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  1. I very much appreciate the offer! I will let you know.
  2. Thanks for the info, hoping to order some film by the end of the week.
  3. I am in Cincinnati.
  4. I'm looking to tint my first car in the next couple weeks. I have been doing some searching on here for a good film to start with that is fairly inexpensive but decent quality. So far I have heard Global, SolarFX and Johnson's mentioned quite a few times. Are these the best choices for a beginner? I would prefer something that will shrink well and is a decent thickness to not crease as easily.
  5. I'm looking to tint my first car here in the next couple weeks and am looking at ordering some tools. I have looked around on here and come up with a list but just wanted to see if I am missing anything or if any of these are not needed initially. Here is the list I have: 5" Blue Max w/ handle 5.5" Yellow Turbo Black Teflon Hard Card Gold Teflon Hard Card Lil' Chizler Slim Foot Olfa Red Dot White Scrub Pads Conquistador The Bulldozer Sprayer Heat Gun Any suggestions would be appreciated
  6. I am 38 and just started to try to learn this art, so you will be fine! You have this forum as well to ask questions in, it is awsome with all ppl in here. I am a lurker but i do alot of reading and i have started to tint some customer cars now. Thanks for chiming in, glad to see I'm not alone!
  7. That does sound similar! I will actually be 35 in 2 months. I went to school for auto mechanics and worked as a mechanic for about a year. I moved to a truck accessory shop in '02 and have worked in the aftermarket since. I worked at a custom shop from 07-14 who did window tint. I was interested in how the process worked and starting hanging out with the tinters in the bay during slow time to see how it all worked. I then found out that the tinters were the best paid employees in the building and that increased my interest even more! I've seen many of the techniques, just have never attempted to tint a full car myself. I currently work in an office everyday and miss working on cars. I think I am now ready to take the leap! I know there is a steep learning curve, but think I have the skills and patience to get good at it. Only 1 way to find out!
  8. I appreciate all the responses and encouragement. My knees and back and fine right now, so no issues there. I'm still thinking about it, but it is good to know others have started at about the same age and had a good experience.
  9. I've been interested in tinting for a number of years and have worked in the automotive aftermarket for 14 years. I worked in sales and 12V/accessory installation at a shop for 7 years that did window tint and would hang out in the tint bay quite a bit during downtime and watch the tinter and learn techniques. I applied the tint to a few quarter windows, I just never attempted to tint a full car myself. I am currently 34 and wish I had learned how to tint 15 years ago. I've recently been thinking about going through a training program and learning to tint. How old is too old to start? How old were you when you started?
  10. You can get into wheels where you buy them with tires already mounted and balanced, but that is not the best way. What happens when someone has a problem and needs to have a wheel re-balanced? It will be more trouble to pull their one wheel and take it to a tire shop than it is worth. I personally wouldn't mess with wheels unless for a friend or something. It is very time consuming and the margins are not that good.
  11. As someone with experience in wheels, it is a double edged sword. Margins are generally low and people are very picky about wheels and will take up a lot of your time just looking and pricing different ones. I think if you are a one-man show this might take too much time away from tinting and in the end cost you money.
  12. I have been looking for a bay to rent at local shops to try and get started in business. I know this is a tint forum but I know a lot of shop owners lease a bay to other professionals, so this question should apply to you guys well. I have an internet business selling performance parts and I'm looking to rent a bay to perform installation on products sold through the website as well as solicit more local work. A buddy of mine was at a local stereo/custom shop talking to the owner yesterday and he said he was looking for someone to do performance work for them. He said either an employee or he would rent space to someone to do this. So I could rent the bay from him and do my work out of there. This is a relatively well known shop in town for doing a lot of custom audio work, tint and wheels but not really performance. I mainly sell sport compact performance parts on my website but I manage a truck accessory shop full-time so I know a good amount about those products as well, they do more truck/suv work than anything else. My question is what is a typical price to rent a bay at a shop like this? I'm just curious of what you guys are charging and what is fair. Also, any pitfalls/benefits to doing this that anybody can contribute would be awesome!! Also, do you have a system set up for this and how is the process handled? I'm just looking for some feedback from someone who rents bays at their shop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jason
  13. I have been looking for a bay to rent at local shops to try and get started in business. I know this is a tint forum but I know a lot of tinters lease a bay at custom shops, so this question should apply to you guys well. I have an internet business selling performance parts and I'm looking to rent a bay to perform installation on products sold through the website as well as solicit more local work. A buddy of mine was at a local stereo/custom shop talking to the owner yesterday and he said he was looking for someone to do performance work for them. He said either an employee or he would rent space to someone to do this. So I could rent the bay from him and do my work out of there. This is a relatively well known shop in town for doing a lot of custom audio work, tint and wheels but not really performance. I mainly sell sport compact performance parts on my website but I manage a truck accessory shop full-time so I know a good amount about those products as well, they do more truck/suv work than anything else. My question is what is a typical price to rent a bay at a shop like this? I'm just curious of what you guys are paying and what is fair. Also, any pitfalls/benefits to doing this that anybody can contribute would be awesome!! I'm just looking for some feedback from someone who does tinting in this type of situation. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Jason
  14. I'm looking to find a two car garage to get started in business. I live in Cincinnati and have really found nothing yet. I will be doing accessory installations/powder coating and need a space to do this. I have also been looking into getting started in doing ppf as I can find no locals who do this type of work. Does anyone have any tips on where to look for a garage or bay to rent? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Jason
  15. I had a business idea I have been considering for a while now. I am currently the store manager of a truck accessory store. My main interest though is in the actual installation of the products. I enjoy installing the parts more than any of my other duties. I enjoy making the car look and perform better than just being a parts pusher. My business idea is to open a shop where all we do is install accessories. This would include ground effects, spoilers, lowering kits, lift kits, truck accessories, intakes, alarms, cd players, exhaust systems and other similar parts. Basically most anything you could buy for your car we would install except high performance engine parts, custom fiberglassing and other installations requiring a high level of fabrication. I would only install new parts as there are too many potential problems with used parts. I could market this business to car enthusiasts as well as shoppers who purchase parts online. Possibly even set up a system with online retailers to send these customers to us if they desire installation. Also we could subcontract a window tinter to do tinting, a body shop to paint parts for us, a spray on bed liner company to do spray on's. Basically any type of labor automotive accessory service. I could also market my company to existing shops to perform installations that they currently don't perform in-house. I also am very close to opening a website to sell parts and could parlay that into a retail store at some time using my installation business as the installation center for my retail store. This would most likely start out as a small 2 bay shop (possibly old gas station service center) or a small area in an industrial park. There would be just me and one other employee. I would also work a 3rd shift job in the beginning to meet my prior financial obligations. Just been considering this lately, going to be graduating from college in a couple months with a degree in business management, a degree in automotive service management, and a certificate in entrepreneurship and looking to try something on my own. Let me know what you think, any feedback would be greatly appreciated Jason