Sunbreakers

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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!!
  4. 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in any area be it automotive or residential/commercial should not mean that what we do as a whole is negated, obsolete, no longer valid, or beneficial.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.
  5. I absolutely agree with you and that is something important to always remember. Thank you for that.
  6. I agree that the OEMs are much better at what they do with glass and your reasoning is very sound. However, I have very very few what I would call average affordable vehicles with laminated glass on the rears if memory serves me and I think that these cases you reference are the exception and still a ways out from being the norm for most vehicles. So I conceed your point as I have a few fancy meters myself and have tested laminated glass to understand the prevalence of use given what seems to be a decrease in durability...fragile...Think F250 and they are much better at efficiency and noise reduction, but I would still disagree with your overall conclusion that even a small increase of any variable is negligible enough to be worthless. We have seen that going from one shade to maybe a shade or two darker/lighter can make a noticeable difference. Just my humble opinion and I appreciate yours..
  7. This philosophy would seem to come dangerously close to negating what I do for a living...what we all do..... as we would only be left with those customers who want to darken their windows..they already have the benefit of such "efficient" UV and SHG rejection as to negate window film in it´s current state for vehicles it would seem. We progressed past the 80´s and 90´s era of the typical scenario where darkness was almost the only determinate of performance to where we are now mostly due to the need for better performance. It is true that glass has become more efficient, but we need to realize that these films today are where they are because we and our customers expect a much greater enhancement over oem performance as the oems have not reached on their own where we can take them.
  8. I would have to respectfully disagree. While a factory tinted window is indeed already shaded, that does not translate to energy efficiency as the heat rejection can be very poor given that perhaps not all but many vehicles have no UV properties in that coating other than the minimum required by federal statutes for automobile glass. My customers are very very content to have me use a very light ceramic film in the rear of the vehicle and find, as I have personally experienced, that it makes a big difference on heat rejection without adding much darkness to what is there. An 80-50% film is a very noticeable improvement and is a market we can honestly serve.
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    New tint installed month ago

    Those look like fingerprints if the pic orientation is what it seems and yeah, contamination redo..
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    The Chat Thread

    Those are antennas for either radio or keyless entry. One of those rear glass was on a stand at a body shop I was doing a door window at. I noticed it because it had several connection points for wires. Lots of technology.
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    New windshield, time for tint. 50% vs 70%

    I think the main limiting factor is cost...I had heard they were even slow to pick up the 80% due to uncertainties. I have discussed other VLTs with distributors and the answer always is "well, it is really expensive and not sure how much of it we would sell." I told them I will take one roll of each and if you carry it....you will sell it...to somebody. They really have some great performance specs and I hear the coloration is a more "grey" look. @jh812 do you carry the 86%? If so...what do you think about it and/or what is your market for something like that?
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    Wiping squeegee after each stroke

    @BhamThanks for the heads up, buddy. I will look into those. Good to know..Hope all is well on your side of things.
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    Not happy with your current tint patterns?

    TintTek left a lot to be desired..If FVD would quite oversizing windshields and rear windows they would be a lot better. I feel like there are going to be issues with any software. The new and improved PCS software from Llumar still needs improvement as well. Never used DAP.
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    Reviews of MaxPro Film

    Nevermind...Originally didn´t see this thread was now 4 years old...Moving on.
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    Wiping squeegee after each stroke

    I used to love the paper towel wipe..problem is the quality of paper towels these days......you can´t trust the amount of lint they put off or in my case anyway.
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    New windshield, time for tint. 50% vs 70%

    So true about we notice more than they do....I can´t speak about the other Ice Kool VLT´s. the 80 is all that is carried by the distributor...or at least that I am aware of. The color vs. money argument is a fine line..I think we are more hung up on shade because usually cheap = awful color and you have to be careful that a customer can visualize his entire car done in a particular film..I remember we once had a discussion on this board where we were talking about film colors and someone remarked that their ideal coloration is a "grey" Turns out Llumar has exactly that coloration across most of their shades and lines. Global to me had a more "bronzy" look across the line except for the QDP 15 and 4% which are very different colors from the rest and the 70 and 80 percentages. I have friends who use solar guard and ASWF and their complaint is the 5% is either purple or blue. I even had a friend come and get some global 4% from me to redo an entire car simply because the customer did not like solar guard 5% and they demanded it be changed...Not sure I would be willing to go that far for an illegal shade, but to each his own.
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    New windshield, time for tint. 50% vs 70%

    The 80% Ice Kool is definitely a LLumar Air 80 cousin. Looks blue like the llumar..thicker..but very similar...Strangely I find it to be a little less "sticky" than the the QDP but am told its my imagination. It is definitely a little more blue than the llumar. I think the QDP 70% is great to have available and looks good once installed without being able to really notice the coloration...just like the blue 80% films...but for some reason people are discouraged more so it seems.
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    New windshield, time for tint. 50% vs 70%

    @Apex TintDo you find customers tend to complain about the color of the QDPC 70%? I have it on my sample board along with all the other Global shades and it almost appears to have a greenish hue or even a "Kakhi" color as some have called it. I have a hard time selling it because of the coloration I find at times. Just curious about your experience.
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    Wiping squeegee after each stroke

    Sure...I understand. There are different approaches to this..One of my installers will squeegee and leave streaks...not a big deal to him. Me personally I squeegee with enough force to completely remove all traces of liquid on the window leaving it dry. I start at the top and work down towards the bottom and depending on the window I usually try to cover as best I can and then finish the sides once I have completed everything easily accessible though again it depends on the specific vehicle and particular window.
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    want to find other distributors I can use that's worth a grain of salt

    @whitehog sells solar fx and Global. Those are great films. You also have Express window films. Great folks. Both of them are sponsors of this site.
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    Wiping squeegee after each stroke

    Another big helping factor is squeegeeing the window twice. That makes a big difference.
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    New windshield, time for tint. 50% vs 70%

    My vote would be to actually tint the side front door windows to something more reasonable. 2x 15% is just simply irresponsible and unsafe as that would be darker than even 5% and while it might look "cool" it is these types of installs that attract more attention to all of us who tint and/or have it. At that darkness the cops are going to notice, as they should, anything on the windshield as that contributes to the whole package.
  23. I used the clear max and felt I wasn't getting enough water out of windows. I then went to the Orange Crush just to not use a blue max and have other installers take my handle and not bring it back. Then I went back to the blue max wanting something harder. Blue max would get nicked up quicker than orange crush. I went to the red line and loved it, but it was worse than the blue max so I am now back at the orange crush and I love it. Just my evolution.
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    First Cracked Window in over 25 years !!!

    I agree with the opinions...However, this is a loyal frequent return customer..I really didn't know how to handle this one I have to admit.. If this had been a one time customer, then I would have been less likely to have done anything about it, but given the strange circumstance I simply did what I thought necessary. Already had a referral from them that almost covered the windshield cost so eventually I will make up the expense.
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    First Cracked Window in over 25 years !!!

    If I am seeing the picture correctly, that crack is on the inside and not the outside correct? If so that really sucks as that leaves you on the line for a replacement. I can count on less than 5 fingers the glass I have broken in 32 years, but the other day we did a windshield on a Honda Odyssey and a week later it comes back with a broken windshield on the inside and broken in an absolute circle..a perfect circle as if I had put a gigantic coin on the inside and traced around it. I had to replace it as I couldn't come up with an explanation as to why or how.