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JULY 2020 THE SHOP 43 Note: In-person instruction and plenty of practice have long been the cornerstones of a successful course, complemented by supplemental written and video teaching aids. Now that the coronavirus has ruined everything, however, it's safe to say that every film training outlet is hard at work modifying their offerings in order to provide a safe-yet-effective learning experience. And then I'm ready to start working on customers' vehicles? Well, mostly. It's important to put those newfound skills to the test right away, but the average time to gain a professional level of proficiency can range anywhere from 60 days to six months. "After initial training, people start to feel a good comfort level after they complete approximately 20 installations," suggests Todd Bergman, vice president of automotive for Interwest Distribution and a 3M instructor. "The more you practice after you leave training, the faster you will become comfortable with your new skill set." Most outlets also offer advanced classes and/or refresher courses, plus updated information on major vehicle modifications, and are always available to help installers with individual issues. "It takes many years of hard work and diligence to truly master this trade," says Rick Kozlow, technical service manager for Accent Distributing LLC and a 3M instructor. Hands-on training can help a new installer master a professional paint protection film application, especially around the more chal- lenging curves and recesses of a vehicle. (Photo courtesy Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions) A lot of technology is built into window tint and paint protection films. Proper training prepares installers for the assorted variables they will encounter. (Photo courtesy FlexiShield) SPECIAL REPORT: TINT & PPF HR_HVPD_1301A 1_4V.indd 1 HR_HVPD_1301A 1_4V.indd 1 5/19/20 5/19/20 HEADQUARTERS 6855 HERMOSA CIRCLE BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA 90260 MIDWEST MANUFACTURING 1642 GATEWAY COURT ELKHART, INDIANA 46514 WWW.TRIMLOK.COM INFO@TRIMLOK.COM 800-543-8706 CALL US TODAY! Same Day Shipping on Thousands of Parts No Drilling! No Bolts! EASY INSTALLATION Experts in Plastic and Rubber Profile Extrusions TRIMS AND SEALS NEW! ® Drip Rail Tubing Part# DRB Part# X311 PEEL & STICK PEEL & STICK Part# DD6234BT C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 2020 TL The Shop ad final 2.pdf 1 2/7/20 12:24 PM

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