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minty last won the day on December 17 2014

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  1. Personally I can't really see a reason to go for a cheaper film. Most of the cost is in the installation and going for a cheaper film will only save a few £ or $ unless you let it eat into your labour charge and why would you want to do that? Having had a quick look at the Vivvid ppf it looks like it's a wet install the same as Suntek. Steve
  2. Too many variables to give an accurate answer. What coating, how well the car was prepped fist, where all the curing conditions for the coating met etc. In the long run though I will offer no warranty if covering a coating. And to be honest you would be wasting your coating to do so. A bit like painting the walls before plastering. Steve
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    Having looked into this myself as I understand it the software simulates the stretch after you have entered the parameters of the material being stretched. But happy to be corrected. Steve
  4. Got to love matte paint...🙈
  5. Personally I would start by tacking at 4 and concentrate the majority of the stretch around 3&5 with a bit of stretch around 2 and finally pinning at 1. Make sure you are fitting in a warm environment and if needed use a bit of warm water in your slip and flush to help. Finally use a hard card wrapped in paper towel to squeegee any fingers down.
  6. I would be looking for different brands, all the top films offer a range of sizes or their own slitting services. What brands are you using? Steve
  7. I once tried curing the ppf in direct sunlight, won't be doing it again, any fluid bubbles can boil and leave a mark. My advice would be to let it cure naturally in a warm environment. Steve
  8. Some people are never happy...
  9. I won't fit on anything less than 7 clear days after it comes out of the oven and been checked. I have had film bubble on a 5 day old paint job and luckily it left the paint behind when it was removed. The solvent smell was very strong as well as it would be and proved that it wasn't a bad install on my part. I have also lifted paint on a Lotus when the paint shop told me the car had been painted for over a week but when I spoke to the painter he said it had only come out a few days ago. The car had to go back in for a repaint delaying the return to the customer massively more than the extra few days the should have waited and I charged them for two installs. I still work for the paint shop but they have learn't their lesson. Steve
  10. I do a dry application on thin (maybe 15-20 mm max) pieces. I have also fitted ppf to the sat nav screen on an Audi...once... it buggered the screen up and cost the customer £1800 for a replacement. Fortunately he took the hit as I had pre warned him and he watched me install with minimal water. Amazingly this was on a convertible and it makes you wonder what would happen if it got caught in a rainstorm with the roof down. Personally the risk vs reward is too great, there is so much to potentially go wrong there, unless you get the dealership to remove the trims for you. Steve
  11. Me too @BigRuski if you are listening.
  12. Got to love Google translate...
  13. Personally I would and have followed @JoshVette's directions. It's a risk verses reward scenario. As your customer has said "where possible" I would use that as your reason not to. Steve
  14. Some times when you have designed a part you will find it ends up slightly too wide for a given film and what has happened in the past is the part has been "adjusted" to fit a particular width of film. So say a bumper when templated measures 25" top to bottom in the past it would have been manipulated to fit on the 24" film as most people only had 24" plotters. As time has gone on more installers have bought into the larger plotters and film widths have increased as well but the temptation is still there to make it fit thereby saving on wastage. Steve