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2 8 G R A P H I C S P R O • J U N E 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M When quoting the job, we relied on a template proof, which made it difficult to determine size and obstacles. (Images courtesy of Charity Jackson) L E T ' S T A L K S H O P | C H A R I T Y J A C K S O N S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G Anatomy of an Installation Breaking down the installation of a commercial vehicle wrap Charity Jackson is the owner of Visual Horizons Custom Signs based in Modesto, California. She has been in business since 1995 and has worked in the sign indus- try for nearly 30 years. You can visit her website at W e've noticed a steady increase in installation requests from large national design agencies. Installing for national accounts has become a consis- tent addition to the number of spot graph- ics and wraps we do monthly. A recent installation we completed made me think about some things that need to be considered when quoting projects for outside companies. Many of these con- siderations are for when you're handling the project from start to finish, but there are a few extra things to consider when the graphics are shipped to you instead. I will use this recent job to break down the project from an installation standpoint. e company that hired us created an excellent design that looks fan- tastic on the oversized vehicle we wrapped. I quoted this installation based on photos and proofs sent to us, but there were a few things that I missed that made a big dif- ference in the overall time it took us to complete the installation. Design When designing a wrap, I spend time photographing the vehicle, taking mea- surements, looking at the condition of the paint, checking out obstacles, and plan- ning the artwork around those obstacles. When we're sent the graphics for a job,

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