Tint Slayer

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  1. I only knew of Huper Optik having a specific Marine Window Tint, but doing a web search of "Marine Window Tint" brought up a few other brands i haven't heard of.
  2. You're the professional with all the answers who's gonna answer you? LoL Enjoy your day bro and thanks for being such a good source of quality info.
  3. You may just need more slip, for your slip use 10 mls per liter (or quart) of Dawn Simple Clean (the most basic weakest Dawn product, avoid stronger Dawn liquids you just need slip), the range i use is 8-12mls per liter depending on weather, the film and the need. right before you install soak the glass and soak the sticky side of film both times with a downward spraying motion, try to put the film on lightly and try not to stick all the film firmly on glass at once, put a corner of the film on glass and try to align or get as close to final position as possible before putting all the film on the glass still putting it on lightly until final position so you can start squeegeeing. The film should now be in the final position with a bunch of slip visible under it. Now with your thumb holding the top and run the squeegee along the top of film anchoring the top, do a light stroke down the middle and then light strokes outward and downward (remember where those fingers were, you want the film to pull wide to flatten them out, think about these things when doing your light set up squeegee and final hard liquid removal) and watch if the film has waves bump up when you're pushing it, stay behind the wave pushing it slowly and if needed pull in front of it with your finger to flatten it as you go and go slow to push the wave to shore (the rubber). now that the film is mostly in place you can spray it lightly with slip again and push that water out. Don't try to be the fast swiping guy with the squeegee just yet until you get a feel for what the squeegee can do other than fast swipes, do another final hard squeegee, heat the top of film lightly and briefly to dry it so you can close window. The bottom area spray slip and squeegee in direction of any small fingers (going perpendicular to them can give you creases). I know i went on a bit and i'm sure i said something wrong by someones standards but that's my 2 cents and let us know how it go, send some pics good or bad, the bad tells us more. Good Luck bro! -If you start to tack up and cant move the film easily you can either full palm slap the film lightly in the direction you're going to break the tack towards OR pull the top of the film back enough to spray slip in there and with your finger tips push and massage all that slip down and into the tacked area until the film floats on slip again, readjust film. -Tinting is not simple, cutting and all that is easy, getting a clean good looking job involves personal skill with pride in your work and that relates to how much you as a person want a job to look. The trick is go slow as you need and let yourself improve rather than try to be a 10 min side glass installer at the gate. My best work is the work i take the time to do right.
  4. Are you saying it won't stick to the glass after install?
  5. Some people will make like they can do a spotless, crease free 5 minute shrink job every time, and i'm sure some can and will let us know as usual lol. I make mistakes like you do, everyone does. Just keep blowing thru, taking your time. One tip i'd say is change your perception of shrinking. Ever hear that "Can't see the Forest for the trees" adage? Well "you can't see the shrink for the fingers" i'd say focus on the whole shrink instead of just the finger. When you shrink try look at it not like you're shrinking that one finger but instead think like shrinking the whole film across the glass. Like shrink that first line all the way across (or half way) just doing circular motions with the gun close and no card and you'll see what i'm saying, then shrink the next line all the way across, and make as many smaller fingers as you can out of the big fingers, as the fingers get worse towards the bottom or top run your finger down the middle of the fingers and split them smaller and smaller as you go across the film, if needed pull it with your finger a little to help lock down the tops of the finger in a good direction. Think of it like shrink wrapping, if you were shrink wrapping something you'd want to do as much of it as possible together instead of focusing on one spot where you hammer it on home and overwork that one area. You're not totally trying to shrink a finger as much as you're trying to shrink wrap all the film to mold to the glass. Another thing i see in newbies is they heat the film and will get a crease because they push the card past where they heated the film into cooler film, or they didn't heat it enough to a good melting point that will accept a hard card flattening it. If you find your self at every finger trying to work out every finger on it's own without thinking about the rest of the film, you're focusing on the tree when you should be focusing on the forest.
  6. When i tried a Fusion sample i found a lot of particles in my slip, so i ordered a bottle figuring it was a bad batch in the sample and the new bottle gave me particles too. I went back to Joy and no particles so it was the Fusion and i will say i did like the Fusion otherwise. @vanhorn1 did you ever have that issue at any time? I was thinking of giving it another try, it did slip well and clean.
  7. Joy Non-Ultra at 10 mls per liter of water, i'm finding Dawn Simple Clean is a little more slippery than the Joy Non-Ultra at 10 mls per liter. Back in the day the recommendation was an ounce of soap per gallon, it's pretty spot on, an ounce is 30 mls and a liter is a little more than a quart (32 oz), so 4 quarts per gallon means 30 / 4 = 7.5mls per quart, so about 8 or 9 mls per liter. That 32 oz bottle only needs .25 ounce or 8 mls, so to me you seem a little too heavy, i personally don't like too much slip, and the less soap in the water the better. my 2 cents.
