So you wanted to be a hot-shot wrapper huh?

I am angry, so forgive me if I rant. You gave notice after only two weeks on the job and then really screwed me when you didn’t even show up the next day. I know why you quit; it was hard work, harder than you thought it was going to be. The funny thing is, you worked an easy position and never even worked on a crunch project, funny right? The sad thing is you don’t even know how hard it really is, or what it truly means to be a wrapper.

It’s not all your fault; they didn’t really prepare you for this in school did they? They didn’t warn you that being a great wrapper requires first being a great helper. They didn’t tell you about the sacrifices you have to make, the hard work, the hours, the dedication, the commitment, the lack of sleep, they didn’t warn you. You thought you would start up and be like Jim Miller or Justin Pate in a couple years, that’s all it should take right?

I know, I know, learning how to use your knife, trim a good line, or learning how to properly clean your surface is boring.  It’s way cooler to get right to wrapping bumpers and showing off Instagram photos of perfect corners right?  I’m too old school anyway, no perfectly plotted templates, no wrapping with 3 more people to help you out, no 250 specialty tools, boring really. Who wants to learn how to properly set knifeless tape or practice how to efficiently weed & mask graphics, so boring and tedious.

Well, I need to tell you a few things. One day, just maybe, you will be a lead wrapper or own your own shop somewhere. You will need to train and motivate the people who work for you, guide them, lead them, teach them, and inspire them. One day, you will spend more time looking at a profit-and-loss statement than you do your next car lay. You will miss prepping your kit, making a plan of attack, dry fitting the first side, even sharpening your squeegee edge. You will spend time in marketing meetings, staff meetings, partners meetings, vendor meetings, all kinds of meetings. You will spend more time in the office than you really want to; spend time outside of the shop promoting your business, do marketing, engage in social media, agonize over film and labor costs, kiss your significant other goodbye while they sleep because you have to be at the shop early for some insane reason, and somewhere in there make sure you are delivering top-notch wraps. You will miss weddings, birthday parties, graduations, all kinds of things. You will alienate your friends and family because you don’t write or call enough. There are no sick days, personal days, breaks; this is not like a 9-to-5 job; get over it.

Get ready for years of sacrifice, hard work, and stress. Learn as much as you can, read everything, ask questions, write things down, save your money, show up to work early and offer to stay late, come to work on your day off just to learn how to attack a section differently or watch a new technique video. Try everything you can, over and over, and ask other wrappers so many questions they get annoyed.

Take care of yourself and sleep as much as you can and skip after-work drug/liquor binging, so you wake up ready and on time. Travel and experience another shops if you can, wrap with them, attend the industry events. Learn to appreciate the time you have right now, enjoy the ride, the process, don’t be in a hurry to be the world’s best wrapper or make a lot of money. It’s not about that and it never will be unless you are exceptionally talented and lucky. There is only one Rob Ivers or Marcio Oliveira or Joffrey Van Der Jagt or Dan Antonelli, and they all have worked extremely hard to get where they are and continue to do so. Enjoy all the crap that comes with this life, embrace it, learn to thrive on it.

One day, when you are a wrap shop owner, there will be an epiphany so powerful you will have to sit down. You will understand everything every trainer or former boss yelled at you; you will understand why we work the way we do; you will understand why our profession is so wonderful, so unique, and it will hit you hard. I can’t tell when or where this will happen but I promise you it will if you work hard and keep your head down and do what your more experienced wrap family tells you.

So keep this in mind when I give you a hard time and push you, criticize you and refuse that day-off request. Maybe the next job you have, you will suck it up instead of leaving them short-handed with a 50 vehicle fleet starting the next day.

(Full disclosure & credit that I didn’t originally write this in total.  I sourced the base structure from a respected chef by the name of Marcus Meacham and modified it to fit our wrap industry lives.  The basic premise resonated very strongly with me as I saw it applying so, so well with our wrap journey)

Avery DennisonⓇ Introduces Four New Gloss Supreme Wrapping™ Film Colors That Reflect ‘The Power of Light’

MENTOR, Ohio – April 1, 2021 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions (NYSE:AVY) today introduced its Spring 2021 color collection, four exciting new color additions to the company’s Supreme Wrapping™ Film portfolio.

