Film Stars September/October 2023

October 13th, 2023 by Nathan Hobbs

A Middle Georgia Masterpiece

Kyle Fuller’s Story

Nitrous canisters, wheels and a fresh coat of paint. Kyle Fuller grew up around all of them, modifying model cars. He was never short on upgrade options, and those options expanded—literally and figuratively—with time.

A Young Gearhead

“I started as a window tint installer when I was 15 in 2001,” Fuller says. “The [owner] gave me a chance because I was so meticulous. I had taken four cars and made one. I took the super-charger off of a car and hot glued it to a motor. I took a nail, bent it and painted it chrome so I could have a cold-air kit going into my fender well. I made a roll cage inside. He was like, ‘You’re so meticulous that I think you can tint windows.’”

The opportunity jumpstarted a career in window film. Fuller worked at that business until 2012. “When I left, I didn’t know what I was going to do,” he says. “I was still trying to figure out life— do I want to become a cop? Do I want to open a tint shop? It’s a big investment. At the time, the money made sense. I subleased a space from a glass company. I was there for 15 months before I had saved enough money to get into the prime location that I’m in now.”

Fuller then analyzed his county, determining the population, average household income and high-traffic intersections. “My starter spot had 904 square feet of workspace and office space,” he shares. “I was there until 2020, right when COVID-19 hit.”

By that time, Fuller’s business—Tint Pro in Warner Robins, Ga.—was ready for a 5,000 square-foot facility—one to which he’s now adding 4,000 square feet.

The Turning Point

“Gearing up for 2015/2016, social media got pretty large,” Fuller says. “I had just found out about the International Window Film Conference and TintOff™. Coming from a window tint shop in a small town—I can’t go to the community college and learn my trade. I wanted to learn how to better myself since I decided that this was what I’m doing. That’s where I started meeting people and understanding that, ‘Just because I do it this way in middle Georgia doesn’t mean it’s the best way.’ I started going to seminars, following different social media pages and learning more about the industry.”

Fuller transitioned from hand-cutting his film to using a plotter. “The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off opened the doors for me,” he adds.

When reflecting on his two-decade run, Fuller says he hopes to be a source of knowledge for all.

“There are so many people starting today; they’re just now getting their feet wet in this industry,” he adds. “To be somebody that they feel like they can look up to or reach out to … I like being there to help.”

Tinting for Time

Hailey Holder Allen battled stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), an extremely aggressive sarcoma typically found in muscles attached to bones. She had tumors in both thighs, underwent numerous surgeries and finished 54 weeks of chemotherapy in August 2020. On Oct. 16, 2021, film shops in Georgia converged and combined forces at Fuller’s business in Warner Robins, Ga., to aid in the then three-year-old’s fight. That fight continued until she passed away peacefully in July 2023.

The event—dubbed Tinting for Time—saw tinters donate their time to ensure Allen and her family could fully utilize their time together. Owner Fuller, friend of Allen’s family, and his team pre-scheduled 30 cars for the event, tinting with several participating businesses: Sun Shield Window Tinting in Warner Robins, Ga.; Eastcoast Motorsports in St. Marys, Ga.; Tint Hozilla in Forsyth, Ga.; Surface – Tint, Wraps, and Design in Forsyth, Ga.; Nicetints in Valdosta, Ga.; Tint By Leigh in Jefferson, Ga.; The Tint Diva in Gadsden, Ala.; and TNT Window Tinting/Sun Stoppers in Newnan, Ga.

The event generated $9,500 in tinting sales. More was raised through donations from the film community. Chuck Cochran, owner of Eastcoast Motorsports in St. Marys, Ga., traveled four hours with his family to contribute to the cause.

“We can do so much as a community for them because, one day, we may need the same thing from our own industry,” Cochran says.

Allen has passed away, but this team of tinters accomplished their goal. This family received more time with their daughter.

“I could not imagine not being able to have this time with my kids,” Fuller says. “Just giving this family time is the one thing I wanted out of this, and I think that we’re able to help do that for a little while.”

Chris Collier is the former editor for Window Film magazine.

Do you know someone who is a star among window film tinters? Then we want to hear from you with your nominations for “Film Stars.” Email Casey Flores at cflores@glass.com with your nominations.

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