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  2. That is product dependent. Reach out to your supplier and find out the best technique for the adhesive you are using. Since all film's adhesives vary, your supplier should have the best recommendations for your specific product that you are using. There are a variety of optional techniques that might work but it's best to get it from the horse's mouth since they should know the product best. Good luck.
  3. Jeff is correct. Even when you scan which takes quite some time even with the current technology, you still need to test fit and adjust the pattern so that it can be a more accurate fit. Scanning, regardless of the articles out there or the promotions about it for our industry, currently lack the precise accuracy needed when drawing and test fitting. So even if it gets a baseline for you, the pattern still needs to be tested and adjusted to anticipate the fact that you are putting a 2D material on a 3D surface. There are certain areas you can't cover or need relief cuts in certain spots to allow for the film to actually sit and stay.
  4. I'll be the one to say it. I'm sorry Guest Adam, but this isn't a DIY product. I understand that you don't want anyone else touching your car except you. I'm sure it's something you value very highly. But just like taking your car to get a tune up or fixed, you take it to a mechanic that is trusted and has experience most likely. Installing PPF on vehicles is not like installing a screen protector on your phone which is flat. It takes months and years to hone in on this craft which is why I tell everyone it isn't a DIY product. If you value your vehicle as much as it sounds, I would do your research and hire a reputable installer that will meet your expectations. Youtube University is not something that will get you the finished product you nor any of us would want for our own car. I think you got the responses on this post because it undermines all the hard work and time us professionals have invested into being good, if not great, at installing PPF. I don't think anyone is trying to insult you either, more just warn you that this is going to be an expensive experiment that will end up costing you much more money and time than we all think you want to spend on it. Good luck with the install.
  5. Technically in the USA, putting PPF or anything on headlamps is illegal. It comes under the scope of tinted and colored films impinging on the light along with the color potentially being misused. But that's technically. The reality is that since it's clear, unless someone comes up to it and actually inspects it, they would never know it's even on there. It's not part of the inspection process nor is a cop going to pull you over because of it. It's more of an umbrella law which covers everything that comes close to it being a problem.
  6. I agree with JoshVette. I personally am not a fan of pro-bond and don't believe it should be used during an install. You are basically creating a permanent bond with the adhesive to the clear coat. And it's not if, but when the film needs to be removed as PPF is a semi-permanent product, you will remove paint, clear coat, or leave adhesive behind where you put pro-bond or adhesive promoter.
  7. Using IR lamps to help cure the film is one that is risky depending on how you look at it. Speeding up the cure process does help with delivery time and handing it off to the customer but if you try to speed up the natural cure process, especially when there are excess moisture spots that will disappear but haven't yet, you'll get dry spots or air bubbles in the film. It's best practice to let it naturally cure. It's like losing weight. If you lose too much weight fast, you'll have stretch marks and excess skin and it won't look good. Best practice is to gradually lose the weight. PPF is like skin when it comes to how pours the surface is. Best to treat it that way in my opinion.
  8. A few things to cover. First, yes it's profitable when you make the investment to actually learn and practice. Going to a class is just scratching the surface and will arm you with the tools of knowledge to use in PPF, but knowing and using are 2 different animals. The amount of time it takes individuals to learn this craft can vary, but my numbers that I use are usually pretty accurate. It takes about a dozen cars to get comfortable with the film you are using. That means dialing in the solutions, knowing the stretch, figuring out the right tools, etc... It takes about 50 cars under your belt to get efficient with your installs. That means maximizing your time, minimizing your film waste without losing the quality of the product you are pumping out. Once you have about 50 cars, you'll start to learn more tips and tricks throughout your tenure that will make the installs easier or cleaner. The estimated investment to which I think is realistic is $10-15k to get started and moving forward. You are going to burn through plenty of film just trying to hone in your skills and get to the point where you can move forward. I can tell you that PPF is more profitable that Tint and Detailing. If you are a one man show, you should be able to avg. at least $200/hr. once you get through those initial 15-20 cars.
  9. You shouldn't need either of those. Just a little heat underneath to get the film to grab and tack should do the trick. I've done several of those without needing any type of adhesive promoter. It's not necessary.
  10. Take those 60" rolls and cut them into 36" x 50ft and 24" x 50ft. Short cut would be using a band saw but ideally you would want a professional slitter so that you have a clean edge when you cut. You could also cut them in half so you have 2(30"x50ft) so you now have some different sizes. I concur with Jeff and respond that only offering 60" is very limiting for you.
  11. Have you looked into PremiumShield and our cutting program Cut Studio? We certainly have something great to offer and are constantly updating our database on a daily basis. PM me and I can share some more info on our product and software.
  12. We have dry apply electronics film which is very specific to the electronics side but could be used for similar application. You can PM me.
  13. I would work on your alignment from hood line to fender. When you are not doing a full front end, it's one of the first things customers will notice when it doesn't match up.