Wrap Industry Podcast Feature: The Wrap Pod

The Wrap Pod with Simon Polakof

It goes without saying that I absolutely LOVE seeing the wrap industry continue to grow!  We certainly saw 2017 as an awesome year but it looks like 2018 will continue that trend with several upcoming wrap business based videos, training, features and podcasts!

The first podcast to feature this year will be The Wrap Pod.  The Wrap Pod is the brain child of Sweden based Simon Polakof who debuted his program at the end of 2017 as he posted an excellent interview with global powerhouse and trainer Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute fame.  Simon and Justin had a thought provoking conversation ranging over various subjects from wrap history, wrap technique, behind the scene realities of shooting videos and even tips on wrap competition success.

I spoke with Simon about his new program and asked about his story in the wrap industry.  Here is Simon’s story in his own words…

I started my career in the graphics industry in 1995 helping dad in his one-man sign shop in Sweden mostly doing signs and window graphics part-time.  The opportunity to attend college, work doing part-time sales and managing a pizza shop pulled me away from the sign industry for several years, however, I returned to the sign industry in 2007 when the offer to take over my father’s shop was presented.  While it was important to keep the name CITYSIGN I proceeded to reinvent the entire business from the ground up.

As so many sign shop owners do, I spent several years wearing all of the hats from sales to design, production and application.  In 2011 I started to have more focus on vehicle decoration which lead to wraps and ultimately resulted in a large portion of our sales moving solidly into the fleet graphics side with new customers and larger jobs.  CITYSIGN continued to grow from the one-man shop to 2, then 4 and up until we are now currently at 11 associates working hard together.

I believe our secret to success began with being hungry, being dedicated and persistent in our choice to focus solely on wraps.  Today CITYSIGN delivers wraps all over Sweden and well as Coppenhagen (Denmark) with our team focus being awesome design, great customer service and and top-notch wraps for our “super-combo”. 

The podcast itself is my way of giving back to the industry.  I love the wrapping business and want it have a prosperous future.  I believe we need to continue raising the bar and, by putting out interesting interviews, I hope to be a helping hand in that goal.

A little sneak peek for those listening in… Upcoming guests include: Nick Caminiti (Exotic Graphix – Australia), Scott Kepple (Skepple -USA), Jonas Sjöström (BS dekor – winner of the World Wrap Master 2017 – Sweden)

Check out The Wrap Pod here and subscribe to listen to all of the upcoming interviews!

 

Avery Dennison blows out this year’s SEMA booth with designs, demos, Paint is Dead and the winner of 2017 Wrap Like a King!

What do you get when you combine a phenomenal convention in Las Vegas, high quality wrapping films from Avery Dennison, world class wrap design talent from Joffery van Der Jagt, stellar install training from Justin Pate and an all-star wrap demo team…?  In short, you get an amazing booth at SEMA 2017!

Visitors to the convention floor at SEMA this year were treated to multiple wrap demonstrations at the Avery Dennison booth on a classic Chevy truck.  The wrap installation team consisted of Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute), Jim Miller (Miller Decals), Chad Parish (Graphiti Wraps) and Joffery van Der Jagt (Pro Wrap Netherlands) who worked tirelessly all week long wrapping, removing and re-wrapping all of the custom designs from the mind of Joffery van Der Jagt.  Avery Dennison Supreme wrapping films, chromes, specialty laminates and finishes were combined to creative and awesome effect.

Avery Dennison also allowed a full Paint is Dead takeover as the PiD crew swept in to do a full press strip and speedy re-wrap.

Finally, the industry was treated to a visit from the 4 finalists of the global Wrap Like a King contest with the winner being announced live on the show floor.  Congratulations to the 4 finalists and a big congrats to this years winner, returning champion from Australia, Exotic Graphix… click here to see this year’s finalists and winner.

Avery Dennison Showcases New Window and Car Wrap Films at 2017 SEMA Show

Avery Dennison Showcases New Window and Car Wrap Films at 2017 SEMA Show

Booth #12173 Will Host Several New Product Demonstrations

Mentor, Ohio, October 25, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that it will showcase new products from its expanding portfolio for the automotive restyling market at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 – November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV. Under the theme of True Grit, Booth #12173 will focus on the determination and drive of vinyl film installers with product demonstrations featuring innovative new films, including four new colors of Supreme Wrapping™ Film, automotive window films and switchable window films.

