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In today's hectic, always-on-the-go world, having a car is essential for transportation around the city. It's hard to imagine life without a car. Without them, you wouldn't be able to make it to work, the grocery store, the laundromat, or important events like your children's sports events. Having a vehicle is a necessity these days because we use them so much, but many car owners don't make strides to protect their investment or what might be inside that investment.

Aside from purchasing an extended warranty for your car, one of the best ways to protect your car is with professional vehicle window tinting in James Island, SC. What a warranty won't do, however, is boost curb appeal, reduce sun glare, block harmful radiation, protect your valuables, and provide privacy 24-hours a day.

At Troop Films LLC, we specialize in the finest ceramic window tints and certified paint protection films in South Carolina. We have been installing tints and paint protection film for several years and are always improving our techniques. As true window tinting experts, we have had the pleasure of working on so many different types of vehicles - from multi-million-dollar sports cars to junkers barely worth a grand. Doing so has allowed owner and certified installer Stephon Troop to refine his window tinting game and master techniques like clear bra installation. Today, he has a full-service team behind him, ready and waiting to serve loyal customers just like you.

Unlike some of our competitors, we take meticulous steps to ensure we provide the best work possible on your vehicle. We don't believe in taking shortcuts just to save a few cents. Instead, we go the extra mile to ensure all our customers are satisfied, whether it's completing special request projects or simply taking the time to ensure our work is done right. Whether you own a vintage Ferrari or a busted-up Ford, we aim to provide the highest quality car window tinting around.

When we say we're detail-oriented, we mean it. Here are just a few reasons why customers choose Troop Films for their car window tinting in South Carolina:

  • We remove vehicle parts like blinker covers to ensure dirt and grime aren't trapped.
  • We use computers to make sure your tint or coating is installed properly and precisely.
  • We remove emblems and badges so that we can wrap underneath them, giving your car more protection.
  • We wrap all edges of our ceramic window tints, so your job is seamless, and your tint remains effective year-round.

Curious about how we protect so many cars in South Carolina and the metro James Island area? Expertise, customer service, and affordable prices are just the start. Our excellence starts at the top - here are a few words from Troop Films owner, Stephon Troop.

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Stephon and his wife, both originally from the chilly state of Pennsylvania, moved to James Island, SC, for the warm beach weather and friendly Lowcountry residents.

Though Stephon now has many years of car window tinting under his belt, his training was completed under one of the best car window tint installers in the United States. Installing window tints, paint protection films, and ceramic coatings alongside during this time helped Stephon learn all the techniques and tricks needed to succeed. After training up north, Stephon continued to learn in Texas, where he became a certified paint protection and window tint installer. Since that time, Stephon has mastered even more car protection techniques to offer his customers a comprehensive list of services.

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Car Window Tinting
in James Island, SC

Here is a simple truth: not all vehicle window tinting services are equal. Sure, you could spend a few bucks on a DIY window tinting kit, but going this route almost guarantees trouble. From unsightly fading to film bubbles, these offer the bare minimum in protection. With subpar quality, these kits also peel very quickly, causing you to spend more money to re-apply or have your tint professionally installed.

Speaking of window tinting services, few companies in South Carolina combine professional applications with the highest quality window tint film available. That's what sets Troop Films apart from other window tinting businesses - quality film, expert application, meticulous attention to detail, and the best customer service available.

Unlike some of our competitors, we use SunTek ceramic window tinting film, which is among the best in the industry. This technologically advanced product line provides outstanding, top-of-the-line films. With ceramic technology, infrared rejection and solar performance are enhanced, resulting in a non-metal construction that doesn't cause interference with portable or onboard electronic devices.

Our SunTek ceramic tint options come in a range of nine darkness levels. Each shade of tint has an ultra-attractive appearance, is non-reflective, and helps prevent color changes. With this fantastic film, you, your passengers, and your vehicle's interior are protected from 99% of UV rays from the sun. With outstanding infrared and heat rejection properties, your vehicle's interior comfort remains cooler and more comfortable all year long.

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Most Common Reasons to Tint
Your Vehicle's Windows

Here are just a few of the most common reasons why South Carolina vehicle owners choose Troop Films for window tinting:

Privacy

Privacy

When we ask our customers why they want to tint their windows, privacy is often first on their list. When you begin to think about it, it makes sense. Why allow other drivers to invade your privacy when you can keep prying eyes off of your identity and personal belongings? It's not unreasonable to want privacy for you and your family while you're driving. You never know who you will pull up next to at a red light, and with our vehicle window tinting services in James Island, SC, they don't have to know you either.

