Film's Edge by Casey Flores
by Casey Flores
July 16th, 2014

My First Two Weeks in Window Film

Well, I am now a two-week veteran in the window film industry.

Despite the steep learning curve, I like to think that I am catching on to what you all are so passionate about quickly. And I must say, you have some reasons to be passionate.

In just two weeks on the job I have visited ten tint shops, compiled three weekly newsletters and have developed an innate ability to spot awful tint jobs from a mile away, something I’d hardly notice before.

One of the shops I visited, 3M Tint Shop in Rockville MD, left their location of 20 years and now operates in this new location in order to keep up with demand.

One of the shops I visited, 3M Tint Shop in Rockville MD, left their location of 20 years and now operates in this new location in order to keep up with demand.

Prior to starting this job, the first thought I had about window film was, ‘What?! There’s really whole magazine dedicated to that?’

Now my thought is, ‘What?! How am I possibly going to be able to cover everything window film?’

This is a growing industry. That much is clear.

For my very first article, I covered a report put out by Lux Research that said the solar control window film market will nearly double in four years.

Then, when I visited tint shops, several of the shops had moved from their previous locations into larger facilities in order to accommodate customer flow. On top of that, many of the tint shops said that when they opened their business, they were the only shop in town. Today, they may have four or five competitors, but business hasn’t slowed down. In fact, many have opened several new shops and have plans to open even more.

I’ve also learned how vital window films can be for some people’s health and safety. From people with skin cancer who need them to protect from UV rays to residents of Israel who are applying protective film to their windows for blast mitigation, this is an increasingly necessary industry.

On my visit to tint shops, I watched Thane Foster-Simeon of The Tint Shoppe in Woodbridge, VA tint this car.

On my visit to tint shops, I watched Thane Foster-Simeon of The Tint Shoppe in Woodbridge, VA tint this car.

Lastly, I admire the pride tinters take in their work. After spending just a few minutes on the Window Film Professionals’ facebook page, it became evident to me that tinting, for many people, isn’t just their job, it’s their way of life. (In fact, many people on their have things like “Tint King” for their middle name).

While I have a lot more to learn, I am excited. This is a growing industry with passionate people and I look forward to telling that story in the many issues of Window Film Magazine to come.

This blog is from Focus on Film, the weekly e-newsletter that covers the latest news regarding window film and related products, including paint protection film. Click HERE to sign up—there is no charge. Interested in a deeper dive? Free subscriptions to Window Film magazine in print or digital format are available. Subscribe at no charge HERE.

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