX window films provide. You might not have known about their glare reduction capabilities, for example, amounting to 94% in the case of the ‘5’ film, and 20% as far as the ‘70’ is concerned. These differences allow for every degree of need to be catered for.

Then, there’s the not-insignificant fact that all of our OPX NR Elite Solo films deliver as much as 99% ultraviolet (UV) filtering. This is an invaluable feature for drivers having such films fitted to their cars, given the harm that UV rays can cause to a vehicle’s interior and even human health over time.

Don’t look further... simply ask for a competitive quote now

It may be the NR Elite Solo film that you consider to be the best choice for your own customer who has just asked you about car window films, or you may instead be most drawn to such possibilities as the equally – or even more – sophisticated NR Elite Duo, HP Refined and IR Challenger products.

We are delighted to be able to supply them all as part of our far-reaching and industry-leading range of OPX window films here at Opalux – and it’s an extremely simple process to get in touch with us to request advice, guidance or a good-value quote. Simply call 0845 026 1125 today. 

What makes our OPX IR Challenger car window films such a superb investment?

One of the best reasons to turn to Opalux for the automotive window films that many of the customers of your dealer or fitting business may be asking for, is the simple fact that we are the home of the highly rated OPX range of such films.

Indeed, we give you a breath of car window films from which to select, and which benefit from advanced design and manufacturing expertise.

Why, then, when such possibilities as our OPX NR Elite Solo, NR Elite Duo and HP Refined window tints cater to a broad range of needs that your customers could conceivably have, should you instead recommend the installation of OPX IR Challenger films, as we can also supply?

Privacy, comfort... and so much more

It may be that your company’s customers initially ask you about car window films due to a wish to provide their vehicle’s windows with a cleaner and more uniform appearance. OPX IR Challenger films are certainly one example of window tints that are capable of this, and what’s more, there are various shades from which your customers can choose within this range.

These two-ply, non-metalized films come in no fewer than five basic varieties, in fact. The IR Challenger 5 product, for example, transmits 5% visible light, compared to the 70% of visible light transmission that the IR Challenger 70 film enables. Much the same pattern continues throughout the range, with the IR Challenger 20 film allowing 20% of visible light to be transmitted, the IR Challenger 35 product 37%, and IR Challenger 50, 51%.

But all of these films also provide an exceptional 99% rate of ultraviolet (UV) rejection for a healthier and pleasanter experience behind the wheel. Then, there’s the not-insignificant matter of glare reduction. The rate for this in the case of the IR Challenger 5 film is an astounding 94%, but even the IR Challenger 70 product – despite allowing a high level of visible light to be transmitted – still cuts glare by a very useful 20%.

All of these qualities, taken together, help to make our OPX IR Challenger film a great option for boosting the privacy, comfort, security and even aesthetics of your customers’ vehicles. The remarkable scratch resistance and lifetime warranty that these films also come with simply maximise their appeal to the most discerning drivers.

Request your quote now, or ask for more information

Would you like to learn more about our vast selection of car window films, and take advantage of our knowhow and experience in all things automotive window tinting to ensure you choose only the product that best suits the needs of your customers?

If so, it’s quick and straightforward to get in touch with the Opalux team today. Simply call 0845 026 1125 now, or complete and submit our simple online enquiry form.




Whatever your customer’s requirements, there are OPX window films to suit

No driver deserves to have to suffer from excessive heat or glare when behind the wheel, and nor should they be forced to accept inadequate privacy or security as a vehicle owner if there is a relatively straightforward and cost-effective solution available that can combat such issues.

This helps to explain why we are so pleased to have a comprehensive selection of OPX window films available in our present stock here at Opalux. These window tints are sophisticated products that can deliver impressive results for the customers of your professional dealer or fitting business.

As a consequence, these are window films that your firm should not overlook if you are interested in delivering greater customer satisfaction and maximising profits.

But which of these window films is ‘the answer’ for your customer?

Even if your customer asks you specifically about window films as a means of addressing the potentially huge problem of elevated heat or glare while driving, it may not be immediately obvious to you which of our OPX window films will represent the best solution for their requirements.

This is why we would always urge you to contact the Opalux technical team prior to ordering any given automotive window film, so that our seasoned experts can advise you on your options.

Nonetheless, as you browse our relevant product pages for our OPX window films, you’ll begin to appreciate the many similarities and differences between them. You’ll become more informed on exactly what separates our NR Elite Solo from our NR Elite Duo films, as well as how our HP Refined films are a highly installer-friendly solution and the IR Challenger product could be great for enhancing your customer’s privacy within their vehicle.

