The business that is all about changing the look of your car just received a change of its own – Tint Tek, formerly located behind Clearwater Pool and Spa, now has its own building on Hwy. 41. The two man operation is the cheapest way to change the appearance of your vehicle – a 4-door car can cost as little as $175 to tint the windows. Not only does it alter the exterior, it keeps the interior cooler, protects the seats and dashboard and reduces glare.
Owner Brandon Umbarger has been around cars for a long time. Before he bought the business 14 months ago, he would buy, update and sell cars. Two things he always did was tint the windows and put in a radio. Now as a business owner, he and his audio installer and detail worker Chris Yeargan do everything they can to make sure your car, home or business is up to snuff with the tinted windows and vehicle accessories. They also offer a full detail service.
“Wash, vacuum, Chris can do it all,” Umbarger said. “The full nine yards.”
Window tinting is a breeze – Umbarger, has a machine to trace the windows and cut the film, so a knife never has to come near the vehicle. He can also measure, cut and place the film over commercial business windows and homes. The film lasts for years and can be removed at any time.
“Anything that comes in, we can do,” Umbarger said. The Manchester resident explained the hardest vehicle he’s ever had to tint was his sister’s Volkswagen Beetle, due to the shape and size of the windows. It took him 3-4 hours to complete, which is the longest tinting project he’s worked on. A typical project can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the project scope.
It takes 2-3 days for the film to fully set in sunny weather. The car owner can drive their vehicle almost immediately afterwards, but it is recommended they leave it outside in the sun for a day or two to help the film set. The tint may take longer to cure in humid or cloudy weather.
Windows should be left up for two days after being tinted.
The film is placed on the inside of the car’s windows, so they will not be affected by future washings or weather.
Customers may see bubbles in the film when the pick up their car – that is completely normal and they will go away as the tint cures.
Future business plans include finishing the building renovations, which should be done in mid-July, eventually hire a third employee who specializes in detail work, and “grow into the ultimate one-stop place for all your vehicle needs,” the 28-year-old said.
Tint Tek is located at 1600 Hillsboro Blvd. Their hours: 8-5 on Monday-Friday, 8-12 on Saturday and they are closed on Sunday. They can be contacted at 931-581-1144.
“Thanks to all of my established customers, that lets me do what I love to do,” Umbarger said. “For any who haven’t been in, step in and see what I can do for you.”