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  1. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    Nice, thanks
  2. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    Interesting. I remember Huper ceramic being shiny like 3m ceramic.
  3. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    I know that. You said you could feel the radiant heat more with huper though, which is reflective, compared to qdp ceramic? If you meant their ceramic? Which I assume is not reflective. Is that right?
  4. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    Ah, ok. I thought you guys were going on about just qdp. Then yeah if their ceramic is the same then it's hard to find anything better
  5. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    On a side note; I think that window film performance has reached it's peak. I hear about Stratos having the same radiant heat from heavy absorption like Tom is describing with Huper and it makes sense. I feel like Crystalline has always been on top, 60% tser 97% super magic IR rejection yadda yadda. But it's a hard sell when we also have solar fx ceramic which has the same real world feel pretty much, in a regular looking film in normal vlts (66%tser in limo) without the $600 price tag.
  6. Gary_tintington

    Ceramic tint, waste of time?

    From what I see online the tser range for qdp is 36%- 30%vlt to 42%- 6%vlt. That's not very impressive. I know you guys rave about global, especially qdp. Is it longevity price and ease of install that you like about it? Numbers like that are are entry level and leave people unsatisfied at least here in Texas. Tom have you compared it to other ceramics? We carry solar fx ceramic and people love its performance. The real world feel is very close to Crystalline and better than Ctx. Not talking trash about global. Really just wondering?
  7. Is your film handler still available? 

  8. Gary_tintington

    Llumar curling

    ANY kind of customer awareness campaign or advertising would seem like a no brainer for either company. Seriously what's the logic?
  9. Gary_tintington

    Llumar curling

    Well said. I've talked to a couple of our glass companies and the cost of the new glass standard is the only thing slowing widespread use. Both 3m and Llumar have seemed to double down on security film as well. I would agree with the ten year mark too. As far as automotive, 3m is making moves to come through with a non reflective looking ceramic finally but I haven't heard of llumar doing anything.
  10. Gary_tintington

    Llumar curling

    Tom, why do you think the flat market is dying out? I know llumar even stopped making 48"rolls for certain vista films. Their standard llumar flat selection really does suck.
  11. Gary_tintington

    Worth switching to 3m?

    Very cool. Thanks for the input guys!
  12. Gary_tintington

    Worth switching to 3m?

    Awesome thanks for the video! Do find yourself getting multiple roll sizes and vlts of crystalline or will 40% sell to most?
  13. Gary_tintington

    Worth switching to 3m?

    Thanks for the reply. I was hoping you'd chime in Dynamic. Regarding the increased install difficulty, is it just longer shrink time and getting used to the thickness? Are there problems with touch ups, pressing down debris under the film, fingers, glue smears, peeling, ghosting under heat?
  14. Gary_tintington

    Worth switching to 3m?

    I'm considering changing our entire auto lineup to 3m. We would carry Obsidian, Color Stable, and Crystalline. I'd say we're currently an 80/20 shop with flat glass being the majority so an increase in auto film cost wouldn't be really significant right now. This is an effort to bring in more auto customers strictly based on brand recognition. The shop is in an upper middle class region of Austin right down the street from a 3m campus (maybe will work even more in our favor). The Austin crowd isn't necessarily overly concerned with brand names in my experience, compared to a city like Houston or Dallas. For the 3m dealers out there; did you notice a marked increase in business because of 3m? What's your installer feedback with the above mentioned films?
  15. I agree with the approach of pushing your shop above any brands. It is you, not them making it happen after all. If any of our customers want a name brand, it's either CTX or Crystalline that they ask for; it is a very small percentage of business. Suntek CIR I would skip because of haze, lack of track record, and their unwillingness to fix past scratching issues. I personally didn't like the look/tone of xpel. CTX is a thinner feeling film. It looks and performs great. It's been solid for years. Totally agree with them all feeling the same, performance wise in real world scenarios.