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Florida-Based Window Film Shop Raises Funds for Fellow Tinting Industry Member


Florida-Based Window Film Shop Raises Funds for Fellow Tinting Industry Member

Chris Brooks, owner of Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap, hosted a wrap installation class on March 27-29, 2024, in his Palm Beach Gardens shop to raise funds for a fellow member of the window film industry who needs assistance paying medical expenses after being diagnosed with cancer and just months to live. Trainees learned to wrap a vehicle using 3M™ Wrap Film, 1080 Series, donated by Accent Distributing, a 3M™ Authorized Distributor with headquarters in Sarasota, Houston, and Arizona (coming soon!).


Florida-Based Window Film Shop Raises Funds for Fellow Tinting Industry Member

PALM BEACH GARDENTS, FL (May 3, 2024) – A local window film company out of Palm Beach Gardens recently raised more than $7,000 to help a fellow member of the window film industry and his family pay for medical expenses after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and just months to live.

Chris Brooks, owner of Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl, worked with Tinters for a Cause, a national nonprofit organization devoted to raising funds to help members of the window film industry during times of tragedy or illness, to host a three-day vinyl wrap training class at his shop in Palm Beach Gardens. The course registration fee was collected by Tinters for a
Cause and provided to the family of fellow window film industry member and Arizona resident Billy Aiton, who is suffering from stage 4 cancer and may have only a few months to live.

Brooks first learned of Aiton’s circumstance in communication circles on Facebook. “In my heart, I felt like I needed to do something to give back,” Brooks said. “If it was me, I would hope that someone in the industry would help me out.”

With more than 30 years in the industry, Brooks offers wrap installation training in his shop two to three times a year. He was familiar with Tinters for a Cause and their goal to assist members of the community in times of need. He decided to offer the course and donate all of the proceeds from registration.

“In the industry, I get to know a lot of different people,” Brooks said. “I started making phone calls.” During those phone calls, Brooks collected sponsorships from a variety of different companies, both nationally and globally, including Accent Distributing, a 3M™ Authorized distributor of wrap film, paint protection film, decorative finishes and window film. With headquarters in Sarasota and Houston, Accent Distributing works with 3M dealers throughout the United States and Caribbean. Accent Distributing donated the rolls of 3M™ Wrap Film for the class to use during its training.

“We were happy to donate the film that Chris needed to run his class and know that it was going to help further build the industry by training new vinyl installers while, at the same time, help someone within the tinting family in need,” said Shawn Cabral, CEO of Accent Distributing.

With all of the supplies donated, Brooks was able to host the class on March 27 – 29 in his Palm Beach Gardens shop. Class participants walked away with about $1,600 worth of products and tools after the three-day learning experience.

Tinters for a Cause was more than happy to facilitate the donation, said Dean Mitchell, president/founder of the organization. Tinters for a Cause first began when a local window film installer’s wife needed a heart transplant about five years ago. A “Tint-A-Thon” to benefit her brought people together in Texas. “At the time, several of us started talking about how we should form a foundation to provide more ways to help members of the window film community with financial assistance when tragedy strikes,” Mitchell said. In 2022, Tinters for a Cause became an official nonprofit organization and has since helped dozens of people within the industry.

Brooks’ class was the second fundraiser for Aiton and his family. TintWorks out of Murfreesboro, TN, hosted a paint protection film course in which all of the funds from registration and a raffle were donated to the family. To date, there has been more than $25,000 raised.

“I never asked anyone for money,” Aiton said. “I’m so overwhelmed. I had no idea that I had that much of an impact on people. I was taken by surprise.”

In December, Aiton, 55, was told that cancer in his liver had spread to his lungs and he had just a few months to live. Based in Scottsdale, Aiton sold his window film business, Pro-Tech Window Tinting, he started 26 years ago. Aiton has been installing window film for 41 years. He is undergoing a form of chemotherapy and not taking any moment for granted. He said that people from all over the world have reached out to him to thank him for his friendship and, in some cases,
his mentorship. “I don’t know how to say thank you that many times,” Aiton said of the outpouring of support and the donations.

Mitchell said there are more fundraisers planned to help Aiton and his family, including events during the International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™ at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from September 19-21, 2024, and the Window Film Revolution at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., from August 27-30, 2024.

“It’s wonderful to see how the people in our industry step up and help one another,” Mitchell said. “They leave the competition between the window film brands and tint shops aside and just work together on the cause.”

For more information about Accent Distributing, visit For more information about Kauff’s Signs, Tint & Wrap, visit For more information about Tinters for a Cause, visit

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