Best Tinters" Named
The International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off, sponsored
by USGlass' sister publication, WINDOW FILM magazine, was held last
week at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, finishing with the crowning
of the "World's Best Tinters." The event brought in record
numbers this year, with a total of 43 competitive window film installers
donning the red shirts of competition on Saturday, March 4.
Gene Whitmer, head installer at Sun Shades and Graphic Inc. in
Columbia, S.C. walked away with the $2000 grand prize for winning
the Architectural Film Tint-Off. Whitmer out-tinted Kyle Moody of
The Tint Shop in Milledgeville, Ga., by three points on a double-hung
window to win the competition. The Architectural Film Tint-Off,
which was launched last year, brought in eight competitors, one
of which was a returning competitor.
On the auto film side of things, Les Helton, owner and operator
of Performance Window Tinting Inc. in Carrollton, Ga., took the
title and the $5000 grand prize when he bested the other for finalists
in tinting the backlite of a 2006 VW Beetle, considered the hardest
car on the market to tint. Helton, along with second-place finisher
George Reyna, of Tint Masters, third-place finisher Andres De La
Riva with Perfect Window Tint, both from Costa Mesa, Calif., and
fourth place finisher Franz Hyland, owner of Shades Custom Tint
in Hewitt, Texas, faced competition from one another-and more so
from the VW Backlite.