Style

Style

There's something inherently cool about having your windows tinted. Even if you're not trying to impress anyone with your car, having your windows tinted helps give it a refined, modern look, which enhances curb appeal. If you're getting tired of the way your car or truck's exterior looks, spice it up a little and bring it into Troop Films for professional window tinting. We think you will be happy with the results.

Comfort

Comfort

Have you ever sat down in your vehicle in the middle of summer, after it's been sitting outside all day? It feels like your car has turned into an oven. Sometimes, it can get so hot in your car that it's hard to grip the steering wheel. As you probably already know, summers in South Carolina can be brutal. When the temperatures heat up in the Lowcountry, your vehicle traps most of that heat, causing interior temperatures to reach unsafe levels. But when you have your windows tinted with Troop Films, your car will stay cooler in the spring and summer. With ceramic film, glare from headlights and streetlights is also reduced, meaning you can see easier without having to strain your eyes. More comfort and more safety - what's not to love?

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When you think about car window tinting, most folks don't think about the health and safety benefits involved. But when it comes to you and your passengers, safety should be top of your list. High temps in your vehicle, usually caused by UV rays, are a safety concern not only for your skin and eyes but for your car's safety mechanisms. This is especially true for your airbags, which can be damaged and left inoperable when interior temperatures are high enough. Obviously, that's a huge safety risk.

Fading Dashboard

Fading Dashboard

Over time, your vehicle's dashboard will take a beating when your car is left out in the sun. The combo of harmful UV rays and high heat can ruin dashboard materials, leaving them cracked, faded, and in need of repair. Fixing your dashboard can be a costly endeavor. However, doing so can be avoided with high-quality ceramic tints from Troop Films.

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Benefits of Vehicle Window Tinting
in James Island, SC

If you're still on the fence about ceramic window tinting for your vehicle, consider
the following benefits of our SunTek films:

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  • Unrestricted Communications - some window films contain traces of metals, which can cause interference with devices. Our metal-free films won't interfere with your cell phone, GPS, satellite radio, or other electronic devices that you use while driving.
  • Resistant to Color Changes - Our technologically-advanced window films are scientifically created to give you an attractive, non-reflective appearance without color fading.
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty - You read that right - when you buy window tints from Troop Films, your products are covered by the manufacturer against peeling, adhesive failures, changes in color, cracking, and delamination. Some restrictions do apply.
  • Precise Installation - When you work with Troop Films, you can have peace of mind knowing your window tint will be applied seamlessly and accurately. That's because we have access to core pattern-cutting software that trims your window film tightly. With our precise installation, you can rest easy knowing your tint will fit the make, model, and year of your vehicle like a glove.

The Ultimate Protection: Car
Window Tinting and Paint
Protection Film in James Island, SC

They say the first cut is always the deepest, and that's certainly true when it comes to your vehicle. Few things are as frustrating as getting out of your car, only to realize that a stray rock has dented your favorite car or truck. Dents and scratches from road debris like rocks and even acids from bugs all take their toll on your vehicle's overall appearance and value. Along with UV rays, "road rash" from winter salt, sand, rocks, pebbles, branches, and more will compromise your vehicle's integrity and can mean lower resale value.

If you're looking for total protection from heat and UV rays as well as road debris, we recommend car window tinting in James Island, SC along with our paint protection film application. Paint protection film, also called your vehicle's clear bra, provides a shield of protection from road rash, preserves your car's paint job, increases its longevity, and can increase its resale value. Paint protection film is very useful for everyday use, especially if you're driving on the highway or simply want to protect your favorite car. Clear bras are also helpful for work vehicles, which often receive dents and scratches due to the nature of their work.

At Troop Film, our SunTek paint protection film is among the highest quality films in the industry. Common application areas include:

  • Vehicle Paint
  • Door Handles
  • Headlights
  • Rear Fenders
  • Front Bumpers
  • Mirrors
  • Hoods
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Our paint protection films are completely reinvented products that merge the hydrophobicity of ceramic with premium, self-healing paint protection film. Common benefits of having your vehicle protected with paint film include:

01

Endurance

Your car's finish will stay flawless and fresh with our car protection films, which shield against salt, rocks, insects, and other debris.