“Avery Dennison, much like a customer who uses our products, is creative, confident and resilient, and our displays at this year’s SEMA Show are a reflection of these characteristics,” says Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “We are proud to show that we’re innovating within our current product lines while adding exciting technology that has a lot of potential impact.”

The new Supreme Wrapping Film colors, which feature special effects and are named Spark, Magnetic Burst, Radioactive and Eclipse, will be available to end users on October 31. The new colors will be used in demonstrations by Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute, Jim Miller of Miller Decals and Joffrey Van der Jagt of Prowrap Professional Carwrapping, which will take place twice a day on a lowrider pickup truck. Fans of vehicle wraps can also experience the announcement of the global “Wrap Like a King” winner in the booth, or on Facebook Live and Instagram Stories, on November 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. (PST).

Professional installers will also demonstrate the new portfolio of Avery Dennison automotive window films on freestanding windshields and will retrofit switchable film technology on a car door window. The switchable films use cutting-edge Avery Dennison Liquid Crystal Technology to “switch” from transparent to opaque for comfort, privacy and content projection with just a touch of a hand.

SEMA attendees can interact with the Avery Dennison booth by sharing their pictures from a vinyl wrapped selfie wall on social media with #ADTrueGrit. Those interested in seeing new products or the Wrap Like a King announcement can follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AveryDennisonGraphics, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ADGraphics_NA.

Installer Teams to Wrap a Pair of McLaren 57OS Models in the 1080 Live Wrap Competition at 3M’s 2017 SEMA Booth

Installer Teams to Wrap a Pair of McLaren 57OS Models in the 1080 Live Wrap Competition at 3M’s 2017 SEMA Booth

Visitors to booth #12145 will choose the winning design

 

The wrap industry’s best and brightest will face off at SEMA 2017 to showcase the creative possibilities of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 and 3M™ Knifeless Tape on two models of the McLaren 570S. SEMA attendees are invited to watch the action unfold as the twelve teams compete, and will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite designs on Thursday, November 2.

 

“The event is an exciting opportunity for graphics installers to flex their creative muscles and push the boundaries of what 1080 and Knifeless Tape can do. It’s also a great opportunity for car enthusiasts to gather some new ideas and inspiration,” said Janelle Pizzi, Marketing Supervisor, 3M Commercial Solutions. “We can’t wait to see what the teams create and which design will win the most votes.”

 

3M’s booth schedule for the 2017 SEMA Show is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Day 1 of live competition: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-2:00

p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Day 2 of live competition: 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12-2:00 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 2 – Contest voting open until 3:30 p.m. in the 3M booth, winning team announced at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 3 – Live demos

 

Voting during the 1080 Live Wrap Competition will be based on photos of the designs created by each team. More than $32,000 in total prizes will be awarded, which will include 3M Wrap Film Series 1080, 3M Knifeless Tape, Geek Wrap® Tools and Master Appliance Proheat heat guns. A photograph of the winning car design will also be featured on the 3M™ Design Line Knifeless Tape package.

 

After the contest wraps up, booth visitors can also watch live demos of 3M Wrap Film Series 1080, Knifeless Tape and 3M™ Automotive Window Film Crystalline.

 

For more information on the 3M 1080 Live Wrap Competition, visit 3M.com/WrapContest. To learn more about the 2017 SEMA Show, visit semashow.com.

12 REGIONAL WRAP KINGS NAMED IN AVERY DENNISON “WRAP LIKE A KING” CHALLENGE

Mentor, Ohio, October 9, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that 12 vehicle graphics installers from around the world were named the Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Films, Conform Chrome and digital Supercast vinyl wrap films.

The following vehicle graphics installers were named Regional Wrap Kings:

  • North America East – Cosmic Norma by Designer Wraps
  • North America Midwest – Saleen Mustang “The Peacemaker” by Graphix Gurus
  • North America Central – Because ‘Merica! by PG NOLA
  • North America South – DUAIV Masterpiece by MetroWrapz
  • North America West – Sauce C10 by UnderWraps
  • North America Canada – Embossed Flex by Graphiki Inc.
  • Europe North – Polizei Rusty Design by WrapStyle Denmark
  • Europe Central – Sturmtochter by stoerwerk: designwerkstatt
  • Europe South – Crazy GTR Liberty Walk by DC Covering
  • Eastern Europe & MENA – Seat Cupra Bloody Design by Wrapstyle Zlín, s.r.o.
  • North Asia – Camo Flage the ROOCAT by Type B Custom Decal
  • Australia & New Zealand – Lei’d Low by Exotic Graphix

“I’m really proud to take home a regional crown for the third year in a row, especially with the way installers have raised the bar every single year,” said Kevin Kempf, owner of PG NOLA. “If I’m able to bring the title of Continent Winner and King of the Wrap World back to my shop against this incredible field, it will be a truly special achievement.”

