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VEHICLES + VINYL

seam, and that no part stretches
across it. Also, Craig writes, be
sure to reestablish a level baseline
once you have completed the seam,
as some of the vinyl may otherwise
become unevenly distributed.
TRIMMING
Once a panel is completely applied,
use a utility knife to trim away the
excess vinyl at the top edges along
the body-line of the vehicle. At the
bottom of the panel, wrap the vinyl
inside the wheel well, then apply the
panel for the lower portion of the
vehicle. Trim this graphic 3-4 in. past
the start of the wheel well so it will
tuck under and wrap around completely. Use a squeegee to apply the
vinyl until no more paint is visible.
Then, as Craig writes, make four or
five small vertical "relief cuts" along
the wheel well that will allow the
vinyl to "relax," making it easier to
wrap inside the well.
"For me, trimming is the most
tedious and difficult part of doing
a wrap," said Molly Waters, senior
technical specialist, Avery Dennison

Heating the vinyl causes it to "relax," conform to contours and adhere to
the vehicle.
Graphics Solutions. "Take your time
and think twice before trimming
away excess vinyl or making relief
cuts so you avoid any miscuts. A
slight miscut can cause the paint
from the vehicle to be visible and
possibly ruin all of your hard work."

There's no substitute for hands-on training with an experienced wrap installer,
such as Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute and the Avery Dennison/Mutoh
Wrap Training Program.
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POST HEATING
With the panels installed, the next
step, post heating, calls for a heat gun
or propane torch. Keeping the tip of
the heat source 4-5 in. from the vinyl,
heat all of the areas where it was
stretched by more than 10%, as
well as the vinyl at the edges. Continue to heat the vinyl until you see
it relax, which should only take a few
seconds. It's crucial to keep the heat
moving back and forth over an 8-10 in.
section at all times. Leaving the heat on
one area for even slightly too long will
burn the vinyl, forcing you to replace
the entire panel. With the material now
warmed, work the portions into the
wheel well with gloved hands and down
along the edges with a rivet brush.
Repeat these techniques until all
the panels are installed, trimmed
and heated. Once you've mastered
the process, snap some pics of your
best projects and enter them in our
Vehicle Graphics Contest. The details
and entry form are on signweb.com
and the deadline is July 14, so get
wrapping and snapping!


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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
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