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I'm an amateur when it comes to applying Window film. I want to put some clear tint on several vehicles I own. I know of Spectra Photosync, Llumar Stratos, 3M Crystalline, SunTek CIR70, and Huper optik. I'd obviously like to obtain some Photosync but I don't think there is any way for me to procure some of that stuff. So for the amateur who is willing to take the time to do a proper install and use the proper tools, which film should I go with and who can I obtain it from? 

 

I also need to obtain some 3M™ Thinsulate™ Window Film for my house and that seems to be even hard to procure. 

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The express ceramic film with a 70% Total Solar Energy rejection is only 31% which makes it not even worth considering. I need quality tints that block a lot of heat. I have over 10 cars that I would like to "tint". I'm wondering if that this point I should consider applying for a dealer's license or something in order to get the tint I want/need or something. I've called several shops and their pricing is far more than I'm willing to pay especially because the higher end tint has a huge markup. Several shops wanted over $1000 to use Crystalline and or Photosync tint. Can't be spending that kind of money tinting cars. I wonder what's the wholesale price for those tints.

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51 minutes ago, goku2100 said:

Several shops wanted over $1000 to use Crystalline and or Photosync tint. Can't be spending that kind of money tinting cars. I wonder what's the wholesale price for those tints.

More than that for a roll of Crystalline. Higher performance films are more difficult for even professionals to work with, especially Crystalline and Huper Ceramic. If you're dead set on doing this yourself, as a self described amateur, you really should get some cheap film and try it out first before investing a lot, you might just change your mind about having someone else do it for you. Generally speaking it takes a new installer a full 100ft roll of film before they're doing an acceptable job, let alone a good one. As far as setting up a business license to try and buy professional film, it's not that easy. In the case of 3M, Llumar, Huper, and I'm sure Photosync as well, you have minimum quantity initial orders among other commitments to even get set up. If you aren't already established they're likely to steer you to a lower tier brand such as Suntek, or their more entry level films before they'll sell you the top line products, they have their own interests and reputations to protect. The architectural film is the same way, minimum orders etc. The secondary market, through Ebay, Amazon and the like, is flooded with counterfeit films trying to capitalize on the exclusivity and reputation of top tier product. Just for curiosity's sake what are the "over 10 cars" you would like to tint?

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9 hours ago, goku2100 said:

The express ceramic film with a 70% Total Solar Energy rejection is only 31% which makes it not even worth considering. I need quality tints that block a lot of heat. I have over 10 cars that I would like to "tint". I'm wondering if that this point I should consider applying for a dealer's license or something in order to get the tint I want/need or something. I've called several shops and their pricing is far more than I'm willing to pay especially because the higher end tint has a huge markup. Several shops wanted over $1000 to use Crystalline and or Photosync tint. Can't be spending that kind of money tinting cars. I wonder what's the wholesale price for those tints.

 

So you don't want to spend $1000 but you want to become a dealer which requires thousands to open...also a roll Crystalline is much more than $1000.  Not to mention that there are tinters with 20 years experience who can't install that film.  :crazy

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Thousands is better than $10K+. That's simple math. The question is, how difficult is it really to use these more expensive films. From my perspective, there is a "premium markup" because they can. You guys are saying that there is a very good reason why they're more difficult to install. Also someone on this forum said they're installing Photosync for $500 per car in the south east which is far below normal pricing. I don't really have any plans on going from california to the south east in order to tint a bunch of vehicles. 

 

 

Anybody here install photosync film? Of the high end films, which do you guys prefer for installation ease, some of the pros and cons between the different high end heat rejection films?

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