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Everything posted by Sunbreakers

  1. Vevor Plotter

    Don´t do it...I went with a cheap Chinese off brand plotter my tint software company said was "great" and "worked well" and such...it didn't. It was slow and loud and inconsistent. I had to send it back and pay the shipping and lost a fair amount of money with that test. If you do this for a living you cannot go wrong with a good investment in your future. There is no such thing as "the deal" when it comes to plotters.
  2. Favorite rolling work chair?

    Office computer chair with the back taken off. I get them free all the time as the back part is what breaks. You have a stool with a super wide seat that sits you higher up than a typical mechanic's stool and it is free.
  3. Off Topic Chat Thread

    @jh812 isn't that murphy's law? Always that way with me...stepdaughter got a new car like in September..waits till last Saturday when I am super busy and closing at 5:00 and calls me at 2:00 to ask if I can tint her car. WTF??
  4. What did you tint today?

    That tractor looks awesome tinted...I bet all of that climbing and up and down felt like a week long workout at the gym!!
  5. Too many tools. Min tools to do job

    @no ma'am I am just curious and gotta ask....do you ever lose any driver bits? LOL!!
  6. Lost a Pioneer of the tint industry

    Wow, one of the posters mentioned a lot of names I haven't heard in a long time...Wendell Cobleigh was the first person I bought film from when I was learning on my on. Calvin Hill was Llumar distributor in the Atlanta during the 90's. I met Bill once at an event. He truly helped establish our industry as a serious profession. Most at that time laughed and thought we were simply a bunch of dead beats wasting time...some of us were LOL!! RIP Mr. Burke and thank you for your dedication to window film.
  7. Where can I hire experienced window tinters?

    If you want one who is experienced, does good work, and dependable he already has a job. You have to train them to have them and even then..... Good luck with your search. If you find more than one send him south. LOL!!
  8. LPT1:: The system cannot find the file specified

    Hmmmmm It seems that would be a port error. The LPT refers to the printer port on your machine. I would first check to make sure it is plugged in securely to both the computer and the plotter. After that if all is good then make sure you have the correct plotter selected under the machines list.
  9. 19 Lexus ES350 changes

    @pbalentine Yessir....happy to help you any way I can. This method works for all the new Lexus and FCA products...charger, challenger, etc... as well as most new GM. Another tip.... Make sure you check the tightness of the clip when you snap them back in. Sometimes they get loose and the door panel merely "sits" on the clip without really being anchored. I pull it back and take a hook tool or a snap on radiator hose tool and spread the clip apart a bit. Snap it back on and you are good to go..
  10. Audi A4 Third Brake Light

    I think everything I have crawled in the back seat of that has either an "A" or "S" in their model works the same way. May even be the same brake light for most of them.
  11. Messed up twice already

    Also, the video you posted the guy is wet shrinking...you may have a harder time trying to shrink doing it that way than other methods. There are many other comments I have, but I will simply add that there are many techniques that I think could be a bit easier and possibly more forgiving for you than what you are seeing there. Obviously his approach works and that is all that matters at the end of the day. Hope this helps.
  12. Messed up twice already

    @JOHNNYBTINT is correct when he says solar gard is not really sticky at all. This is an old school rear glass and it must be done "old school." In the old days before we shrank that much it was all about tension. @no ma'am makes reference to it when he says to pull across the bottom. What I do is tack in the middle a place a bit larger than my fist. I soap shrink so I put a little too much soap on the window and while it is still sticky I attempt this. Pull all of your fingers and slack around the bottom and towards the top. You should have nothing....not one finger....to shrink around the bottom and sides. On the top you have maybe 5 seconds of shrinking. There are a few windows I have done where at the very bottom on the passenger side it will not stay laid down on the glass. If that is the case then you will need to do a bit of shrinking at the bottom in that area. Very unusual but it can happen. When you get all that done I then cut one side of the defroster elements and you can either cut the other one or wait till you put on the inside and hand cut it to fit. Usually I cut both on the outside and then adjust the one that will not fit on the inside. It gives me alignment and I don't have to worry about gaps. Another thing you can do is all along the border and the matrix at the top you can sand with 1000 grit wet sandpaper. Wipe the gray residue off with a towel before you clean or squeegee. Do NOT sand the bare glass. This will help you get adhesion when you put it on the inside. You can do it with a bit of practice. This is not a window meant for the beginner level. However even our Llumar Pro Select shop here avoids them and will not do them they struggle so bad with them. Good luck buddy...hope you pull it off.
  13. Last one to post #926

    No, not at all. You didn't make me feel uncomfortable in the least. It was great to understand and remember that cool part of our past. I appreciate you have such a great memory of it all. I simply felt it important to apologize to you. Glad we are friends and can share the blessings we have today.
  14. Last one to post #926

