clear solutions

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  1. Just did one today! What a Mother-f-er. Took me like 4/12 hours by myself to tint this monster but was ultimately happy with the results.. ( Global QDPC).I did charge accordingly, but wish I could have gotten more now that I know what it involved with doing these properly. Time and patience! Was any one noticing how contaminated the front doors (laminated) are with slag?


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    :yeah And for noise reduction.

    When heat forming use the snap method (lift and heat 'dry' bottom edge only) and there's no worries. :thumb

    Yeah, but more concerned on how much heat can be used if a spot on the outside needs to be heated? Has anyone had a newer door glass(say 2009- on) break on them from heating the outside?
    Nope...not yet

     

    Awesome , me either thank goodness lol.. That's what makes me wonder cause there have been a few times I've had to get a door glass pretty hot that its scary sometimes. But like Ocala said, its always best to NEVER leave the heat in one spot for too long!


  3. I guess I have been lucky so far and when needing to shrink the film on the window I haven't had any issues. I would definitely be careful on applying heat in one area for too long. Might want to try bouncing back and forth from one finger to another until the film lays flat. Typically laminated glass is not heat treated just like windshields.

    Right on.. :thumb Just wondering if by some chance the manufacturers had strengthened the laminate glass on doors for that exact reason.. We all know how easy it is to break a WS with too much heat :facepalm2


  4. :yeah And for noise reduction.

     

    When heat forming use the snap method (lift and heat 'dry' bottom edge only) and there's no worries. :thumb  

    Yeah, but more concerned on how much heat can be used if a spot on the outside needs to be heated? Has anyone had a newer door glass(say 2009- on) break on them from heating the outside?


  5. Whatever happened to the blue turbo squeegee. I loved those for finish on auto. Red was too stiff and scratched, yellow too soft but those blues...oh those blues. Been using a bluemax for ages now so it doesnt really matter but I would like to get a hold of a blue turbo and slice it down for pesky port windows.

    @op are you refering to a "power stroke" ?

    I've got two brand new pieces of blue turbos.. One pretty good size. I just don't use them anymore. If you want them, they are yours! :thumb

  6. Clearshield is not very durable, adhesive is not of good quality, its a nightmare to install and remove...

    Not to forget that it does discolor + crack and sometimes burn over paint!!!

    We had a very bad experience with it, I wouldn't recommend using it unless it is to close boxes of clearshield heading to a dumpster or something lol

    Sorry!!

    As a Pro, I respect your testing grounds.... I have seen lots of brands get beat up from extreme heat and poor owner care.

    This.. :thumb

  7. No offense to anyone, but Clearshield is an amazing film. It requires a bit more (lets say)advanced skills to work with it comfortably. Installers that do use it would be very upset if it were to change. Rock solid product.. Why does every product have to be so stretchy to most installers to be considered cool? Just curious :blink

    I dont think "being cool" is the issue here. Having to use a steamer to install film adds time to the install... and time is money. If it takes me an hour longer to install brand A over brand B and brand A isnt really a better film... guess what? I wont install brand A. There are too many good films out there currently to get bogged down with an "ok" film that is a PITA to install. Down in Texas with the bugs a film with a self healing top coat is a major plus.... Xpel Ultimate and Suntek work excellent. Plus they are very easy to install.

    Skills, Skills, Skills.. Whether a steamer is used or not is irrelevent. Every installer has their own ways. Don't blame the film. What counts is A quality product that has been proven over time to do what it was intended to do. Clearshield has done that. All I can say is both of the products you refer to have very little time in the market to have proven that they will hold up. Both seem a little scary.. Good Luck

  8. No offense to anyone, but Clearshield is an amazing film. It requires a bit more (lets say)advanced skills to work with it comfortably. Installers that do use it would be very upset if it were to change. Rock solid product.. Why does every product have to be so stretchy to most installers to be considered cool? Just curious :blink


  9. I'm in Northern California, SF bay area more specifically. I added window tinting to an existing auto sales business a few months ago when I found a guy that had experience to work with. I ordered film, paid for advertising, displays, etc. and we did better than I had expected. About two weeks ago, my tinter runs into some legal issues and is unable to work for the time being. I do not know for sure if he is coming back and I am getting calls from customers for business almost every day. I took on a few customer cars by taking them down to another shop and having them tint it for less than I'm charging my customer and making a small profit. I have been posting on craigslist (where I found the first guy) looking for a replacement tinter with no success. People have contacted me saying they have some experience tinting, but are not professionals at it. Is it worth hiring someone and paying for their training or should I just get out of the window tinting business all together?