“I’ve been honored to be one of the judges for the Wrap Like a King Contest since it began and, without a question, this year was the hardest to choose a regional winner. There are so many unique and out of the box wraps that push car wraps to new levels,” said Justin Pate, world-renowned vehicle wrap installer. “I can’t imagine how hard it will be to cast my vote for the winner. It’s super exciting to be part of this.”

A panel of international industry judges chose 12 Wrap Kings from North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia/New Zealand out of 159 total entries. The 2017 Challenge judges include Justin Pate, co-owner of The Wrap Institute; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison; Myles Kovacs, co-founder of DUB Magazine; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison; Jun Kinoshita, sales manager, Avery Dennison; Stefan Ude, owner of Ude FolierungsKonzepte; Anders Prates, co-owner of WTP Dekor; and Jurriaan de Vries, technical services and support manager, Avery Dennison. The regional winners will go on to compete for the title of Continental Wrap King, to be awarded October 16, 2017. Continent winners will then be judged for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2017 SEMA Show, October 31 – November 3, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“For our fifth year of the Challenge, we were blown away by the planning and technique that went into creating each of the region-winning vehicle wraps,” says Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “All of the entries are a great reminder of the dedication and creativity of wrap installers around the globe. The judges will have a difficult decision picking the overall king.”

Each Regional Wrap King won an initial prize package valued at close to $2,000. The prize pack includes passes to the SEMA show, a Regional Wrap King trophy and, a large banner stand display, two free rolls of Supreme Wrapping Film and social media exposure. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners includes personalized Wrap Like a King swag, $500 in gift vouchers, a 67” Race Ramp and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop.

The 2017 King of the Wrap World grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 1 at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000.

The eight professional judges evaluated the 159 total submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.

Wrap installers can learn more about Supreme Wrapping Film, digital Supercast films, official rules, judges and prize information via www.wraplikeaking.com.

Ever set your truck on fire? …wrapping safety is no joke! – written by Steve Reininger

 

 

 

OK SO NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION WITH THESE PICTURES. Please take few minutes to read this article as it could prevent future damage or loss of life.

I was recently going through my phone looking for some pics of a job I did last summer. When all of a sudden, there it was, a burned up tool pouch, a destroyed ladder, a melted cooler and cart.

These items were a result of an installer who was not only careless, but could have cost the lives of 4 four men. While this may come across as pretty dramatic everyone needs to understand the seriousness of not following safety guidelines. This fire was caused by an installer who didn’t follow safety procedures and take the 15 seconds to remove a torch head from the tank. It is one of the most commonly used torches we have in our industry. The smaller ones with the trigger.

So here’s what happened. Our crew and I were leaving for a job at about 5:30 a.m. We loaded the back of a pick-up with all our tools, ladders, cart, 20 lb. propane tank and torch and 3 cases of water. We knew it was going to be hot that day so it’s important to keep everyone hydrated. They closed the cap on the bed and the four of us piled into the truck and headed out. Now with good traffic it takes about 1.5 hours to reach downtown. Somewhere between the time when we left the shop and we entered the parking area, the installer’s torch clicked on. The first thing to catch fire was the tool pouch which in turn caught the plastic cart on fire causing the melting plastic to drip onto the flooring of the truck bed. Meanwhile, everyone is in the cab and totally unaware of what is going on in the back.

When we arrived at the job site we got out and went to unload the truck, the first thing I hear is “Hey! I think there is a fire in the back.” Before I could say don’t open it, he threw the door open. This caused the fire to flare up. I yelled for our fire extinguisher. When I got to the back the fire almost put itself out. What had happened was the bottles of water melted and were putting out the flames. I grabbed a couple more bottles of water and put the fire out. I knew immediately what had happened because the torch was right there in front. When
I asked why procedures were not followed to disconnect the torch, the response was “I forgot.”

