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  1. Tinted a 2013 BMW M5 last weekend. This car had the f'n sun shades on the back doors. Front panels simple to remove. After being a panel puller my entire 32- year tint career, I absolutely hate butting the film on the roll- downs, but I did on those back doors. Nice car though; too bad I couldn't test out driving it.
  2. Bad news. BMW stopped using their typical top panel clips starting in 2020 on the 3- series at least, requiring a full panel removal. I'm not sure about 2019 models yet, but I own a 2018, and that car has the top clips we all know and love. For the 2020, there are 2 screws to remove; one behind the door handle and one under the arm rest (no need to remove the arm rest, it's hard to see underneath there). The perimeter clips are what I call the 'VW' style clips, except for one standard clip. They're the 2- stage panel clips that must be popped out before reassembling the panel on the door. Take care on the brake light, that's like earlier models with the cover popping down, starting in the rear, and the lamp itself has clips on each side, close to the glass, that must be slid out towards the side, away from the lamp. Simple car still, but I'll be missing the old top panel clips, negating the requirement to pull the panels.
  3. Failed again today. Way too much stretch needed on the four corners. I cut it to size after installing since the window is out. Left it >2" big all the way around. Didn't shrink the wings at all this time, only the center. Just wasted another 65" of film!
  4. I tried once yesterday, but shrank too much on the side wings, and it ended up too small, or I'd have to stretch it too much to reach the glass on the inside. I'll try it again today or tomorrow and only shrink the center portion, and skip the 'wings'.
  5. I have the glass out, but it looks like it's going to be a b*tch to shrink. Any tips would be helpful. Thanks, Shell
  6. I had this happen, big time, after tinting one of my personal cars years ago. It was cooler than normal, and I didn't have a garage to park the car in overnight the first night. The water between the film/glass was frozen, so bad I couldn't drive the car since I couldn't see through them. Good news though; once the ice melted the following day, the film dried normally without any indication of freezing or damage! I was surprised, to say the least. If the overnight temp is forecasted <0°F, I'll tell customers to park in a garage (even if unheated), or leave with me overnight to sit in my shop.
  7. I'm in SE Wisconsin, and I own a small shop. I'm looking for another tinter to hire part time as an independent contractor. I'm willing to pay well for experienced tinters, who need little training, and can offer 20-25 hrs/week or so. I have owned my shop for 30 years now. I have an excellent customer base and would like to continue, but I'm in need of hip surgery due to a motorcycle accident a few years ago. If you know anyone interested, please contact me or reply to this thread. I strive for near perfection for my customers, and have very little competition. Winters get a little light for work, but I can say I've worked at least two cars per week, even during the coldest months of the last three or four winters, due to repeat customers.
  8. I did an '02 today, and had major peanut problems with the simple-to-shrink back window. I really wish we could start some kind of database or list of specific year/make/model cars with peanut problems. I have been tinting for many years, and don't look up cars prior to installing on every single car, and absolutely hate being surprised by this problem only AFTER it's too late.
  9. Sorry I didn't get back early enough to respond... It ain't good for shrinking! I have one (not the whole kit), and use it for minor glass heating, to keep a finger or corner down, for instance. It works well after I pull the car out of the shop. It does work for that, and nice not to run an extension cord outside or bring car back inside when the next car is rushed inside. IMO, it does get hot, just doesn't have the air flow needed for shrinking efficiently. I have expressed my opinion to marketing at Milwaukee, but they aren't looking to sell to the tinting market, so don't hold your breath.
  10. Milwaukee Tool is making various 12V and 18V LED work lights that are so bright they hurt your eyes to look at without film in between. Some with magnetic bases, and all with fully rechargable batteries, the same as their tools.
  11. [emoji19] [emoji20] [emoji26] Oh, I know there's a photo or two somewhere here on TD, probably in the Tips & Tricks or Tools forum. We're talking 10-15 years ago though.
  12. I took a simple adjustable divider (from geometry class to make circles), filed the point down so it wasn't sharp, and instead of a pencil, I used a small hose clamp to install a Sharpie marker. It works well since I can adjust the width, and mark the film while following the top gasket. Sorry, I don't have a photo right now.
  13. I'm not superstitious but have taught many that uttering those words that shall not be spoken will sometimes result in you being on the Second to last window!EVERY time it happens its on the easiest no BS window too! I'm not superstitious either, but I have taught to never, never put the box of film back on the shelf after everything is cut, before everything is fully installed.Seems like every damn time I do that, something screws up.
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