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.

WINNER!!! Ivan Tenchev Bebo pulls off the win in FESPA Eurasia 2017 Hexis Wrap Battle

Congratulations to the FESPA Eurasia 2016 Hexis Wrap Battle winner Ivan Tenchev Bebo!  Hosted by Head Judge Ole Solskin, and powered by Hexis films, the FESPA Eurasia Show brought in wrappers from all over to Istanbul Turkey.  Check out the video with Ole as he highlights the competition.




SEMA 2016 and the Wrap Industry Combine for Massive Effect in Vegas!

Amazing wraps and world class wrappers wowed crowds as Las Vegas, Nevada USA  played host to the 2016 SEMA show.  Literally from the edges of the parking lot, attendees were treated to beautiful custom wraps of all sorts on vehicle after vehicle.  Whether your preference is massive trucks, low riders, classic cars, american muscle or the gorgeous street builds, the SEMA 2016 show was a virtual smorgasbord of all things wrap.

Big kudos to the exhibitors who brought in tremendous resources to support the industry…  3M unveiled several new wrap films as well as Knifeless Tape demonstrations by Phil Aquin, Rick Tallman and a host of others.  3M also conducted a final demo on musical instruments with the winners of the Wrap2Wrap contest Chad Monroe (Get Graphic) and Jeremy Conners (Who Did That !?! ).

Avery Dennison brought together industry greats Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute), Jim Miller (Miller Decals), Joffrey Van Der Jagt (Pro Wrap) and John Duever (Vinyl Images and Design) for 3 custom designed full wraps every single day of the show.  The prize for the Avery Dennison “Wrap Like a King” contest was awarded to Australian shop Exotic Graphix for their “Toxic Rat” project.

Hexis spent the week of the show running their custom wrap contest with competitors from all over the globe.  Each wrapper was challenged to use the Hexis films to create a custom wrap, on-the-fly, during their assigned day & time slot.  Congratulations go out to the final winner Gabe Hin (Savage Wraps) as he walks away with the $5,000 grand prize.

Not to be outdone… KPMF, SOTT, MUTOH and others all had great wrapping demonstrations, new films and products to show the crowds.

Las Vegas and SEMA would definitely not be complete without a party or two!  The week started off with Avery Dennison’s blow out as well as Carl Brewer’s “The Big Reveal”.  Wednesday saw the industry’s first major wrap network collaboration party as Paint Is Dead teamed up with Masters of Branding for a extravaganza to be remembered!  Thursday evening was capped off with 3M’s musical gift as they brought the house down with their custom wrapped instruments and a killer cover band at the incomparable House of Blues.

An amazing time was had by all!


3M Launches 6 New 1080 Series Colors including 3 Color Flips

Project: Nicholas Lowry with Brand Ink

Project: Nicholas Lowry with Brand Ink

3M Introduces Six New Colors Including Three Color Flip Films in the 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080

All six additions will be featured at the 2016 SGIA Expo and the 2016 SEMA Show.


St. Paul, Minn. – (Sept. 14, 2016) – 3M is proud to introduce six new additions to the flagship 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 line, including three revolutionary color flip options featuring Gloss Flip Electric Wave, Satin Flip Caribbean Shimmer and Satin Flip Glacial Frost.  Along with the three color flip options, the expansion of 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 also includes Gloss Storm Gray, Satin Gold Dust Black and Satin Frozen Vanilla.

The trio of color flip shades, Electric Wave, Caribbean Shimmer and Glacial Frost, exhibit lively polychromatic effects that create unique, multi-color dimensions that shift under different viewing angles and lighting. These iridescent films refract vibrant hues of purple, deep teal and soft blue, creating an invigorating prismatic finish for fresh new vehicle wraps and graphics.

“For graphic installers, nothing is more important than the wrap films and vinyl products that help bring their visions to life, which is why 3M is pleased to introduce these six additions,” said Janelle Pizzi, product marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions Division.

The expansion of 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 also includes Gloss Storm Gray, Satin Gold Dust Black and Satin Frozen Vanilla. These additions bolster Series 1080 with a unique twist on classic, neutral tones, offering installers the ability to capture beautiful textured sparkles with the Black and Vanilla Satin finishes, and a vibrant sheen with the Gloss Storm Gray.

3M Wrap Film Series 1080 is made in 60”-wide rolls, so installers can easily cover vehicle sections without seams. The new color flip options possess excellent dimensional stability, repositionability, high durability, and permanent adhesive. Finally, backing by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty gives installers confidence that the films will live up to their guarantees.

For more information, visit 3M.com/1080films, and view all available colors here.

Huge milestone reached with over 1,000 wrap shops on WrapperMapper.com!




We are so pleased to announce a major milestone in the life of WrapperMapper.com!  As of July of 2016 we have crossed the threshold of having over one thousand professional wrap shops from 38 countries listed on “The original, world’s largest, and easiest way to find Professional Wrap Installers.”