Launched under the theme, The Power of Light, the four premium colors inspire creativity with hidden gradients and mesmerizing sparkle effects. See the thrilling impact of different kinds of light on Gloss Metallic Mystery Black and Gloss Metallic Mysterious Indigo. Marvel at the shifting iridescent shades of ColorFlow™ Gloss Hidden Forest and Gloss Metallic Pride Prismatic Grey.

The Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film vehicle color change portfolio continues to reflect the latest in automotive color trends. “We are continuously reviewing new pigment innovations to bring color advancements to this portfolio,” said Matt Khanna, product manager, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “We’re leveraging global color trends and using these insights for inspiration. These new film colors add to the breadth of our premium portfolio, which features hundreds of colors, textures and sleek accent finishes.”

Outstanding durability and performance are the high standards Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film continuously sets as one of the world’s leading vehicle wrapping film brands. The Power of Light Spring 2021 color collection delivers excellent conformability around curves and recesses. Easy Apply™ RS adhesive technology makes application simple and fast, and the films are easily removable, even after long term use.

“Gloss films represent one of our most popular color finishes. These new pigment-rich films were created with the wrap designer in mind,” said Abby Monnot, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “Our spring colors evoke a statement and attitude of uncompromising richness and quality. In particular, both Gloss Hidden Forest, our first addition to the Supreme Wrapping Film ColorFlow line since 2017, and Gloss Metallic Pride Prismatic Grey, push the boundaries of iridescent sheen further for a look that will instantly capture customers’ wants, needs and personalities.”

The four new Supreme Wrapping Film Gloss colors can be viewed and experienced online using the Avery Dennison Car Visualizer Tool.

Find more information about the new colors at graphics.averydennison.com and join the conversation on Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions’ social channels, including Facebook and Instagram.

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs more than 32,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2020 were $7.0 billion Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

HEXIS LAUNCHES 4 NEW SKINTAC COLORS

HEXIS LAUNCHES 4 NEW SKINTAC COLORS to add to their cast PVC Wrap Vinyl line with over 250 colors

The SKINTAC HX30000 range is designed to customize vehicles or objects. It consists of a multilayered cast vinyl film and a release liner with structured HEX’Press adhesive for easier application. Gloss, matte, super matte or structured surface finish. Cast vinyl, long-term durability and 250+ colors to choose from. Check out our newest SKINTAC HX30000 colors below:

 

#HX30HC889S

Honey Comb Black Satin

Wrapped by

Auto Skins Customs

 

 

#HX30SCH15B

Arabica Copper Chrome Gloss

(available in satin)

Wrapped by

Auto Film Solutions

 

#HX30SCH14B

Lime Green Chrome Gloss

(available in satin)

Wrapped by

PG NOLA

 

#HX30SCH13B

Ebony Black Gloss Chrome

Wrapped by

HEXIS Graphics 

 

Check out www.hexis-graphics.com for more information on our SKINTAC series.

For more information on our SKINTAC Training Courses, go to www.hexisamericas.com or email info@hexisamericas.com.

Wrapmate Releases First of its Kind Ecommerce Platform for Vehicle Graphics Projects 

New reimagined experience provides customers with exact pricing for quality 3M vehicle graphics through a transactional, transparent online platform 

 

St. Paul, Minn. – March 4, 2021 – In recent years, consumer shopping habits have changed dramatically as customers look for easy ways to purchase goods when and where they want, in-person or online. While eCommerce isn’t new, the pandemic has amplified its adoption, as customers continue to look for convenient and personalized ways to shop for everything from groceries to vehicle wraps, from the comfort and safety of home.

 

To provide customers with a seamless way to purchase vehicle graphics online, Wrapmate – an end-to-end digital platform for consumers to get their graphic projects designed, printed, and installed – is launching a new, first of its kind, eCommerce experience. Wrapmate’s new proprietary technology allows vehicle wrap customers to receive exact, transparent pricing information for their specific vehicle graphics project before purchase. By leveraging Wrapmate’s patent-pending technology, as well as 3M’s products and history of expertise in the graphics industry, the technology efficiently and effectively brings customers’ graphics projects to life from start to finish.