    Report post Posted Tuesday at 08:20 AM (edited) Hey Charley, @Sunbreakers I didn't want to hijack other dude's thread. The past is what it is. Can't change that, only learn from it. And can't let it beat you up because of the choices made or what happened due to those choices. Who knows? If we had actually worked together, we might hate each other at this point. OR, we could still have a shop going somewhere and be just fine. No way to know how that all would have turned out. We were still able to hang out and be friends even though I was working for Rusty at the time. There is nothing to apologize for. Like I said, neither of us knows how it would have gone 20 years ago. Life itself affects people and life might have gotten in the way of business, for either or both of us, and it might not have gone the proper direction. But we are still friends and that is the main thing. I am trying to make it work here at my little bay. I haven't had an actual "Boss" in over 8 years now and as most anybody knows, it's slow going to get to,,, quote " That Point", where you can be comfortable with what you have built. I know I don't have the flashiest shop or a bunch of accessories and lights and radios etc, etc. I'm also not the fastest tinter on the planet by any means, but I try. I try to do it right, and have happy customers. That's really all I want. A steady schedule of happy customers. Don't need all the headaches that come with the accessories side of things. I can do and have done all of that and don't really enjoy that part of it, so for now, I will just keep on trying to get my little bay on the map. still don't have a shop pig though. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ @Bham I appreciate your gracious response. You are absolutely right that we never know how it would have turned out or even ended. Regardless of what could have been It was very obviously the "elephant" in the room and I simply wanted to address it here and now...Life is too short and you never know when you might not get another chance.
  15. How did you get your start?

    Thanks, @Tint Slayer for your kind words. I feel it is always important to have humility so we can be better folks. Those who think they are any sort of "God" to me means they are stagnant and will never learn to improve with new techniques and approaches. I appreciate this place where we all can share our mistakes and successes and have others learn from them.
  16. How did you get your start?

    @Bham It was good to get to stop for a visit today. Told you I would try to make it more frequent . I wish I had read your post above before I stopped by. I would have told you in person what I will type to you now. In life I have learned that for every one or two good decisions you make there is bound to be a bad one. Not hiring you back in the 90's was a terrible decision on my part and an oversight that I should not have allowed to happen. I wasn't willing to give you a chance, didn't think you had the drive for it, and I let other folks influence my decisions when I should have at least given you an opportunity. You have proved me wrong many times...you have certainly been driven and you have achieved my achievements...your own shop. That one mistake of mine not only was very obviously my loss, but it also alienated us from each other and put a strain on our friendship maybe even still today. In front of all of these good, professional folks here on this forum, Jason, I want you to know I am very sorry. I hope others here can learn from my mistake and always be willing to take a chance on others. I am very proud of you for what you have achieved. Charley
  17. How did you get your start?

    My little suburb was quiet and boring place. Two guys came in from FL. with flashy cars and opened a tint shop down the street from my parents. Always had cool cars there and working on them. I started hanging out with them. Later they gave me a job. After about a month or so they told me "you may be good at many things, but you will never make it as a window tinter." I left and started buying film through a friend of mine's dad's business doing cars anywhere I could. 3 years later I bought the shop of the guy who sent me away. Two years later I opened two more stores in FL. Parents convinced me that tint was not where it was at....although I was making good money by then so I sold my shops and went back to school still tinting with one employee. Graduated with a master's degree and tried to give up tinting for good, but the phone never stopped ringing. Now I have been at it ever since. This February will be 32 years. Glad I never gave up.
  18. Sunroofs

    You can always snap them on your peel board. One thing that helps fingering is bumping the edges with a paper towel. They never drain the slip solution well.
  19. Theory of targeting and squeegee

    I would be careful about taking everything Ralph does and says to heart...He is what my grandmother would have called a "snake oil salesman." You would do much better if you stick to all of the fine folks here on this site. As a collective we have the experience and knowledge to help you, and we don't have to make a snappy video to do it.
  20. Audi A4 Third Brake Light

    Because they put them ON. They never take them off. The key is wiggling them at the beginning as you slide towards the back. If you grab a tool to pull them down to grab onto them, chances are it breaks. They suck for sure.
  21. Llumar vs F1 pricing and performance question

    Make sure you look at samples and check real world percentages...the ATR is always a bit lighter than stated. 20=26, 35=38, etc..
  22. Llumar vs F1 pricing and performance question

    I used to ONLY carry the ATR line and nothing else. Had the rep admit that there was very little efficiency difference between the two(ATR & CTX). The only thing to keep in mind is ATR is a hybrid metalized film and therefore can and will at times interfere with electronics such as key fobs/keyless entry etc..Doesn't always happen and two of the same model cars may have different results but I have had it happen. I stopped carrying it and only now have ATC and CTX as the ATR didn't really have a fit in the lineup and also, as much as I love Llumar, in the past 8 years the only warranty claims I have had for any sort of issue has been with the ATR. Again, as others have stated, the two are very close. The new CTX 25 is beautiful and extremely poplular. It is basically the ATR 20 in ceramic form. Hope this helps.
  23. @DynamicATL, those are the folks I call "Walmart shoppers." They get the $100 tint jobs and the $400 paint jobs. Another shop in our same area is undercutting us by at least $100 per job. Ends up he is tinting a Lexus IS 250 for a little more than we get for two door windows. Folks come in and I try to explain about brand and quality along with warranty. I am told by these customers that film quality doesn't matter...they get a lifetime warranty so brand is irrelevant, although I have seen them deny warranties. Some people you just can't convince it seems.
  24. I find it surprising that Llumar would have so little brand recognition in the northeast. It seems they have really done a great job in the last 5 years. Almost everyone recognizes the name it seems.
  25. Can i get a 24inch or 30 inch plotter for sides only???

    @Tint Slayer to be fair I have looked up a few cars here and there but never tried it. I looked into it and felt like I was buying a new car.. the price they tell you about is ok, then they start "adding" to it. If you are a dealer or not, if you want ppf or not. Per cut basis or monthly....seems pretty pricey when it is all said and done and the guy really wanted me to pick up their ppf. If I did a lot more of that then I could see how it would be an obvious transition, but we just don´t have enough business to justify xpel for ppf.