Sign & Digital Graphics

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2015 I WRAPS I 111 graphics. The reason is that color-change film is intended to replace paint, which is expected to look absolutely perfect. An installer's knowledge of vehicle anatomy is also critical because he or she is basically conducting plastic surgery on the car. To make the wrap seamless, a restyling installer is typically highly skilled not just in the business of vinyl installation, but also should know how to remove car part wrap obstacles such as door handles, trim, windshield spray nozzles, etc., and then must also be able to re-install them. Experience is acquired through hours of training, experimenting and creating your own solutions as you travel down uncharted install territory. Install Tools Wrapping a vehicle requires tools beyond a knife, squeegee and heat source. For example, a quad-pod mounted IR heater is definitely useful when it comes to wrapping bumpers. Compared to a heat gun, the IR heater provides more uniform heat across the web of the vinyl film than the localized two-inch nozzle of a heat gun. But don't put the heat gun back in the tool box just yet. Installers always keep a gun plugged in to deal with sections of the install that are just too tight for IR heaters. Other weapons of the trade continue to be added into the tool belt, which includes additional squeegee shapes and surfaces, super sharp replaceable cutting knives like the Olfa knife, as well as screwdrivers, clip pliers and socket sets, which are all needed to remove selected car parts such as emblems, interior parts of the doors, etc. Installation Best Practices It is recommended to stretch the film no more than 30 percent to prevent color shift or sheen changes. Overstretching color- change film can cause the color to appear distorted by a matte finish that has become glossy across an over-stretched area. In a highly concave area, it is recommended to not put the tension in the deepest part of the curve's valley. Better to distribute the tension evenly around the area. This allows for the tension to be minimized in a high- risk area and instead be distributed over larger, less risky sections. If it is impossible to minimize tension in the high-risk area, a primer or edge-seal product can be used to prevent the film from popping up over time. Keep in mind that if you do decide to use primer, it will require more time to remove the film/primer later when the client decides to change the wrap. It is best to follow the manufacturer's recommended installation guideline to get the best wrap possible. After installation is complete, post-heating the whole vehicle is recommended. During post-heating, it's also a good idea to do a complete inspection check on the entire install from front to back and top to bottom. Print ads Interactive Digital Version Product Connection eNewsletter Get INFO Distribution Sponsorships Subscription Sponsorships Advertising Design Editorial Opportunities Press Releases Marketing Support Inserts Polybag Ride-Alongs (outserts) Customer List Cleanup Trade Shows Surveys Market Research List Rental Direct Mail – Full Service Promotional Pieces Printing Reprints Regional Advertising GO 1-800-669-0424 Need to find a product or supplier fast? Visit our Online Directory @ Yes, We Do That! James "Ruggs" Kochevar Publisher Toll Free: 800-669-0424 x237 Local: 303-469-0424 x237 e-mail: Dan Peckham Advertising Account Executive Toll Free: 800-669-0424 x218 Local: 303-469-0424 x218 e-mail: Kendall Buckley Advertising Account Executive Toll Free: 800-669-0424 x211 Local: 303-469-0424 x211 e-mail: Diane Gilbert Advertising Account Executive Toll Free: 800-669-0424 x297 Local: 303-469-0424 x297 e-mail:

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