Y’all get these pricks in your area with the student driver magnets? Always some 40 plus year old foreigner with an 80 plus thousand dollar car expecting pity or patience from me. This is thunderdome! Anyway here’s my tally of dumbasses, almost an ace!
This kind of customer can be found the world over.
Often, we can sense trouble before it even really starts. I mean, how many times have you had an enquiry asking how much it costs to tint a small car?
This kind of question sets alarm bells ringing as I realize this isn't just a run of the mill Camry that they own, but more likely something much more sinister: usually an Audi, a BMW or you guessed it, a Volvo, and not just any old Volvo, an XC60! (Substitute any other Euro-trash that you wish - I'm sure you get the point)
I immediately ask if they know what type of car they have.
Silence often follows for a few seconds until they realize they've been sprung.
"Yes" they admit. "Why wouldn't I know?"
I then explain that in order for me to quote the job, I need to know what I'm dealing with, and that I'd hate to over price them with a figure that's usually reserved for European cars, which are more difficult to tint than the average home-grown varieties.
"I have an A6 Audi" they confess, and I realize my spidey senses are still working, despite my grey hair and bulging beer belly.
"Oh well then" I say "That's good to know. I'll make sure that it isn't just one of the juniors that works on your vehicle. The cost is $550" (Did I mention that I work alone?)
At this point, they either want to book the job in or decide to call around for other prices.
I'm happy either way, not just because I did or didn't get a job worth doing, but because I hadn't been tricked into booking "one of those jobs" for next to nothing.
I'm considering tinting the entire vehicle, but I've got to do something about the panoramic roof. It acts like a radiator in direct sun.
I've searched the forums here, as well as other sites, but have yet to find (understand?) the best tint/film options for my panoramic roof. The Outlander roof is tinted, but allows a great deal of solar heat. The cover is merely a single layer of thin, opaque, dark (on both top and bottom, dumb) fabric that does very little. I don't want to install anything that merely absorbs solar energy and radiates heat. I'm seeking a solution that actually reflects IR, UV, and possibly even some visible light, if that's possible.
My understanding is that both dyed and ceramic tints absorb IR, and that 3M Crystalline may reflect most IR between 900-1000nm, but that seems more like crafty marketing than anything as most IR energy is between 700-900nm. I've read that V-Kool reflects IR, but I haven't seen that it's available in the US. Also, I lack the skill to DIY this, so I'd like to use something that's readily available to skilled US installers (PA/NJ/DE area, preferably).
If I can't find a tint that actually reflects solar energy, I've considered covering the roof with perf window wrap (white outside / black inside). The look wouldn't be ideal, but it would probably work.
Thanks in advance!
Put the heatgun down and step away from the vehicle. You are going to crack a windshield and then be like most tinters and won’t ever tint a front windshield again. My advice for front windshield dont do them until you are very good at the rest of the car. The front windshield is a laminated glass that has many weak points from rock chips etc. Care is needed during the shrinking process. Also it is the only window on the vehicle that gets eye banged everyday.
I can see that you are shrinking sideways and that tells me exactly your level of experience. There’s a reason tinters charge the most for a front windshield as compared to all the other windows.
Back in my install days in Florida I had a client stop payment of their check. When the bank informed me I put together a letter to the client stating that I would have him served and see him in court. I went on to say I would likely prevail because he never came back to complain and the fact that Florida has a law dating back to, I think, 1914 that covers defrauding an innkeeper, which his actions would be treated in a similar manner. He caved and brought in the money for the job but I would not accept it until it included the fee for having him served.
Few folks try anything to get a freebie.
Another regular accused my employee of scratching the hood of his car. Funny thing was I tinted the car, not the employee and I knew I didn't scratch the car. He wanted me to give him a free job in exchange. I said, NO! He left in a huff and before his wife left she said she saw a cat clawing at the windshield mister that morning.
When I left the manufacturing side of my career, I was asked if I would be starting a tint biz. 😂🤣 Oh HELL NO!
Yup that was one of the reasons I settled. I knew it was just going to get chargeback. These card companies favor the customers and will make us fight to get what is ours. I’m busy as it is and don’t need the headache.
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