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  1. Not trying to be a fan boy but, we used FVD and TintTek before DAP. I feel the DAP patterns are way better IMHO. But like Jeff said above, it is the patterns for the last couple model years that i am referring to.
  2. Jake

    Do or do not keep doing dealership work...

    I would say if your business can stay busy as you want without dealers, do it. I have many reasons I would want to be 100% retail but chasing money has never been one of them. Every time I have seen shops not get paid from a dealer it was because they had failed to have all the correct paper work and po#'s on their end. I am talking new car dealers. Now the small used places would all be cash on delivery.
  3. Look up Protective Film Solution in Orange county. I'm sure they have done many.
  4. Jake

    Am I tripping?

    Here is my . Are you being to picky? Yes and no. The dot matrix sticking in 2 little spots is over board. They look good to me. A tinter can't control that 100%. The dots them selves are inconsistent on cars most the time. Saying your car would not have scratches because it is a 2018 is not a good argument. It's more then likely over a year old now. Take a trip around a car lot and look close at brand new cars and you will find scratches in the glass. Ford especially. Glass is being made so cheap now it gets scratches from the wind.Lastly darkening a window makes scratches stand out more. You may have not noticed when it was clear.Not saying they did not do it but ,saying because it is a 2018 means they did is not correct. The other stuff take back and see if they can do something about it. Remember though, every tinted car will have a sporadic dust spec here and there.
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    Whats up BOSS!

    Looking for some feed back. I am 41 years old. Have owned my own shop for most my adult life. We have what I think is a nice retail shop. We have a good name in our area, work on a our share of higher end cars. For the longest time, and now seeming to become more prevalent in the last 5-8 years I am getting the " Hey Boss or Hey buddy" even a "big guy" now and then. We have a huge amount of younger guys(18-25yo) that do the summer sales stuff that are like this. Couple that with a very arrogant attitude. Mostly Vivint since it is headquartered in our area. I find it to be very patronizing. It drives me out of my mind. Probably more then it should. My wife thinks I am overreacting. Does this happen to you guys? Does it piss you off? I hold my tongue for customer service sake, but I become short with these customer.What say you?
  6. Jake

    18’ Audi A5

    Don't remember it needing felt but not 110% . But I don't think you need to pull the panels. Isn't it open frame?
  7. Jake

    2015 Cla 250 Mercedes

    Just a heads up. We had them start working again after a couple days.
  8. Talked to this company at sema. Does anyone have any info on them. THey said they are launching in January .http://www.flexishieldusa.com/
  9. I don't respond to post like this normally, but I am seeing it all to often. I understand your not trying to, but this is a slap in the face to many here. You say your extremely determined to start a business? Just any business, or a tinting business? But your not willing to sacrifice and do what it takes to do it right. This is a major issue in our industry. I'm all for new up and coming people, but it needs to be viewed more seriously. Although I was young when I started, I was married, and took quite a big pay cut to go apprentice in a shop and learn the TRADE. In the beginning of our business we struggled for a good amount of years. We invested 10's of thousands of dollars upfront. Even 18 years later it it can be hard at times. So if you really want to enter the window film industry, put in the time and sacrifice to do it right. It's a trade just like any other. The only difference is it has no regulation for entrance. If you just want any business and tint looks like a easy one to jump into, you will be in for a rude awakening. I know some will not like this post, and say "don't worry people will just come to you for the redo's" but I don't believe that's the case. It is a thorn in the side of the window film industry.(automotive mostly).I'm not trying to be rude. I hope you do start in the tint life ,correctly, and thrive in it.
  10. Jake

    Off Topic Chat Thread

    Haha. I was expecting it to be a bit off . That's horrible. Might as well do it yourself. He learned from youtube video's. 🤣 I have gone home and shaved my head after a bad hair cut before.
  11. Edge Prep/Probond is a solvent. If you put it on a before install it is going to dissipate for lack of a better term. Use it right before you press the area down. Just let it dry for a few sec and it will stick.
  12. Jake

    Straight cut / reverse curve windshield

    Are you referring to if it already has the pattern in the system, or you have away to make the curve in the program? Because many cars still don't have a pattern for a straight cut strip and some none at all. I hate visor strips to begin with, but am in the minority that I don't like the straight cut ones. To me they look like a smiley face on the glass.
  13. Yes everything is different on them.
  14. Jake

    Whats up BOSS!

    I am actually really glad i posted this. The responses have given me a new outlook. I just blow it off now. I had a young guy call me boss about 5 times in a short conversation the other day. I was all I could do to not start laughing. He was a really nice kid though. I'm just going to start responding with " hey Tiger" haha J/K
  15. Jake

    ricochet film

    Worst film in the history of PPF!
  16. Jake

    G37 Convertible (2012)

    I'm guessing he bought the car used with the tint on it already a year and a half ago. The car is a 2012. Tint is probably much older.
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    Peelboard with water catcher.

    I could definitely see that happening all the time.
  18. Jake

    Peelboard with water catcher.

    This is ours. I don't have a bucket at the end though. It is just the vinyl gutters from home depot with caps on the end. Just wipe them out with a rag at the end of the day. Soaks up all the water and keeps it clean.
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    Best way to remove film?

    I just use my tint solution. Never found any chemical to work better then another while bagging. For back glass glue removal I use spot shot carpet stain remover.
  20. Jake

    Where can I hire experienced window tinters?

    Are you a solo operation Tom?
  21. Jake

    Best way to remove film?

    Bagging in the sun is still the best way. I have never liked a steamer for removal. In the winter no sun for us. I got a few IR curing heat lamps and used those with the bagging method. Works like a charm.
  22. I have never done one so I am just stating how I "think" I would go about it from the picture. I would start from the center and lay the film with out any stretch trying to work the film flat as I move outward. I wouldn't put any stretch on the film until I got to the flatter area around the edge. I know this will have a lot of fingers to work out but I don't think you could stretch the film and get it to stay down in the valleys that deep.One shot on a hod like that sucks. I would have a roll over nighted so you have a chance to redo it if you need to.
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    pattern issues

    I used FVD when I first got a plotter. The patterns were very hit and miss. I have used DAP for the past year. I can say the patterns are way better. What I chalk it up to is how the patterns are being sourced. FVD patters are submitted from all different shop around the country. So consistency is an issue. DAP patterns are all made in house and tested before they are added to the system. This is for newer patterns for the past few years. Old DAP patterns are not always as good because they had to get back log from existing patterns that were not made by them. But, if you are looking for that perfect micro edge every time from a plotted pattern, it's just not going to happen. DAP is as close as you are going to get with out hand cutting though.
  24. That speaks volumes to global coming from you.
  25. Jake

    Exterior windshield protection products

    Also ,other then the cars that have a high dollar shield retail cost to install is about or more then the average windshield replacement.