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VEHICLES + VINYL

WRAP INSTALLATION
PRIMER

MARK

KISSLING
is ST's Managing Editor
and Book Division
Director. Contact him
at mark.kissling@
stmediagroup.com.

A quick overview of the process

PPLYING vinyl to wrap a
vehicle is the "fun" part
of the job, but requires no
less attention to detail
- probably even more - than the
planning and preparing we discussed
last month.

A

Applying a wrap is a two-handed process: one hand holding the unapplied
vinyl and the other smoothing it in place with a squeegee.
the middle of the vinyl while pulling
down from the bottom with the other
hand. While still pressing against the
PHOTOS BY AVERY DENNISON

APPLICATION TECHNIQUES
Craig Campbell, graphics products
market manager for ORAFOL and
author of the book Vehicle Wrapping
(available from Amazon.com), suggests starting with the panel for the
rear portion of the driver's side of
the vehicle. Take your printed and
laminated vinyl and peel back the
release liner from the top, all the way
across and down 3-4 in. Position and
reposition the graphic by tacking it
down until level, then press against

Proper installation techniques include correct squeegee angle and even
pressure applied across the graphic.
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graphic, pull the liner down another
4-6 in. Now use a squeegee, starting
in the middle of the graphic and on a
flat portion of the vehicle, to smooth
the vinyl down in place, moving outward. Use consistent pressure and
motion to avoid forcing excess vinyl
to the edges. Once the entire graphic
is in place, turn the squeegee over
and move back all the way across
the graphic, maintaining the same
level pressure. Once this "baseline" as
Craig calls it, is established, all of the
other panels can be installed.
When your graphic spans the seam
of a vehicle, lift the vinyl with its
release liner peeled back a few inches
and then squeegee it into the recessed
area. Make sure to use enough pressure, maybe using your finger instead
of the squeegee, to ensure the vinyl
is fully applied all the way into the


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - June 2017

Signs of the Times - June 2017
Contents
From the Editor
St Update
At Large
Tech Review
Vehicles + Vinyl
Design Matters
Nuts + Bolts
Trending Times Square
Smart Surroundings
Digital Sign Manufacturing
Strictly Electric: A Goodman Sign
New Products
Advertising Index
Last Look
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Signs of the Times - June 2017 - From the Editor
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Signs of the Times - June 2017 - Tech Review
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