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  1. 9 points
    highplains

    Pic of the Week #594 Submissions

    Here's the obligatory new parent look at my child picture
  2. 8 points
    jh812

    Pic of the Week #595 Submissions

    Blackout film on roughly 600 square feet at the local high school.
  3. 7 points
    TNTLady

    Pic of the Week #594 Submissions

    CUPCAKES!! YES, I made these Coke float, cherry limeade, cherry Coke and plain vanilla. They were all DEEELISH!!
  4. 6 points
    If you are looking to add a line, each of those films has small performance differences...in the real world probably not going to tell. So your concern should be more about if you like the appearance, how well does the film install for you (shrink/scratching/adhesive), and the price of the product. Out of the 3, I would drop the CIR as Suntek has more scratching issues, one of the higher low angle haze films, and just overall lower quality. There is no right film, just what works best for you. Best thing to do is to get samples of each and feel them out. For all the Global people about to jump on the thread, you can suck it.
  5. 6 points
    Bham

    Peelboard Size

    You can see here that two side by side on one wall makes a great work wall. I can do banners and big pieces of PPF or vinyl, along with anything tint related. one is 44"x66" the other is 46"x80"
  6. 5 points
    Good to see you figured it out. I would have encouraged less slip too. If anyone out there is called upon to install this. Be 100% sure of the orientation of the film install. Use the test card to ensure ALL locations for install will work with the monitor on the wall. Due to the differences in orientation on polarized filters on different monitors and various laptops in use in the "cloaked" room it may or may not work. Encourage the users of the film to confirm it works on the laptops brought into the room BEFORE the "top secret" info is displayed to the rest of the office. This vid may help to understand how the polarized filters work.
  7. 5 points
    TNTLady

    Last one to post #902

    Morning guys!! This is my view today from our rental house in Utah. Been on a break from internet and phones since we have been on vacation. LOVE IT!!!!
  8. 5 points
    DynamicATL

    Pic of the Week #595 Submissions

    Tesla's on deck too...one at a time though.
  9. 5 points
    My brother in law Eric Maldonado made this video at my father in laws memorial about the early days of flow on Tint. You can hear me and Dennis McMullen geeking out while watching the demo in the beginning. http://www.FlowOnMovie.com
  10. 5 points
    Thanks for all the feedback. On my way to a 3M dealer that is going to due 3M Crystaline for $399 plis another $149 for the windshield (also with 3M Crystaline)
  11. 5 points
    TNTLady

    What did you tint today?

    So far, all of these with CTX
  12. 5 points
    jh812

    Last one to post #896

    Guy calls this morning with storm services wanting his peterbilt done, ok come on we'll work you in. Well he doesn't show and around 2 head home. Get a call at 340 hey you already closed? Yeah sorry I've already left, ok we had some calls. Alright well these past two weeks have been shit so I'll gear right back over sometimes you just gotta roll with it.
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    Ryker

    Is llumar worth it?

    I had stupid issues with Llumar including film separated layers when I tried to pull the liner on some ATR film. The CTX scratched if you look at it wrong. I know another guy that is a die hard Llumar fan and he has had lots of issues with it. I seen one car come back with adhesive failure that had about 5 year old ATR 05 on the rear. Was a Mazda 626. I used Film-on the entire time and have every since. I didn't get to cover the guy on warranty as I no longer used Llumar. I had a relationship with Performance Films still but they would not give my store credit or film to cover the job.... I didn't use Llumar long, 2 years, but when I switched to Global I never looked back. I could buy 3 40" rolls of Global for the cost of 2 40" Llumar! No small change. I also gained 10 to 15 minutes per car as I had less stupid little things to deal with..... $100 an hour makes that 10 to 15 minutes worth more than the film cost difference!
  15. 4 points
    jh812

    Ceramic films

    I use global for a few reasons. If you look at tser it competes with all the top more name brand like llumar and 3m. Also zero issues with film as far as failure that I've seen. Lastly minimal haze to it.
  16. 4 points
    You can but it's going to leave an air line across it and doesn't look great. I always try and talk customers into pulling it and then going back after the full shield is done.
  17. 4 points
    Tint Eastwood

