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Ridler last won the day on March 21 2014

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  1. 2017-18 beetle back glass

    Curious on this one why the spoiler has to come off. Can you expand on it please?
  2. Contract Bond

    Did you ever get this figured out? I only ask cause I do these type of bonds at my other job and since I'm not on here much I just saw your post. Message me if you still need help with these.
  3. 2018 Lexus LC500

    So here's the report on this new $100K performance luxury car. Back seat and window is tight to get into. Watch the bottom corners of the back window. The C pillars are tight at the bottom. Side and quarter windows needed shrinking. While the main doors looked like both top and bottom needed shrinking, I just did the bottom and didn't have any issues. The back of the side glass has a 3/4" blacked out area so you can be a little forgiving on your cut along back edge. I used FVD patterns and they were pretty good. Front doors also drop down when you open the door so I just remove the screw holding the sensor in the jamb completely and they stay up no problem. Here is the final product.
  4. 2018 Lexus LC500

    I didn't see anything on this model. Anyone done one yet? I can't imagine this one is that hard but I haven't seen the car in person and the back window looks pretty sloped. Any insight is appreciated!
  5. perfect amount of slip solution

    I'm not sure I would say you tint faster but I just noticed with the warm humid weather here in Chicago that I made an observation when tinting the other day regarding my solution. I was frustrated with the film sticking to fast so I over added some tint slime and noticed an instant difference, like you should. But the more noticeable thing was that my tint jobs starting coming out cleaner. What I mean by that is less dust particles. I would always get a couple in the side windows or back window with very limited slip but with the addition of more slip solution they came out with even less. Not sure it really is due to the slip but the last 5 or 6 cars I did came out really clean.
  6. Tint Tek 20/20 for free

    I'm a one man show at my shop. I went the route of a plotter and software when I got back into the business after being gone for over 10 years. I will say that the plotter is much faster then hand cutting for me. I've taking my time down about 20-30 minutes a car in total. I can typically do most cars in about an hour and a half to 2 hours for bigger or more difficult cars while still turning out great work. The longer times are not always based on cutting the tint either. It could be because of 3rd brake light removal or other factors about the car that just take more time. I've timed myself on cutting out a cars patterns and can typically get a full car cut in about 5 minutes and that includes putting the film on the car for shrinking. I'm always moving so while patterns are cutting I'm wiping down the windows and soaping up the back window and back and forth. The other nice part about a plotter is that if I do mess up a piece I can cut a new one in seconds! I guarantee you that you can't hand cut a piece that fast. I believe a fellow tinter once posted a video were he timed himself cutting a Toyota Camry on his plotter start to finish and challenged someone to hand cut the same car and beat his time. I don't think anyone's posted a video beating his time. Although I could be wrong on that. So for me a plotter has definitely been worth the cost.
  7. 2016 Camaro

    Even a Titan is a stretch for this back glass. Did my first one today and everything I tried just doesn't give you enough leverage to get all the water out from bottom of the window. Put the request out to the tool manufacturers to make a longer Titan or something!
  8. I just noticed Xpel is offering window film on their website. Anyone tried it yet or know anything about it?
  9. So I'm looking for an installer to help me out. My sister just bought a new Infiniti QX60 in white and wants PPF installed on the normal areas. Hood, fenders, bumper, mirrors and luggage area. I would normally do this for her but since she's 6 hours from me here in the Chicago area I'd like to find an installer to help me out and do the install. This way she won't have to drive all this way just to get the PPF installed down here and with her busy schedule with kids and what not, I thought I could give a fellow TD some business and help my sister and myself out. Send me a PM if are willing to help out!
  10. For you PPF guys. Have any of you used this yet? I've used the knifeless tape for vinyl but saw this and thought I ask you experts about it. I'm not a PPF guy but this would make a lot of guys probably want to try it. You can find the video on Knifeless Tapes website under videos in the top left corner. Justin Pate narrates the video. I couldn't get it to link to the post for some reason. Give me your impressions of it.
  11. 2015 charger

    So I do work for a Dodge dealership and have done many Chargers over the last couple of years. Until recently I've had no issues with peanuts. However, the last three that I've done have had a ton of peanuts in the BG!!!! I use 000 steel wool and then scrub with a white scotchbrite. I do an H pattern with dryer sheets and make my middle mark a little higher in the glass. I heat slow and move around and have never had a problem with shrinking it. I've done it this way for many of these cars with no issues but lately this car has become my nemesis!!!!! I've cut back on soap, but with to little soap and with this big BG it makes it difficult to get it in position. I'm just a little lost on what to do. I'm thinking of trying what the PPF guys do and try and put in some alcohol into my slip solution or try and use a separate solution of just alcohol and water after I get the film onto the glass. I just did another one tonight and I even had a peanut smack dab in the middle bottom of the glass! Any other suggestions you guys have that maybe I should try?
  12. 2015 VW Passat

    Haven't seen anything on this car yet. Can anyone shed some light on this model? I've never done one but will be soon and just wanted to see what to watch out for. Thanks!
  13. 2015 BMW 4 series Gran Coupe 4 door

    I have yet to do one of these and wanted to see what others have found out about them. They look pretty simple. Frameless and a hatch! What are everyone else's thoughts on these?
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