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  1. Minimizing Material Waste

    Take those 60" rolls and cut them into 36" x 50ft and 24" x 50ft. Short cut would be using a band saw but ideally you would want a professional slitter so that you have a clean edge when you cut. You could also cut them in half so you have 2(30"x50ft) so you now have some different sizes. I concur with Jeff and respond that only offering 60" is very limiting for you.
  2. PPF cutting software needed

    Have you looked into PremiumShield and our cutting program Cut Studio? We certainly have something great to offer and are constantly updating our database on a daily basis. PM me and I can share some more info on our product and software.
  3. Dry application of PPF

    We have dry apply electronics film which is very specific to the electronics side but could be used for similar application. You can PM me.
  4. Tesla Model 3 Suntek Ultra Ppf w Trucut

    I would work on your alignment from hood line to fender. When you are not doing a full front end, it's one of the first things customers will notice when it doesn't match up.
  5. Paint protection Film Spray ?!

    It's been done before and failed. Won't be as consistent and reliable as film is. Plus, you spend more time taping down the areas you don't want covered than you do installing. Turnaround time for film install will also be faster.
  6. Or you could go to an advanced training course and learn in person. Sometimes other installers would be willing to spend time with you at there own shop giving you some tips to help. The amount of installers is not vast for the world of PPF. Network and link up with others so that you can have a group of professionals to lean on. How to videos are much harder to make with PPF because its a clear product so things like chicken skin or silvering are very difficult to see with video and are much better to see with the naked eye. You'd be surprised what some of the good installers out there are willing to share if you ask. But that knowledge is earned, not just given away. Just some food for thought Aden.
  7. Tisk tisk Jeff. Shouldn't you be recommending your gel.............

    Jeff is right. Where in most cases bulking a full hood is much easier, there are definitely instances where hood scoops in the hood could cause someone to lean towards a pattern or modified pattern so that they are cutting less on the car. Knife scoring skills are still something that is learned, not taught. So early in your learning process, be careful when and where you are willing to make that risk to cut as it could be costly. Patterns now are fitting better and better with better coverage so relying on them can be something more consistent in present day.
  9. Video came out well Pete. Simple and straight to the point.
  10. Where to start?

    I disagree with drtint on the pattern side. I know from our design team's perspective they design the bumpers most of the time to be installed starting from the center. We also have a mapping system in place within the software to point out where to start and where to go. I would think a majority of bumper patterns would start from center and then move out but that is more so based on the drawer of the pattern itself.
  11. Llumar Issues

    Agreed!! That just looks like a notch in the corner used as a relief point so that when you wrap to the corner, it doesn't pinch and start lifting. So I don't think you have any lifting issues at all.
  12. Try and use a heat gun to speed up the cure process so that the drying happens sooner. Should lend the chance to trim faster. Obviously don't melt it but use the dry heat to help with the evaporation. Then let it cool down for a few min and then you should be able to trim.
  13. PPF Expectations

    I think this is a really healthy conversation as those two points bring it back to SOP. Yes, we are all human so we can miss something so I get that. But certainly you should be able to bring it into the light inside after it's been washed so that you can utilize better lighting than looking at it outside to go over all the areas they are interested in, maybe even make some suggestions on possible additions. The above comment just doesn't hold true. That's risking speed to get the customer in and out without doing a proper inspection process. I know all of you have experienced someone who blamed something on you when it had nothing to do with you. Peeling paint, scratch/cut on the paint, paint chip, or even an imperfection in the paint but they think it's a piece of dirt when it's not. Even though they bring the car to you mud covered, that's on you for not washing the car off to give it an inspection so they can green light what you are about to do and understand what the product is and isn't. You prevent the other issues from popping up because you've done your due diligence by having a good standard operating procedure. Even having the customer look at the job before they leave with it so they can bring up any questions while they are in your presence can save your customer a trip back to your shop. They utilize the same practice in hospitals to prevent procedural complications from happening, like doing surgery on the wrong side of the body. Now i'm not criticizing you and waiving the finger you are bad. It's more so introducing the ideas of having an SOP to prevent those situations from happening or at least reducing the occurrences in the first place. We as installers are trouble shooters. Our industry is scrutinized and criticized by consumers now more than ever before which pushes us to be better all around. Better looking films, better looking installs, better/more coverage, better fitting patterns, and also better experiences to show for it. Sucks when you have to rip a piece of $1-200 piece of film for something that was in the paint or not caused by you. Heck, i know I've installed a full hood and look at it after and see a nice little glue ball/dimple right in the middle on a black car.
  14. PPF Expectations

    Where that is true that most paint jobs have imperfections, you would typically go through an inspection process before even installing to indicate to the customer any issues before every laying a piece of film on it so that if those imperfections show up in the install, they aren't blaming you or indicating that it's dirt when you already pointed out the issues ahead of time. This comes back to SOP. With SOP, you have a way to create a positive experience without creating an opportunity for the customer to question what they just bought or the quality of the job.
  15. PPF Expectations

    I'm sorry BlueRider, but $3500 for a full car is about as cheap as you'll find for cost. The amount of time and material that is involved with a full car install, let alone some possible customization results in an expected min charge of $5k+. And that is on the low side bud. Skillset and experience warrant higher prices because of these instances right here. Now if the installer set that expectation with the price they charged, then you got what you paid for which in my opinion is a below avg install quality. And yes, that is pretty close to bargain basement pricing in the US market. Have I seen lower, yes, but that is on the rarity. Did you price shop to see if that was a below avg price?