By now everyone has calmed down and we begin to see what is good and what is junk. As we come to the end of unloading it all, I reach to pull out the 20 lb. tank of propane. It was so hot I couldn’t touch it. I poured several more bottles of water on it to get it cooled down. It was then that I realized how lucky we were.

I cannot emphasize enough that common sense and safety procedures need to be in place. This could have ended in a much different way. People could have died. All because someone forgot and did not follow the rules. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes at the beginning of a work day to check for these simple but potentially dangerous possibilities.

Have your crews remove these torch heads. Tie down your equipment and graphics. Make sure they understand safety procedures. These few minutes could make a huge difference on how their day could turn out.

Re-posted with permission – Original article written by Steve Reininger in the March 2017 UASG Newsletter.

 

3M Hosts 1080 Live Wrap Competition at SEMA 2017

3M Hosts 1080 Live Wrap Competition at SEMA 2017

More than $32,000 in prizes for competing teams using 3MTM Wrap Film Series 1080 and 3MTM Knifeless Tape 

 

  1. PAUL, Minn. – (July 31, 2017) –3M invites attendees of the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to unleash their creativity in a live wrap competition on the tradeshow floor. Teams can register with two to four participants and will compete using their design skills with a combination of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 and the 3M™ Design Line Knifeless Tape.  Registration for the contest is now open, with space for a total of 12 teams (up to 48 installers) to join.

 

The 3M 1080 Live Wrap Competition kicks off at the 3M booth #12145 on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, and runs through Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.  On Nov. 2, show attendees can vote live in the 3M booth, and the winning team will be announced at 4 p.m.

 

“With so much talent under one roof at SEMA 2017, we wanted to create an atmosphere where creative energy from both contest participants and attendees will produce very exciting designs,” said Janelle Pizzi, product marketer, for 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “The 3M 1080 Live Wrap Competition is a great opportunity for installers to show off their unique talents while using Wrap Film Series 1080 and Knifeless Design Line Tape.”

 

Team contestants will have a chance to win a slice of more than $32,000 in prize money and merchandise; including Wrap Film Series 1080. Additionally, the winning team will gain bragging rights by having a photo of their team’s design incorporated into the Knifeless Design Line Tape packaging.

The 2017 SEMA Show takes place Tuesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

For more information on how to register for the 1080 Live Wrap Competition and a complete list of contest rules, please visit www.3M.com/wrapcontest.

Avery Dennison® Launches Ultra-Conformable PVC-Free Film for Use on Textured Surfaces

Mentor, Ohio, July 18, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America today launched a new PVC-free film, MPI 1405. The new MPI 1405 is an ultra-conformable film with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive. Its reliable and superior print quality and instant adaptability make it suitable for a broad range of applications, from car wraps and outdoor graphic needs, to textured surfaces like brick walls or cinderblock.

“MPI 1405 maintains color saturation and graphic integrity, even with a greater degree of film stretch, which is especially important for textured surfaces,” says Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “The film can be reliably printed across all leading printing platforms: latex, UV, EcoSol and solvent. With MPI 1405, we are answering our customers’ need for a PVC-free digital film that can be used on an array of surfaces.”

The new film is warranted for cement, brick and concrete surfaces, making it ideal for indoor and outdoor architectural applications. It also requires less heat during installation, due to its high conformability. Fleet and vehicle wraps, which require an eco-friendly solution, can also benefit from MPI 1405, which is pending GREENGUARD Certification.

MPI 1405 is available with Easy Apply RS™ technology to provide quick and easy application and long-term removability. Easy Apply™ air egress technology helps eliminate wrinkles and bubbles while Easy Apply RS™ provides repositionability and slideability, allowing the film to be moved easily before pressure is applied.

Key features of Avery Dennison MPI 1405 include:

  • Reliable print performance across all digital platforms – latex, solvent, eco-solvent and UV
  • Quick and easy installation over complex curves and deep recesses with Easy Apply RS technology
  • Long-term removable adhesive for easy removal at end of life

“I’ve recommended MPI 1405 to FASTSIGNS franchisees looking for a durable film that can handle heavy textures and rough surfaces,” says Ross Cartwright, training manager, FASTSIGNS. “If the product is installed and post heated properly, it will maintain that painted on look that customers are looking for.”

MPI 1405 joins the “Next Generation Collection” of digital films from Avery Dennison that includes MPI 2105 and MPI 1105. MPI 2105 is a newly updated calendered film that offers significantly better dimensional stability and exceptional value for applications requiring premium calendered film durability. MPI 1105 is an ultra-conformable supercast film that merges premium PVC facestock with a long term removable (LTR) adhesive, ideal for vehicle and outdoor graphics needs.

