• Sun Control – Prestige 20

    Let in the light. Not the heat. Superior comfort and clarity with 3M™ Sun Control Window Film Prestige Series

    • High visible light transmission providing excellent aesthetics
    • Up to 97% infrared rejection providing energy savings and enhanced comfort*
    • Low interior and exterior reflectivity enhances views while maintaining exterior appearance
    • Non-metalized film with no signal interference and no chance for corrosion
    • Helps extend the life of furnishings by significantly reducing harmful UV rays, the largest cause of fading
    • The Prestige Series can become carbon negative in as short as 6 months from install**
    • Comprehensive warranty from 3M

    Visible Light Transmission – BEST

    Low Reflection – BEST

    Infrared Rejection – BEST

    Beauty and performance that metallic films can’t match.

    valued associations and alliances

    Climate Zone 3

    Caribe Resort, Orange Beach, Alabama


    Customer Issues:

    • Protecting furnishings from damaging effects of the sun
    • With no change to the exterior appearance of the 14-story building

    Approximately 600 square feet of windows installed with Prestige 40 provided improved UV protection for furnishings, heat rejection and low reflectivity.

    Product Performance and Technical Data

    Sun Control - Prestige Series 20 - Tech Info


    A. Sun control window film. (Prestige)(Ceramic)(Night Vision)(All Season)(Traditional Series)(Exterior Series)


    A. Section 08 54 13 -Fiberglass Windows.

    B. Section 08 60 00 -Roof Windows and Skylights.

    C. Section 08 83 13 -Mirrored Glass Glazing.

    D. Section 08 44 23 -Structural Sealant Glazed Curtain Wall.


    A. ASHRAE -American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; Handbook of Fundamentals.

    B. ASTM International (ASTM):

    1. ASTM D 882 -Standard Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting.

    2. ASTM D 412 -Standard Test Methods for Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers –Tension.

    3. ASTM D 624 -Standard Test Method for Tear Strength of Conventional Vulcanized Rubber and Thermoplastic Elastomers

    4. ASTM D 1004 -Standard Test Method for Tear Resistance (Graves Tear) of Plastic Film and Sheeting.

    5. ASTM D 1044 -Standard Method of Test for Resistance of Transparent Plastics to Surface Abrasion (Taber Abrader Test).

    6. ASTM D 2240 -Standard Method for Rubber Property -Durometer Hardness.

    7. ASTM D 2582 -Standard Test Method for Puncture-Propagation Tear Resistance of Plastic Film and Thin Sheeting.

    8. ASTM D 5895 -Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Drying or Curing During Film Formation of Organic Coatings Using Mechanical Recorders.

    9. ASTM D 4830 -Standard Test Methods for Characterizing Thermoplastic Fabrics Used in Roofing and Waterproofing.

    10. ASTM E 84 -Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials.

    11. ASTM E 308 -Standard Recommended Practice for Spectrophotometry and Description of Color in CIE 1931 System.

    12. ASTM E 903 -Standard Methods of Test for Solar Absorbance, Reflectance and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres.

    13. ASTM E 1886 -Standard Test Method for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls,Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Missile(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials.
    14. ASTM E 1996 -Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes.
    15. ASTM F1642 -Standard Method of Test for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings
    16. ASTM F2912 -Standard Specification for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings.
    17. NFRC 100/200 (Formerly ASTM E903) -Standard Methods of Test for Solar Absorbance, Reflectance and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres.
    C. Window 6.3 -A Computer Tool for Analyzing Window Thermal Performance; Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
    D. ANSI Z97.1 -American National Standard for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings -Safety Performance Specifications and Methods of Test.
    E. IES LM-83-12: IES Spatial Daylight Autonomy (sDA) and Annual Sunlight Exposure.
    F. Consumer Products Safety Commission 16 CFR, Part 1201 -Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials.
    G. GSA-TS01 -Standard Test for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings.
    H. ISO 16933, International Standard for Glass in Building: Explosion-resistant security glazing -Test and classification for arena air-blast testing.
    I. Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL): UL 972 -Burglary Resisting Glazing Material.
    A. Light to Solar Gain Ratio: The ratio of visible light transmission to Solar Heat Gain Coefficient.
    A. Fire Performance: Surface burning characteristics when tested in accordance ASTM E 84:
    1. Flame Spread: 25, maximum.
    2. Smoke Developed: 450, maximum.
    A. Submit under provisions of Section 01 30 00 -Administrative Requirements.
    B. Product Data: Manufacturer’s data sheets on each product to be used, including:
    1. Preparation instructions and recommendations.
    2. Storage and handling requirements and recommendations.
    3. Installation methods.
    C. Verification Samples: For each film specified, two samples representing actual film color and pattern.
    D. Performance Submittals: Provide laboratory data of emissivity and calculated window U-Factors for various outdoor temperatures based upon established calculation procedure defined by the ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals, Chapter 29, or Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Window 5.2 Computer Program.


