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    Bloomington, Indiana
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  1. vanhorn1

    Best heat gun

    I purchase the cheapies by the case load. $14.00 each and sometimes they will last longer than the high priced ones. I have also found some of them expensive ones just don't get hot enough.
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    Johnson and Johnson

    I was told they were forced to change some ingredients due to some cancer causing ingredients awhile back. We noticed this several years ago and switched back to a slip solution. Film-On, Tint Slime and our favorite is Fusion. We seem to have a much more consistent mixture as well.
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    1984 Ford F250 Windows

    I have done 100's of these and that is certainly not acceptable. There may be a minimal amount of light gap due to the old nature of these windows and not having the black paint around the edges. A lot of newer tinters do have the experience that us oldies do and struggle on these more difficult vehicles.
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    Best car templates for graphic design

    I use artstation and provehicleoultlines You can buys dvd's or download them as needed.
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    Where can I hire experienced window tinters?

    I had the same tinter, my best friend for 30 + years and his brother for 5 years. I paid them well and treated them well but when GM came calling with 6 figures, free insurance and 401k there wasn't much I could do. Trying to find experienced tinters was impossible so I auditioned willing participants before hiring them just to see if they had the skills to learn the trade. I hired two that way and trained them and they have been great. I pay them well and try and treat them very well. I also tell them up front they have to sign a non-compete agreement for 5 years and within a 50 mile radius. My lawyer drew one up and they had no problem signing it. As a matter of fact they thought it was only fair. I'm sharing this hoping it may help my fellow tint shop owners. I know all too well that good help is very hard to find in any industry.
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    Liability on illegal window tint

    This is a wide open topic and a touchy one at that. I have been tinting for over 30 years and would not be in business if I were to only do legal film. With that being said I do understand liability but at some point the driver has to be held responsible for their choices and actions. Does the car manufacture get sued and lose their business because their car goes faster than the speed limit and was involved in a crash that killed someone while speeding? The driver chose to speed and disobey the law. Does Budweiser get sued because someone was drinking their beer and killed someone while drinking and driving? The answer is I don't know? I'm no lawyer but in this day and age you can be sued for anything at anytime.
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    Wrap dimensions and resolution.

    When possible I use vector based graphics so resolution is never an issue. Most professional shops want a minimum of 300 dpi at output scale on raster based file like a jpeg or tiff.
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    The Whale Tail

    We use it a lot to get behind third brake lights and hard to reach spots at the bottom of back glasses.
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    Flexible Tube Light - Must Buy

    I agree! We bought two along with the soaker rope. A must have for all window tint shops!
  10. vanhorn1

    New Tint Shop Need advice

    I concur. We never advertised cheap prices and never have had sales. We back our workmanship and the film is lifetime warranted. If the quality and customer service is there then the word will soon get out and you will have repeat customers.
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    Defroster Lines Damaged ???

    I have been tinting for 35 years and removed tint from many rear windows. The quality of the defroster lines these days are terrible. Up until about a year ago I have never had damaged defroster lines and now we have had several. We removed film shortly after install (20-30 mins) when we decided to redo a back window because of dirt on a BMW and it peeled 5 or 6 lines. I have spoke to many glass installers and they all confirmed the quality is terrible and that simply pulling off a piece of tape can damage a defroster. We used a steamer and barely pull at all and it damages some. I am not sure what the answer is except to warn the customer ahead of time but It's still hard not to be liable when we are doing the work.
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    Advice needed for 21yr tint veteran

    I have over 30 years experience and have used about every brand. We started using Scorpion when they started up. I love all of their product lines and their customer service and staff are second to none as well as their distributors. They offer ceramic, carbon, metallized and dyed films. Give them a call and get some samples.
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    Toxic dryer sheets anti static back glass

    Any soap, baby shampoo or even your slip solution works just fine.
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    Appointment Reminders

    Try Pinpoint Scheduling. It will text the customer and remind them for you. We helped develop this software and it has helped to resolve the no show problem. Check it out at I had this software custom made for my shop, now it's available to everyone.
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    Custom Neon Clocks

    Any shops looking for custom neon clocks for their business we make these with any logo or picture on them and our customers love them. If anyone is interested in them just let me know. Makes a great addition for your office or showroom.