It’s important to remember, too, that each of our OPX window films is available in a broad assortment of specifications and roll widths. Our IR Challenger 5 film, for example, transmits only 5% visible light and reduces glare by 94%; by contrast, the IR Challenger 70 film offers 70% visible light transmission, but only 20% glare reduction.

The Opalux team can equip you with the knowledge to make the right choice

Automotive window film can be a major investment for both your customers and your business. You therefore shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch with us – as you can by calling 0845 026 1125 – if you are at all unsure about the product that will best serve your customer. After all, your entire firm’s reputation can hinge on getting such decisions right, time and time again.


5 great reasons to order OPX car window tinting films

Your professional dealer or fitting business will naturally always wish to have access to the latest, most sophisticated and most useful products, and the situation is no different as far as car window tinting films are concerned. That's just one reason why, despite having only recently been introduced, our wide-ranging OPX automotive window films have already proved such strong sellers.

Below, however, are five more factors that help to explain their success - and potential value to your own firm.

Their installer-friendliness

Our OPX car window films have been conceived, designed and produced with the needs of the fitter expressly in mind.

Your workers will always desire products that are relatively quick and easy to install at the same time as providing excellent heat shrink, not least given the time and labour cost savings that can be enjoyed as a result. This is precisely what our OPX films bring to your company.

A stellar amount of choice

Every customer's needs are different, which helps to explain why there are so many options among our car window tinting films under the OPX name.

From our NR Elite Solo and NR Elite Duo optically clear and non-metalized polyester films, right through to the HP Refined and IR Challenger products that are renowned for their own effectiveness in reducing ultraviolet (UV) exposure and glare, we give you a generous complement of options.

A reassuring manufacturer's warranty

Peace of mind will always be important to any customers of yours who invest in car window tinting films. This much is provided in large part by a three-year warranty in the case of the OPX NR Elite Solo film, a limited lifetime one accompanying the NR Elite Duo product, and lifetime warranties with both the HP Refined and IR Challenger films.

Superior scratch resistance

It can be an overlooked factor given the impact that these car window tinting films have from a UV rejection and glare reduction perspective. Nonetheless, a robust scratch-resistant coating will help to reassure your customers that the film they have just purchased will look and perform well for a long time to come without having to be replaced.

Our unrivalled reputation as a window film specialist

The Opalux name is synonymous with quality, dependability and performance in the window film industry. This applies for both our architectural films and automotive films, with end users such as dealers and fitters realising that few companies are as committed as we are to providing genuinely leading-edge, long-lasting and cost-effective products.

Indeed, it isn't only our car window tinting films themselves that have been instrumental in giving us our present unparalleled reputation in the sector, but also the highly professional and responsive service routinely provided to firms like yours by our technical department.





Why are car window films so invaluable?

It’s easy to think that there’s no real need to apply a specialist film to the windows of a vehicle, right up to the moment when such a need becomes obvious.

Excessive glare, for example, can be a major problem for many drivers, potentially blinding their view at crucial points and consequently heightening the risk of an accident. Temperature control, too, can be a pressing issue, while some drivers may wish to have window film applied to their vehicles chiefly for privacy or security reasons.

As a dealer or fitter, you may have received many enquiries from customers about car window films, or they may have spoken about problems like the above and asked you whether a solution is available.

When you invest in such films as our own OPX-branded products here at Opalux, you can answer their requirements while also opening up a potentially lucrative new market for your firm.

Our OPX products can meet almost every conceivable need

You only need to cast a glance or two around our current selection of OPX car window films to begin to appreciate just what wide-ranging requirements such products can serve.

If it’s superb protection against potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that your customer most needs from a vehicle window film, for instance, you may point them towards our exclusive one-ply, optically clear and non-metalized OPX NR Elite Solo offerings. These innovative window tints – from NR Elite Solo 5, right through to NR Elite Solo 70 – all filter 99% of UV rays.

Our NR Elite Duo car window films are just as effective in this regard, except that as their name indicates, these are two-ply products. Glare reduction is another major advantage to the driver of having films like these installed on their vehicle, however, with our NR Elite Solo 5, NR Elite Duo 5, HP Refined 5 and IR Challenger 5 films all bringing glare down by an astonishing 94%.

It’s easy to forget, though, that many vehicle owners also desire a certain ‘look’ from the car window films that they specify. In that case, you may consider – in particular – recommending our IR Challenger window tints to them, by virtue of the wide range of shades from which one can choose.