02

Resistance

Our HydroResist top-coat protection boosts your vehicle's stain resistance by limiting dirt and water accumulation on your protection film's surface.

03

Self-Healing

It sounds too good to be true, but our films really do heal themselves by using the heat from the sun or your vehicle's engine.

04

Look Great

Our paint protection films are available in high gloss and matte finishes, leaving your car with outstanding optics and clarity.

Have Questions? We've Got Answers!

In addition to the highest-quality car window tinting products, our customer service team excels at answering any questions you may have. We're here to help in any way and can even help determine which kind of protection is best for your vehicle. Call, text, or fill out the inquiry form on our website. Before you know it, your car will be super-stylish and even safer to drive with the help of Troop Films LLC.

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James Island couple claims they’re out thousands after contractor never did work

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builde...

JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - A couple on James Island thought they were well on their way to renovating their back deck after hiring a Lowcountry contractor. But after the contractor took their money, they say the work never got done.

Don Geddes and his wife have lived on James Island for more than two decades. They recently revamped their front steps and in September of last year decided they wanted to pull the trigger on renovating their back deck as well. They wanted a certain material and Geddes says Travis Tardiff of Tardiff Builders initially came recommended by the company that makes the material.

“The deposit was 50 percent of the job,” Geddes says. “The job was $15,000 and we wrote him a check for $7,500. And that’s the last time I saw him.”

Geddes says Tardiff started out by emailing them updates.

“I wrote him that check in September,” Geddes says. “We would get emails that told us where we were in the process. He said some of the material had come in, and then he said the material had come in but not the railing.”

The last email though came in March when Geddes says Tardiff dissolved the contract.

“He said the money orders are in the mail – but we never got that,” Geddes says.

Geddes also found, out after the fact, that Tardiff’s contracting license with the state expired months before even taking on the job.

Attempts to reach Tardiff through multiple forms failed. The email account listed was not accurate and bounced back. Some of the phone numbers listed were out of service. One phone number made it to voicemail, but it was full. The address for the business listed is now occupied by another company.

At this point, Geddes has filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and says his next step is to take the matter to small claims court.

“We also need some kind of emotional closure to this – because it was a violation in a way for us,” Geddes says. “But doing the interviews with the new people are more exciting because I’m going to be counting on these people to do the work they promised to do.”

If you are in a similar situation, you should contact the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. All rights reserved.

WWII pilots on a mission to bomb Japan practiced over Lake Murray in South Carolina; this is the story of Bomb Island

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tribune News Service) — In the middle of Lake Murray sits a piece of land that holds a large history behind it.Doolittle Island, also commonly known as Bomb Island, was the location of bombing practices for American airmen during World War II.In early 1942, the United States planned a mission to boost the country’s morale just months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and brought the U.S. into World War II. The U.S. planned to bomb Japan by launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier.P...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Tribune News Service) — In the middle of Lake Murray sits a piece of land that holds a large history behind it.

Doolittle Island, also commonly known as Bomb Island, was the location of bombing practices for American airmen during World War II.

In early 1942, the United States planned a mission to boost the country’s morale just months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and brought the U.S. into World War II. The U.S. planned to bomb Japan by launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier.

Pilots on the mission began practicing for it over Lake Murray, specifically today’s Doolittle Island, which is named for Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who led the mission. At the time, the pilots were stationed at Columbia Army Air Base, site of today’s Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Although the men operated military planes and machinery, the living conditions at the base were lacking, historian JoAnn Zeise explained.

“The conditions weren’t good. Apparently, some of them were living in tents,” Zeise, curator of history at the South Carolina State Museum, said.

Soldiers on the mission were volunteers from the 17th Bombardier Group who joined the raid not knowing what they were signing up for. The airmen were only aware of what was to be done while they were en route for Japan, according to historical sites.

“These men and their personal stories of courage are so inspiring. It’s a great story to share about these people who volunteered to put their life on the line for their country,” Zeise said.

After a couple of weeks, Doolittle’s men transferred to Florida.

Even though they had a short stint in South Carolina, they still felt connected to the Midlands, according to Zeis. For years, the Doolittle Raiders held annual reunions, including several in Columbia.

