The first Wraps VIP party makes an international impact at WRAPSCON!

The first ever Wraps VIP event was a resounding success! What initially started with a simple message from Indianapolis local Dan Nava (Travel Wraps Graphics) quickly grew into quite an affair for WrapperMapper.com and the international wrap community.  Wrap professionals from all over the world converged on Indianapolis, IN for the 2nd annual WRAPSCON event and were treated to an after-hours event to be remembered.  A stretch Hummer limo chauffeured the VIP’s around town while drinks, music and a whole bevy of great prizes were lined up to be given away to the gathered crowd.

The wrap industry attendees enjoyed quite a display of goods and services from the industry suppliers who pitched in to help.  These Wraps VIP sponsors donated more than $15,000 in prizes ranging from full 25 yard rolls of wrap films, professional installation tools, training packages, software and much more.  Thanks so much to all of our sponsors for donating such awesome prizes and thanks to WRAPSCON for supporting our goal of creating a great party.  Check out the list of all the generous things that were won during the party… Wraps VIP Prize Page

Special thanks to the Travel Wraps Graphics team for all of their hard work in making this event a reality. It could not have happened without all of your time and effort guys!

KPMF puts together a splash for WRAPSCON 2016

WRAPSCON 2016 was ground zero for a spectacular day courtesy of KPMF (Kay Premium Marking Films).  The vehicle wrapping film manufacturer arranged a once-in-a-lifetime Indy Racing Car Experience at the world famous Indianapolis Speedway.  The lucky attendees got to suit up, pop on a helmet and take a couple of thrilling high-speed laps around the 2.5 mile track reaching up to 180mph.

The day was finished off with a beautiful party at the DalaraIndy Car Factory where the new KPMF wrapping film colors and overlaminates were revealed to great crowd.  Plenty of food, drinks and fun were had by all.

Many thanks to the KPMF team for creating such a day to remember!

UASG rolls out the new website for 3M Certified Graphics Installation Companies!

Anaheim – New website makes quick work of finding the right 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company
When America’s businesses require the services of professionally trained and certified vinyl installers, the new vendor search portal at www.uasg.org streamlines the process of identifying the right qualified, local installation company.
For businesses in need of vinyl graphics and architectural graphics, the re-developed website features an easy-to-use interface that makes finding a 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company a simple, worry-free task. Businesses who frequently require these services include Fortune 500, large enterprises, as well as smaller, Mom-and-Pop companies. Because only UASG members may be listed in the engine, this assures users that a vendor found on the website is also a genuine 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company, a membership requirement.
For vinyl installation providers, the all-new www.uasg.org enables potential customers to search by zip code as well as by keyword. This lets vinyl vendors introduce their premier installer services to purchasers with an active need who are in their business’ vicinity. Member companies now span the continental U.S. and include Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico.
With so many of today’s businesses specifying both the 3M vinyl product, as well as its expert installation and/or removal in their requirements and bids, inclusion on the site attests to a vendor’s credibility and demonstrated expertise. UASG reflects the industry’s benchmark standard for graphic installation excellence in fleet, full & partial wraps, interior & exterior environmental graphics including floor, rough textured walls, and virtually every other branding application one may envision.
According to UASG President Julie Martin, “The new website celebrates our critical role in connecting the skilled craftsmanship of our members with the businesses who depend on it. Our work is always about elevating the trade, and bringing more recognition to both the industry and its individual members.”
Additional site features include industry and organization news and events, as well as an informational overview of UASG’s history and mission. Members with access credentials may participate in a member forum and take advantage of special pricing in a members-only tools and resources area. Slated for the near future: a small selection of branded goods available for purchase, so that members can display their pride and wear it on the jobsite.

WRAPSCON is coming! Set your calendars for June 2nd – 4th.

 

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Set your calendars now for the 2nd annual WRAPSCON in Indianapolis, IN USA!

National Business Media, the proud producers of WRAPS and Sign & Digital Graphics magazines and THE NBM B.I.G. SHOW, presents the event for graphics installers: WRAPSCON June 2-4, 2016. With the huge potential for growth in the graphics market, especially vinyl wrap professionals serving the vehicle wrap advertising, commercial fleet graphics and other related graphics markets, WRAPSCON has quickly become the must attend event of the year.

