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So we received a call from them to come in and replace the old film with a new longer-lasting film that would stand the test of time. With such a delicate building, we were extremely careful to remove the old film from the antique crown glass, and gingerly re-prep the surface for installation of the new film.
With such important objects in the museum, this isn’t the first time that the Longbranch Museum has thought about protecting the historic items inside. In fact, back in the early 1990s they had Llumar N1050 window tinting film applied to all the windows. The problem, though, was that the film had long since stopped being effective, and the items inside were at risk of exposure to the sun and UV rays.
We installed Huper Optik Ceramic 40 window film, which is one of the best films available on the market for this type of application.
This film allows for 40% visible light transmission, it rejects 99.9% of ultraviolet rays, and also rejects 55% of solar energy, reducing heat and increasing comfort-ability inside. This is a non reflective film, which has about the same amount of reflectivity as natural glass, so it did not alter the look of the building externally at all.
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This was important to them, naturally, since they’re trying to preserve a historic monument and not alter it in any way. In the images you can see photos of the historic Longbranch Museum. As you can see, there was no aesthetic disturbance to the historical integrity of the building, and yet, there is now maximum protection for the antiques, fabrics, rugs, and other valuables inside.