    Is there a better place to look for tinters? Are there recruiters/scouts for this type of job position?

    Any advice?

    Thanks.

    Where in the Bay Area are you located?


  10. We’d like to invite you to join us on the San Antonio Riverwalk for the 2011 XPEL Dealer Conference on September 8th-9th!

    Learn how to grow your retail and wholesale paint protection business in this increasingly competitve market. Just a few highlights:

    - Head-t- head film comparisons. See how the industry’s films stack up against eachother.

    - Image Makeover: Graphic designers will be on-site to help update your logos and consult on marketing materials

    - “World Class Sales Techniques” from keynote speaker Barry Maher

    - Network and learn from the industry’s top installers

    - Search Engine Optimization. How to make sure you show up at the top of your local search without spending a fortune.

    - Sales Training and Role Playing

    - Advanced film installation tehniques

    - How to sell your work with your images

    We will also have our annual installation contest which can earn you cash prizes and some pretty nice bragging rights.

    Give us a call at (800) 447-9928 or e-mail me at jphillips@xpel.com if you are interested. Visit the following link for details:

    Dealer Conference Information

    Drive your business and help push the industry forward by increasing your knowledge and efficiency. Call soon because the early bird rate won’t last long!

    Role Playing?? WTF


  11. I know that this forum is very anti-3M, but I really have to question some of the comments. 3M film is by far not the least expensive film out there, but everyone knows that. What I really do not understand are the comments that 3M film is not a quality product. As I mentioned, I spent nearly a decade representing a film that is almost universally considered the best, or one of the best, window films manufactured. I still do believe that company makes a top quality product. However, I also feel that there is a total of 5 quality manufacturers in this industry. I wont name names, but I would include 3M as one of them. The claims that they make a low quality product and charge top dollar for it simply are not true. Is it more expensive than some of the others on my list....yes. However, when you take into account the doors that the 3M name opens up, I still think it is priced appropriately. :mad In addition, I am not sure what films are being compared, but 3M films are not 2 times the price of a competitor. I can even think of a couple product categories where 3M films are some of the best values available.

    I also do not see any higher percentage of bad or warranty film from 3M than I saw at the other manufacturer that is held in such high regard. Again, I am not trying to bash anyone. Truth is that there are a handful of companies making good quality films in this industry. However, even if you assume quality parity among the top companies, the only brand that will be known in the marketplace is 3M.

    This should be nothing new to anyone here. Name brand items always command a higher price than unknown brands. It is true of nearly any consumer product that you can name. Also true is that name brands often command a price premium against similar quality, lessor known competitors. Why do Samsung TVs sell for more than Sanyo? In some cases, both TVs are made side by side in the same factory in Asia using the same components. Sometimes the only difference is the casing and interface software. Even so, Samsung sells more TVs at a higher price, and they are considered better quality than Sanyo.

    In closing, I do not want to get into a back and forth on this topic, so this is my last post on this thread. I am just trying to get some people to not be so single minded regarding the 3M brand. I know that it is the popular thing to do to bash 3M on this forum, but I encourage you to talk to all legitimate manufacturers and make up your own mind on what product suits you. My advice that I have shared here before is to find a quality product backed by top shelf support and service. It is up to you to determine what product checks those boxes for you in your geographic area of the country.

    Good luck everyone. Go out and crush it in 2011! Opportunity is all around us. :money

    Owners/ companies who are truly dedicated to 3M, that understand and are skilled how to market and sell their available products lines, know what 3M can do for a company in this industry. Enough said..


  12. I am looking for an equivalent to this film from perhaps llumar or solyx. Does anyone have a closeup picture of this film so I can reference it's appearance? I have the specs but I can't locate a quality photo of the film to determine it's equivalent.

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

    - FB

    Also, are there any 3M dealers that would be willing to sell a partial roll from inventory. Thanks!

    Are you still looking for some Fasara? If so, what size roll and how much do you need?