Get in touch now, so that we can help you to order the best-suited products

Would you appreciate the guidance and know-how of our experts when you are attempting to select the car window films that will be of greatest relevance to your customers’ needs?

If so, it couldn’t be easier to get in touch with us, whether to ask a technical question or request a free survey and quotation; simply call 0845 026 1125 now, or complete and submit our online contact form.






There are options for every need among our OPX window films

Car owners frequently approach dealers and fitters with an interest in having window films applied to their vehicle, although the reasons for such interest can greatly vary. For some drivers, it may be privacy that is the main motivation, whereas others may be chiefly concerned with boosting security or better protecting themselves from excessive heat or glare when behind the wheel.

These wide-ranging considerations make it vital that when you are looking to order the automotive tinted films that will satisfy your customers, you choose the right solutions from the right supplier.

So with all of the above in mind, here are the ranges of OPX window films that you can purchase from the Opalux team right now, and which help to show we really can supply the product that will meet a given customer’s requirements.

Solo or Duo?

As their respective names indicate, our OPX NR Elite Solo and NR Elite Duo automotive window films have much in common. They are all optically clear, non-metalized polyester films that offer impressive clarity and high-performing colour-stable properties. Both of these subcategories of our OPX window films also deliver 99% filtering of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Our NR Elite Solo products, however, are one-ply films, compared to the two-ply products that make up the NR Elite Duo range. The former, 25-micron films come with a three-year product warranty, while the latter are 38-micron and accompanied by a limited lifetime warranty.

You can depend on OPX window films for consistently high-end performance

Continue your perusal of our OPX window film range, and you’ll also find such formidably-specified options as our HP Refined window tints. These two-ply metalized films combine high optical clarity with maximum heat rejection and stellar colour-stable properties.

OPX HP Refined films do much to make the driver feel more comfortable behind the wheel – the HP Refined 5 film, for example, provides 99% UV rejection, 94% glare reduction and 61% total solar energy rejection.

Finally, we are also pleased to be able to supply IR Challenger window tints that offer truly high-end performance. They’re available in various shades and can be depended on to provide long-lasting heat and glare reduction, as well as impeccable scratch resistance without the need for a metalized layer. These films, too, come with a lifetime warranty.

Would you like to talk to our team in more detail about our assortment of OPX window films, so that you can be sure of selecting the most appropriate products for the requirements of your business as a dealer or fitter, and as a consequence, our customers? If so, don’t hesitate to call 0845 026 1125 today, so that we can also give you the benefit of the most competitive quote.


Automotive window films that help to maximise the profits of fitters and dealers

Given the considerable emphasis that we place on our supply of many of the most innovative architectural window films, it can be easy for some customers to overlook our similarly formidable reputation with regard to the provision of all manner of automotive window films.

We do not sell our OPX tinted automotive films directly to car owners, however, but instead to the professional fitters and dealers that can make the most advantageous use of them, to the benefit of their customers.

So, what are the aspects of these films that should make them your own first choice?

OPX is synonymous with quality, durability and performance

When you are next in the market for the automotive window films that will best suit your requirements as a dealer or fitter, you will naturally desire products that have been designed and produced to the highest standards. After all, any shortfall in quality in the films that you use compared to the customer’s expectation will not reflect well on you.

It is just as well, then, that our OPX line of automotive window films truly does represent an advanced level of design and manufacture, as shown by such elements as their excellent heat shrink, high-quality scratch-resistant coating and remarkable colour stability.

Take your pick from leading-edge car window films

While certain characteristics are apparent across all of our present automotive window films, such as an ultraviolet (UV) rejection rate of 99% and a similarly impressive ability to reduce glare, there may also be specialised requirements that necessitate the purchase of a very specific film in this range.

Our NR Elite Solo film, for instance, is a one-ply, optically clear, non-metalized polyester film that is a great option when stunning clarity and high-performing colour stable qualities are required. NR Elite Duo, meanwhile – as its name implies – is a two-ply version, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty compared to the three-year warranty accompanying the NR Elite Solo.

Also included in our current selection of automotive window films is the HP Refined metalized film that is acclaimed for its installer-friendliness, with its excellent heat shrinking enabling it to sit down well on the dot matrix.

Alternatively, your organisation may be best served by IR Challenger window tints, which deliver superior scratch resistance without incorporating a metalized layer, and can be specified in an assortment of shades.

