WFCT’s Top Tinters Share Tips in New Series

June 30th, 2021 by Chris Collier

The competitions at this year’s International Window Film Conference and Tint Off™ (WFCT) were fierce. From June 7-9, the country’s finest tinters and paint protection film (PPF) applicators squared off inside the walls of the Orange County Convention Center for a place at the podium. Window film winners shared their strategies post-competition.

2021 Automotive Tint-Off™ Gold Medalist Chris Van Sickle of Tintz & Graphx LLC, Fraser, Mich.

Being comfortable with yourself was a common theme among the winners. 2021 Automotive Tint-Off™ Gold Medalist Chris Van Sickle of Tintz & Graphx LLC, Fraser, Mich., said knowing yourself and your abilities is crucial.

“Just be yourself—the main thing is don’t watch anybody else and don’t change your game,” Sickle said. “Just go out there and do the best you can do the way you know how to do it. That’s what I did.”

2021 Architectural Tint-Off™ Silver Medalist Ross Brackett, Sun Stoppers, Fort Mill, S.C., said that overthinking wasn’t in his game plan.

“[I] came down and just did what I do best and really tried to focus,” Brackett said. “I’m a very particular person and pride myself on very clean work and also being very methodical.”

When the dust settled and the top tinters took their spots on stage, industry camaraderie and the significance of competition was all the talk.

2021 PPF Gold Medalist Nick Blek of Premier Armor Inc., Corona, Calif.

“A lot of the competition was steep,” said 2021 PPF Gold Medalist Nick Blek of Premier Armor Inc., Corona, Calif. “I didn’t think I had it but I was pleasantly surprised. Walking through and seeing some of the other bumpers—as a competitor–it was disheartening because you want to win. But at the same time, seeing these guys and how good they are, it brings a lot of value to the competition. It’s not just some kind of arbitrary competition. These guys really are good at what they do, and I’m really proud to compete alongside them.”

2021 Architectural Tint-Off™ Gold Medalist Paul Phinney, Solar Eclipse, Mechanicsville, Va., said his victory was unexpected and he deflected praise to his peers.

“I was definitely surprised because there were lots of truly professional window film installers out there,” Phinney said. “I think luck definitely played a part.”

After receiving his trophy, it wasn’t difficult to see why Jason Teasley of Tint Pro, Springdale, Ark., medaled in the 2021 Automotive Tint-Off™.

“I pick up stuff off of one-year guys and 30-40 year guys,” Teasley said. “If you’re not continuing to learn, you’re done in the industry. Every day is a new day.”

WFCT 2021 is in the books, but our coverage continues. Starting today, WINDOW FILM magazine will begin featuring interviews with each of WFCT’s 2021 winners, in alphabetical order by last names. Click here to watch the first video, which features 2021 Automotive Tint-Off™ Bronze Medalist Jason Collings of Auto Trim Design, Riverdale, Utah.

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