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May '19

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46 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS and car dealerships wanting to increase their sales and diversify their product offerings. "It's just becoming a lot more popular, and the product has gotten a lot better. It's a much more robust product," Wood says, adding that initially the product wasn't as clear or as long lasting. "It's also easier to install because it's more pliable." Wrap shops in particular wanting to get into the business already have a base knowledge about the processes, tools and equipment that will help with installing PPF, says Laura Kvistad, senior marketing communications administrator for 3M. "It's easy for them to understand and pick up the technology," Kvistad says. "It's a perfect addition to their business to help grow their business further." The Installation of PPF PPF is installed as a wet application, versus vinyl that is installed dry. It is placed on the vehicle in two main meth- ods, either as a kit or as a bulk installation. The kit install typically is done with a plotter with a dedicated 45-degree blade and pattern-cutting software, Wood says. The material is cut to a design that fits around the parts of the vehicle, such as the mirrors, doors and hood, he says. There are thousands of design patterns An installer demonstrates how to install paint protection film using 3M's Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Pro Series, which has a 10-year warranty. 3M's paint protection film kits. The quality- tested PPF kits include easy-to-install 3M Pattern and Solutions Center software. 3M offers the Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Pro Series in a matte finish, as pictured here, and in a gloss finish. to fit the different parts of a vehicle and vehicle types, he says. P P F also can be applied as a bulk install by placing the raw material or the bulk roll directly onto the vehicle and physically cutting and trimming it to fit the individual parts, Wood says. "Most people prefer kit over bulk installation, just because the kits are designed to fit the areas of the vehicle," Kvistad says, adding that bulk installs are more difficult to work with to get the right dimensions. "It gives our installers more convenience and makes their jobs go much faster." Before doing the installation, the installer should make sure the vehicle's surface is clean and free of debris and pre-fill any chips or scratches. The installer then can remove the excess material around each pattern piece and pull off the adhesive from the film, lining up the film to the exact dimensions of the vehicle part. "This stuff will want to stick to itself," Smith says, explaining that a slip solution needs to be sprayed onto the film and the working surface and even fingers before the film is laid onto the surface to prevent it from immediately sticking. "You can't use too much of that slip solution." Wood recommends a slip solution consisting of three drops of Johnson's Baby Shampoo and 32 ounces of water, but using more soap in warmer condi- tions and less in colder conditions. He also recommends a squeegee covered in the solution to help stretch and form the film to the vehicle parts. "The soapy solution allows you to move it around until it's tacked in place," Wood says. The solution helps the film float on the vehicle's surface before it is in place, followed by a tack solution consisting of isopropyl alcohol and water to tack it down and adhere it to the surface. The tack solution "helps the adhesive to become more aggressive," Smith says. "It will allow the problem areas to stick down."

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