 

“We’re thrilled to offer a new experience to vehicle graphics customers built from the ground up including flexible design selection and exact, transparent pricing in real-time prior to purchase,” said Chris Loar, CEO of Wrapmate. “Historically, customers needed to secure an estimate, work with a designer and find a trusted installer on their own. Starting today, we are reimagining the experience. Customers don’t want an estimate, they want an exact price. Now, they can come to Wrapmate, enter in their vehicle details, and get an exact total project price in as little as five clicks which includes the cost of a custom design, print on 3M films, and installation of their vehicle graphics by a local Wrapmate Pro, many of which are a 3M Certified or Preferred Graphics Installer.”

 

Convenience and Connection Powered by Technology 

 

Leveraging Wrapmate’s new technology, customers can not only select a design package that fits their needs and their exact vehicle make and model but also know how much the project will cost instantly. By modifying the size of the desired graphics, customers will see the price of their project adjust in real-time, allowing customers to find the best vehicle wrap options for their budget while seeing how the preferred design will look on their vehicle. For each vehicle wrap project, interested customers can use the digital platform to see location-specific pricing and find a 3M Certified or Preferred Graphics Installer for their project. Once customers compare pricing options for different coverage amounts, they can pay for their design online and start the process of bringing their graphics project to life. This patent-pending innovation is a first of its kind for vehicle wrap customers and the graphics industry.

“This new technology from Wrapmate will advance the graphics industry by simplifying and expediting the process, allowing customers to make an informed purchasing decision,” said Adrian Cook, marketing manager, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “By providing straightforward pricing options and connecting customers directly to 3M Certified and Preferred Graphics Installers in one experience more businesses can be on their way to improving their marketability with custom graphics from the 3M name they trust.”

Customers interested in seeing the total cost for their project and comparing their options can get started today at wrapmate.com.

It’s BACK!!! The Wraps Event, For Wrappers, By Wrappers!

 

WRAPSCON will once again be the single-largest gathering of wraps professionals under one roof at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, June 15-17, in conjunction with GRAPHICS PRO EXPO (formerly THE NBM SHOW).

As we celebrate our sixth annual event, and hopefully make up for a year of missed networking and education, the best minds in the industry will be at the show sharing their advice, install tips, and business suggestions, all while presenting live demonstrations. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with top-notch installers, manufacturers and your peers, in support of the ever-growing world of wraps.

WRAPSCON 2021 will feature classroom education geared toward wraps professionals, contests for pros and novices alike, more hands-on opportunities for installers and designers of all ability levels, and more vendors featuring today’s top tools, templates, wide-format printers and films.

This year we’re bringing the event back to its origins in Indy. WRAPSCON will take over an entire section of the exhibit hall. In years past, our exhibitors have delivered demonstrations on floor and wall graphics, window tint and paint protection, as well as auto, boat and plane wrap installations. The excitement and jubilation of an in-person event is on everyone’s mind and the buzz is already building for what WRAPSCON 2021 will have in store.

Highlights of this year’s WRAPSCON will include WRAPSconnect, a question-and-answer panel discussion with some of the wrap world’s elite wrappers on Tuesday morning before the show. We will once again be hosting the Wrap Olympics, a one-of-a-kind single-elimination team wraps contest to determine the best of the best. Grab your partner and register today! (Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, our annual Meet the Masters happy hour event will not happen this year.)

Join industry greats like Justin Pate and Jim Miller as we bring it back to INDY! Come see live demos from our sponsors: Mutoh America, ORAFOL, The Wrap Institute, JDS Sign Supply, KPMF, HEXIS, General Formulations and PROSERIES.

If you have skin in the wraps game, YOU GOTTA BE THERE!

For more information about WRAPSCON 2021, click here.

For more about GRAPHICS PRO EXPO in 2021, click here.

And, to register your team for Wrap Olympics, click here.

