I've grown up at a sign shop. My mother started it in 1976, and I've slowly been taking over. Within the last few years we've been getting a lot of requests for tinting, frosting, and blocking out glass.
this is the first project I did. I got this job because i make all the signs and cut all the dimensional for them, and even when i'm way out of my comfort zone, i manage to get the job done and better than epected. the tinter that was supposed to do this fell off the map and quit answering his phone. they had a large conference coming and wanted the doors done before hand. for this i covered the window with frosted vinyl and then hand cut the oval. after hand cutting the outer oval, i stuck on the logo i cut with my plotter.
the second job was also for them, not as pretty, but much larger and much more intimidating. these i covered with black vinyl. each was 98" x 115", four groups of these. all went well.
third job i couldn't turn down was helping a contractor get some glass at a chase bank frosted in time to get the job approved. 2 days notice IIRC.
for everyone else that comes in and asks, i usually say i don't do tinting, and i don't know anyone that's good enough to recommend. We're picky here and so are our customers.
one of my customers owns a glass business, mostly redoing store fronts and fancy glass divided offices. a month ago he wanted me to frost a lot of glass in an office building, i declined because it seemed overwhelming. last week he was in a tight spot because he installed tape-on mullions to dress up a car dealership and he needed to hide the tape from inside the showroom. he needed me to help him out of his tight spot, so i did. he was thankful, and his customer got along with me great. these silver stripes go all the way around the showroom.
today he's back. keeps trying to give me more work, and i appreciate it. he's got a lady that wants her shower doors frosted. i can do that with vinyl, and i'm looking forward to it. he also had a much larger project he said i should go do. he recommended me to a guy to frost some exterior windows on a building in chicago.
this job would be to cover glass with llumar Frost (NRM-PS2)
(1) 32 x 76"
(2) 16 x 84"
(2) 32 x 83"
(2) 40 x 80"
(9) 48 x 100"
that totals 448 ft^2
looks like i'd have a maximum of $1342 in materials figuring it costs $3/ft.
at $5/ft it would be $2237
at $7/ft it would be $3132
are those prices realistic?
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sounds intimidating, but i'm getting sick of passing up work. I think it's time to expand my business to do more of what you guys do. i'm very meticulous and have a very stady hand with an xacto. i believe i can do this.
i have a couple questions..
1- is that "llumar Frost (NRM-PS2)" film good enough for the inside of an exterior window? i like to do quality work that lasts a long time.
2- are there any realistic pricing resources available? most sign shops i talk to price jobs like this really high and hope they don't get the job. if you do, you suffer through it. that was previously my attitude as well, but i'd like to change that.
3- correct tools vs what i've been "getting by" with? like, your preferred squeegee vs my preferred vinyl 5" golden squeegee, do you make your own application fluid? what are the best brands of quality films, and where's the hot place to get it?
4- any thoughts on my expansion plan? I'm 34, made my first sign when i was 2 on my bedroom wall. I'm taking over the shop to give my mom a bit of a break from all the stress. besides doing most of the work, i've also taken over the finances we're not getting rich, but we're keeping the lights on. just trying to get ahead. it kills me passing on work i know i could do
my name is robert. this is my first post. i look forward to meeting you all and participating where i can.