Posts Tagged ‘paint protection film (PPF)’

Surfing the Waves: Johnny ‘Blades’ Gonzalez and Co. Move Latinos in Tint Forward

May 11th, 2022

Johnny ‘Blades’ Gonzalez asked a colleague working beside him at a Houston truck accessory shop a rhetorical question 10 years ago: “Are you done?” He said, “Quitting time is at 4 p.m.” The colleague had boasted to Gonzalez that he had finished a $300 tinting project—as Gonzalez continued spraying filthy truck bed liners and inhaling […]

Surfeando Las Olas: Johnny ‘Blades’ Gonzalez y Compañía Mueven a Los Latinos en Tint Adelante

May 11th, 2022

Johnny ‘Blades’ Gonzalez le hizo una pregunta retórica a un colega que trabajaba a su lado en una tienda de accesorios para camiones de Houston hace 10 años: “¿Terminaste?” Él dijo: “La hora de salida es a las 4 p.m.” El colega se había jactado ante Gonzalez de que había terminado un proyecto de tintado […]

A Fork in the Road

May 11th, 2022

New business owners must make crucial decisions. Many choices are made each day, but what happens when a dilemma presents itself, and you have to find a resolution? Determining the correct adjustments can be daunting to the point of pushing you to flip a coin and let destiny decide. A Blessing in Disguise Sometimes a […]

Five Mistakes New Shop Owners Make

May 4th, 2022

Let’s talk about some of the mistakes I commonly see new shop owners make. The five I’ll cover are errors I made—and learned from—the hard way. If you avoid these, you’re off to the races. 1. Spending Money on Things With Little to no Return on Investment (ROI)    In 2003, I was hyper-focused on […]

A Way Out: Owners Detail Exit Plans

Apr 6th, 2022

It’s a scene straight from a horror movie. Invoices, film cores, worn squeegees, unread emails, and a crammed calendar surround your field of vision. You’re a business owner, and it’s time to bail. What’s your exit plan? Where’s the Off-Ramp? “I would love to get a key player on the team that I groom for […]

Tint World Named a 2022 Top Franchise by Franchise Business Review

Mar 16th, 2022

Tint World Automotive Styling Centers, a window tinting and automotive accessory franchise, was named a Top Franchise for 2022 by Franchise Business Review. This is the 17th annual ranking of the 200 best franchise opportunities as rated by franchise business owners. “This recognition is incredibly rewarding, because it’s coming from the people who represent Tint […]

Losing Labor: Film Shops Discuss Employee Retention

Feb 16th, 2022

Hiring—and keeping—a stockpile of experienced installers is on every owner’s wish list. It’s been a challenge for Kyle Fuller of Tint Pro in Warner Robins, Ga., whose workforce diminished by 40% to start the year. The Problem “I had an employee that worked for me for 88 days,” Fuller says. “He was coming up on […]

SunTek® Enters Year Four with Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing

Feb 9th, 2022

SunTek® began another year as the official paint protection film (PPF) for Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing on January 1. Throughout 2022, SunTek will introduce PCA members to the benefits of PPF, educate them about the advantages of installation by trained professionals and make locating dealers accessible. Here’s a rundown of what to […]

Unfazed: Film Shops Thrive Through the Slow Season

Dec 15th, 2021

The film industry finds itself in the thick of slow season, a period packed with cooler temperatures, varying demand and overall financial uncertainty. Which strategies and services are shops leaning on this fall? WINDOW FILM magazine caught up with owners in Georgia, Tennessee, Maryland, New Mexico and Colorado for a countrywide check-in. “We have to […]

AP Corp. Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Dec 8th, 2021

AP Corp., a window film and graphic solutions company, is celebrating its 20th year in business. Since opening in 2001, the Sykesville, Md., company has grown from a one-person operation installing automotive tint to 20-plus team members working in more than 20 product categories. Those segments include commercial security window film, solar window film, branded […]

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