This product launch is another example of a continued focus by Avery Dennison on delivering market-leading products that push the company toward a product portfolio that is 70 percent sustainable by 2025. The company’s commitment to sustainability is demonstrated through its 2025 sustainability goals.

For more information on MPI 1405 visit graphics.averydennison.com/mpi1405. For general information about Avery Dennison vinyl films, visit graphics.averydennison.com.

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M Introduces Ultra-removable Option to the IJ180mC Family

3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR installs fast, changes out in a flash

 

St. Paul, Minn. – (May 4, 2017) – In a world where trends seem to change every day, it can be difficult to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not. 3M is excited to introduce a new product that makes it nearly impossible to fall out of fashion. The new 3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10UR is an ultra-removable print wrap film that comes off quickly and cleanly. Truly the best of both worlds, this innovative film combines 3M’s trusted quality and durability with the ability to remove or replace graphics at a moment’s notice.

 

“For consumers concerned about committing to a more permanent print wrap, this an excellent option,” said Kimberly Tostrud, product marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “IJ180mC-10UR gives installers the freedom to make changes very easily, because it is removed without heat or chemicals. This new film allows graphics professionals to focus on what’s most important – letting their imaginations run wild.”

 

The advantages of IJ180mC-10UR go beyond its ultra-removability. They include:

  • Fine-tuned slideability
  • Initial tack optimized for wrap
  • A smooth finish, courtesy of Comply™ Adhesive with micro technology

 

This ultra-removable print wrap is the latest addition to the IJ180mC family, which has earned the approval of graphic manufacturers and installers for its high-performance products for unique applications. Available in 54” x 50 yard rolls, IJ180mC-10UR is also backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving installers peace-of-mind that graphics will last and maintain their vibrant aesthetic.

 

For more information, visit www.3M.com/IJ180mC.

AVERY DENNISON® LAUNCHES NEW SUPREME WRAPPING™ FILMS AT ISA SIGN EXPO

 

 

Mentor, Ohio, April 17, 2017 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the expansion of its Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio with the addition of eight colors in a satin finish and a gloss finish option for the existing ColorFlow series. Additionally, Lightning Ridge, a new iridescent color that shifts from green to purple, joins the ColorFlow™ Series. Avery Dennison will feature all of the new products in Las Vegas at the ISA Sign Expo in Booth 4380 on April 20-22.

Eight colors of Supreme Wrapping Film are now available with a satin finish option, introducing: Satin Orange, Satin Yellow, Satin Grass Green, Satin Light Blue, Satin Dark Blue, Satin Metallic Purple, Satin Silver and Satin Gray. These films are available in North America only.

Each film in the ColorFlow Series will see the addition of a gloss finish option. Now, installers can choose between satin and gloss finishes for Rising Sun (Red/Gold), Urban Jungle (Silver/Green), Roaring Thunder (Blue/Red), Fresh Spring (Gold/Silver), Rushing Riptide (Cyan/Purple) and the newest iridescent color, Lightning Ridge (Green/Purple).

“We’re excited to unveil new finish options in the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio, with the same positioning, long term removability and bubble-free application features that have made these films so popular with installers,” said Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “These new finishes are inspired by the needs and wants of our customers and their amazing work.”

“The new gloss version of the ColorFlow films and the addition of the Lightning Ridge color, takes the original satin finish to another dimension,” Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute said. “A vehicle wrapped in any of the ColorFlow films changes to four to five colors depending on the angle you look at the car; it’s like the client gets five wraps for the price of one.”

The notable qualities of the Supreme Wrapping Film portfolio, which boasts over 100 colors and finishes for car wraps, hold true across all finishes. Each film in the portfolio is easy and quick to install providing installation efficiencies for color change wraps.

For a closer look at the new products, visit Avery Dennison in Booth 4380 at the ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas on April 20-22. Samples of Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film are available from Avery Dennison representatives or vinyl distributors. Visit the Find a Distributor page on the Avery Dennison website to locate a distributor in your area. ColorFlow and new Satin films are available in 60” x 25 yard rolls, more information is available at graphics.averydennison.com/colorflow.

For details on Avery Dennison products, designers, printers and installers can visit graphics.averydennison.com or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379 for additional information.