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Dano

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    Since 1995
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    Kicking ass, chewing gum...always seem to be out of gum
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  1. ^^love doing those. Ez pull sweeps and rubber seals. Just finished this one. 15" HFM/HL/DC&E/Upper bumper covers..ceramic front doors.
  2. After a few rounds of practice you might be the new local guy if there's a need in your area.
  3. Rather than stripping it you might try using a diabetic needle to relieve it. Straight in at the edge of the bubble, thumb nail or squeegee to force pressure, then pull the needle straight out. I would save the extra materials to do another set unless it really bothers you.
  4. If that's your first diy, not too bad. The top circle looks like you left too much moisture behind. The bottom circle looks like a speck of debris. To get a diy kit to look professional you'll usually do it twice or more and will cost as much as having it done retail. The benefits of diy is the satisfaction of your own craft work and then knowing why a pro charges what they do.
  5. I was looking for one of those over the summer to buzz around local and couldn't find one in decent shape. Bought a '69 baja bug instead, pulling the motor this weekend to freshen it up.
  6. A little more info please. What product and percentage was installed? What type of vehicle was it installed on? Different vehicles will have different factory specs for glass which will determine final vlt.
  7. TrackHawk first thing this morning...sporty. They were even nice enough to leave the red key with it.
  8. Chit boxes all day today, but I did book in my fourth TRX this year for this Saturday. I've also booked in a complete wrap on a sprinter van with film that I've already got in stock. I'm going to call it a win today.
  9. 👀 Not a chance I'd be on that rig in those booties!
  10. You're absolutely welcome. I'm willing to wager that only a handful of folks on here to have experienced the joys of struggling through installs like this the first time around. Anymore, the installers aren't trained to do much more than run patterns off the machine and are stuck dumbfounded when something like that shows up at their door. Most will pass just for the time loss and headache. I personally like the brain puzzle aspect. I always learn something on the way that helps in other areas. Helping to pass on the knowledge is one of the reasons I joined. Best of luck, please let us know how it goes!
  11. I've never done one of those but it reminds me of the dreaded cutlass supreme or the early 90s t-bird which I remember well. By horizontal stretch I'm meaning to lightly wet the top 10 to 20% of the glass with the reverse curve and stretching the film up and sideways to the corners to lay it down. It may not stay in place while you shrink the rest of it but I would not heat that area until you're installing. The rest of the glass, I would dry shrink with two people to keep the weight of the film from dropping and putting more slack in the middle. Please take a look at Ryk's method for floating the film on a cushion of cool air. The top corners will no doubt have a semi circle wave that will want to crease. Possibly try to lift the corner and let the film snap down as you approach the corner durring the install. You will likely need to have someone heat it immediately before you let go to keep it from lifting. If it stays down, I might consider a quick dry-ish wipe with 90% alcohol and clear nail polish the edge + light heat to dry it. Super glue would also be acceptable if it can be hidden (I use 3m edge sealer regularly for wrap film) Also I would not cut the film to final shape until it was stuck to the glass to give you room for adjustment and something to hold while it's being streached.
  12. I would try to horizontally stretch wet and lay down the reverse curve at the top and dry shrink the rest of the bottom with two people using the Ryk method. I would also lay the glass on an old tire or something to elevate it and keep it from sliding. A PDR or body shop hood stand would be optimal for 360 access. I keep a few glass installer style suction cups and tie straps for loose glass that comes in to keep em from sliding around. Good Luck, please post your win when you get it!
  13. I've been using mesh filters in a clear shell with a water bypass valve (home depot/ace hardware) for years. I'm also blessed with pretty good water coming out of the tap, fresh from the rockies. When I was on the east coast I had to a charcoal filter in line with it as well because of the quality out of the tap. My rule of thumb is if I wouldn't want to drink it I also wouldn't use it for installs.
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