Window Tinting...

Types of Window Tint

Some vehicle manufacturers have windows that come with a factory tint on the vehicle's windows, though that is generally only done on the rear windows. This “factory tint” is done by dying the glass. There is sometimes a degree to which the top of the front window is tinted to help reflect the sun's glare. This is especially apparent on older vehicles with stock windshields, as the graduated green strip is clearly visible.

Why people tint vehicle windows

There are many good reasons to do an aftermarket tint to a vehicle’s windows. For many vehicle owners, privacy is an issue. Depending on the level of tint there is the ability to make it hard for a driver to see in another vehicle's windows. Window tinting also blocks up to 99% harmful UV rays, which helps to keep the interior in better shape. Over time, this makes a significant difference in the value of the vehicle, as those with tinted windows tend to have less cracks in leather and less fading of dashboards.

Window tinting also reduces heat in the vehicle up to 70%, which is helpful for drivers who live in high heat climates such as the south. Another helpful byproduct of window tinting is it helps keep glass from shattering during an accident. While the windows of newer cars are all tempered or laminated, reducing the likelihood of sharp pieces cutting an occupant, the adhesive in window tint may result in fewer loose pieces of glass after the window is broken.

DID YOU KNOW?

·     Our solar control films provide top performance and durability

·     Our film is resistant to scratches, chipping, fading, and bubbling

·     Window tinting reduces your car interior’s temperature considerably, saving on air conditioning and consequently on gas consumption

·     In the event of an accident, the film holds broken glass together, reducing the risk of injury

·     Tinted windows reflect light and increase your privacy while hiding car contents from sight

·     Tinted windows reduce the glare from the headlights of oncoming vehicles

·     Our film blocks most UVA and UVB rays, thus protecting your skin and your vehicle’s fabric and leather

·     Window tinting looks great and increases resale value

Window Tinting Laws

Window tinting laws vary from province to province and may change at any time. It is preferable to call your local police to know the regulations in effect in your province. Best efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of this Web site.

 

Hey Prince Albert, BOB is back!

Since 2014, paNOW has put the spotlight on the BEST OF THE BEST in Prince Albert and area. We call it The BOBs, and together with our readers, we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more–hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge PARTY! Last year over 10,000 area residents participated in the nomination and voting phase – casting over 500,000 votes – making the BOB Awards Prince Albert’s true (and BEST) People’s Choice Awards!

 

Nominations: May 8 – 28 

Nominations are open…right now! Get started with our app below! Nominations close May 28th. Make sure your favorites make it to the final ballot by nominating them today and often. (It’s okay to nominate yourself but you’re going to need all the help you can get so encourage your customers, friends and families to help you. Hint: use social media to get the word out.)

Voting: June 5 – 25 

After nominations close we’ll keep the three that receive the MOST nominations and discard the rest. Yes, it’s harsh but so is life. And no whining either! The rules are the rules and if you want to be the BEST you’re going to have to campaign for it! Check out our BOB voting package for ‘campaign materials’ such as Facebook banners for your page.

Download your MEDIA PACKAGE HERE.

Winners will be announced on September 15th.

BOB Awards Party Info 

The party is in the planning stages. We’re working to feature the best chefs and entertainment. It will be a party to remember! The date is Friday, September 15th. Keep checking back for details.

4 TYPES OF ZIEBART RUST PROTECTION

Time to demystify the Ziebart rust treatment! There are 4 different products and some can be combined to get a better and longer lasting protection.

 I may need more then 4 types of rust protection...

I may need more then 4 types of rust protection...

 

Formula Q®

Do you have a car which is less than 30 months removed from the date of manufacture or in very good condition and you wish to keep it for longer than 4 years? This product rubberizes the underside of the car to seal out moisture and to protect against road travel damage. It can be coupled with ZeeGuard® or Penetr-Oil® for complete rust protection.

