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What’s the best way to tint vehicles in lower temperatures during the winter months?
Answer 1: You really need to go overboard with your squeegee technique, making sure to push out as much water as possible. If possible, use a squeegee with a handle, as this will give you more power and control. Answer 2: You can still leave the vehicle outside to cure, you just need to make sure the heat and the defrost functions are turned up to the maximum setting. Answer 3: When handing over the finished vehicle, you may want to instruct your client to keep the car in a warm(ish) garage over the next few days. The warmer the better, especially if you can avoid freezing temperatures during those first few days. Answer 4: You can use a heat gun to lightly go over the surface and encourage faster drying times. You need to be very careful, however, as cold glass that goes through a rapid change of temperature can easily break when film has been installed. Answer 5: Before you even start tinting, leave the vehicle indoors in your shop overnight. This will help the glass reach optimal temperatures before you begin. Answer 6: At the end of the day, there’s no getting around the fact that your film will simply take longer to cure during the cold winter months. As long as you make the client aware of this, everything should be good. Answer 7: Mix some alcohol into your slip solution during the cold weather to avoid droplets and other issues with cold water. Answer 8: Avoid tinting in seriously freezing temperatures, no matter what. It’s just not worth it. Answer 9: Keep your prep and shink techniques the same as in summer, maybe after waiting half an hour to let the car warm up indoors. During the tinting stage, use a heat gun on the outside of the glass to improve adhesivity. Once the film has been installed, use the heat gun again to carefully warm up the windows. Let it cure outdoors as normal, and you should be good to go. Answer 10: Let your customers know that they may have to wait up to 2 weeks before the film is completely cured. Answer 11: The main goal is to avoid peeling, fingers, and bubbles. You can do this by pushing those fingers into the bottom corners before locking them in place with a hard card. With this technique, your customers can roll down the windows as soon as they drive away without any real issues. However, you might want to advise against this – just to be safe. Answer 12: If you’re not sure how long it takes for your film to cure during the winter months, experiment by tinting a window on your own vehicle. Carefully document how long it takes to fully cure, and then you’ll know what you’re dealing with when you work with your clients.
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