So... long story short... I had some time to kill waiting today and I started to pull of the limo tint on my car. I hate it... during the day - I love it... at nite.. or if it's raining *and* at nite - I feel like I'm going to die.
The sides came off %100. Glue and all. Windshield - film came off ok, but still left glue, so I'm not gonna touch it until I scrape that off - hopefully this weekend.
Film that comes off w/o leaving any glue - is that really good film? or bad? I have no clue what brand it is.... whomever installed it did a really good job with no gaps and hardly any light line. I don't think it was shaved, but it was very close.
Will put up something lighter in the spring for the heat rejection. I don't care about the looks of it - I just want something to block the heat.
Satin is a happy medium between gloss and matte. It looks like matte but has more uv inhibitor, doesn't hold so much dirt. Also seems to last longer/easier to keep clean.
I think Avery has the best satin films from an installers perspective.
Find anyplace you can to get started. Next to a tire shop/bodyshop/audio shop/car lot...whatever you can find that is being underused. I've been offered space just due to the cross traffic that I can generate. If you run as a wholesaler the shops you service can carry the overhead and mark up your services.
Shop for paint/prep/base coat...1day
Blend colors and project/stencil...1day
Cut cardboard template/air brush diamonds/clean up...2days
About 30hrs total, most of it after installing all day and early beforehand.
A lot of times people spray dressings and greasy chemicals on the engine to make it look shiny, sometimes with the that floats and lands under the hood. I'd recommend as other mentioned wipe it down with alcohol before folding the edges, use a bit of heat, let it dry for a few hours and as a last resort, use ProBond.
Just be careful not to touch the adhesive side of the film with neither the straight up alcohol or probond, you'll melt it.
Hope that helps