ZeeGuard®

An upper body rust proofing product that is sprayed into the openings of your vehicle as specified by the manufacturer. If your car is eligible, combine this product with Formula Q® in order to obtain a permanent rust protection which includes a 10 year warranty. (Details in store)

Penetr-Oil®

An annual rust proofing treatment, oil based, which is applied to the upper body of your vehicle, penetrating and protecting seams of doors and other trouble areas. It can also be applied to the underside of the vehicle or be combined with Formula Q® if the vehicle is eligible. (See store for details)

Rust Eliminator

A product applied to areas that already show signs of rust. After the problem areas have been cleaned properly with a wire brush or wheel, the product is sprayed on the affected zone. The rust is transformed and neutralized, forming a protective layer. Rust Eliminator is compatible with all our rustproofing products.

Thank you to Ziebart blog!

Part Two: Acid Rain and the paint on your car!

Here's what is so important to our understanding of acid rain and protecting the paint and reducing or eliminating its effect on the paint film.

• When acid rain lands on the paint film surface, it does no damage! That' s right; it does not hurt it one bit! However..

• The water evaporates from the paint film, leaving behind dry concentrates of the acid compounds, hydrazine etc. We now have a dioxide, or dry substance of the compound. The vehicle is subjected to water in the form of dew, rain, and the like. The acids are no longer dry. Water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Oxygen is an oxidizer. Ozone is an allotropic form of oxygen, an oxidizer.

• The acid compounds start penetrating into the paint film and concentrating more and more each time the vehicle gets wet with plain water. Each time, these acid compounds eat away more of the paint' s resin system, the former and binder of the paint system. If you look at a highly- magnified cut-away of a base/clear-coat paint system, it resembles a sponge. The resin system is what holds the sponge together That is why acid rain damage is seen as an etch or pit. Part of the system has been corrosively eaten away.

Let's now put all of this into perspective:

• Acids are generated by our industrial processes, whether in Calgary, Vancouver or Prince Albert.

• These acids mainly cause paint damage when they concentrate and are re-exposed to water, ozone and heat.

• Simply rinsing a vehicle with deionized water or tap water activates the acid concentrates.

• The acid concentrates eat away the paint, creating discoloring, etches, and pits, which most consumers and even car care professionals think are water spots.

Best to wash your car regularly, weekly at 6th Avenue Car Wash

Welcome Desirae!

 

We would like to welcome Desirae to our team!

Desirae Pranteau is the new sales rep at Uniglass plus Ziebart. She has lived in Prince Albert for eleven years and is happy to call it home. Desirae graduated in 2010 from Carlton Comprehensive High school. When she started working in the car industry three years ago she instantly fell in love with the environment.

Desirae currently drives a 2010 5 speed manual Pontiac G3 wave. In the future her dream car would be to own a '69 Shelby Boss 302. Desirae has worked in sales for 3 years and we are all excited to have her a part of Uniglass plus Ziebart & 6th Avenue Car Wash!

Acid rain and automotive paint finishes

Acid Rain Facts & Fiction:  

You may have read or  heard horror stories about acid rain. Unfortunately most information regarding acid rain and automotive paint finishes is at least slightly incorrect or, in some cases, totally wrong. Let' s set the record straight and clear away all the old wives' tales about acid rain. With that accomplished, you should be able to explain to your our customer’s at 6th Avenue Car Wash what it' s all about.

WHAT IS ACID RAIN?

Manufacturing plants, power-generating plants, internal combustion engines, jet engines, etc. all produce sulfuric dioxides, which are released in their exhaust fumes. Smog, well known in major cities, contains these chemicals. When smog settles on a surface such as an automobile fender it is known as industrial fallout, or IFO. When ozone, water and heat are applied to IFO it becomes acid rain, right on the paint' s surface.

You may ask, "Don' t catalytic converters on our cars get rid of sulfuric emissions?" Only partially . Whatever changes the converter accomplishes in the sulfuric compounds are reversed by the effect of ozone and water.

