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  1. New to PPF - my latest install

    Great post. Fortunately you had a very easy hood to work on. One thing to note is don't waste your time waxing or applying a sealant before film installation. And if you are going to be doing this more in the future take a class. It will save you a lot of time, stress, and money.
  2. Long term lifting issues

    Yeah none of those issues here... but I use Suntek Ultra. Also I was shocked to see that much orange peel in that film. Damn my clients wouldn't be happy with that at all.
  3. PPF Installer Position Available

    Ahhh, this guy. Where did you copy and paste all that from???
  4. slip solutions

    I've never had to use a steamer... but don't you guys down in Houston just have to open your bay door to get all the steam you want? LOL, the heat and humidity down there is brutal.
  5. What's easier for you guys?

    Depends on what the customer wants first of all. Bulk installs take much longer and there is a lot more waste. If the customer will pay for the difference then I will bulk it. If not then kits are the way to go. I also have 8-10 cars I do more frequently than others so I have gone in and adjusted the kits patterns to add material (wrapped edges) and to delete badges, So when I bring up the saved files I basically get the same coverage as a bulk install but the plotter cuts it out saving me a lot of time and material.
  6. Where to start?

    All depends on the vehicle you are working on BUT its usually somewhere in the middle and working out. I have never done a bumper from the outer edge in.
  7. At least you have stripes. We have done some of the factory kit cars and having stripes to seam the film up along makes it much easier.
  8. How to element getting dirt nibs!

    We use a pressure tank... makes flushing areas much easier than spray bottles. It also minimizes the time it takes to remove the film and lay it. Also make sure to wipe down the sheet when removing it from the plotter. There is always a little static there so it attracts dust drifting in the air.
  9. You dug this thread up to most that???
  10. PPF Expectations

    That's interesting. I have never heard that term used before. From looking at the pic I thought it was from where the film had stuck to itself during the removal process. If the film is dry when it happens then you separate it the adhesive will get distortions in it that look very close to that. I use Suntek almost exclusively and have never seen the "cat tails" but will definitely keep that in mind if I run across it.
  11. Llumar Issues

    If you use an automatic car wash you will have a ton of swirl marks in it very quickly. I always recommend not using those as they are very rough on the cars paint.
  12. Water bubbles In PPF

    I agree. I have ben using them for years and ZERO issues. Just make sure you are using the smallest diabetic needle you can get. Also I have seen bubbles smaller than a nickel leave air bubbles... so make sure toy get them all out before releasing the vehicle to the customer.
  13. PPF Expectations

    I will agree Ford has some pretty bad paint. I have wrapped around 8 Raptors in the last 6 months and I have found dirt in the paint on every single one... and multiple pieces at that. But with that said most of them do not show up with air pockets around them because they have clear coat over the dirt particle making them a little smoother. That looks like dirt... which is from poor prep work. I would just ask him to replace those pieces... and to be fair you got a GREAT deal on that price wise so maybe even try to offer to pay for part of it to help out. I don't know the installer but I am assuming he is fairly new which is why his pricing is so low. Jobs like this can really hurt the guys business... so any help would make it much easier on him. After all guys we all started from somewhere and if these are the only issues on a full vehicle wrap... well I will just say I have seen a LOT WORSE.
  14. We offer Opti-Coat Pro at our shop. Application is so much easier than PPF. There is also a high profit margin on it... so I think it would be a good add on. Most of the cars we work on are new so minimal paint correction is needed. I think it would be a great service to offer as we do a lot of ceramic coatings with the vehicles we are applying film to.
  15. I am a big fan of Suntek Ultra film. I have either used or tested out most of the films out there and to me its the best film out. However the Suntek patterns could be better. I would say 85% of the time they are spot on but there is the occasional pattern that needs work. DAP has some great patterns but its VERY pricy and if you aren't using Xpel Ultimate film its even more so. With the volume of installs we are doing in a month I would guess I would be spending an extra $2500-3000 easily in cutting fees. I have tried Premiumshield Elite. Good film and the patterns were great. I just didn't like having cut codes for suing the software. 3M came by with their new film recently and I really liked the ease of use. Still testing it out so not offering it yet... but so far so good. I hear their patterns are pretty good and they seem to offer more patterns per vehicle than Suntek currently does.
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