“They were there to share many stories of their experiences and talk about what an honor it was to serve their country,” Zeis said.

Throughout the war, B-25s conducted practice runs over the island.

Five of the planes ended up crashing into Lake Murray. Four were recovered.

One of the recovered B-25 bombers is on display at the South Carolina State Museum.

©2022 The State (Columbia, S.C.)

New facilities focus on career readiness at James Island Charter High School

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A shiny new basketball gym, an indoor-outdoor building construction classroom, a commercial kitchen and an entire wing reserved for health education are just some of the features of the two new buildings at James Island Charter High School. The $25 million development is the last major project in the Charleston County School District’s Phase Four Capital Programs plan approved and paid for by a referendum in 2016.

The new buildings consist of a Career Technology Education center and a new competitive gym. Inside the CTE building, students will find classes aimed at allowing them to achieve a Completers Status by developing hands-on skills. The Completers Status opens the door for students to get a leg up in college or to simply enter the workforce straight out of high school. Principal Timothy Thorn says it’s all about giving students options and opportunities.

“The thing behind Career Technology Education is that you can get a completers status and go into the workforce and earn a living wage,” Thorn said. “You don’t need to go to college to make a lot of money or to do well early on. You can always increase your credentials over time as well. You can go into the workforce, begin to provide for yourself, have some success and then maybe find the path you want to go down. Either way, it provides a vehicle for kids to earn skills and credentials to help them be successful in life.”

Students can study culinary arts in a commercial kitchen or building construction in an indoor-outdoor facility filled with the same machines found on an actual worksite. Of course, there are state-of-the-art computer labs for classes aimed at teaching students coding, programming and engineering as well.

Perhaps most impressive are the rooms dedicated to health sciences. Before entering classrooms, students walk past a nurse station designed to simulate the triage area of a hospital. Across the hall, half a dozen medical beds line a wall in a room that mirrors what you’d expect to see at any medical school. It’s the same equipment used by medical students, down to the patient dummies. Here students learn the basics of care and medical administration.

“We’re ecstatic. The facilities are gorgeous and state of the art,” Thorn said. “It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to get the kids in there.”

Next door, the gym has more than enough capacity to hold the entire student body and has everything you’d expect to see in a high school gym. The gym is branded head to toe in school colors and even the new weight room houses dumbbells with the image of the school’s mascot – a trojan warrior – painted on the sides. While the building is designed for athletics, it also doubles as a classroom.

“Every space has its purpose and supports our academic mission and hopefully helps kids find their paths going forward,” Thorn said.

Students studying sports medicine, for example, have classrooms adjacent to the gym, while even the student store located next to the trophy case has an educational opportunity for business students.

“The school store for example. It’s about learning how to do inventory, run a store, the debits and the credits and taking care of the cashier and patrons and serving the public, so learning all those aspects of life skills and employment skills are critical,” Thorn said.

Students will be able to start using building buildings when they return to school in August.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. All rights reserved.

My Charleston Weekend: Nerd Fest, fine arts and summer concerts

Enjoy every kind of art this weekend, from fine painting and photography to live music and popular movies and games. Check out the local art scene at the Artwalk, dress up in cosplay for CHS Nerd Fest and jam out at Mount Pleasant’s waterfront entertainment series.Nerd FestNerds and gamers of all ages can enjoy CHS Nerd Fest 2022. Whether you’re into esports or classic board games, Dungeons and Dragons or video games, this event will give you something to geek out about. There will also be food trucks, cosplay tut...

Enjoy every kind of art this weekend, from fine painting and photography to live music and popular movies and games. Check out the local art scene at the Artwalk, dress up in cosplay for CHS Nerd Fest and jam out at Mount Pleasant’s waterfront entertainment series.

Nerd Fest

Nerds and gamers of all ages can enjoy CHS Nerd Fest 2022. Whether you’re into esports or classic board games, Dungeons and Dragons or video games, this event will give you something to geek out about. There will also be food trucks, cosplay tutorials, comics and anime merch, a parents’ lounge and more.

CHS Nerd Fest will be held from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at Union Station, 652A King St., downtown Charleston. Entry is $20. Kids under 10 get in free. The event is open to all ages during the day. There will be a 21+ after-party from 8-midnight featuring live entertainment. For tickets, visit chsnerdfest.com.