Call the Opalux technical team today on 0845 026 1125, and we can provide you with the advice that you may need to make the most informed choice of car window film – followed by the most competitive quotation.


What are the differences between our internal and external heat reflective material for windows?

If you have been browsing the Opalux website in search of appropriate solar protective window film for your needs, you may have noticed that some of our reflective films are described as suitable for interior application, and others for exterior application.

This begs an obvious question: how greatly do these two forms of heat reflective material for windows actually differ from each other?

Solar reflective film can be an excellent investment – if you choose the right one

Whether you opt for internal or external solar reflective window film, there are certain consistent benefits that you can expect from this type of film.

The defining feature of such film is, of course, the uniform reflective appearance that it provides from the outside. This not only helps to project a professional and clean image of any organisation based within a building where this film is installed, but can also boost security by making visibility through the glass from outside – including for any prospective intruders – much more difficult.

At the same time, however, this heat reflective material for windows can assist in preserving a good level of daylight for those inside the property, thanks to its mere light tint effect.

However, not all of our reflective solar control films are priced the same, or provide identical levels of protection against excessive heat or glare. This is why we urge you to contact our team here at Opalux at the specification stage to ensure you make the best-matched choice of such film to your needs, by calling us on +44 (0)845 026 1125 or emailing

Finally, the big difference between the two types is... short, not that much. We offer our heat reflective material for windows in Silver 20 and Silver 35 variants for both internal and external application, as well as a Silver 50 film that is to be applied from the inside of a building.

Otherwise, the key differences between our internal and external solar protective window films are that the latter are of weather resistant construction, incorporating the additional UV barriers necessary to prevent the rapid sunshine-related degradation of the film, while also having a strong water resistant adhesive.

Our external window films are a popular choice for circumstances in which it may not be possible to install the film from the inside of the given building, or if the type of glazing involved does not lend itself easily to internal application.

All in all, whichever option you choose for your own premises, you can expect the highest standards of aesthetics, performance and longevity from Opalux’s heat reflective material for windows.

When you are in need of solar protection window film, should you ‘go reflective’?

Your first priority as a potential buyer of solar protection window film is likely to be to invest in a product that repels excessive heat gain and glare from entering your organisation’s buildings. However, it almost certainly won’t be your only priority – and nor should it be.

After all, our own broad selection of solar protection window film encompasses such options as solar reflective film, low mirror film and clear heat control film.

So, what is it that may make our reflective films an especially suitable purchase – and in which circumstances may other products in our range be a more appropriate choice?

Aesthetic appeal and brilliant solar protective results

You would expect any leading solar protection window film to reduce glare and heat so that a given building where it is installed is a much more bearable place for occupants and visitors.

Sure enough, this is precisely what our solar reflective films accomplish, with our Reflective Silver 20 film (SO-20RS-iSR) film, for instance, transmitting just 13% of solar energy through the glazing to which it is fitted. Instead, 52% of solar energy is reflected and 35% is absorbed. Glare reduction, meanwhile, is a stellar 82% and up to 99% of ultraviolet rays are filtered.

Such impressive specifications help to deliver a wide range of benefits, including greater comfort for everyone using your firm’s buildings, reduced energy tax liability and heightened daytime privacy from the outside looking in.

The appearance that such solar protection window film provides from the outside is uniformly reflective, which helps to mask any clutter in your buildings and project a clean and prestigious image for your organisation. From the inside, however, the visual effect is a much less noticeable light tint. 

But there are plenty of other options...

As ideal as reflective film can be in certain contexts, it might be that you don’t desire such a high level of reflectance from your chosen solar protection window film. Instead, you may be interested in achieving a more muted, neutral look, while still enjoying significant benefits as far as heat and glare control are concerned – in which case, our low mirror solar control films might appeal.

Meanwhile, our aforementioned clear heat control films are state of the art, filtering out infrared (IR) radiation without the appearance of the windows or levels of daylight being noticeably affected. You are likely to choose these films when the preservation of the most natural-looking glazing is crucial, such as for a retail store or motor showroom.

Finally, solar reflective films can also be purchased that are specifically manufactured to be applied to plastic instead of glass, thanks to the incorporation of a special adhesive. A conservatory roof, skylight or other polycarbonate substrate is the obvious place to install such window film.

Remember that the Opalux technical team is available to advise you on which choice of solar protection window film would be the best one for your intended setting and circumstances. Simply call us now on 0845 026 1125, and we can also quickly arrange a free survey and quotation in line with your requirements.