Tink Tek 20/20 Primer: Part Two – Vinyl Cutting Window Tint

Why should window tint film be cut with a vinyl cutter? The main reason for an existing window tint shop to switch from manual cutting to software-based production is the increase in productivity and decrease in waste. It allows more work with less waste, thereby boosting revenue and profit.

More Money, New Money

But what if you’re not an experienced window tint installer? Why should you, as a sign maker, consider adding window tint film installation to your vinyl graphics business? Two reasons: more money and new money. As any business consultant or pseudo pundit will tell you, there are two ways to increase revenues. Sell more stuff to your existing customers, or find new customers. Adding window tint installation to an existing vinyl graphics business is a good way to do both.

Your Customers Want It

If you’re selling custom vehicle graphics to the general public why not add professional-quality window tint installation? It is an easy sale because tinted windows and custom vinyl go togetherr like car shows and Camaros. If you’re doing commercial fleet graphics, don’t assume those vehicles shouldn’t be tinted. Tinted windows help keep vehicles cooler by reducing the greenhouse effect—the buildup of solar energy inside the car. Having tinted windows reduces the load on air conditioning systems and makes the car more fuel efficient. A more fuel efficient fleet is a less expensive and more environmentally friendly fleet, which most businesses these days definitely want. Another easy sale! Whether you’re installing custom or fleet graphics, you have a ready market for window tint installation.

Do the Math

But is window tinting profitable? There are many things worth doing that don’t bring much to the bottom line. A soft economy is not the time to add services that don’t help you make money. Fortunately window tint installation is a lucrative market.

Let’s do the math.

There are several variables, including the size of the vehicle, and the various grades of film, but the average retail price for window tint installation is $100. Generally, two door coupes cost about $90 – $120 and four door sedans cost $120 – $150, depending on your market. The average material cost is only $28, leaving an average gross profit of $72 or more. Using Tint Tek 20/20 templates and a vinyl cutter, the average daily production capacity is 12 cars. That’s a daily gross of $864. If you pay an installer $10 an hour*, subtract $80 for labor and you’re left with profits of $784 per day, $3,900 per week, and $16,800 per month. That’s a nice bump in business from adding a service with an equipment cost of less than $5,000.

When you factor in the extra profit from the vehicle graphics you can add to those sales, it becomes a more lucrative investment. For those who are already selling window tint installation the old fashioned way and are wondering if this is a good investment for your tint shop, think of what you’re currently selling, reduce your material waste by 20%, and double your volume. Then give us a call!

*If you want to be conservative, add 30 – 50% to the hourly labor cost for unemployment insurance and benefits depending on the laws in your state.