Artwalk

Take a stroll through downtown for the Charleston Gallery Association’s monthly Artwalk, a self-guided tour of member galleries held from 5-8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. On Aug. 5, see new exhibits inspired by the coastal landscape and ocean at the Charleston Artist Guild Gallery at 160 East Bay St., the Lowcountry Artists Gallery at 148 East Bay St. and Robert Lange Studios at 2 Queen St. All three galleries will hold free opening receptions from 5-8 p.m. during the Artwalk. To see all participating locations and plan your tour route, visit charlestongalleryassociation.com/artwalk.

Waterfront Music and Movies

End your workweek with live music while watching the sun set over the Charleston Harbor. At 6 p.m. each Friday in August, residents and visitors are invited to head to Mount Pleasant’s Memorial Waterfront Park for an evening of music and movies. This week’s movie is “Pitch Perfect.” Live music will be provided by Missy B. and the Level 10 Band.

Music begins at 6 p.m. and movies start after sunset, approximately 8:15-8:30. Three food trucks will be on site offering food, drinks and frozen treats. Admission and parking are free.

For more information and to view the summer’s lineup of bands and movies, visit bit.ly/3vwysI3.

Reggae Nights

This weekend is your last chance to experience the 2022 Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series. At 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5, gates open for the final show at James Island County Park. This week’s band is Mystic Vibrations, a local four-piece rhythm group.

The show starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m., giving you plenty of time to enjoy the music, get something to eat and explore the selection of vendors, including Charleston Hemp Collective, Irie Innovation, InDyeCo and more.

Admission is $10 for ages 13+, free for children 12 and under and Gold Pass members. For more information, visit bit.ly/3zmvF5l.

Yoga in the Yard

Kick your Sunday brunch game up a notch with this new weekly yoga at Baker and Brewer. Participants will work up a sweat with an outdoor yoga class taught by instructors from Charleston Power Yoga at 10 a.m. Sundays starting Aug. 7. After the workout, class attendees can get a discount on food and drinks from Baker and Brewer.

The class costs $15. Extra mats and equipment won’t be available, so bring along whatever you’ll need for the workout. Register through Charleston Power Yoga’s MindBody app or at bit.ly/3zqc2tm.

WWII pilots on a mission to bomb Japan practiced over Lake Murray. This is the story of Bomb Island

In the middle of Lake Murray sits a piece of land that holds a large history behind it.Doolittle Island, also commonly known as Bomb Island, was the location of bombing practices for American airmen during World War II.In early 1942, the United States planned a mission to boost the country’s morale just months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and brought the U.S. into World War II. The U.S. planned to bomb Japan by launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier.Pilots on the mission began practicing for it o...

In the middle of Lake Murray sits a piece of land that holds a large history behind it.

Doolittle Island, also commonly known as Bomb Island, was the location of bombing practices for American airmen during World War II.

In early 1942, the United States planned a mission to boost the country’s morale just months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and brought the U.S. into World War II. The U.S. planned to bomb Japan by launching B-25 bombers from an aircraft carrier.

Pilots on the mission began practicing for it over Lake Murray, specifically today’s Doolittle Island, which is named for Lt. Col. James Doolittle, who led the mission. At the time, the pilots were stationed at Columbia Army Air Base, site of today’s Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Although the men operated military planes and machinery, the living conditions at the base were lacking, historian JoAnn Zeise explained.

“The conditions weren’t good. Apparently, some of them were living in tents,” Zeise, curator of history at the South Carolina State Museum, said.

Soldiers on the mission were volunteers from the 17th Bombardier Group who joined the raid not knowing what they were signing up for. The airmen were only aware of what was to be done while they were en route for Japan, according to historical sites.

“These men and their personal stories of courage are so inspiring. it’s a great story to share about these people who volunteered to put their life on the line for their country,” Zeise said.

After a couple of weeks, Doolittle’s men transferred to Florida, according to multiple sites.

Even though they had a short stint in South Carolina, they still felt connected to the Midlands, according to Zeis. For years, the Doolittle Raiders held annual reunions, including several in Columbia.

“They were there to share many stories of their experiences and talk about what an honor it was to serve their country,” Zeis said.

Throughout the war, B-25s conducted practice runs over the island. during the course of the war.

Five of the planes ended up crashing into Lake Murray. Four were recovered.

One of the recovered B-25 bombers is on display at the South Carolina State Museum.

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