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36 THE SHOP JULY 2020 SPECIAL REPORT: TINT & PPF smart, as installers will be going through a lot of microfiber towels. Mounting a peel board to a wall in the workspace for window tint and PPF will really help with workflow. Adding a cut- ting table on wheels is important as well, especially for color-change and commercial wraps. Installers can use it to trim panels or lay the panels out to combine them. INSTALLATION TOOLS There is a fair amount of crossover between tools needed for window tint, PPF and commercial/color-change wraps, yet it's important to pay attention to the specific differences, particularly in blades, types of squeegees and heat sources so you can really dial it in. Commercial/Color Change Films Tape measure, medium and soft squeegee with a fresh buffer, stainless steel snap-off blades (30 or 58 degrees), light-duty utility knife, safe box, application glove, heat gun/ torch/steamer/IR heater, magnets, tucking tools, contour cutters, masking tape, IR thermometer and edge seal tape. Window Tint Tape measure, tucking cards, wet-applica- tion squeegees with and without handles, stainless steel snap-off blades (58 degrees), safe box, light-duty utility knife, heat gun, pressurized sprayer for glide solution. Paint Protection Films Wet-application squeegee, stainless steel or carbon snap-off blades (30 or 58 degrees), light-duty snap-off blade, heat gun, pres- surized sprayers (glide & tack solutions), POD steamer. FILM PROPERTIES Mastering the different properties of window tint, PPF and commercial/color- Installation in Differences The Film Knowing when to switch between 30- and 58-degree and stainless steel and carbon blades is key for installers learning to master various automotive film applications. Climate-controlled workspaces are essential, especially for PPF and color-change installs. PPF containing color or patterns is becoming more and more popular, as it adds a customization factor and maintains a strong warranty. PPF and window tint jobs often require installers to cut directly on the paint or glass, so solid knife skills are a must.

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