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JULY 2020 THE SHOP 39 SPECIAL REPORT: TINT & PPF Window tint and PPF can also have an involved setup if they are being installed as templates. This involves loading the roll into a plotter and, for PPF, weeding the excess film. The most straightforward setup is for bulk window tint, PPF and color-change installs. This simply involves cutting the roll into sections by hand and starting to wrap. That said, the install times can be much longer, which will be discussed later. PREP Window tint and PPF installations often require no hardware removals, which can be a huge time-saver and helps avoid breakage/replacement costs. Commercial and especially color-change wraps, however, can require hardware removals that often take some serious know-how to ensure that there is no damage to the vehicle or the trim pieces. CLEANING As stated earlier, cleaning the surface you're about to cover with film is of the utmost importance. Window Tint • Scrape glass • Clean glass Paint Protection Films • General cleaning of area • Clay bar • Degrease (If it's a bulk installation then extra focus should be put on the under- side of all edges.) Commercial Films • General cleaning • Degrease Color-Change Films • General cleaning • Spray with air compressor • Clay bar • Degrease INSTALLATION PROTOCOL Also as stated earlier, small tweaks are required to installation techniques and approaches for different types of films. Window Tint • Wet install using a glide solution • Overlapping squeegee strokes, once with a handheld squeegee and a second time with a squeegee with a handle A rolling cutting table in the workspace can come in handy for commercial and color-change installs. A POD steamer can be very useful for installs, removals and as a way to flush the edges of PPF bulk projects. A peel board is extremely useful when tackling window tint and PPF projects.

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