Nitric oxides are additional acid rain components. The nitrics were originally thought to be a large part of the problem. However, recent data have shown they are not a real contributor to acid rain problems on vehicle paint finishes . there are, of course, exceptions.

While all manufacturing plants contribute to the nationwide pollution problem, one type stands out as an example of a sever localized producer of acidic contaminates . paper or pulp mills. These mills use an acidic process to break down wood fiber. A major portion of the acid compounds utilized is nitric acid. The nitric acids combine with other acids emanating from the process to create a mini acid-rain belt in the area around the facility.

When the emitted acids combine with particulate matter and then settle on an automobile finish, severe acid etching may take place in a very short period of time.

As a result of this localized pollution problem, many paper mills have a car wash on site so employees can remove the acid compounds from their vehicles at the end of their work shift. Others contract with a quality local car wash to clean their employees' vehicles.

A far worse emission is hydrazine. This extremely active acid is a component of jet fuel. So a vehicle parked regularly around a major airport or in high-usage flight paths will be subjected to hydrazine acids on its painted surfaces. Hydrazine is extremely reactive to oxidizers such as ozone.

An oxidizer is any compound that spontaneously emits oxygen either at room temperature or under slight heating. Many chemical compounds react vigorously at ambient temperatures as the oxidizing process takes place. Hydrazine, due to its molecular chain of hydrogen and nitrogen atoms, reacts violently, eating at any surface where it is concentrated. Any of us who took basic chemistry in high school or college remembers our instructor' s caution: "Always add the acid to the water . never, never add the water to the acid!"

 

THE ADVANTAGES OF TAKING YOUR CAR TO A CAR WASH

Not looking forward to washing your car, you are not alone. Cleaning your car in your driveway is very time consuming, requires a significant amount of energy and it is a really messy job. The majority of people still prefer a car wash for good reason. A car wash is quicker, more convenient and offers a number of other key advantages. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons why car washes are so popular.

6th Avenue CAR WASH: A THOROUGH CLEAN

If you have carefully select your car wash in Prince Albert, you’ll find that we have clean bays and area for you to clean the entire automobile.  Think about how difficult it is for you to clean your vehicle’s undercarriage when performing a wash in the driveway. It’s time to eliminate that burden, this is especially important for those who live in an area that receives snowfall. The snowy roads are salted and vehicle tires kick the salt right up into the undercarriages of vehicles where it settles in and corrodes at the bottom of the vehicle. Rely on the advanced machinery at 6th Avenue car wash to clean this hard to reach space and eliminate all that salt, sand, dirt and grime.

CAR WASHES ARE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Did you know that Canadians in certain jurisdictions are barred from washing their vehicles in their driveways? This law was passed to protect the environment and one day it might be implemented around the world. When you wash your vehicle in your driveway, you use all different types of cleaners with harmful chemicals that can negatively impact the environment. These chemicals flow with the wash water right into lawns, storm drains and ground water including our precious streams, rivers and lakes. Take your vehicle to an automated car wash to avoid this unnecessary pollution. An automated car wash is equipped with the technology that is necessary to reclaim previously used wash water. The water is filtered and treated before being re-used for additional washes.

CAR WASHES DO NOT DAMAGE VEHICLES

Car washes utilize brushless and touchless technology along with a high pressure water spray to clean the surfaces of vehicles.. 

CAR WASHES PRESERVE WATER

There are a number of studies that prove the remarkable efficiency of car washes. When one washes his vehicle at home with a 5/8 inch hose that operates at 50 pounds per square inch, he’ll use about 10 gallons of water in a single minute. This means that an individual can use over 150 gallons of water to wash his automobile at home. In contrast,  a car wash uses on average 25 gallons of water for a complete wash and rinse. Factor in the speed of car wash compared to the amount of time that it takes to wash a vehicle at home and it is clear that a car wash is the best choice.

