Volume 9, Issue 3                                      May/June  2005

15 MINUTES            
     INSTALLER FOCUS:  AUTO

Danny Came Down from Georgia

Reclaiming the title he won in 2002, Danny Sanders returned to the International Window Film Conference, Expo and Tint-Off™ to become not only the first person to earn a perfect score in a preliminary heat. Traveling to Orlando from his home in Marietta, Ga., the 2005 auto film Tint-Off winner spent some time with Window Film magazine. 

Q: How long have you been applying window film?
Twelve years.

Q: How long have you been manager at Custom Sun Control?
Nine years.

Q: How’d you get started in the business?
I started by doing audio installations. I switched over to tint and have been doing it ever since.

Q: What do you think the biggest obstacle is for a growing tint shop?
Competing with other companies and picking the proper film for the job.

Q: What are your future plans for your business?
Just to keep doing what I’m doing. It’s the most fun. I can leave, go home and not think about it at the end of the day.

Q: What is your favorite car to tint?
Toyota Celica. It’s the easiest you could imagine. You’re in and out in 30 minutes and you don’t need heat—you just slap it in.

Q: What is your least favorite car to tint?
SC430 Lexus. It not only has very curved side glass like the Beetle, but the access to the rear glass is horrible and the side quarter glasses are worse considering they only move up and down in conjunction with the hard top opening or closing. That’s why I cringe when this car gets scheduled. The only saving grace is that we get $300 for that particular car.

Q: What vehicle do you find to be the most difficult to tint?
The new Beetle. It has extremely curved glass for all of the windows so it takes quite a lot of time just to heat form the film before you can even start tinting, and when you’re trying to make each car into a rolling masterpiece of tinting, an installation on the Beetle becomes very time consuming even if there are no mistakes made during an installation.

Q: Did you encounter any obstacles in the tint-off?
Everything went really smooth. Obviously, having gotten the perfect score …

Q: Will you compete next year?
Probably. I think it’s appropriate to return. It’s nerve-wracking, but it raises the bar for everyone else.

Q: How challenging was the tint-off this year?
It goes along with the last question. It was more nerve-wracking because the competition level was so high. You really didn’t know who would do what—and you didn’t know until the very end.

Q: What are your hobbies?
DJ-ing, mixing records, customizing cars and online gaming (first person shooter).

Fun questions:
Family? Married, no children
Favorite food? Mexican
Favorite movie? 
The Matrix Trilogy
Favorite pastime? 
Building car stereos
Favorite magazine? Road & Track
Favorite car? Acura NSX
Favorite sport? Football
Favorite sports team? Falcons
One word description of yourself? Talented

15 MINUTES            
     INSTALLER FOCUS:  FLAT

Keeping Up with this Jones

Winning the inaugural Architectural Glass Tint-Off™, Ron Jones has plenty to celebrate—and a new wife to help him do so. The owner of Film Solutions Unlimited Inc. in Sarasota, Fla., and first ever “World’s Best Tinter” for architectural glass sat down with Window Film magazine for an interview after his win.

Q: How long have you been applying window film?
Sixteen years.

Q: How long have you owned your own business?
Two years.

Q: How’d you get started in the business?
I started by working in a warehouse for GDI out of California. Then I started tinting cars on the weekend and from there it evolved into working on flat glass. I’ve done every kind of commercial project: cars, boats, RVs, solar film to 8 mil with attachments.

Q: How many projects do you think you’ve tinted since you started?
13,000 square feet or more.

Q: What’s the hardest part about owning your own business?
Doing everything myself. I don’t have any hired help right now, but my wife-to-be will be coming on soon.

Q: What are your future plans for your business?
Expand. Build more business and develop it in Sarasota; get into different product lines, such as hurricane protection—that’s really important where we are.

Q: What is your favorite frame to film?
Aluminum with rubber gasket. There’s less of a contamination issue.

Q: What is your least favorite frame to film?
Anything with putty or a painted wood frame because of the contamination factor—controlling the 
contamination.

Q: Did you encounter any obstacles in the tint-off, and if so, what were they?
No. I’ve been in so many buildings and houses, climbing on desks, under desks, hanging off things … this was easy! You just walk right up and film. 

Q: How competitive did you find the Tint-Off?
It was pretty competitive. Everyone was good. Any window up there can be left in a house.
Q: How challenging did you find the inaugural Tint-Off? 

I thought the type of window would be more challenging. The thing is, when you get in front of everyone, the pressure kicks in. You have to do your best but you have to be quick. You have to have speed and quality, that’s the trick.

Q: Will you compete again next year?
We’ll have to see.

Q: What are your hobbies?
Diving, ballroom dancing, martial arts and golf

Q: If you weren’t tinting for a living, what would you be doing?
[long pause] That’s a good question. Probably something in law enforcement. 

Fun questions:
Favorite food? Italian
Favorite movie? 
The Princess Bride
Favorite pastime? Spending time with Mikaela (his wife)
Favorite magazine? Alert Diver 
Favorite book? 
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Favorite sport? 
To watch: college football. To play: baseball or softball
Favorite sports team? 
FSU Seminoles
One word description of yourself? Eclectic

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