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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 • WRAPS • 51 Installation: Pull the vinyl at the cor- ners and edges of the panel to "glass out" the lm. The goal is to have 90% of the surface already wrapped before you even lay a squeegee down. Installation: Install the full surface of the panel with your squeegee using a methodical and organized pattern, so you don't miss any air. Installation: When you get to the edges of the panel's surface, use your heat source to heat and relax the edges of the vinyl. This allows the vinyl to release any stress from the initial pre-stretch. Wrap behind body panels for the most optimal coverage. You can use a slight pre-stretch with optional heat assist to wrap around corners cleanly. Trimming: Carefully trim the vinyl, being sure to mind your blade! You should avoid directly cutting on the paint. If you must put down any knifeless tape, be sure to heat the vinyl down over the tape, then pull your string to make your cuts. Finishing: Using 3M Edge Seal Tape or scrap laminate, lay 1/4"–1/2" pinstripes to edge seal any stressed areas. This is good for holding down stressed corners or to seal the vinyl edge down. When in doubt, lam it out! Finishing: Time to bake! Post-heating is essential for securing the vinyl wrap to its new shape. Follow material manufacturer guidelines for their proper post-heat tem- peratures, they can vary. 160–195 F is the usual range. A heat gun/digital thermom- eter combo is recommended, but other options are a steamer, or an infrared light heater. Torches are meant for highly skilled installers only, and mistakes can be made with any heat source. Take caution! The Full Pull Method continued from page 18 WHERE YOU CAN FIND US: FB: @wrapseshaz @sharkmouthsquad IG: @wrapseshaz @vinylvixenwraps Web: www.wrapseshaz.com www.vinylvixenwraps.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/wrapsesh Contact Us: wrapseshaz@gmail.com Photographer: Ashley Afdahl The Roll Down Method If needed, lay down your 3M Knifeless tape just before installation. Place a rag in the striker if you want to install the vinyl with the door slightly open. The striker is located just inside the door jamb, where the door latches. This makes it easier to wrap around edges. Prep: Pre-Trim your vinyl panel with approximately 2"–3" of "bleed" to all sides to get that wrap-around install. Now you are ready to roll! Installation: Place magnets on the ve- hicle, 6"–10" from the top of your vinyl panel. This is where you will start your hinge. It is usually best to place just be- low a body line, if possible. Masking tape can be used when wrapping a non-metal surface. Installation: Carefully pull the vinyl down to remove it from the backing pa- per above the magnets. This creates your hinge. Be sure that your magnets, or tape do not shift. Installation: Using a paper-cutting knife or bodyguard cutter carefully cut the backing paper 2"– 4" inches above your magnet line. Lift exposed vinyl and tack it down to the vehicle surface then squeegee the lm down as your anchor point. Installation: Once all the exposed vinyl has been installed, remove your magnets. Starting at the bottom of the vinyl panel, roll the lm up and lift it above your hinge. Remove the backing paper near your hinge and pull it down, exposing more of the adhesive backing. Installation: Pull vinyl down and keeping slight tension with the lm/ backing paper rolled up in one hand, while you squeegee the vinyl down with your other hand. Trimming: Install the full surface of the panel, then open the door to wrap around edges for the most optimal cov- erage. You can use a slight pre-stretch with optional heat assist to wrap around corners cleanly. Trimming: Carefully trim the vi- nyl, being sure to mind your blade. You should avoid directly cutting on the paint. If you have put down any knifeless tape, be sure to heat the vinyl down over the tape, then pull your string to make your cuts. Finishing: Using 3M Edge Seal Tape or scrap laminate, lay 1/4"–1/2" pinstripes to edge seal any stressed areas. This is good for holding down corners or to seal the vinyl edge down. When in doubt, lam it out! Finishing: Time to Bake! Post-heating is essential for securing the vinyl wrap to its new shape. Follow material manufac- turer guidelines for their proper post- heat temperatures, they vary. 160–195 F is the usual range. A heat gun/digital thermometer combo is recommended, but other options are a steamer, or an in- frared light heater. Torches are meant for highly skilled installers only, and mistakes can be made with any heat source. Take caution! continued from page 25 WHERE YOU CAN FIND US: FB: @wrapseshaz @sharkmouthsquad IG: @wrapseshaz @vinylvixenwraps Web: www.wrapseshaz.com www.vinylvixenwraps.com YouTube: www.youtube.com/wrapsesh Contact Us: wrapseshaz@gmail.com Photographer: Ashley Afdahl

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