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So I'm getting into/ found some markets for this stuff. We are using Llumar ATC 8mil film. Curious to see if anyone else is installing it and how much of it. Seems like a PITA, but the money is good. Llumar says to remove panels, edge to edge blah blah blah, which is fine....the only issue I can see is cutting this stuff out. can/should you use a plotter for it? I just put some on a 98 body Camaro window to see how it would shrink, doesnt seem too bad, but that's also not a crown vic back glass. any advice would help. thanks!

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I never use on autos only building :beer

But since our Prime Minister died things are somewhat slow. Maybe tomorrow or Saturday I'll put on my Vitara and let you know. I have about 7 rolls left. :beer

Would surely like another job like last ones. :dwiwd

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I have done a number of cars with Safety film here in Germany and elswhere in Europe. Up to 11 mil on some French (riot) police cars with quite curved bg. In that case forunately safety ranked high above optics. There are many interesting or important differences with applying automotive safety film. Techniques, maybe tools and even legal issues.

I believe our British friends are a good source of information in this matter as there is a big market for this.

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I have done a number of cars with Safety film here in Germany and elswhere in Europe. Up to 11 mil on some French (riot) police cars with quite curved bg. In that case forunately safety ranked high above optics. There are many interesting or important differences with applying automotive safety film. Techniques, maybe tools and even legal issues.

I believe our British friends are a good source of information in this matter as there is a big market for this.

Russians are also NOT bad in that.

At 90-th 12 mil on car was daily work.

We had experience when just 4 (!!!) mil saved man from bullet (that was true, but 1000% he was born lucky)

But I think NUMBERONE IN AUTOSAFETY is

VZLA -man :lol2

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Hey Leo, this is my very 1st auto with added safety film 4mil. MIB 7%

Perrie my work mate's car

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But You told BDS is safe area. Only...hurricanes :lol2

Here a video I made, 15mil installed by us vs. 8mil installed somewhere else, typical daylight installation. It should also give an idea of the strenght of 15mil vs. 8mil....

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So I'm getting into/ found some markets for this stuff. We are using Llumar ATC 8mil film. Curious to see if anyone else is installing it and how much of it. Seems like a PITA, but the money is good. Llumar says to remove panels, edge to edge blah blah blah, which is fine....the only issue I can see is cutting this stuff out. can/should you use a plotter for it? I just put some on a 98 body Camaro window to see how it would shrink, doesnt seem too bad, but that's also not a crown vic back glass. any advice would help. thanks!

Plotter cut will only give you a pattern that fits like solar control film (1.5 mil). There are two ways to install safety film, in-situ and glass removed. In-situ or leaving the glass in gives the least protection. Taking the glass out allows edge to edge and easier carving/trimming along the edge using a heavy duty cutting knife followed by bastard filing the edges or belt sanding, to smooth the film nicely along the glass edge.

8 mil is the minimum recommended for cars, though the video may show collapse at impact using a sludge hammer, keep in mind creeps don't run the streets in the US with this type item to get into cars. Johannesburg, South Africa has the highest car-jacking rate in the world with 2000 occurring in any given year. They use 11 mil to counter this.

Use 4 mil on back glass and know that even that film will not shrink pretty on a Crown Vic, the upside; most creeps do not attempt penetrating through a cars back glass unless it is a SUV. Also, statistically a creep will move on if he/she has not penetrated the glass within ten seconds. LLumar has a 'don't be a victim' video (can be found on youtube) that, though laughed at by the likes of Leo and VZL, more closely portrays what would happen on the streets of America. LLumar also has a installation training video that will show both methods on roll down glass.

As with any video, unless you were right there witnessing the shoot first hand, always view with a skeptical eye. For instance, in VZ's video the 8 mil window film may not have dried enough to achieve full bond strength. I say this because I have seen 8 - 15 mil pop from the glass surface on impact as if it hadn't even set up well enough. I've seen 11-15 come away from a sliding door glass like it had no glue once impacted by a 100 lb. bag of steel pellets.

Edit: Bottom line is this, do not guarantee safety and security outside what the manufacturer warranties; i.e., stays glued, clear and performs on the solar level.

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