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September '18

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56 • September 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS Learn to Succeed Wrap training sources Charity Jackson is co-owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995, and has worked in the sign industry for over 25 years. You can visit her website at B Y C H A R I T Y J A C K S O N Let's Talk Shop conventions, seminar training and exhibit hall demonstrations are a great place to start. Here you can talk one-on-one with industry experts and fellow wrap installers. Another option to get you started is supplier-sponsored training. Typically the training is held on-site at one of the supplier's locations and a team of trainers are brought in from a major manufacturer. 3 M now has a 40-foot trailer that is outfitted to provide on-site training on architectural films and vehicle graphics. 3M Authorized Trainers provide hands-on instruction of install techniques in small class sizes. The 3M trailer is touring the country, connecting with installers through their local supplier branch. Another of our local suppliers is hosting a similar program from Arlon. Again, it's a smaller class size taught by Arlon train- ers where they provide both classroom and hands-on training covering techniques and wrap tips as well as post application guidelines. Most of these training opportunities are one-day classes, offered at a local supplier branch, making this a convenient way to get introduced to wrap training. Costs for the training vary but typically include tools, vinyl samples, discount credits and lunch. In Depth If you feel like wraps is something that you want to pursue, then more extensive training is important. 3M, Avery Dennison, Arlon, Hexis, ORAFOL and many other major manufacturers offer in-depth training classes. Previous experience is often recommended but beginner and advanced classes are typically offered. I attended a 3M Advanced Installer training class offered through Wrapix Academy in Burbank, California, a couple years ago. The training course was a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice that extended over three days, with a five-day option as well. The class sizes are very small with an instructor available during the hands-on practice to offer suggestions. Another class I plan to attend soon is Avery Dennison's training course that was developed by Justin Pate. These two-day classes are offered around the country. The basic/intermediate classes focus on a variety of applications including full-print vehicle wraps, color-change wraps, floors, walls and windows. T o wrap vehicles properly it's best to get formal training where you learn what material to use for different applica- tions, the tools involved, proper surface preparation and post- wrap finishing. There are many, many tips and tricks that can really only be learned by hands-on practice, which makes in- person training so valuable. Getting the right training will make you a more efficient installer who can produce a higher-quality finished product. Training is offered in a few different ways and choosing the right program for you depends on your current experience level and what your end goals are. Getting Started If you're just getting into vehicle wrapping and are curious about the machines, material options, tools, application tech- niques and wrap marketing and workflow then sign industry Supplier hosted training gives you an opportunity to learn from indus- try experts in a convenient setting.

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