We are bringing in the best graphics installers and the leading manufacturers and distributors in the business under one roof, with a national audience of installers, to share tips and tricks, install techniques, and the latest products to boost this rapidly growing market. Come see the latest in digital printing, vinyl technology, lamination, vehicle templates, wrap specific artwork and tools. If you have skin in the WRAPS game, then you NEED to be here!

Sign-Up Here for the show and to check out the exhibitors, trainers and events.  https://thenbmshow.com/wrapscon

KPMF partners with Sekanskin at Canadian Auto Show

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Canadian Auto Show is the largest gathering of car enthusiasts in Canada each year. Spanning ten days, the show features the displays from global auto manufacturers, a selection of high-end exotics and even specialized areas with hot rods and classics. While wraps were present a few exhibits, they went mostly un-noticed, thought to be custom paint.

This year, Sekanskin, a wrap shop in Toronto known for its meticulous attention to detail wrapped a vehicle during the show. Demonstrations were given three times each day as the team worked to complete an entire car. Crowds gathered and Sekanskin answered hundreds of questions educating the public on the process and its benefits.

KPMF’s Matte Black was chosen for the car, which was originally white. On the eve of the final show day after the public had left, team Sekanskin’s undeniable talents were again confirmed. They transformed the finished matte black car into a true show vehicle by expertly placing themed decals on it. Two additional vehicles previously done by Sekanskin using KPMF were also on display and served as prime examples of Sekanskin’s quality as well as what can be achieved with wrap.

The exhibit garnered a huge amount of attention during the show. A national television channel filmed a segment on wrapping and Sekanskin made it to front page of the paper twice. This exercise proved to be an excellent way to introduce tens of thousands of car enthusiasts to the wrap industry.

Sekanskin is a Toronto based wrap shop specializing in custom high end wraps. For more information visit www.sekanskin.com.

KPMF is a manufacturer of premium vehicle wrap films based in Michigan and Wales, UK. For more information visit www.kpmf.com.

Welcome to #201WRAP!

IdentityDesign_08#201WRAP was established in March of 2009 in Jacksonville, FL USA as a full service design, print, and production facility. What started out in 500 square foot facility has now grown to a over 3500 square foot production powerhouse. Identity Design has quickly become THE source for creating hard hitting media and trend setting vehicle wraps. Over the years Identity Design has become a nationally recognized vehicle wrap facility with next level quality and service.

As the founders of PAINTisDEAD.com, Identity Design has helped pave the foundation of the vehicle wrap industry with a network of dedicated, quality installers around the globe. Paint is Dead is a one-stop resource for all things wrap. Whether you are looking for an installer, deciding on what color to go with, or simply looking to learn about the product and pick up some cool gear.

Wrap Training with Justin Pate at 25% OFF!

Web_AD_TheWrapInstituteWho doesn’t dream of doing a killer wrap training class with world renowned industry trainer Justin Pate?  Whether you wrap occasionally or are a seasoned veteran you know that there is always something new to learn.  …and now you can for less!

The Wrap Institute is an online streaming service that provides high quality videos on how to apply graphics featuring master installer Justin Pate.  Annual memberships give users unlimited access to over 530 videos that cover topics from boats, walls, windows, cars, vans, vinyl lettering and much more. Each month 20-30 new videos are added along with new features like free pdf downloads for pre-inspection and quality control.  All content is neutral which means all techniques shown apply to any type of film or manufacturer.   Never Stop Learning!

Sign-Up now and use our exclusive Coupon Code for your 25% discount – TWWRAPPERMAPPER – in the sign-up form.  Head over to The Wrap Institute now.

Arlon Automotive World Wrap Mania Competition at SEMA 2015

At the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Arlon brought together installers from all over the world into one booth for a prestigious wrap competition hosted by Arlon, “Arlon Automotive World Wrap Mania”. The event started off with 6 teams, each with 5 installers, competing for the title of “Best Quality Wrap” or “Most Creative Wrap”. Each team brought unique qualities, skills and their creative minds to the competition which attracted crowds from all over the show floor.
The Arlon Automotive World Wrap Mania competition gave these top installers the first opportunity to work with the newly released Ultimate PremiumPlus™ Silver Chrome, and other Arlon favorites including: Blue Aluminum and Toxic Green. Each team was tasked with wrapping half of a vehicle in a limited three hour timeframe which included the most complex areas of the vehicle. A team of Arlon Automotive specialists judged each team’s execution on quality and creative design. After a neck to neck performance from each team, the competition proved to be a battle to the end. The Wrap Society led by Team Captain, Niel Scotto of ND Vinyl, was awarded the “Best Quality Wrap” and the “Most Creative Wrap” was awarded to Team R.I.C.O. led by Team Captain, Carl Brewer of The Wrap Installers. Both teams showed exceptional skills in each category which led to their victory.
“Each Arlon wrap competition presents a unique set of challenges for the installers and this year’s competition did not disappoint. The inclusion of Arlon’s new Silver Chrome demanded a higher level of skill and innovative thinking from the installers,” states Ritchie Daize, Business Development Manager – Automotive, Arlon Graphics, LLC.SEMA Contest Winners
Team R.I.C.O. The Wrap Society

