Don't let anyone fool you, there is no such thing as an easy window to tint. This is coming from someone who began installing sun strips in 1998 before moving to automotive window film application shortly after. However, I didn't always have that mindset.
I remember a tinter in Phoenix that I was buying some vinyl film from (before metalic was the way to go) who made me completely re-think my mental approach to hanging film. I hadn't had a distributor connection yet so I was still bothering window tint shops to buy my film (Auto Zone film fades horribly fyi). He was tinting a vehicle I'd done several times that had a flat piece of glass on the hatchback and I made a comment,
"Love seeing those, it makes the car pretty easy." He replied with, "No car is easy."
Before that moment my covered window to scrap ratio wasn't tremendous. After a well-seasoned professional made that comment to me, I took it upon myself to never take another piece of glass for granted. Taking special care with each cut of my blade and swipe of my squeegee, my profit shot through the roof! It's okay to be quick, just be precise and remember that every window is a challenge; quite often a frustrating challenge.
- If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.
- Measure twice, cut once.
- Stay calm and collected, even when things don't go according to plan.
- It's never perfect, learn to deal with and adjust when things don't go your way.
- Knowing when to apply pressure, where and how much is always going to be a battle.
- Do it right the first time and you won't have to do it a second time.
- Always be learning.
Ultimately, window film application can be a roller coaster of emotion. Certainly there are periods, when just like in life, you've achieved a certain level of aptitude and skill that you run on autopilot. There are days where my razor blade is always sharp, the heat gun works perfectly, my hand is steady, I'm agile and able to maneuver in tight places, I'm happy and things just seem to go my way. However, You learn the most about yourself when you struggle.
If window film application were a cocktail it would be 1 part art form, 1 part manual labor, stirred with life lessons, garnished with respect, and served to the delight of your customers when they see their vehicle again.