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2015 WRAPS

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66 I WRAPS I 2015 Reputation for Speed Brewer has been wrapping cars for nine years. He learned the trade from his girlfriend's father, who was a veteran in the sign industry. He fell in love with wrapping vehicles because he loves the variety. "It is different every day. It is never repetitive. It may be a repetitive color, but it is always on a different car. No day is the same," he says. For that reason, he says he could never hold a desk job. "I get to go out every day, somewhere new or do something new," he adds. "That's the most rewarding thing for me. And it is my hobby. It doesn't feel like a job. People dread going to their jobs. When I'm at home with the kids and stuff, I can't wait to go back to work." Brewer has a reputation for speed, recently winning a Hexis wrap competition. Each contestant was provided with a car hood full of grooves and holes. During the first round of competition, they had 15 minutes to wrap it. During the semifinals, they had 10 minutes, and during the finals they had six minutes to complete the task. With curves, grooves and holes, it took all the skill, experience and special techniques these professional wrap installers had at their disposal to compete, he says. "That was a big deal." p R o d u c t i o n & i n S ta l l at i o n Movie Wraps His favor ite project car was the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento he wrapped for the Need for Speed movie. "They wrapped carbon fiber outside and inside. The floorboards…every inch was wrapped and even underneath with the safety skid plate. They wrapped so much carbon fiber that it was ridiculous. That was my favorite car and the rarest car in there." Brewer wrapped most of the 25 cars for that movie himself. What makes movie cars harder to wrap is that they "have to reinforce the inside. All the metal caging, that has to blend in if they take an inside look during the movie," he says. "You only get a glimpse. I did three of those. Complete inside and complete bottom. Everything was wrapped. I did three and they didn't even show the inside of the car." The hardest part about wrapping cars is that each job needs to be planned out methodically, he says. "Vinyl, I don't care what company makes it, it needs to have super stretch. When you have sharp angles, like on a Lamborghini, you have to plan ahead and follow the natural curve or body line so nothing sticks out to you and it still looks like a paint job. That's the hardest challenge of those types of vehicles," Brewer adds. Wrapping for high-profile clients often means working with exotic cars. This custom Mustang was the "hero" of the movie Need for Speed. Brewer wrapped most of the 25 cars seen in that movie.

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