BigRuski

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    BigRuski got a reaction from TintDude in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    She is done boys 

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    BigRuski got a reaction from TNTLady in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    She is done boys 

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    BigRuski got a reaction from PRatx in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    She is done boys 

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    BigRuski got a reaction from highplains in 2020 Toyota Supra   
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    BigRuski got a reaction from alberts316 in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    She is done boys 

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    BigRuski got a reaction from alberts316 in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    LOL bumper from another planet. Soon it starts ahhahah I will post progress pics
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    BigRuski got a reaction from minty in 2020 Toyota Supra   
    Lol that's going last ahhahah I am leaving an entire day just for that. I sat there envisioning how it will go on for quiet a bit. I got a pretty good plan
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    BigRuski got a reaction from XPEL Jeff in Premium shield Elite VS Xpel Ultimate??   
    I've tried alot of films, and i really like XPEL, the XPEL Stealth adhesive is a bit on the weaker side but the finish is ridiculous.
     
    In the pic (the car is originally black) 2018 E63S AMG i am currently working on.
     
    On the left (bumper area) that's vinyl and on the right side (hood) that's XPEL Stealth on top of the vinyl lol yup
     
    it looks RIDICULOUSLY good, even i am drooling and i will be wrapping my C63S the same now hahahaah even one of the shop employees wants to do the same thing to his car.

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    BigRuski got a reaction from DynamicATL in Premium shield Elite VS Xpel Ultimate??   
    I've tried alot of films, and i really like XPEL, the XPEL Stealth adhesive is a bit on the weaker side but the finish is ridiculous.
     
    In the pic (the car is originally black) 2018 E63S AMG i am currently working on.
     
    On the left (bumper area) that's vinyl and on the right side (hood) that's XPEL Stealth on top of the vinyl lol yup
     
    it looks RIDICULOUSLY good, even i am drooling and i will be wrapping my C63S the same now hahahaah even one of the shop employees wants to do the same thing to his car.

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    BigRuski got a reaction from Film_Pro in Trimming pre cut patterns after install   
    I find precut is good for quick jobs, low end vehicles.
     
    Most of my clients are car collectors and millionaires and people who trade in their car every year. I have no choice but to do everything in bulk, need to tuck all edges. The only thing i precut is all doors (manually extend all edges, dont like seeing that corner nib from software wrap edges options) also mirrors (some) and headlights or if something has an odd weird curve where you cant reach inside with the knife. Everything else i like doing by hand.
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    BigRuski reacted to Jake in Whats the worst/hardest vehicle/object you've PPF'd   
    Just look at a pic of that Alfa. Good luck with that.
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    BigRuski got a reaction from drtint in Lack of tack on new cars   
    They wax the living crap out of new cars to hide all the imperfections.
     
    I use 3M Adhesive remover to strip it before i apply any film to any car. (have to becareful using it on repainted cars.) All edges get Adhesive Remover on it be it painted or not. It guarantees it will grab. Most repainted panels i see, are ALWAYS missing clearcoat on the inside. (this is from high end body shops who paint Lambo's / Ferrari's / Porsche's).
     
    My Slip solution is usually 2 good sized drop of J&J Baby Shampoo.
    My Tack is 4 caps of 99% with 800ml water.
     
    I only use filtered water.
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    BigRuski got a reaction from Fehr in Puzzled at this request   
    She is almost ready.
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    BigRuski got a reaction from TintDude in Puzzled at this request   
    She is almost ready.
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    BigRuski reacted to blackoutauto in Puzzled at this request   
    no i'm just joking lol, it looks really good, the whole project.
     
    Good for you forsure!
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    BigRuski got a reaction from drtint in Puzzled at this request   
    She is almost ready.
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    BigRuski got a reaction from Tintmaster08 in Puzzled at this request   
    Its not about selling this product to future clients. You have to see the bigger picture. 
     
    This vehicle has alot of local hype around it between big shots. There is film crew recording entire process and difficulties which will be showcased at the auto show with an unveiling. There are several big sponsors in on this which open doors for me to take over several markets.
     
    Profits wise, i havent lost anything really. Remember i am not on this car constantly. I just finished an S63 AMG full vehicle and Viper full front and VW Golf full front and i have to take 2 days off this week to do brand new Corvette full front and extra pieces. Some clients have seen the vehicle when they were at the shop and were so impressed they have booked in (another GT3RS / Maserati Ghibli.....) and 1 client has a 27 car collection who wants to start rotating vehicles in to get full wraps on them. I have to actually hire help soon because of this. Imagine the exposure and autoshow would give? May need a team of installers for next year. My focus is mainly high end clientele. 
     
