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  1. Thanks tintmieister, I really appreciate the info. I'll give the car a shot next time. On another note, you said you use Suntek? So I have used and been using other films like Solargard, Johnson, and most recently SolarFX. Been thinking about using Suntek but have read a few say it has issues with scratching, low angle haze (on some films), etc. What is your experience with it and do you recommend it? I just received the go to be a dealer from them. Thanks in advance!
  2. I use The Claw. Its a little pricier at around $100 but think after going through so many different lights it seems to be my best one so far. Also I like that its cordless
  3. Well Metro Films yes, that's just the way things worked out for me. I was taught to tint long long time ago (over 16+ years ago). I was never taught to take cars apart like the other stereo and alarm guys I worked with and since leaving my first shop I always worked alone with nobody to show me the way. Taking cars apart to me was a little intimidating because the few times that I tried, I always broke something (clips, etc.) or bent something. And some things never went back quite the same. So I gave up on it for the most part. Now a days we have more stuff on the internet (youtube, tintdude, etc,) to help me out so I have been slowly learning to take off more panels, rear decks, brake lights, etc. without breaking them. So thats kind of a low blow to say I'm not a tinter (I have thousands of cars under my belt). Maybe I'm just a tinter that's not really good at taking panels off haha. And I'm not alone, I hear many other tinters on here say they never pull panels. Unfortunately I do have to turn down 1% of my jobs because my lack of skill in this area, but I have to say that I do run a successful tinting business. Have a great day...
  4. I did that once when doing a windshield. Turned out fine but the film was scratched up from hard carding it during shrinking. Other than that. No problems
  5. Hey DrTint & Tintmeister. So you both were able to successfully tint this vehicle without removing anything? I've been tinting for a long time but hardly ever remove anything (It scares me lol). I've slowly started to learn to remove stuff here and there but not quite comfortable yet and I don't have all the tools. Now I have a customer inquiring about tinting this car. So I'm wondering if I should pass on it or give it a go lol.
  6. Sweet! But how did you install the doors? Were they open like that?
  7. hi
  8. Let me just add my personal experience: I started in this industry as a detailer and we wanted to learn tint. My business partner at the time had asked a few pro tinters to teach us how to tint. They all wanted about 2k to apprentice. We went to the guy that was willing to trade some audio work and cash that equaled about 2k. We became his apprentice for the next about 3-4 weeks and then was available as an advisor after that. Let me tell you. We put out some shitty work for years and knew nothing about the industry. Lots of complaints, damaged vehicles, etc. it was a nightmare but we did just ok. Luckily, there was no such thing as social media at the time lol. I still put out pretty sub par work for years after that. Then I found tintdude learned a lot about the industry and experiences of others), bought training DVDs, watched the very few videos available at the time and strived to become better. It took a really long time for me to get good and there is still the occasional vehicle that I'm not comfortable doing so I refer it to a competitor. I'm cool with some of my competitors. Good luck!
  9. SUBBING out work: I have personal experience in being both the SUBBER and SUBEE When we used to do mobile tinting doing dealership work and jobs at customers homes we would occasionally be asked to do work for some competitor shops (this is not uncommon). And yes this was not personally in my long term interest but I had no problem going to a competitors shop to do work for them. I think this situation works really well in certain situations. When we had a shop again, I remember some guys from a local shop a few miles away (one of our closest competitors) came to our shop to introduce themselves. They said if we ever needed help with any jobs or had some we couldn't do, to let them know and they would come down to do it. So occasionally when it got busy or whatever we would sub the work out to them. I think subbing out the work to an independent contractor sounds like the best choice (for now) in your situation. Perhaps find a mobile tinter/company and strike up some sort of agreement with them. Then, in the meantime you will have access to that expertise and your detail guy can improve his skills. HIRING SOMEONE: If you were to hire someone, yes it would be hard to keep them happy. I think you would have to invest in a considerable amount of money into marketing plan/advertising, etc. for tint in order to accomplish this. And yes I too agree that this may cause issues with your detailer who has been good to you. I get the impression that he already has his heart set out on being the tinter too. As far as your plan, I would say that it's not a great idea. I don't think it's realistic to offer customers possibly shoddy work at a reduced price. I wouldn't even do this with some friends. This may work with only certain people. But nobody who brings in a brand new car is going to agree to this. My personal advice would be to take a step back from the tint scene (are you already advertising this service?) and for the both of you to learn the skill as well as the industry. You are already taking the right step by being here on this forum. What I would do is spend the next few months reading the thousands of posts and learn this industry. Your detailer needs to do the same: get more adequate training, apprenticing, watching videos, practicing on "practice" vehicles, learning about different films, tools, techniques, etc. Let me know if you have any more questions.
  10. Adding tint to your business would be very profitable (if your set up is right). However, the way in which you are taking it on can potentially ruin the reputation you have worked so hard to build. By the sounds of it, your head detailer is doing the tinting with little to no training at all. Is this correct? The learning curve to master this skill takes a very long time (for me a few years before I became really really good) and there are just too many variables with different cars, films, tools etc. which it seems nobody at your carwash knows nothing about. I suggest taking a step back and re-evaluating how you are going to add tinting to your business. What I see happening is your detailer screwing up or putting out shoddy work on a few installs/cars here and there which will result in unhappy customers and negative reviews. Consider hiring someone with experience, perhaps an independent contractor, Or contract another company and sit back while they do the work and you collect the money.
  11. I get the occasional no-show or cancelation. Yeah it sucks but I just think its part of doing business. I too confirm and remind customers the day prior and I believe that taking deposits is a bad idea. I usually try and tell customers to please let me know if they need to reschedule or cancel so that I may fill the appointment slot with another potential customer. Another good thing is when setting other appointments for the week or so I usually ask the other customers what there availability for the week is. So if there is a no show or cancelation I can contact (message, email, text, call) other customers and offer them an earlier appointment. If I'm able to fill the cancelation/no show I now have an open slot later in the week to fill.
  12. I've never taken off a spoiler. Is it necessary on this car? Call me lazy or scared to take shit apart lol. Whenever I've encountered a spoiler in my way I usually just cut out a template. Shrink bottom, pull film down a bit and away from the spoiler and then shrink the top.