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  1. Wrap Institute is a good source for tips and tricks if you already have a grasp on what you're doing but videos aren't going to do you much good until you get hands on and start understanding film properties with your own 2 eyes. if you have the ability to pick up a part time apprenticeship with a reputable shop I'd recommend it. CK Wraps is a good place to learn everything not to do. Dude is a joke in the wrap community. Check out the instagram page WrapPolice. CK's work has been on there multiple times and he throws a hissy fit every time he gets called out. I would be weary of taking advice from anyone who will install/endorse Vvivid or Techwrap films. After you've got some experience I'd consider taking Avery's 2 day course. They recommend anyone signing up to have wrapped multiple cars already, but there was a handful of newbies in my class when I did it. Some good info, some info that isn't bad but I didn't necessarily agree with. With some experience, you'll be able to pick apart which info is good and which isn't. Wrapping is one of those arts that doesn't have a single correct way, but does have plenty of wrong ones and you'll eventually develop your own methods that work for you. Every brand of film has its own characteristics and needs to be installed differently. The only guys I've seen on youtube actually spreading good info/doing things correctly are PremiumAutoStyling, although they aren't super informative and their channel mostly just shows montages of them working.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion! It may be silly, but after years of sending people his direction I'd feel kind of rude asking for material so I can stop sending him business. I will definitely look into Express Films! I wish there was a distributor that offered a sample pack of multiple brands
  3. Hi guys! So glad I found this forum, it seems like a wealth of information. I'm a wrap installer who has decided to get into tinting after turning away easily thousands of dollars because I get asked if I tint constantly. I've decided it'd be wise for me to try to get into the game, but I need help! Wrapping is something I originally tried to learn on youtube but eventually came to the conclusion there had to be industry secrets no one was sharing and so I got an apprenticeship. I quickly learned that 99% of the info on youtube is so very very wrong and at best would yield horrible results, and at worst would get me sued. I fear this may be the case with what I'm learning online about tinting too, although I think I now have a better grip on what obviously seems like a bad/good idea coming in with the knowledge I have of wrapping. For instance, I see everyone on YouTube using Olfa 45 degree blades. Even though a lot of wrappers use them too, it's been instilled in me to ALWAYS use 30 degree. Any reason why I'd want to switch it up for tint? I also see everyone cutting with their blades 2+ inches out of the sheath, but your blade would be so much more stable with less exposed! The videos I've watched have been mostly from WindowTintWarriors and Ralph Van Pelt. Opinions on their methods? What are the best brands I can use? It seems a lot of these higher end brands like Llumar can only be purchased with a vendor account. My options from what I can tell are Solar Guard (smoke and supreme) from MetroRestyling, Suntek (HP, Carbon, Ceramic) from WindowTintSupplies, and Lexen from lexenauto and amazon. I know a friend of mine who tints professionally used SunTek on my car years ago and I've been happy with it, although not sure which kind. Thanks in advance for your help!