    Arch Windows

    I have found it to be much easier, especially when dealing with large arch top windows, to precut them as close as possible. You can make a simple compass with some string and a sharpie. I’ve even used a strip of film when I had misplaced my stringed marker and had to cut it on the job. Mark your halfway point at the bottom of your piece and then mark the height, extra included each way. Tape or thumb the string on your center mark and trace out your curve. Arch tops with the extended legs can be marked by dropping the center below the bottoms of your piece. Just mark you leg heights and center height. Play around with the amount you drop the center until all three points line up. When it comes to gothic, ellipse, or bell top type windows I’ll usually try to tape the piece up and mark a general outline. Makes it so much easier not having to deal with all that excess.
  18. 4 points
    pbalentine

    Keep options simple

    I agree...had a customer recently that was annoyed by this shop that offered like 6-8 films!! Also, offering a cheap quality as a baseline, which basically forces a customer to upgrade just annoys people. IMO, no more than 3 options.
  19. 4 points
    jh812

    Last one to post #899

    Do one blackout post and first message I get, "how much to put that on my vehicle?"
  20. 4 points
    LeSnootback

    What did you tint today?

    1984 Land Cruiser hand cut w Xpel Prime XR
  21. 4 points
    Midtown Houston

    Pic of the Week #595 Submissions

    Tesla Life !!!!! The day when almost 20 Tesla pulled up into our parking lot and all wanted ppf, tint, & ceramic coating.....Tesla paying the bill.
  22. 4 points
    Roach

    Options for sub 5% tint?

    Yeah but honestly, it has nothing to do with the film, but more with regards to the whole safety factor, which requires no knowledge of film to understand that having your windows pretty much blacked out is not safe, not only for you, but the people around you.
  23. 4 points
    TNTLady

    Last one to post #897

    Just got this in my email today.
  24. 4 points
    Tint Eastwood

    Last one to post #897

    Clear over Clear, no low-e and relatively small glass. Should be fine, stick with something under 40% TSEA.
  25. 4 points
    DynamicATL

    Pic of the Week #594 Submissions

    The stuff behind the truck made me think the windows were busted.
  26. 4 points
    TQtinting

    Wax pencils or sharpies???

    I had a white wax pencil I tried and it didn’t work very well. So I stick to the silver sharpie.
  27. 4 points
    jh812

    Last One To Post #895

    Nope no issues at the house or shop. Ready for things to get back to normal now.
  28. 4 points
    drtint

    Cuts on glass

    I disagree with tools. That is definitely the shops issue. New car, 6,000 miles and an installer not paying attention to a dull ss blade or used a carbon blade. There are a number of vehicles out there now that are not to be cut on. I would go to shop, speak with owner and have home file an insurance claim and rectify the problem. If they say they didn’t do it, have someone else remove the film, lay it on the back glass (document e erything) and line it up and take it to court, he may change his tune at that time. Take the car to your insurance company and let their adjuster look at it and let him know what you had done. Any veteran on this forum knows exactly what happened and it needs to be resolved. Just plain negligence on the installers part
  29. 3 points
    Jake

    Tools

    After replacing to many Red dot's I started give a the first set of tools. If they are worn out they swap them for a new one. If they lost it they pay for a new one.
  30. 3 points
    In our situation, the brand comes up a lot which part of that is just because we promote it along with our quality. I guarantee you we get first-time customers that come to us partially because of the brand, then our service keeps them. I just went and look at my last 20 email quotes which were from this weekend. Out of 20, 7 of them brought up the specific film they were looking with CTX being 5 of them and Crystalline being 2 of them. Personally, I can never see us dropping down to a lesser known name no matter the reason. I let the brand recognition and the marketing those manufacturers do work toward our advantage. Not to mention the selling process is much easier when people already heard of the film. We do a fraction of the work selling now compared to what we had to do to make a bigger sell with Huper, Suntek, and Flexfilm. Now if we were in a smaller city or more rural area, the brand might now play as big of a role as it does now.
  31. 3 points
    As a reverse roller I still think frankie wins if you got i down right. Most people I've seen frankie are really good tinters Like the shop I trained at some guy that frankied only tinted like 2-3 years and never seen anyone tint like him. Just laugh when i hear tinters saying they been tint 20 years and they're the best. Yep, but some can get there in a few years.
  32. 3 points
    Tint Slayer

    Prices

    One of the other kinda local tint guys called me and asked why my price was X amount for X door car and don't i think that was a little too cheap? Yeah i guess it was, so a little communication raised my price and we're all happy.
  33. 3 points
    jh812

    Hardest roll ups to bottom load

    Another one that's aggravating Jeep Wrangler fronts.
  34. 3 points
    Bham

    Last one to post #900

    Well,, Bama game is over RTR !! Guess I might as well get started. Gotta be careful not to overheat in this thing
  35. 3 points
    M Shine Club

