Sign & Digital Graphics

2015 WRAPS

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104 I WRAPS I 2015 A nyone who is looking at getting into wraps, or who is in the market for a printer upgrade, is faced with the decision of which printer to buy. With so many printers on the market, it's important that you choose the right printer for your shop's needs. So let me to take you on a journey to show you my system for finding right printer. Consider Films It would be prudent to discuss the films first. So let me break it down in two simple choices. For all short-term wraps on vehicles that do not have compound curves you can use a soft, calendered vinyl. I use a premium cast over laminate on all my short-term wraps and they last long and look great. For long-term wraps (two years or more) you should only use a premium cast vinyl with a premium cast overlaminate. You could also choose a liquid coating/laminate. It's a good idea to check with your installer to see what film they recommend and like to use. Speeds and Feeds Now let's break down the wrap for you in terms of speeds and feeds. Wraps are typically printed on 54" wide media. You can use 60" but some installers do not like this wider film as it makes it more difficult to handle solo. So if your film is 54" wide then your printer can print about 52.5" of this as most printers cannot print to the edge of the media. Then when you print your wrap you should have a .75" over lap on both sides, so now your panel size is about 51" or so. The math is very easy at this point. If you are wrapping a minivan and the minivan is 16' long, then you will have four panels. If the minivan is 5' tall from drip edge to the bottom of the body, then it will take 20' of material to print one side of this minivan. Here are a few good rules to use when designing a wrap. You should always set up your files so you have 2" extra wrap material on the top, bottom, left and right. This way if your wrap has an issue with a part of the design being cut off due to a reflector or something on the vehicle, the installer can move the wrap either way about 2". So now your panel for the minivan is 5'4". Check out the chart below and you will see the typical panels needed for the most wrap jobs: - P r i n t e r s f o r W r a P s - A number-crunching system for finding the printer that best fits your needs B y D a v e K i n g Dave King is president of MarketKing Print Shop MakeOver, a consultancy in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Contact Dave at Finding the Printer T o o l S & e q u i p m e n T Description Panels Width Panel Height* Length** Small Passenger Car 4 44" Typically 60" tall 51' Large Passenger Car 4 50" Typically 62" tall 52' Minivan 4 50" Typically 66" tall 56' SUV 5 46" Typically 70" tall 77' 16' Box Truck 4 47" Typically 98" tall 45' Grumman Step Van 6 46" Typically 120" tall 161' 24' Straight Truck 6 50" Typically 96" tall 113' 40' Bus 10 50" Typically 116" tall 232' 48' Trailer 12 49" Typically 102" tall 223' 53' Trailer 13 50" Typically 105" tall 247' * 2" of bleed is added to top and bo om of panels. ** This assumes a full wrap, no roof. Plus a 2" gap between printed panels. Right

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