This Film Distributor is Starting a Tinting SchoolMay 13th, 2015 by Editor
Ralph Van Pelt wants Flex Film Plus to be a one-stop-shop for tinters’ needs.
So in addition to film and tools, Van Pelt will soon offer an education.
He had the idea for the Flex Film Tinting School at the start of 2015 and wasting no time, broke ground in late April.
“There are people who have an interest in learning,” Van Pelt says—and he wants to fulfil those interests.
The curriculum will include tinting techniques, business practices and will equip installers with in-depth knowledge on window film’s makeup, which Van Pelt stresses is key to selling a product.
“If you know what questions to ask about how it’s constructed, you can take the mystery out of whether it’s going to fail or not,” he says. He also stresses tinters will leave his school knowing how to avoid a pricing war, or “the race to zero,” as he likes to call it.
Though the Ranburne, Ala.-based school will be geared toward tinters that use all types of film, Van Pelt’s also using it to expand Flex Film’s customer base.
“When you train somebody how to tint, they can become some of your most loyal customers,” he says.
The 2500 square-foot facility should be finished in two months’ time, Van Pelt says. And though nothing’s set in stone yet, Van Pelt says classes will cost roughly $1200 for three to five days of training. The price will include training, food and $400 in Flex Film product and tools.
Van Pelt, who will serve as the primary instructor, has more than 29 years of experience in the window film industry and has qualified for the finals in the International Window Film Tint-Off multiple times.