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64 A dam Sumner of Wrapix Imaging in Burbank, California, started his business as a sign shop but soon got into the wrap industry to combine his two passions of print- ing and cars. Sumner, who grew up in the offset printing industry, started Hayes & Co. Printing in 2007 and rebranded it as Wrapix Imaging six years later. He installs wraps onto personal and commercial vehicles that help with marketing, add logos and designs, change colors and finishes, and protect the exterior paint. It helped Sumner had some of the equipment he already needed, such as a wide-format printer and a laminator, to delve into an industry that appeals to a growing number of sign shop owners. He now has five printers, a new laminator and flat-bed mounting tables to help with the wraps, which consist of a roll of film or vinyl with adhesive backing that can be adhered to a vehicle, wall, floor, window or other surface. "I had always had a passion for cars and wanted to explore the auto industry and still apply the printing background I came from," Sumner says. "I get to work with those cars, and it's so fast-paced." Getting Started in the Wrap Industry Sumner, who also owns Wrapix Academy, a 3M-authorized training and testing facility for graphic installations, specializes in the design, printing and installation of wallpaper and architectural wraps with an emphasis on vehicle wraps from red carpet events to fleet graphics. S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 Carbon Wraps in Orlando, Florida, installs a 3M 780mc reflective printed wrap on a Nissan Nismo GTR. WRAP SHOP PRIMER WRAPS? Thinking About Entering the vehicle wrap industry requires some basic equipment, staff training By Shelley Widhalm Shelley Widhalm is a freelance business writer living in Loveland, Colorado.

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