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History of Uniglass Plus Ziebart

Our history:

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1962  - Opening of the first Ziebart franchise in Canada – Long before the creation of the UniglassPlus banner, Ziebart outlets appeared in Canada offering rust protection, detailing, and window tinting. The first shop was in Windsor, Ontario, and was run by George and John Jameison    

1974  - Shops, training, and promotion

  • 77 shops were opened in Canada. Ziebart grew faster than planned
  • Opening of a training school for new technicians in Toronto
  • 1st bilingual, national advertising campaign throughout Canada

1984 - Repositioning of the Ziebart brand. - The slogan "It's us. Or rust!" referred only to rust protection with no mention of the other products offered by Ziebart. It was time for a change. Ziebart's new advertising agency, DDB, came up with the slogan: “Nobody hates ugly more than Ziebart.”

Major partners - The Scarborough shop experienced years of remarkable growth due to its partnership and good relations with car dealers in the region. Their new approach was deployed throughout the network so that all shops could take advantage of a strategic alliance with car dealers.  

1985  - Ziebart Brantford recognized - Terry Howard, who bought his franchise during a difficult year for the retail market, won the title of Canadian Franchise of the Year. His sales technique is the forerunner of the Ziebart marketing strategy promoting the lifetime warranty.   

1986  - The year of compliance - A new program for shop compliance is implemented so that customers can recognize the Ziebart brand.  

1991  - Change in positioning - Now offering much more than rust protection products, Ziebart converted its detailing operations into Ziebart Tidy Car.

1992  - Annual Ziebart conference - 225 owners, their spouses, and employees took part in one of the largest Ziebart conferences. The Peterborough shop and its owner, Jim Enborg, won the award for shop of the year.  

1993 - Opening of 10 shops in Quebec - Ziebart Canada transformed 10 Ziebart Permashine shops into Tidy Car shops. These were located in Saint-Léonard, Saint-Eustache, Laval, Chicoutimi, Ville-Vanier, Sillery, Sainte-Agathe, Hull, Sherbrooke, and Longueuil. 

1995  - PENETR-OIL® rust protection in Ontario - Ziebart introduced an alternative permanent rust protection, a competitive, dripless, environmentally friendly product.

1998 - Consumer's choice – Ziebart won the prestigious Consumer Choice Award in the Rust Protection category in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.  Association with Speedy Auto Glass - Ziebart expanded its product range and started co-branding with an auto glass installer.  

2001  - Co-franchising with Ziebart The first co-franchising program in the automotive sector in Quebec was established between VitroPlus and Ziebart, the global leader in automotive rust proofing, paint protection, and detailing. The network then developed an ongoing training program and improved its customer service to meet the changing needs of consumer

2002  - Arrival of Auto Glass Plus - The Barrie, Ontario franchise was the first to display the Ziebart Auto Glass sign.

2006 - Creation of Uniban Canada – To expand its network outside Quebec, the company formed a new holding company called Uniban Canada. This also served to protect the interests of the network and ensure its strategic development. UniglassPlus, a new banner, was also created to provide expertise in automotive glass to customers outside Quebec. For Canadians, Uniban Canada quickly became the preferred solution for processing claims and a truly technological company for all franchisees  

2007 - Acquisition of the Ziebart Canada master franchise – In June, 2007, Uniban Canada acquired the Ziebart Canada master franchise in addition to the rights of the 28 existing Ziebart franchises outside Quebec. This transaction resulted in the UniglassPlus/Ziebart franchise. The network now had the necessary elements to expand its diversified business model throughout Canada.

2009 - 1st pan-Canadian company to recycle windshields – In April, VitroPlus/Ziebart and UniglassPlus/Ziebart again innovated by becoming the first and only franchise network to recycle windshields in Canada  

2010  - Pay with your AIR MILES® reward miles – Customers could now exchange their AIR MILES® reward miles for VitroPlus/Ziebart and UniglassPlus/Ziebart products and services.

2012  - Maillon d’or award—Franchisor, Innovation Uniban Canada, headquarters, Groupe VitroPlus & UniglassPlus Inc., won the Maillon d’or for innovation in franchising for creating its technological platform for Insurance Glass Claim Management. Today Uniban Canada is the leading automotive glass claims manager in Canada.  

