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					How to Do Window Tinting
Window Tinting BMPs – Best Management Practices and Procedures. Every
auto detailer who lives in works south of the Mason Dixon line or in a
large metro area has asked themselves; should I offer window tinting to
my customers? Every wholesale auto detailer in such states in areas has
probably been asked by their customers, namely new car dealerships and
small used car dealerships, do you know anybody who does window tinting?
That simple question spins around your mind like a thought you can
control, hey, maybe I should you window tinting, what can I charge, how
do you do it? Is it difficult?
Many auto detailer's and professional car care specialists or even those
that call themselves mobile car washers and detailer's have considered
such a tact. Some have found that they did not have proper training, that
was not as easy as it looked in that they had made a grave mistake. While
others seem to have a knack for tinting windows tinting windows is as
much an art as a science you have to mistake and a careful I and
patience, just the thing for a detailer, well at least a professional
one, someone who is into the details. Here are some tips and ideas that
may help you decide if you want to go get some professional training, and
start offering such services. There are some relatively basic steps that
does the profession must follow. It is not easy, but in theory it is
simple. First you must prepare the surface of the window, the window must
be perfectly clean with not even the finest speck of dust. It saves a lot
of time if you have proper tools for window tinting, for instance some
hard-cards, a heat gun and some in razor blades.
It is also nice to have a tiny squeegee. You'll see seasoned
professionals who also carry around paper towels a nd dishes soap. You
also need to look out for the things like automotive caulking compounds
and weather stripping sticking out, these can make for it to install, any
need to take care these things upfront. Also, make sure there are no
cellular phone or satellite radio antenna components on the inside the
window. If there are you're going to the work around us any need to put
extra liquid around us area so you can move the tent around to get in the
right spot before you start cutting up the shape of the razo r blade.
We have often seen old antenna mounts or leftover glue on the windows
that we didn't see due to the lighting or shading when we first started,
and there you are with a soapy film mass with one hand it is a razor
blade to scrape of the other hand, all the while knowing that you don't
do everything right, he could easily fold over the window tent and have
to start completely over any just by yourself extra material. This is why
you should pay extra attention to every square into the surface of the
interior of the window before attempting this procedure. Once this is
completed while the window film is still dry, you need to cut the film to
the basic shape of the window. The easiest way to do this is to lay on
the outside of the window and cut into the basic shape in a nylon paper,
but leave yourself a little extra room. Then take the nylon paper and
slightly moisten the window to the desired amount and lay the paper
against the inside of the window and then smooth out the paper working
from the center outward in all directions. As you get towards the edges
make a few cuts along the edge. Cut the paper to the exact shape and then
lay it on top of the film w/liner.
Trace around the outside of the paper on top after you tape down four
edges and are sure it is perfectly flat. If you have and areas where you
have to go around like the mirrors you have already cut the opening in
the paper and will trace that opening on to the film and peel sheet. Once
you have the perfect shape you are ready to go and install the tint. Now
place this on the window in the right place after you have put some soapy
water on the inside of the window, pull back the first 1/3 of the peel
sheet and spray the window tint showing with adhesive window solution. It
best if you never touch the window film itself during this process. Makes
sure the edges are lined up on all sides. Slowly peel and spray adhesive
and work any air bubbles out you want to leave about one-eight inch from
the top of the window and work downwards. By using the squeegee you need
to slowly work downward all the to the bottom and out to the sides, it is
okay to let the solution move down with your squeegee, it is better to
use a little extra solution than not enough. Once everything is correct
use the plastic hard tool too bring down the solution and any soapy water
and then pat and buff the moisture left.
To keep the plastic tool from ripping often it is advised to use a paper
towel wrapped around it. This is what we have seen most operators do who
are seasoned and experienced. One recent problem we have seen in the last
few years is those windows with safety glass, which have a dot pattern on
the edges. This makes things a little tougher.
You want to use more adhesive on the edges otherwise it will try to peel
up. So use more solution as you are working outward and try to work
upward on the initial point of contact, some of this extra solution will
roll down, but that is okay you need a tight seam at the top. Another
issue is to advise your clients of the law in your state if one exists
for window tinting.
Many states outlaw black out tinting commonly referred to a Limo tinting,
some allow SUVs to have tint like this but not cars, some states SUVs can
have it in the back, but not in the front. There are so many laws you
need to know what your state says and also and if you live near a border
to another state, well? Best to know those laws too. In some stats the
operator is responsible, other states the vehicle owner and in some
states the installer also. Great more laws, yep. Get use to it you are in
an over regulated industry.
"Lance Winslow" - Online Think Tank forum board. If you have innovative
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http://www.WorldThinkTank.net/. Lance is a guest writer for Our Spokane
Magazine in Spokane, Washington

				
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