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August '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • August 2018 • 47 You should also be familiar with the properties of the film itself. If the mate- rial is not laminated, you need to be sure to use the right squeegee and possibly a water and soap solution. If the material is textured, be aware that it's directional and be sure that you apply it in the same direction across the object. Also be con- scious of any heating or stretching that could alter the film's texture. Some materials require water to install properly while others require a dry installation. Know your material so that you know the best approach for the installation. Pre-Stretch No matter what object you're wrap- ping, knowing a few simple techniques will make a huge difference in the final results of your application. One example is the pre-stretch technique. In this technique the material is heated, stretched then placed around an object. Once it's placed on the object, with a few inches of overlap at the edges, the material is reheated so that it shrinks Here you can see how this unwieldly plastic vehicle piece was transformed with a single sheet of carbon fiber film. These objects were all unique in their own way, but each involved plenty of curves. By utilizing proper install techniques and using the right materials for the object we created a long-term wrap. back and conforms around the object, much like shrink-wrapping. Because vinyl has a memory to it, stretched vinyl wants to shrink back to it's original shape. However, if the vinyl is overstretched, especially right to the edge of an object, the vinyl will lift and fail once the vinyl starts to shrink back. By heating, wrapping, then reheating the

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