    A. Manufacturer Qualifications: All primary products specified in this section will be supplied by a single manufacturer with a minimum of ten year’s experience.

    1. Provide documentation that the adhesive used on the specified films is a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA).

    B. Installer Qualifications: All products listed in this section are to be installed by a single installer with a minimum of five years demonstrated experience in installing products of the same type and scope as specified.

    1. Provide documentation that the installer is authorized by the Manufacturer to perform Work specified in this section.

    2. Provide a commercial building reference list of 5 properties where the installer has applied window film. This list will include the following information:

    a. Name of building.

    b. The name and telephone number of a management contact.

    c. Type of glass.

    d. Type of film.

    e. Amount of film installed.

    f. Date of completion.

    3. Provide a Glass Stress Analysis of the existing glass and proposed glass/film combination as recommended by the film manufacturer.

    4. Provide an EFilm application analysis to determine available energy cost reductionand savings.

    C. Mock-Up: Provide a mock-up for evaluation of surface preparation techniques and application workmanship.

    1. Finish areas designated by Architect.

    2. Do not proceed with remaining work until workmanship, color, and sheen are approved by Architect.

    3. Refinish mock-up area as required to produce acceptable work.


    A. Store products in manufacturer’s unopened packaging until ready for installation.

    B. Store and dispose of hazardous materials, and materials contaminated by hazardous materials, in accordance with requirements of local authorities having jurisdiction.


    A. Maintain environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, and ventilation) within limits recommended by manufacturer for optimum results. Do not install products under environmental conditions outside manufacturer’s recommended limits.



    A. Acceptable Manufacturer: 3M Company, St Paul, Minnesota

    B. Point of Contact: Robb Versa, 1-877-684-4040, rob@glassenergy.com


    A. Physical Properties:

    1. Composition: Optically clear metallized polyester with pressure sensitive adhesive on one side and an abrasion resistant coating on the other.

    2. Uniformity: No noticeable pin holes, streaks, thin spots, scratches, banding or other optical defects.
    3. Variation in Total Transmission across the Width: Less than 2 percent over the average at any portion along the length.
    4. Thickness: Nominal 3.5 mils (.089 mm) with no evidence of coating voids.
    5. Identification: Labeled as to Manufacturer as listed in this Section.
    B. Performance, Thinsulate CC75-Film applied to 1/4 Inch (6.4 mm) Thick Clear Glass:
    1. Visible Light Transmission (NFRC 100/200/304): 74percent.
    2. Visible Reflection:
    a. Exterior (NFRC 100/200/304): 15percent.
    b. Interior (NFRC 100/200/304): 12percent.
    3. Ultraviolet Rejection(NFRC 100/200/304): 99.9 percent.
    4. Light to Solar Gain ratio: 1.4
    5. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient at 90 Degrees (Normal Incidence) (NFRC 100/200/304): 0.53.
    6. U value (NFRC 100/200/304): 0.62BTU/hft2.
    A. Film Examination:
    1. If preparation of glass surfaces is the responsibility of another installer, notify Architect in writing of deviationsfrom manufacturer’s recommended installation tolerances and conditions.
    a. Glass surfaces receiving new film should first be examined to verify that they are free from defects and imperfections, which will affect the final appearance.
    2. Do not proceed with installation until glass surfaces have been properly prepared and deviations from manufacturer’s recommended tolerances are corrected. Prepare surfaces using the methods recommended by the manufacturer for achieving the best result under the project conditions.
    3. Commencement of installation constitutes acceptance of conditions.
    A. Clean surfaces thoroughly prior to installation.
    B. Prepare surfaces using the methods recommended by the manufacturer for achieving the best result for the substrate under the project conditions.
    C. Refer to Manufacturer’s installation instructions for methods of preparation for Impact Protection Adhesive or Impact Protection Profile film attachment systems.
    A. Film Installation, General:
    1. Install in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
    2. Cut film edges neatly and square at a uniform distance of 1/8 inch (3 mm) to 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) of window sealant. Use new blade tips after 3 to 4 cuts.
    3. Spray the slip solution, composed of one capful of baby shampoo or dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of water, on window glass and adhesive to facilitate proper positioning of film.
    4. Apply film to glass and lightly spray film with slip solution.
    5. Squeegee from top to bottom of window. Spray slip solution to film and squeegee a second time.
    6. Bump film edge with lint-free towel wrapped around edge of a 5-way tool.
    7. Upon completion of film application, allow 30 days for moisture from film installation to dry thoroughly, and to allow film to dry flat with no moisture dimples when viewed under normal viewing conditions.
    8. If completing an exterior application, check with the manufacturer as to whether edge sealing is required.
    A. Remove left over material and debris from Work area. Use necessary means to protect film before, during, and after installation.
    B. Touch-up, repair or replace damaged products before Substantial Completion.
    C. After application of film, wash film using common window cleaning solutions, including ammonia solutions, 30 days after application. Do not use abrasive type cleaning agents and bristle brushes to avoid scratching film. Use synthetic sponges or soft cloths.