Signs of the Times - May 2017 - 26
VEHICLES + VINYL
HOW TO PLAN A WRAP
The first steps any beginner should know.
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requires a combination
of mental and physical
abilities, which are best
and most quickly gained by taking a
wrap training class. The advice and
hands-on practice with an experienced installer will help you develop
good decision-making and physical
skills in this very manual, tactile
profession. Professionals also strongly
recommend that installers take some
time at the start of every job to plan
the installation process. Too often,
less experienced installers jump right
in and start wrapping without first
having a plan. This may cause mistakes
costing both time and material.
Make sure to have a plan!
Cleaning supplies that include wax,
bug and tar remover are necessary
to ensure the vehicle is completely
clean and free of anything that could
interfere with the adherence of the
wrap film. This includes washing the
tires to make sure no silicone substance
comes into contact with the wrap.
You'll also need isopropyl alcohol and
a lint-free cloth for the final clean.
Application gloves, rollers and
Want your wrap job to shine like this Audi wrapped by Wicked Wraps
(Mukilteo, WA) with Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film? Make sure
it's completely clean and wax-free.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
squeegees allow you to handle the
graphic without transferring dirty
fingerprints, and also to position
and press down the wrap. You can
also handle heated vinyl. Rollers
and squeegees speed the process of
pressing and smoothing the film in
place. At times, gloves work better
as they fit in tight areas and allow
for variable finger pressure.
Magnets and tape help hold the
film in position. You can slide a graphic
under magnets without pulling tape
free. If a graphic isn't being applied to
metal, then tape works. Heat guns and
other heating sources are important
to warm a vehicle or soften and stretch
the film to help mold it in place,
especially on irregular surfaces. Finally,
knives or blades trim the excess
amounts of graphic once it's in place.