HEXIS Americas announces it’s new 2021 TRAINING and CERTIFICATION dates – and new team of CERTIFIED HEXIS TRAINERS

Learn and grow your business while you get trained and certified by our team of Certified HEXIS Trainers.  They’ll teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques to working with HEXIS films and you have even more confidence in offering HEXIS to your customers.

This 3-Day course consists of education on HEXIS products, preparation, application, and removal.  Students will receive a Certification of Training, tools to use and keep, HEXIS Apparel, marketing goods (catalogs, swatch-books, and color-charts), and lunch.

 

  • SKINTAC:  color-change cast pvc wrap vinyl with HEX’Press air-release adhesive.
  • BODYFENCE:  paint protection film.  Self-healing, hydrophobic, and optically clear.

 

For training and certification dates and details, please download the .pdf here

APA – Gloss Olso Blue with UltraJet Technology

There is some exciting news! APA is releasing Oslo Blue in the super gloss finish! This color is inspired by the alluring dark blue in the sky seen at night in the Norweigen capital! The elegant Oslo Blue is captivating and mysterious. Having this timeless color on your vehicle is like having two colors because during the day the color is bright, but in the night shadow the color is dark! Oslo Blue is a color that is peaceful with lots of depth to it! The stunning Oslo Blue is the newest addition to our America Edition, which is made exclusively for our American customers! If you want your car to stand out, you need to wrap it in this breathtaking color!

Gloss Oslo Blue is made APA’s new Ultrajet Technology! This technology is designed to make the wrapping much more effective and efficient. Ultrajet technology is made with a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, which makes the installation process of the material much easier and faster.  The UltraJet technology also has a Slidablity feature, which assists in gliding the vinyl wrapping film material to a specific position. APA’s Ultrajet technology works great on both flat and curved surfaces!

Get your Sample Kit Here!

APA – Gloss Oslo Blue wrap project with UltraJet Technology

The HEXIS, THE200EVO with TAKE HEAT EASY® technology, designed to make installation easier and faster

Watch Product Presentation Video Here: https://youtu.be/mwgl2nc2JGc

TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER

The TAKE HEAT EASY® technology is the result of a combination of a solvent based adhesive and a micro-structured liner developed by HEXIS R&D team. This innovation has been specially designed to reduce the initial tack and immediate adhesion, thus making the installation of the vinyl more convenient with an optimal adhesive bonding process.

In 2018, HEXIS combined this technology for the first time with a THE190EVO cast PVC film, and, in view of its success, it made sense to now use it on a high-end polymeric PVC film.

 

THE200EVO, IDEAL FOR LARGE-FORMAT SURFACES

Ease of repositioning, print quality and optimal durability are all assets that will allow customers to express their creativity with unlimited possibilities and installers to use it conveniently on flat or slightly curved surfaces, for 2D wrapping projects (buses, lorries, fleet vehicles etc.) and large-format signage.

Thibault VEUILLET, Business Development Manager Automotive, comments: “With its excellent sliding properties on the substrate, THE200EVO is an ideal solution, especially when an installer needs to quickly and accurately position two printed widths. It is amazingly easy to find the perfect alignment for a design.”


V850B, A NEW POLYMERIC LAMINATE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE200EVO

Always at the forefront of innovation, HEXIS has developed and is now launching the V850B laminate with a thickness of 2 MIL. “Combined with the printable THE200EVO film, our customers will be able to obtain and appreciate a particularly flexible complex”, confirms Vorada CHANTHAVONG, Vice President HEXIS Americas.

 

THE200EVO & V850B, A PRINTABLE COMPLEX MADE IN FRANCE

Caroline MATEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HEXIS is proud to report: “Our research laboratory and our industrial team have combined their respective strengths and skills to complete the design and manufacturing process of these two new products in the most successful way.
[…] In the year 2020, despite the current health issues, HEXIS continues its race for technological innovation with the launch of the new self-healing X technology for our vehicle body protection films (BODYFENCEX) and the antimicrobial PURE ZONE® technology for surface protection.”

