I have used the Llumar Extra film and it is 11.5 mils thick. It is nice for extra protection but it does come with some trade offs. I did the bed sides of a black Ram Dually. They are terrible for rock chips on the bed sides. The orange peel is more than the standard 6 mil window film. The biggest issue we came across was the deforming of the film when something does hit it. Most likely being on a black truck made it more apparent but there were very noticeable "white" marks from where it got hit by something. Granted it saved the paint but customers kind of see paint protection as I indestructible barrier. Also being so thick it does not conform as easily as the 6 mil. It has its place and works well in those places. Rockers, spats, fender flares, heavy equipment.
Thanks TintGuy. I've mainly been an auto tinter, and I've stayed far away from situations like this. I couldn't imagine this customer replacing all of these expensive windows, only to have problems in 6-months.
Nice to see you too, TD! All is well on my end - and still tinting part time. I'm seriously considering full retirement, but I'll miss it. Thanks for the info. I might skip this job if the customer is really dead set on matching, or ask him to replace ALL the glass. I wouldn't put that past him, but then I could do all the tinting before the glass is installed!
As long as the glass is tempered, there is zero risk of thermal breakage, however, dark, highly absorptive, film products pose a risk for seal failure, tempered and or annealed.
Usually, the factory dark units have the dark glass layer to the exterior and a clear layer as the inner layer; reversing that structure using film has higher risks.
Well, if you are determined, the best way to start is buy some inexpensive film to practice with. Tint your own car, your friends and family etc and get an idea what it's like. Maybe you'll have a knack for it, and practice more until you are confident enough to start charging. Maybe you wont have a knack for it and tear up some cars along the way and realized you dodged a bullet.
Definitely hear you on that my problem for me is my primary job won’t allow me to do that I’m trying to start somewhere before I decide to leave my job for right now it’s an extra money gig before it becomes my primary income
You should really get some experience under your belt before just opening a tint shop.
This is a difficult trade and good tinters rarely make good businessmen and visa versa. There's a lot to learn about this trade and you don't want to be learning on customers' cars as you can do plenty of damage as you go.
I'd suggest getting a job as a helper in a tint shop and develop your skills for a long while before even thinking about going out on your own. Just my opinion.