What started in 2014 as a simple idea to connect and locate professional wrap installers has steadily grown into a word-wide wrap industry phenomenon.  WrapperMapper.com has been truly fortunate to be involved with the wrap industry and has focused all efforts on one singular goal… growing the perception of wraps and wrappers around the globe.

To celebrate this occasion we are giving away a free 1 Year Premium Level membership.  Everyone who uses social media to share and tag this article and/or image will be entered into a drawing to win.  Help us continue to spread and promote amazing projects from shops all over the world.

Follow and share these feeds for spectacular projects: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrappermapper/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/WrapperMapper

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/wrappermapper/

We still firmly believe that the wrap industry is sorely unnoticed to the world at large.  There are still a multitude of people who do not know that wrapping exists are unaware that they see some of our industry’s best work drive by them every day.  WrapperMapper.com will continue to strive to be a voice and advocate for the industry as we continue to promote and expose wraps to the planet.


WRAPSCON 2016 crowns new wrap master in 3M American Wrap Masters Competition

Indianapolis, IN USA was host to the 2nd Annual WRAPSCON event this past week.  A dedicated portion of the NBM B.I.G. show, the WRAPSCON wrap show featured film suppliers, multiple demonstrations, training sessions from industry masters and, of course, the 3M American Wrap Masters competition.

Organized and MC’ed by Dirk Moebes of Mr-Clipart.com the wrap competition started off very strong with 24 competitors in 6 rounds of 4.  The challenge for this competition was working with the new 3M 1080 films in a color change installation environment.  Wrapping doors, pillars and handles as thoroughly and cleanly as possible was the name of the game.  Later rounds added doors, mirrors and second layers of secondary colors using Knifeless Tape to cleanly and safely trim film without risking a blade on the paint surface.

The competitors were gradually whittled down over three days until the final two wrappers were left standing.  Mr. Preston Jordan (Owner of StatusPro) and Mr. John Duever (owner of Vinyl Images and developer of The Wrap App) worked hard to earn their way into the final round.  These two competitors really treated the crowd to a final that came right down to the wire.  As time ran out, both Preston and John were neck-and-neck, on their knees, within seconds of each other, attempting to wrap the final handle to complete the final round.  The judges called out to “drop your tools” and the spectators were left with no way to tell who would come out on top.

After the judges (Chad Huhman, Rob Ivers and Marcio Oliveira) tallied their score sheets and compared notes the final result was called for the winner John Deuver.

Congratulations to the WRAPSCON 2016 winner of the 3M American Wrap Masters… Mr. John Duever!

FESPA 2016 – World Wrap Masters in Amsterdam Netherlands

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Avery Dennison and Mimaki the wrapping world tuned in to see the incredible competitors at FESPA 2016 – World Wrap Masters in Amsterdam Netherland.  This year’s event brought in 26 skilled wrap installers from 15 different countries all over the world!  Competing in several rounds, over 4 days, the group was gradually pared down to the final three… Ruan Greef representing Wrap-My-Ride in South Africa, Michael Szwacki out of the UK with MEK Wrap Squad and Jim Miller owner of Miller Decals from the United States.

The wrappers were all subjected to multiple wrap scenarios as they installed Avery Dennison film on various parts of the cars, created custom designs on motorcycle helmets and developed a unique wrap look for the surprise wooden clogs on the third day.  Some absolutely amazing designs were created and Knifeless Tape was used in massive amounts.

Judging the competition were last year’s winner Kiss Lajos, John Duever and Justin Pate under the event organizer and head judge Ole Soleskin.  Each judge stuck to a specifically developed pointing system as each competitor was scored during each round.  The score sheets covered a variety of details from surface cleaning through final trimming while points were awarded from all three judges in independent review.  The final result was a well run and systematic approach by industry professionals.

Ultimately, the final winner was Jim Miller from the United States crowned as the World Wrap Master Champion for 2016.  Jim earned his trophy with a well fought and solid performance as he handled every challenge with speed, skill and consistency.

Congratulations to all of the competitors and a special thanks for everyone who made this such a successful event.


World Wrap Masters – FESPA 2016 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

World Wrap Masters is coming to you at the 2016 FESPA show in Amsterdam!  Claiming world class wrapping judges and top-notch competitors, the World Wrap Masters will be an event to watch this year.  http://wrapmasters.fespa.com/


Head Judge: Ole Solskin Ravn

“Sunshine” is a Tinting and Wrap expert and owner of SUNTINT A/S, Denmark. Located in Jutland in the Aarhus area.

He founded his company more than 20 years ago and is now involved in the development of installation techniques. He had wrapped and tinted more than 20,000 cars during his time in the sign business. He has traveled all over the world to see different techniques, and has given many training sessions in window tinting and car wrapping.

“For me wrapping is a passion. I always play around with new tools, materials and techniques. The last thing I will do in my life is wrapping my coffin – on the inside “

You probably didn’t know that Ole Sunshine is an educated butcher and is the 6th in row in a family of butchers.