Mutoh, Fellers and Justin Pate create the perfect storm at SEMA

If you were lucky enough to attend SEMA this year in Las Vegas hopefully you had a chance to hit the Mutoh booth.  Mutoh played host to the Speed Wrapping competition where some of the world’s fastest wrappers attempted to fully wrap an Audi A8 in the shortest official time.

The elements of the ever ticking time clock, the pressure of an entranced audience and the ongoing commentary of wrap industry icons Frank Fellers and Justin Pate combined for a dramatic display.  The chemistry between Justin and Frank was undeniable as they explained the wrap process, pointed out details in the application, discussed film properties and even engaged in a little good natured ribbing.  All in all, an effective and informative strategy that was helpful to the attendees.

Ultimately, the fastest time of 22minutes 50.83 seconds went to the team of installers representing Carbon Wraps, Gator Wraps, LE Wraps and Miller Decals.  Their efforts were incredible to watch and earned them a nice prize from Fellers for breaking the SEMA Show record.

If you stuck around a little longer you were treated to a last minute wager between Frank and Justin on just how fast the Audi could be stripped.  Frank figured 5 minutes and Justin called for 35 seconds… Final strip time was 53.12 seconds.  Scorching fast and fun to watch.

3M’s Wrap2Wrap Finals with an exciting conclusion!

2015 3M Wrap2Wrap Battle Winners Announced
Installer talent and 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 featured at 2015 SEMA Show 

  1. PAUL, Minn. – (November 6, 2015) –Countless hours of hard work, sweat, and painstaking attention to detail were on display at the 2015 SEMA show, as Casey Folk of PDX Wraps and Jamie Mullican of WrapArtist.comwere announced as winners at the second annual 3M Wrap2Wrap Battle. Showcasing elite craftsmanship and prowess with 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080, Folk and Mullican crafted dynamic wraps with installation help from 3M Preferred Graphics Installers John Deuver, Joshua Marquardt, Mingo Richter and Luis Tirado.

The 3M Wrap2Wrap Battle is an open competition between installers of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 throughout the United States, and provided fans the opportunity to get involved by voting for the wrap of their choice. In the first round, every entry was featured. In rounds two through four, contestants were seeded into brackets and competed directly against one other contestant. Winners Folk and Mullican were selected to participate in live wrap installations on the floor of the 2015 SEMA show.

Judged by a powerful panel of experts, both Folk and Mullican’s vehicles were chosen for their compelling story, uniqueness of design, color choices, and overall look and appeal. Judging was presided over by:

  • Rutledge Wood, Co-Host of Top Gear and Lost in Transmission
  • Jeremy McGrath, AMA Supercross Champion
  • “Hot Rod Ali” Youngblood, Hot Rod Race Car Driver
  • Steve Hargitai, 2014 Wrap2Wrap Winner
  • Adam Sumner, 3M Authorized Trainer

For their impressive performance, Folk and Mullican received prize packages worth more than $10,000, including an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2015 SEMA Show, a Master Proheat STC® Surface Temperature Control Heat Gun Kit – Model PH-1610K, a Geek Wraps Prize Package, a Geek Wraps Apple Box, two 25-yard rolls of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080, 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 S-curve Display, paid advertising on 3M Graphics’ social media accounts and $1,000 in cash.

“The skill and talent level displayed by Casey Folk and Jamie Mullican with 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080 was simply astounding,” said Janelle Pizzi, Product Marketer, 3M Commercial Solutions. “We look forward to seeing their future work, while they both undoubtedly continue to influence others to produce outstanding work.”

The finalists’ wrap entries can be seen on 3M Commercial Solutions’ Facebook or Instagram pages or at wrap2wrap.3m.com.