Sunbreakers

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Sunbreakers last won the day on December 16 2018

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  1. Sunbreakers

    New Llumar IRX

    We show all customers the display board and then let them feel the difference between 5% dyed and 35% IRX with the heat lamp box. At least 75% go with IRX and the rest usually drop down to the "mid-grade" which is either CTX or QDPC. We do very little dyed anymore at retail level with most of it usually at dealer level now.
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    New Llumar IRX

    @ErieTint glad to hear it went well. We have one universal setting for pressure on our plotter for all of Llumar...atc, atr, ctx, irx and it doesn't matter it all cuts the same. Global we have settings for QDP, different one for QDPC. It is a lot more finicky. That's interesting you felt it was almost the same as ATC. We felt there was a clear and evident difference between IRX and CTX. Haven't really thought about a comparison lower down the line. Don't sweat the windshields. They are like being married. Regardless of how long you have been at it there are days where everything goes great with little or no effort and then there are days when you cannot seem to do anything right and the harder you try....the worse it gets. Just take it in stride.
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    New Llumar IRX

    @Gary_tintingtonIt pretty much meters out to be the same shade as the ATR 20% so although not technically a 20% Llumar feels it is close enough. The ATR came out of the box at 29% and would read 25-27 on a meter depending on vehicle and roll which is "almost legal." Now Llumar actually uses the correct percentage. Here in the our part of the deep south most folks want just a little darker than legal on cars so it is popular. With meter readings within 2-3% of our statute that gets good enough for a lot of the public and some law enforcement let it slide...not all. Also we use a lot on rear of SUV's. It doesn't have that black tone of the 15% and I think that is one reason it is so popular.
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    New Llumar IRX

    Thanks, @no ma'am for that update. Makes no sense how you release everything EXCEPT that shade. That is one of if not THE most popular shade. It is shenanigans like this that made me also pick up the Global line after 33 years as a dedicated Llumar only dealer. I can understand the formula one folks are a priority but at the price point of this film those of us with the line should get a little respect as well. Makes no sense to down sell a customer for that shade. I was told by the rep they were going to "gauge demand for a 25." My response was....."I hope it won't be where you 'gauged demand' for the CTX 25. Took you way too long and now you are late to the game."
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    New Llumar IRX

    Hi @ErieTint, we were sent two of these for being an early adopter and making a substantial investment in the new line. They came from Robertson Marketing so I would assume they are now available through the dealer portal. I am curious to know your thoughts post install. Please let me/us know.
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    New Llumar IRX

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    New Llumar IRX

    @Bham sorry I haven’t gotten back to you. I will take a picture of one of my sample boards and let you see some numbers if one of these folks don’t beat me to it. This film feels very “Global like” which the rep did not appreciate very much. It is thicker as @no ma'am said, stickier and better scratch coat. I have long been critical of CTX and even though the engineers at Llumar assured me when I visited that all films have same adhesive it did not feel the same. This film corrects that. I think we were the first to get it in Alabama. Picked it up in June prior to showing up in the catalogs and it has been wonderful for us. Just wish they had a 25 or 20%
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    The Chat Thread

    I did the same thing back in the day now almost 20 years ago. I went to Auburn to get a master's degree and made the drive home almost every weekend to tint. PLUS created a customer base there and had things to do during the week. Nice additional income till graduation. No worries. You will be fine. There is always a demand for a good window film installer. What you are leaving will be there when you get back...if you want it.
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    The Chat Thread

    But then you would truly miss all of the "oh, I thought that went on the inside" "I want it really dark but legal." "I stripped all the glue off for you except for maybe the corners and the bottom. Is that ok?" "What tints do you have?"
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    The Chat Thread

    Well the guy called me at like 6:30 this morning. Of course I missed it. Went to call him back and no answer. Then called the other number he didn’t know the manager had given me and picks up first ring. I get cc number and while I run it through he takes the opportunity to tell me how he has been trying to call me. What an asshat. Thanks for the advice guys. All good sound responses. I appreciate everyone as always
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    The Chat Thread

    Howdy folks, I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands and need opinions. The owner of the shop of one of my commercial accounts had an employee call and request we come out and tint his corvette windshield. We did it the next day, and when it came time to pay the invoice we were told he was out of town and would call us shortly with a credit card. We went ahead and left. Never called and now two days later still not paid after several phone calls by his staff. He supposedly tells the manager he will call in an hour, call after lunch, etc... Now the manager is upset about it and says he can't believe it etc..etc.. I told him we would be there tomorrow to be paid or rip it off. Any other suggestions or should I try a different approach? The amount is over $200. Of course I will lose the account in addition to this invoice. Nothing seems like a good option. Thanks in advance.
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    The Chat Thread

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    Plotter in Van

    Thanks, @highplains. I found the thread where info and pics are posted. @IPATinting pm me if you have any questions. I have plotters in both a promaster and a Freightliner mt45 so there are pics of two different vehicles.
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    The Chat Thread

    @Bhamif you think that is bad here is another one....Wells Fargo won't let you DEPOSIT cash into YOUR OWN account unless you, the account holder, come in to do it. They make me swipe my debit card prior to each deposit. Claim it is to cut down on money laundering. Had my wife go to the bank for me the other day and they made her take the cash and use it to get a cashiers check to then deposit it. The whole giving you change thing has been going on for a while. I would imagine it is to make sure they keep enough money for their own account holders and as @TomTintsaid fleece those and make a few bucks off those who don't. We have the worst banks around us. I moved my business accounts to PNC. We will see how that works. Already had to make them eat their merchant account...lied to me and then tried to get out of it and put it back on me for not disclosing all of the fees. Had it in writing baby LOL!!
  15. Hey @Bham. Good to see you!! I agree with all of the above. My only contention is that just because we are matched or equalled in any area be it automotive or residential/commercial should not mean that what we do as a whole is negated, obsolete, no longer valid, or beneficial. If everyone is meeting what we are capable of then we are still besting them in that we can apply that same benefit or performance amount on top of what is already there with a smaller improvement, but one nonetheless and that smaller improvement is usually noticeable and worth it to the consumer...that is my feeling.