Raciel Mendez of Tint Cartel has served the Wasco community for the last year. He comes from Madera, where he owned Sin Cal Glass and Tint for eight years. He prides himself in offering high-quality work at reasonable prices.
His is a mobile business, and comes to residential, commercial or automotive clients.
Mendez is from a Hispanic family, with his parents originating from Oaxaca and Durango in Mexico. He said they taught him Spanish and instilled in him the value of hard work and a commitment to be the best version of himself.
His grandmother, Antonia, had the most significant influence in encouraging him to be an entrepreneur.
"She had the most impact as she raised me. She inspired me to be my own boss, always telling me it was the greatest option. I' m the first business owner in my family. I like the freedom and the ability to make my hours."
He works solo but has plans eventually to hire more employees. His clients are from Delano, Shafter and Bakersfield. "From all around the area," he said.
Mendez believes he stands out from the rest. "I use ceramic tinting, Rayno Film, which reflects the most heat from the sun and blocks 99% of all UV rays. That brand partners with the Skin Cancer Foundation."
He said he is passionate about his business because he likes satisfying customers when they see his finished work. "It makes me happy," he says.
"With my almost a decade of experience, I solve problems. Many clients want me to do tint removals because their current tint job is not doing their work."
Mendez focuses on customer satisfaction and service and getting the job done quickly.
"My goal is to make sure the job is done right. I am friendly and reliable, with attention to detail. I am by appointment only but am flexible with clients' availability time, considering their busy schedules for some."
He said he learned the craft from the best. "In my hometown of Madera, I had a cousin who has been doing it for 20 years, and he taught me the trade."
Mendez said he is blessed with how well the Wasco community has embraced him since moving here to be with his fiance and children.
"Wasco has shown me a lot of love and heart. They have been really good to me. The people are great and I appreciate that the town is family-orientated."
In Madera, he sponsored sports teams and other non-profit organizations.
"It's important to me to be a part of the community, and I would like to get more involved."
Mendez also participates in car shows and recently joined the Wasco Rose Festival activities that provided a space for car enthusiasts like him.
"It was a very nice event that brought others like me together. I enjoyed my time there. It was a very warm environment."
To learn more about Tint Cartel's service and schedule an appointment, call 559-705-3815 or visit his Instagram page at Tint_Cartel_.