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68 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 There also are basic tools that are needed to install the wraps, including a knife to cut the material, tape or magnets to hold it in place, a squeegee to apply it and release any air channels, and a heat gun for melting. The Shop Space To house the equipment and tools, a production room needs to be at least 800 square feet, Sumner says, adding that 1,000 square feet would be better to allow for a separate office space. The Carneys recommend larger shops include a designated bay for vehicles and an area for training. They hope to purchase a new space by 2019 and add a gallery to display images of their finished products to offer a more welcoming and artistic atmosphere, Steve says. "We want an art gallery for what we do," Steve says. "Our shop is nice. It's welcoming, but we used what we moved into." Wrap installers can start as small as an 80- by 40-foot space with a 15-foot door for production, sales and staff, according to industry veteran John Duever in an interview with Justin Pate, president of the Wrap Institute, in a video explaining how to set up a successful wrap shop, tips-setting-wrap-shop. Duever also suggests avoiding locating in a building with too much rent or overhead. "It's best not go full in right out of the gate and buy a ton of equipment and hire a large staff," says Pate, who started the Wrap Institute in 2014. "Start off big enough to get the ball "We have two desk cubicles setup in the center of our production space. These guys design and run the engravers, printers and vinyl cutter from this area. It's also near the front counter and oversees the production / finishing areas," says Charity Jackson of Visual Horizons. Tucked in a corner is our rotary engraver, laser engraver (with ventilation to outside) and storage shelves for only engraving related items. Carbon Wraps adds an Avery Denison lime green wrap to a Porsche 911 Carrera. WRAPS

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