 

 Further details on: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/us/the200evo/

3M "Tag Us and Win" Sweepstakes

3M “Tag Us and Win” Sweepstakes

Show Off Your Vehicle Wrap, Win Big With 3M “Tag Us and Win” Sweepstakes

Oct. 12 – Nov. 1., new theme announced each week. 

Beginning Monday, October 12, and running through November 1, 3M is calling for graphic professionals to show off their favorite vehicle wrap for a chance to win a *roll of 3M print film and overlaminate.

At the beginning of each week, 3M will post a “theme” to its Facebook and Instagram to indicate the type of vehicle project needed to enter the sweepstakes.

This week’s theme is muscle cars; enter before the beginning of next week (10/19) to be eligible.

A new theme will be announced each week, so everyone is encouraged to check back on Oct. 19 and 26 for last week’s winner and the next theme.

When: October 12 – November 1 (promotion period)
How to enter:

  1. At the beginning of each week within the promotion period, visit 3M Films Facebook or Instagram page to see what the vehicle theme for that week is. The theme for the week of October 12 is muscle cars.
  2. Upload a picture of your favorite vehicle wrap that fits within that week’s theme to your Facebook or Instagram.
  3. Include the hashtag #Wrapwith3M 
  4. Tag @3Mfilms and your distributor

How to win: 3M will draw one winner at random each week.

 

Don’t forget to check 3M Films Facebook or Instagram for theme details at the beginning of each week.

 *Valid in U.S. only. Click here to view rules and additional information.

Avery DennisonⓇ Launches Revolutionary neo™ and Supreme Defense™ Paint Protection Films

MENTOR, Ohio – August 27, 2020 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions (NYSE:AVY) today announced the introduction of two new paint protection film (PPF) lines — neo™ and Supreme Defense™ — that protect the vehicle surface from stone chips, road debris, insect stains and weathering while also enabling designers to create dramatic customized looks.

Avery Dennisonneo™ is a wet apply, solid color PPF line of films with a unique polyurethane and adhesive technology that gives vehicles an exceptionally smooth OEM-paint-like finish while protecting the surface from harmful daily elements. The design possibilities are endless with this uniquely 3D conformable film. Installers can create special effects and accents or transform the roof and the hood for a two-tone look.

The first color in the product line, neo noir, is a distinctive black film with noticeable color depth and a rich black pigment. Installers and owners alike will delight in neo noir’s ultra-high gloss finish and excellent adhesion.

“We created the neo line with vehicle owners, PPF dealers and of course vehicle wrap installers all in mind. We look forward to a new wave of wrap and design artistry and an expanded market for paint protection films, starting with neo noir,” said Abby Monnot, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America.

The new Avery DennisonⓇ  Supreme Defense™ matte film combines the same exceptional paint protection with a totally different visual effect. This high quality polyurethane film is specially designed to preserve and protect a flat factory finish, but designers can also use it to transform high-gloss OEM paint to achieve a dramatic new look.

Both neo noir and Supreme Defense matte have a self-healing top coat that absorbs impact from scratches and debris, and both provide long-term durability of up to 5 years.

“We’ve heard for a while about the need for an accent film with an OEM paint-like finish, particularly when it comes to black,” Monnot continued. “We also know that many shops are adding paint protection film or wrapping film to their business models. These new lines merge an opaque finish with paint protection film to create solutions in form, function and artistry that the industry has been looking for.”

To complement the neo and Supreme Defense paint protection films, Avery Dennison continues to offer the Vehicle Design Template (VDT) Cutting Software, a proprietary software with thousands of pre-cut templates to maximize performance for an exact fit you can trust. VDT Software is available at a low monthly subscription price.  Browse the template library for free at vdt.averydennison.com.

Find more information about the new Paint Protection Films at graphics.averydennison.com/ppf, and join the conversation on Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions’ social channels, including Facebook and Instagram, and by following the hashtag ADneo.

The sleek, matte finish and self-healing topcoat of Avery Dennison Supreme Defense™ delivers form, function, and artistry to paint protection film applications.

Avery Dennison Supreme Defense™ matte Paint Protection Film protects and transforms an OEM paint high-gloss finish into a dramatic new visual effect.