Justin Pate:

Justin Pate is an Avery Specialist and 3M Certified graphics instructor/installer who specializes in vehicle graphic installations. Justin began car wrapping in 1996 in New York City and, in 2007, moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Over his 18-year career, Justin has wrapped over 3,000 vehicles, a majority of them by himself. By closely studying the vehicle graphic installation process, Justin created a highly efficient carwrapping platform called UGIS: Universal Graphic Installation System. UGIS is the basis for the workshops he teaches throughout the world and has been officially endorsed by Avery-Dennison in North America.

On January 1, 2014, Justin launched his streaming video platform – The Wrap Institute. TWI has over 350 videos and counting and covers all aspects of installation techniques: cars, walls, windows, tinting, floors, electronics and much more. Each month new videos are added and annul members get unlimted access to all the videos. To learn more about TWI go to: www.wrapinstitute.com.

Along with making videos for The Wrap Institute, Justin teaches hands-on workshops across the world. Most notably, Justin heads the carwrap workshop and certification program for Avery Dennison in North America. He also teaches workshops in Ireland for Sign and Digital, in Brazil for Alltak and for other Avery Dennison regions like Australia and Japan.

In 2015, Justin will be judge of three carwrapping contests: Ireland Wrap Championship, FESPA World Wrap Masters Championship and Cambea #5 in Brazil.

When Justin is done for the day he spends his time with his wife Beertje and daughter Tigerlily.


2016 3M Graphics Installation Programs

3M Installer Programs FINALTake Your Skills to the Next Level in 2016 with 3M Graphics Installation Programs
New 3M Application Center set to house 2016 schedule of training programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (January 19, 2016) – The success of any business relies upon the skills, knowledge and
dedication of its employees. For graphics installation companies, having a team of highly-skilled and creative
installers that stay on top of industry trends and best business practices is a necessary competitive advantage.
The 3M Advanced Installation Training, 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company Program, Knifeless
Accredited Installer Training and Testing, and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Program offer graphics
installers and companies the opportunity to improve their skills, broaden their understanding of the business,
and earn recognition as leaders in the industry. New in 2016, all programs in St. Paul will be held at the new
3M Application Center, a state-of-the-art training facility complete with improved classrooms, increased size,
and updated lighting, props and wall textures designed for optimal installation education.

2016 3M Programs and Advanced Training at 3M Application Center in St. Paul, Minn.:

18-20 3M Advanced Training
21-22 3M Preferred Testing
25-28 Knifeless Accredited Training

15-17 3M Advanced Training
18-19 3M Preferred Testing
22-24 3M Certified Training
25-26 3M Certified Testing

21-23 3M Advanced Training
24-25 3M Preferred Testing
28-31 Knifeless Accredited Training
19-21 3M Advanced Training
22-23 3M Preferred Testing

18-20 3M Advanced Training
21-22 3M Preferred Testing
25-27 3M Certified Training
28-29 3M Certified Testing

16-18 3M Advanced Training
19-20 3M Preferred Testing
23-26 Knifeless Accredited Training

11-13 3M Advanced Training
14-15 3M Preferred Testing

1-3 3M Certified Training
4-5 3M Certified Testing
15-17 3M Advanced Training
18-19 3M Preferred Testing

17-19 3M Advanced Training
20-21 3M Preferred Testing
24-26 3M Certified Training
27-28 3M Certified Testing

7-10 Knifeless Accredited Training
14-16 3M Advanced Training
17-18 3M Preferred Testing

12-14 3M Advanced Training
15-16 3M Preferred Testing

Additional 3M Programs are offered throughout the country at the following locations:
• Lowen Certified; Hutchinson, KS
• Geek Wraps University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
• J3 Industries; Addison, TX
• Wrapix Academy; Burbank, CA

Dates for the courses offered at these locations can be found online here.

“We value the benefits of hard work and education, especially when it comes to graphics installation, and are
excited to work with the next group of world-class installers and graphics companies at our new 3M Application
Center in the coming year,” said Marcio Oliveira, Technical Service Supervisor for 3M Commercial Solutions
Division. “We encourage all graphic installers and companies to take advantage of the 2016 3M programs and
advanced training to sharpen their skills, enhance their knowledge of the industry, and acquire tools necessary
for growing their business.”

The 3M Advanced Installation Training program offers optional professional graphics training to improve
installer’s skills and prepare them for Certified or Preferred installation testing. Successful completion of the
testing and program requirements provides 3M Certified Companies and 3M Preferred Installers with networking
opportunities with fellow industry peers, inclusion on the 3M Installer Locator and rights to the 3M Certified
Graphics Installation Company or 3M Preferred Graphics Installer titles.

Knifeless Accredited Installer Training and Testing focuses on high-end installations using Knifeless Tape and 3M
graphic films. The knowledge gained, and the Knifeless Accredited Installer title, will enable installers to increase
the value they deliver to their customers and differentiate themselves.

The 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company Program and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Program continue
to elevate the standards for graphics installation. Companies and installers are recognized by 3M and the industry
at large for not only their elite installation skills and knowledge, but also their sound business practices.
For more information on the 3M Certified Graphics Installation Program and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
Program visit the 3M website, and learn more about 3M Advanced Installation Training online here.