TomTint

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  1. TomTint

    14/15 mil security film

    If you have a FH you can probably get 4 good edges..at least 3 and only have to trim 1. You will need the big set of rollers as the film comes on 6" cores. A cutting table is nice to have as long as the guy who is looking at the smart end of the tape measure was good, and you have a good system in place for organization and getting film to the project.
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    The best peel board ever made

    Nice set ups.. looks li,e they are well thought out and well built. A couple things that may add to them would be a gutter type water catcher at the bottom of the glass board, and a tape measure apparatus below the roll holder. . Not knocking your product at all, I think it's beautiful.
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    Is it time to move on?

    I have always been a big advocate for telling dealers with in house tinters to F.O. .. if. You are truly a skilled tinter.. ( and not in just 3-4 models that were plotter cut ) ..than your skill set is in demand. Like Roach said, there is more to running a business than just slapping plastic on windows. In fact... many of the most successful business owners I know..don't tint themselves at all.
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    I finally got my pouches

    Many years ago I had him make me a couple pouches and a nice bag to carry tools.. used that bag for years until someone left the cover off a Triumph and slit the side wide open..
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    Facebook Groups

    FB groups.....how many times can you look at a picture of a trash filled car that some clown is tinting. ... and complaining about the trash in it....that's a typical FB group post...
  6. Some will tell you that PS is advanced to the point where it will last longer than the films expected life cycle... this is usually parroted by those who have PS flat glass films they want to sell. I have been doing this for the better part of 35 years.. I do not recall ever seeing a DA adhesive failure ..where as I have seen PS failure more times than I can count. While DA adhesive is most certainly a PITA to remove..PS requires a razor blade in most cases as well.. which will inevitably cause the same issues in glass with fabrication debris or other surface 4 coating. That said, the glass that is being produced today is typically such high quality and energy efficient..adding window film is quickly becoming a loser based on ROI. ..
  7. There are plenty of DR films with PS adhesive. Huper , Solar Gard, Express, Global, just to name a few. As far as how long will it last.. install it and let me know how it looks in 15 years.
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    Real world performance on Huper C40

    If it's 90-100* outside.. it makes no difference what you have on your windows..it's going to be hot. You need to temper your expectations. And 3M did not go the ceramic route..because Huper has the only true ceramic ( patented ) film on the market. All the others are one type of hybrid or another. As far as ceramics go..Huper is the best of the options.
  9. Our in house data shows that Llumar out performs 3M using the miter E scale test. Performance was tested using #7 unwashed aggregate at a 46 mph velocity and 72* angle of impact. No damage was noticeable to the Llumar test media, the 3M was damaged beyond the point of being salvageable
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    Real world performance on Huper C40

    You first need to understand that window film is not a AC unit. It makes zero difference what film you put on your car and then park it in the sun.. it’s still going to be like a oven inside. Think of it this way, imagine you have a empty cup and then turn on a faucet full blast. The cup fills up very fast ( now imagine that water is the suns heat and the cup is your cars interior. ..same cup, same faucet.. but you cut the flow of water ( heat ) by 50%... that cup is still going to fill up..just a little slower. Also..ceramic films absorb and retain heat.. so that alone plays a part to a certain degree. ..ceramic = today’s gimmick.02
  11. It's convent ....that you can supply your own test results....... how does it perform when rocks hit it on angle....
  12. ...if you ever call one of the shops that spam this forum with help wanted plees..... you would be rudely awakened by what they are offering for labor..... may as well be a Walmart greeter.
  13. There is no magical way to remove CDF at the moment. We have had some success removing the top layer , spraying Epic Orange straight ( not diluted ) and bagging it. Be careful around painted areas and wear gloves.
  14. SunTek is Eastmans garden variety line of window film. Eastman who also owns Llumar and the Pinacle line..likes to promote the Pinicle line as one of their premium brands. ..Does it mean the film is better? ...maybe maybe not..in most cases any difference between them will be negligible at best. What is more important to the end user....( you ) ..is the quality of the job the guy sticking it to your windows does. As I said in my first post. Visit both shops and look at their work for yourself. Just because a tint shop hangs a luxury brand shingle on their building, does not mean they have quality installers inside. In many cases.. they won't.