    Maximum profits will always be doing partial hood and fenders for dealers. Quick fast cash but you compete vs installers who charge peanuts and just slap it on not knowing what they are doing. I've seen cars with overlapping crumbled lines on trunk edges (no trimming done anywhere)
     
    Also its winter time, majority of people are getting a few partial hood/fenders a week (some weeks 0 calls for some places). Slow season for us up north here.
     
    Also: I have no deadline to complete this. Imagine once i am done, (this is how extreme the client has gone) he will get the car flat bedded to Porsche, for them to remove vents in the fenders (they are structual (bonded to the fenders not screwed on) and hold the fenders together from what Porsche said) they have to remove fenders off the car, cut off the vents, put fenders on the car, have me wrap the fenders and tuck the film, then they will remove fenders again, install carbon fiber vents with the $600 Porsche bonding paste lol and install fenders again. 
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    BigRuski reacted to pro-tect mobile in Puzzled at this request   
    Such small amount of customers would want to pay that much for "something no one else has done".... and after one install no one else could make that claim. I guess that's why they don't make it anymore... not to mention matte black has been played out for years. One other thing to note is I could have wrapped numerous vehicles in the time it is taking you to finish one. Do you think its been worth it profit wise?
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    BigRuski got a reaction from minty in Puzzled at this request   
    Almost there here are a few more teasers and what the rear bumper will look like with letters still on. Should be done next week
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    BigRuski got a reaction from minty in Puzzled at this request   
    Knifeless tape is a nightmare. The promo video for it, they used it to cut off a piece from top of partial hoof (you might as well use the side of the roll for that to get a better cut) i tried it on this film and its crap, it comes off jagged a little. None of my clientel would approve (i mainly focus on high end jobs, and most of my work is full front ends or full vehicles)
     
    @CaptainSpod thank you so much, means alot.
     
    The colored PPF to install on a same color vehicle is no different then regular ppf (but why would you use colored)
     
    Changing colors its a MASSIVE workload. If you are doing a full vehicle. That spoiler took me 6 hours (too many curves) + few hours for trunk lid.
     
    It would cost $15000 to wrap the vehicle in colored ppf (considering labour + quality of work + film cost *cough* almost $10sq/ft)
     
    Why would you do this instead of vinyl? Why is my client doing it?
     
    He wants 1of1, something no one has done.
     
    Quality finish of film is ALOT better then vinyl, it really looks factory painted, even pictures dont do it justice, its like a flawless paintjob.
    Doesnt scratch like vinyl
    Self healing (vinyl isnt)
    Wont rip easily if rocks hit it.
    10 year warranty.
     
    Wait until i do the rear bumper, the GT3RS sticker isnt coming off and it will look 3d engraved ;) i left a sample piece on it today (going to leave it until i get to it, to see if it bubbles up around letters)used only my alcohol solution (no soap)
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    BigRuski reacted to CaptainSpod in Puzzled at this request   
    Very impressed with how the car is turning out! Shouts out to your professionalism and art in the craft!
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    BigRuski reacted to minty in Puzzled at this request   
    @Alberts316, I bought a roll last week but have been too busy to play with it as yet.
     
    Steve
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    BigRuski reacted to Jake in Industry Standard Install Times?   
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    Thats a hell of an install. I have done 2 and would rather never see one again.
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    BigRuski got a reaction from drtint in Industry Standard Install Times?   
    I am not the best but i consider myself a pretty good quality installer.
     
    I have VW dealership and i was fully booked that day from Mercedes and Porsche. VW needed 6 partial hood and fenders. I had a helper with me. We did each car in 8 minutes. With finding the vehicles in the lot and moving it out and next one in. 
     
    Yet, Dodge Rams / Range Rovers / F150 / Minis you can never do it that fast, i dont care how much experience you got.
     
    Remember i said "Quality" my prep is a 3 stage clean then install then final prep.
     
    Full vehicle wraps, i can do solo in 4 days or if i am exhausted 6 days taking my time. I did a G550 4x4 squared solo in 5 days. 
     
    Full front ends, i never rush or speed, takes me 1 full day by myself. (Full hood, full fenders, full front bumper, mirrors, a-pillars, headlights, roofline) 
     
    Mind you i install practically 7 days a week (the other day i went 6:30am to 1:30am for 2 days same amount) then took a full day to sleep.
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    BigRuski reacted to blackoutauto in Puzzled at this request   
    interesting indeed, excited to see the finished product.