I just couldn’t help writing this article, I really couldn’t.
I was chatting to a friend of mine at the squash club and we decided to pop out to the pub and have a drink after the game.
Window Tinting Are You Sure?
We bumped into one of his friends a Guy called Martin Schlatter, who turned out to be a very interesting character. It turns out he’s a window tinter. And, his workshop happens to be in London Colney which is near St Albans in Hertfordshire U.K.
Nothing remarkable about that you might think.
Location Is Everything
However, his workshop is right next door to two Premier League football training grounds (Arsenal and Watford) and pretty close to a couple of film studios (think Harry Potter, James Bond), so he sees an awful lot of celebs.
“Yeah, they all come in” he laughs over a pint of Ridgeway (a beer from a local brewery), “whenever one of the footballers buys a new car they come over and have the windows tinted”.
“They eran shed loads the footballers, even some of the Watford players are on £100k per week. It’s crazy, but it’s good for business for me”, he laughs again.
The Cars They Buy
“They come in with a right assortment of what they think are cool cars. The Prosches, Lambourghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and all that. O.K, I do like a DB8 or 9, but some of them buy crap. They buy things like TVRs, why? Damn things are always breaking down! One of the Arsenal lads bought a TVR for his wife. It broke down on the way home from the dealer”.
“He brought it in the next day to get the windows tinted after training and was loaning like hell about it. He drove off after we’d finished and before he even got out of our forecourt it conked out again! The footballers are not blessed with much patience, the air was blue”!
Who’s Windows Have You Tinted?
So, what footballers have you tinted car widows for then?
“You know I can’t say. But quite a few of the Arsenal lads. Most of them are top blokes, a few are a bit up themselves. The Watford lads are good, more down to earth although many of them can’t speak particularly good English”.
“They always bring one of the Brits lads with them when they come in”, he laughs again, it’s infectious.
What about the film people, had any major stars in?
They Send Someone Else
“No, they send someone else to get the car done”, he smiles. “I’ve done cars for some of the top film stars. I also do the upmarket chauffer company lads as well. These Guys rent the car and driver to the stars when they’re here filming. So, when they get a new car, and sometimes one of the stars dictates what they want, they have to buy a new car, but the film star pays, and of course he wants tinted windows, so they come round. They do tell me who they’re for most of the time. We do have a couple of big studios close by so we do quite a bit of celebrity work”.
“I think they do it for the privacy, but there are all sorts of reasons why you’d tint your car widows”, he smiles.
“Yes, of course, privacy, but if you ask me it looks good too”.
Do you do other window tinting as well?
“Oh yes, any glass that needs tinting or indeed strengthening to Regulation 14 standards, we’ll tint anything with glass film”.
So you do home window tinting, workplace glass tinting, and safety glass film and of course car window tints? Is that right?
“Indeed, we do the lot”.
Come on Martin, give us some celebrity gossip…please?
“O.K, but not here…” he booms out that infectious laugh again and makes me promise I will not publish the juicy stuff. Shame!