TintingDirect.com.au commenced trading in 2008 as an Australia-wide direct to the public supplier of home and office window tinting film. TintingDirect.com.au is a sister company to Tintplus which has serviced the South East Queensland automotive and home and office window tinting market since 1994.
Tintplus is a major supplier of window tinting services to homeowners and commercial building owners and managers in South-East Queensland. Tintplus Automotive Division provided a car tinting and new vehicle protection service to motorists from a service centre in Mt Gravatt until the end of 2014.
Tintplus was established in 1994 to provide a window tinting service to new car dealers in Springwood, QLD. It quickly gained a reputation for the quality of its service and in 1995 a local car dealer nominated Tintplus for a Logan Business Achievers Award. Tintplus went on to win the 1995 Award. In 1996 and in 1997 it was again nominated for an award and in 1997 gained a Highly Commended Award.
The early success Tintplus achieved through its quality of work and customer service to the car dealers in Springwood were lessons it learnt well. Today, the "Tintplus way" is a source of pride with employees and a source of satisfaction for customers.
In 1996 Tintplus opened a second outlet at Mt Gravatt to serve the local car dealers and the public. Between early 2000 and 2005 Tintplus significantly increased the number of new car dealers it served through the development of an efficient and cost effective on-site tinting service for larger dealerships and a mobile tinting service for smaller car dealerships.
In 2005 Tintplus moved its Head Office to new, larger, premises in Mansfield to provide customers a complete vehicle protection and window tinting service. By that stage Tintplus had grown to be one of the leading suppliers of tinting and vehicle protection services to new car dealerships in Brisbane. However, in mid-2006 Tintplus decided to close its New Car Dealer Division. This decision was prompted by advice from one of its dealers that trading conditions were difficult and it could only pay $120 a car for window tinting. Since Tintplus was already supplying the dealership the cheapest film it could source from the USA, Tintplus decided it would damage its reputation to reduce the quality of the product further and supply the dealership low cost film from Asia in order to meet the dealerships new price point. As the profitability of the Division had been in decline for a number of years a decision was taken to close the New Car Dealer Division and focus resources on home and office window tinting and the automotive retail market.
Home and Office Window Tinting
In 2001 Tintplus commenced a major expansion of its home and office window tinting business and secured the Australian distribution rights for Smart Films. These high technology films, that block the heat without darkening a home, gained immediate market acceptance by addressing a major concern of customers. Tintplus has installed Smart Films in thousands of homes (and many office buildings) in SE Queensland and is now a major supplier of home and office window tinting services in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Following the introduction in 2008 of its online job costing system (WebQuote), which was a world first for the window tinting industry, Tintplus remained focused on the South East Queensland market and TintingDirect.com.au was established as an online business to service home and office customers Australia-wide, through the appointment of film installers in each mainland capital city and a number of regional centres. In practice, the Tintplus online quoting system has also been used by customers in other capital cities and the film is installed by the TintingDirect.com.au film installers. The SE QLD focus of Tintplus and the national focus of TintingDirect.com.au are increasingly being blurred with the growth in online sales of both businesses.