  8. Make sure and bill them for the day of work they cost you
  9. If those are your only 2 choices you may want to broaden your search area
  10. On side glass my buddy uses a blue hard card to clean and a gray bondo card to install film. He also uses a handled squeegee when he needs too but the blades are typically soft (like a red Go Doctor). His installs looks great. So my question is do any of you use tools out of the norm when you install?
  11. Best buy. They do installs and have all the plugs etc. And there's usually one close enough to drive to.
  12. LoL yeah the few cars i tinted with Terraflex started peeling cleanly off without any help, i will say that's the only good thing about Terraflex is easy removal because you're gonna have to remove it.
  13. No matter how long you do this, you'll have some of those issues on occasion, just repetition will minimize them and show you how to deal with them over time,. If you're looking for videos go to youtube and look up "Window Tint Warriors" or "Tintstuff"
  14. SolarFX has a low priced Classic series 1 ply that is actually pretty amazing, have it on my truck for over 4 years now and looks clear and no fade, even the top of the glass that gets hidden at the top of the door that never gets rollled down is the same color as the rest of the film. I'm very impressed with it. Downsides are it's not your typical shrink because it's thin but do-able after you get the hang, but if you're willing to use Lexen than you should be totally fine with the classic series it's almost half the price of they're next levei up. I keep it for the people that come in and say they want darker glass cheap lol. I think the Classic is what you're looking for, has a 5 year warranty. https://solarfxwindowfilms.com/automotive-window-films/#classic
  15. In PA your car will pass inspection with tint, if you were to get something like 5% tint all the way around the police will pull you over and make you peel it off or tow the car home because you're an idiot, but 20% is ok-ish but i wouldn't do it on the fronts, my most common recommendation is 35% for 2 fronts and 20% on the rest or all 35%, i don't tint windshields, i often refuse dark tint jobs and most of my film is 20% and 35%. If a cop pulls you over with tint turn on your dome light or roll down your windows so he won't have to worry about someone with a gun in the back seat pointing at them that they can't see, that's the difference in getting a ticket or not, and attitude. NY will fail an inspection with tint.
  16. Best for a novice to use baby powder for shrinking. One thing i've noticed with people new to shrinking and using dryer sheets is they go too heavy and don't let it fully dry. I'd suggest wetting the dryer sheet with alcohol instead of water so it'll dry quicker and fully after wiping it on glass, with a thin coat on the glass, not wet solid caked up dryer sheet j1zz. When you are learning to shrink and get a crease or burn on the first corner when you just start shrinking still complete the rest of the shrinking so you can use that piece for practice, you gain a little confidence practicing on a piece that you're not worrying about destroying. Good luck!
  17. Is that a compressor hooked up to the tank?
  18. My Zeps old trigger sounded like a duck and was awkward to use for me. I think if it's an old Spraymaster it has a D1 on it,. I ordered Zep on Amazon because the pic looked like the Zep bottle in the pic @Bham posted but got the old type i didn't like instead. So keep an eye out if ordering online.
  19. Kinda shows you who had your back. Tint guy wants to pay and the Dealer could've easily paid to fix what is obviously their issue told you to F right off. Sick of car dealers, one of the biggest purchases you make and they act like they're not responsible for that $80 grid.
  20. Let us know how it goes, post a pic of the loose grid if possible too would like to see how it looks. Good Luck!
  21. On the tint side of things, you can only completely remove portions of a defroster not loosen it, if it was 3 days old it was a manufacturers defect. Go to different dealer for the warranty work they're trying to blame the tint guy. This is not uncommon for this to be a manufacturers defect and 3 days in very likely is and your service manager is likely full of it. The grids are either loose or not, especially 3 days in.. I'll also add if the tint guy did do anything to cause a defect in the defroster it would more likely happen removing tint or happen on a much older car not a 3 day old car. You should thank the tint guy for pointing this issue out early for you. Don't listen to car dealers, go to another car dealer and just say it was loose so you're not giving them an out by saying it was at a tint place that didn't install tint on defective defroster grid. If you're going to try make the tint guy pay for a glass he didn't touch (or in your words "..he didn't apply tint") and warned you it was defective, then i'd tell you to kiss my ass you're lucky i'm even replacing it let alone OEM. Youre lucky the tint guy doesn't just tell you to get lost.
  22. This seems like maybe the predecessor of on screen graphics. Like they'll have the speed limit fuel gauge etc right on the glass, you can get your emails and notification when you park i hope. Here comes the Apple iPhone F150, gonna make your windshield a see thru computer screen for cars we don't even have to drive anymore.
  23. LA.s Totally Awesome. a bottle is $1. If you have a spray bottle get the gallon for $3. Spray it on and wait a few minutes for it to soak in and it comes off scraping with a credit card type of card. Don't let it get on trim or cloth, never had a bad experience but it is acid. Stuff is great, also use it in the house cleans better than anything, my drain was clogged and i poured some of this in it and an hour later the drain was clear. So yeah, $1 at Dollar General