JoshVette

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  1. I have a 60 inch plotter but have never used it past 30 inches. However I bulk everything including bumpers so I'm not a good person to answer that question. I just know most installers use pre cut kits for bumpers. Some cars like the Porsche 911 have a very large rear fender which connects to the A Pillars and lower Rockers so that will need to be done on a 60, possibly a 48 but better to have extra. I believe Suntek TruCut is $100 per month, no fee per cut, cut as many patterns as you like. Not sure if it works on a Mac either, I have a laptop for it. You should get in touch with someone at Suntek as I'm sure they could better answer your questions. Josh
  2. My opinion is don't go exclusive, you don't want anyone tying your hands, be free to use whoever you want and change it whenever you want. With all the turnover, I'd bet you could find a good, used plotter much cheaper then a new one. I think Suntek's TruCut is the better software out there, from the standpoint of, it being accurate enough, cheap enough per month and simple. You just pay a monthly fee and don't mess with all the "money making" schemes some of the others are trying to push by making you pay monthly, then for each pattern and also be exclusive with their films..... ugh I wouldn't put too much money into software, most cars can easily bulk hoods, fenders, doors and such. You really only need it for bumpers and large rear fenders that connect to the A pillars like sports cars do. But's its nice to have for B-pillars and such small areas like that. I mainly use it for headlights and Porsche doors since the mirror base is on the door. If you learn to do more bulk installs you'll save tons of money on the software and patterns from XPEL and you'll turn out cleaner looking installs with better lines and less marks in the film. I also think Suntek and STEK have the best films right now, Suntek is tried and true, very user friendly and a great Co. to be connected with. They take care of their installers. STEK has a new film, it's extremely user friendly and very hydrophobic and they have a whole line of Fashion Films that are awesome but they're the new kid on the block so.... Josh
  3. Most of that looks like the underside of edges he tucked but possibly didn't heat down. Simple trim up should fix most of that. I wouldn't say it was a poor install for the underside of edges not being perfect. If that was on the top side then maybe yes.
  4. My suntek rep told me today the Core patterns are just more accurate patterns and eventually they will be switching all there patterns over to this new system.
  5. Good to hear things are up and going or getting going for you. I didn't even know about tintdude back then, plus I had no way to reach you, it's all good though, been staying busy so no worries. I don't get on this site too much but check it every now and then. Good luck with it all. Josh
  6. tell him to try to peel it off and that should settle it. Josh
  7. Large glass panels hanging on a wall or something like that. Spray water on the glass, hang the film on the glass, remove the backing, wet it, wet the car, peel the film off the glass and lay it on the car..... Josh
  8. I took over Invisibra but I couldn't sign in on this forum cause Norm still had the name and I couldn't log in under it, so now that he's changed his name to Capital maybe I'll be able to get Invisibra back up..... yeah!!! lol Hope everything is going well for you Norm, have you booked your first install for NC yet? Josh
  9. $3000 sounds a bit steep for a full front but what car are we talking about? A tesla or a Viper?
  10. I found that Sally's Beauty Salon has gallon jugs of ISO but it's slightly fragrented but it still works as normal and does not leave any strange issues after, it just smells like cheap perfume.
  11. If you're adding extra soap sometimes those tiny soap bubbles collect and don't like to get out. I call this champagne because it looks kind of like champagne bubbles. They are a real pain to deal with, you have to back track some water into it and try to work it out the same way you worked the water in.... I've used several 72" rolls now and not had any issues. The issues I commonly find happen in the summer time with large hazy patches and bad core impressions that don't heat out. I don't use a cap sheet, can't stand it but maybe i need to switch over. Josh
  12. It's much better but not quite as good as suntek. You'd have to see them side by side to really know the difference though. If sutek clarity is a 10 I'd say the Xpel is a good 8.5-9.
  13. Film is a physical protection, coatings are a chemical protection. Film actually protects and the other make it nice and slippery and easier to clean. A person really does not need to coat over film but this is America so they want the film and the coating super sized and for 1.99 with a one day turn around... lol after its' filmed and coated they will take it home and wax it to protect the coating..... and then put a car cover over it in the air conditioned garage..... the detached garage, not the one connected to the house. 😉 Josh