Signs of the Times - May 2017 - 28
VEHICLES + VINYL
take them off. Spending 15-20 minutes
removing them first will save you
more than that in future time - and
aggravation. Also, removing them
helps the wrap look much cleaner.
Use this time to identify all of the
areas that will be difficult to apply
the vinyl: bumpers with large protrusions or deep recesses, back quarter
panels, or headlights and taillights
that are difficult to work around. You
may decide that removing the headand taillights will also help you improve
your speed and overall quality. If you
are doing a full-color change wrap,
removing the bumpers is another
consideration. However, be cautious
when disassembling a vehicle and
make sure you or someone you work
with can properly reassemble it.
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Use magnets like these to "dry fit" the graphic panels on metal surfaces
prior to installation. On non-metal surfaces, use tape.
PLAN THE ATTACK
Ask your customer to drop off a clean
vehicle the night before you begin.
Request that they not apply wax or
any specialized cleaning products. In
the event your customer can't deliver
a clean vehicle, run it through a car
wash to remove the heavy dirt.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Next, take a few minutes to walk
around and study the vehicle. Ask
yourself a few questions, such as,
"What should I do about the mirrors
and door handles?" These stand out
from the vehicle and, if left in place,
can make an install much more difficult. If they can be removed easily,
"DRY FIT" AND FINAL CLEAN
Before peeling the liner and starting
to stick down the graphics, fit the
panels into place using magnets or
tape. This important step will confirm
you have all of the panels for the wrap
and that they are the correct size. You
don't want to discover you made a
piece the wrong size after you've begun
your install. In the event something
isn't quite right, you'll be able to
modify your plan.
At this point, the vehicle should
already be relatively clean. All of
the road grime, bugs and tar should
already be removed from the vehicle.
This final step is intended to remove
any remaining dust, wax or contaminants that might prevent the film
from sticking to the vehicle. Avery
Dennison Surface Cleaner is one
option for removing these, and the
final clean should be completed using
isopropyl alcohol and a lint-free cloth.
Be sure to wrap the cloth around your
squeegee and clean the recessed
areas and gaps between bodylines.
The "only" thing left to do is apply
the wrap, which we'll delve into next