    Installation on a BMW I8

    In Thailand BMW dealer has a policy of BMW i8.Do not open hood by yourself. I cut a film nearly hood edge.
  36. 3 points
    blackoutauto

    Keep options simple

    Nah the worst is when they ask for 2.5642365 percent
  37. 3 points
    Roach

    Last one to post #899

    Morning... Today's job... Just under 500 sqft.
  38. 3 points
    Roach

    Arch Windows

    Just remember... No good deed and all that stuff. It's a saying for a reason. Lol
  39. 3 points
    Roach

    Arch Windows

    I'm not the best on arches... but I can do them w/o any problems. This was how I was taught - which I have no doubt is the worst way to do them. lol I just cut the arch as a square or rectangle... like any other window. I make sure I have a good a amount of slip in my water and put up the film... trim and finish. I use a hardcard to cut my film - I'm not good at free hand cutting. After I initially put the film up, and I get it in position, I'll then chop off the top left and right corners. That being said... I know tinters that will pre-cut the film on the ground. If you have done other windows in the job that are slightly bigger then the arch window, take a liner from a previous window you did.. go up and use that as a template. Put it up on the window and cut it out. Then take that pattern and cut the film on the floor. That way you don't have a ton of extra film around the arch that you're trying to deal with. Another option if you can't do that - prior to putting the film on the window - chop some of the left and right top corners. Basically you're trying to not have any extra film then you need. Extra film can bunch on, fold over/under, etc. So doing what you can to minimize that is helpful. Like I said, I use a hard card for my cutting. So I'll start at one end, cut up and over the curve and down to the other end. The hard card flexes enough to conform to the curve. I dunno... that might help you some. There is def a knack to doing them. Half the problem is that you're generally on a ladder doing all this by yourself. How big is the arch?
  40. 3 points
    jh812

    Last one to post #897

    Finally done
  41. 3 points
    Jkatfelix

    Pic of the Week #594 Submissions

    Finally got around to hosing and scrubbing the whole shop today....
  42. 3 points
    TQtinting

    Wax pencils or sharpies???

    I may have to look into those then if it keeps from buying sharpies. I’ve never needed to erase, just roll with it, but it would be nice if you needed to.
  43. 3 points
    Bham

    Wax pencils or sharpies???

    Same as the Staedtler ones. These are all I use now. Use the white ones on everything but 50% and 70%, use the black ones on clearer shades. You can’t erase Sharpie marks. With these pencils, you can erase with your fingertip as you go. And they never dry out, so you won’t pick one up that doesn’t work
  44. 3 points
  45. 3 points
    jh812

    Pic of the Week #594 Submissions

    Some drone footage of the house.
  46. 3 points
    DynamicATL

    Last one to post #896

    @jh812 You can submit those photos for the non-work related submission this week. It's so bad that it is far from window tint.
  47. 3 points
    jh812

    Last one to post #896

    Chevy truck, Chevy truck, and if I'm lucky another Chevy truck
  48. 3 points
    tools

    Cuts on glass

    I agree 100% with your comment and OP frustration. I expect the same when I pay for service.. my comment about some form of damage/ cosmetic when getting work done etc was not directed at the tinting business. ie..if you have ever had your tires rotated..check your rims out … look for tool marks from the impact wrenches by the lug nuts... (hopefully you don't have any..but don't be surprised to see them). the challenge ..is when the damage is what I would term "cosmetic.." the repair / replacement itself (for me) is more damaging than living with the cosmetic damage. ie.. scratch on your quarter panel.. would you really want to have a body shop grind down the quarter panel/ adjacent panels, (removing non replaceable quality of factory baked on paint) or simply use some touch up paint, if at all, or just live with it and move on... in this instance.. glass scratches.. would you really want to have the factory glass removed and aftermarket glass installed for a few scratches that you have to look for in the right light/ angle conditions... or just live with it.. with that being said.. I was not discouraging the OP from seeking remedy from the installer, if the OP opts for that route.. im sure we have all been in that situation and in some instances, we opt to pursue remedy..and in other instances.. we just live with it..
  49. 3 points
    Tint Artist

    What did you tint today?

    I did these tint graphics on a tattoo shop! It was there artwork which I thought was interesting! These tattoo guys looked like they came from another world! Lol but they were a blast to do work for!
  50. 3 points
    highplains

    Pic of the Week #593 Submissions

    1998 Jaguar Vanden Plas done with 3M FXPM5 all around with eyebrow
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