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BIG PICTURE

October 2019

WRAP RACE

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In business, reputation can be everything. A recent client
sought out Huntsville, Alabama-based Metro Signs and Wraps
(metrosignsandwraps.com) after eating breakfast at a local
restaurant. The customer was approached by a fellow diner
who overheard him talking about wanting to wrap his race
car - and the stranger recommended the shop. "I still do not
know who that guy [who recommended us] was, but it shows
that doing a good job and doing the best for your customers
pays off. It's the best advertising you could ever have," says
Alan Wilson, owner of Metro Signs and Wraps.
The company specializes in vehicle wraps and has built a
name for themselves in the drag-racing community in

Huntsville. Their client races long-rail dragsters and has
always had those vehicles painted, but for his first Pro
Modified racing car, he needed a different, but cost-effective,
option for customization. Given the shape of the Pro Mod
- and the fact that the body flexes under a high-powered
3000 horsepower engine - a vinyl wrap is a better choice
than paint, which may need frequent touch ups, Wilson says.
"The wrap would flex with the body of the car and it also
gave him a lower cost," he adds. "He got an estimate of
$12,000 to paint this car. The wrap was a little over $3500
and done in half the time of a paint job."
The customer wanted the Pro Mod car's wrap to match
the metallic paint colors and design on his dragsters. After
completing many test prints, the PSP found the right formula
for color matching and printed 300 square feet of 3M
IJ180mC-10 silver wrap film with a Mimaki CJV30-160 press.
"We chose a few Pantone colors that were 50 percent
lighter than the colors we were matching to and then printed
them with a 3M print profile and set it up to do an overprint
and pause between passes," Wilson explains. "Printing on
this material causes the first pass of print color to get washed
out due to the silver base, but we have figured out that doing
an overprint doubles up the ink and allows a more vibrant
color to show up."
With this process, there is twice the down time to let the
material off gas, he says. The graphics were laminated with 3M
8518 gloss. Racing stripes were created with Avery Dennison
Supreme Wrapping Film SW900-194 black carbon fiber. "We
had to use 3M knifeless tape to draw them due to the complex
cowl hood," Wilson says. Installation took three days.


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Big Picture - October 2019
Contents
Insight
Wide Angle
Upfront
Extreme Vinyl
Let’s Ride
Wrap Like a King Winners
The 2019 Women in Print Awards
R+D
Job Log
Big Picture - October 2019 - Intro
Big Picture - October 2019 - Big Picture - October 2019
Big Picture - October 2019 - Cover2
Big Picture - October 2019 - Contents
Big Picture - October 2019 - Insight
Big Picture - October 2019 - 3
Big Picture - October 2019 - Wide Angle
Big Picture - October 2019 - 5
Big Picture - October 2019 - 6
Big Picture - October 2019 - 7
Big Picture - October 2019 - Upfront
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