2014  - Creation of the Uniban National League (UNL) – The UNL is an operating model designed to enhance and standardize the quality of customer experience. Supporting this model are an internal training program, mentoring, and motivational activities. The league allows for the development of best industry practices, to the benefit of our customers.

Maillon d’or award to a franchisor for innovation Uniban Canada, franchisor of the VitroPlus brand, won the coveted Maillon d’or Franchisor–Innovation award for creating the UNL operating model.

CQF Hall of Fame – The Conseil québécois de la franchise (CQF) inducted VitroPlus franchisor Uniban Canada into the CQF franchising hall of fame.  

2015  - Launch of the new UniglassPlus/Ziebart logo – The year 2015 marks the completion of the project, begun in 2013, to change the brand positioning to better define the UniglassPlus identity. This renewal brings a breath of fresh air to the auto glass dealer network: new signs, building renovations, upgraded showrooms … and more! 

With more than 50 years of experience, new operational synergy, and great determination, UniglassPlus/Ziebart has all the elements necessary to ensure its business continuity and continued growth as well as its strategic development in keeping with its tradition—to offer high-quality products and services combining comfort and security.

 

 

Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air (we hope)! With the warm weather approaching we instantly want to get to work cleaning out all the dust and clutter from our homes, but what about our cars? Our vehicles sustain the same type of dirt and clutter over the winter driving season. To get ready for those fun summer road trips and to get your car into summer driving mode here are a few things to add to your spring checklist.

ü  Clean all the winter dirt and grime from the exterior of your vehicle. During the winter the cities apply salt to the road to keep your vehicle from slipping and sliding. The only problem is that the longer this stays on your vehicle the more likely it is to corrode the exterior components of your vehicle. Bringing it in for professional exterior detailing gets all that off your car, and exposes any damage that may have occurred over the winter (like scratches). This is where we apply a protective wax to your vehicle to get rid of most of those scratches.

ü  Repairing your cracks and chips in your windshield. If you’ve been putting off getting that chip in your windshield repaired now is the time to do it. Quick repairs of cracks and chips can prevent cash from leaving your pockets further down the line. Our Uniglass Plus Ziebart in Prince Albert location will be happy to help you check this one off your list.

ü  Getting your car professionally detailed on the inside. During the winter, you’ve been getting in and out with your snow and salt covered boots. You’ve also been putting off cleaning it out yourself because its cold outside and who wants to do that? We do! We will professionally clean out the inside of your vehicle, and thoroughly disinfect it from those winter germs. This leaves you with a spring fresh vehicle.

Here are a couple extras to remember;

Spring check list 6th Avenue Car Wash

ü  Check your tire pressure

ü  Restock your in-car safety kit

ü  General car maintenance – oil change and windshield wiper fluid.

Bring your vehicle to the 6th Avenue Carwash & Uniglass Plus Ziebart to get started on your spring cleaning checklist. We’d be happy to help you with it.

Repairing Your Windshield – Don’t Wait Until Spring!


Driving during the winter can be dangerous. Don’t make it more dangerous than it needs to be by driving with a compromised windshield. When your windshield has been damaged (cracked, chipped, or otherwise) it damages the structural integrity of the glass. This means it’s not functioning at 100% to keep you safe.


 Instead of waiting until spring to repair your windshield, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as you possibly can. Repairing a chip in your windshield early on can prevent a larger crack from forming, saving you money in the long run. The following are images of chips that can easily be repaired:

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A surface chip is one that only scratches the very surface of your vehicle’s windshield, and doesn’t enter further into the layers of the glass. A bullseye chip is noticeable by its circular pattern in the outer layer of the windshield; creating a darker area where the actual impact point was. A half moon is half of a bullseye.

In order for these minor chips to be repaired it is important that a trained technician repair them. This will ensure that your windshield is operating at full capability and you remain safe as you drive into better weather.