For those in the vehicle wrap industry, our wrap gloves are basic, standard, critical parts of our daily job. When we do not have a glove close by it feels like we are missing our knife, squeegee or torch… simply not acceptable. What started years ago at APE Wraps® has morphed and grown into a worldwide phenomenon spanning countries, film brands, language and organizations. Gloves of multiple sizes, colors and brands continue to spread throughout the industry as a vital part of the wrappers kit.
The ability to protect the film while simultaneously turning our hands into an infinitely conformable squeegee has, quite simply, revolutionized the way wrappers world-wide perform at top levels.
Believe it or not, originally, the glove was not available for the general public and was intended for only internal use at APE Wraps®. However, it didn’t take long for industry friends and partners to start asking for them. After huge efforts by the family in identifying all the qualities necessary for a glove to perform as a durable, high quality tool the Original WrapGlove® was born. Today with more technology than ever before, the WrapGlove® brand has become an industry standard to decal installers worldwide. If you ask any professional installer “What are the top three tools in their Pouch”? One of them will most likely be the WrapGlove®.
The WrapGlove® was invented by Wastegate Technologies, Inc. (WTI). The WTI Company first and foremost is known for their custom show cars, concourse quality builds in the automotive industry. The family identified the need for gloves back in the 60’s and had gloves made for the use of protecting their concourse cars surfaces during and after the builds. Fast forward to 2007 where the use of the glove during the testing of some ultra conformable PVC films we found the glove had unintended attributes/qualities, by allowing the hand to glide smoothly across the surface of the film, unlike a bare hand that would drag and gouge the media. Fast forward 2 more years and WTI had produced the glove that in essence, is what our customers know today as the WrapGlove® Brand.
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.
We are very pleased to announce that the WrapperMapper.com has been added to the industry’s premiere wrap training site The Wrap Institute.
For those in the wrap game you will recognize the name Justin Pate as one of the world’s best vehicle wrap installers and trainers. Justin has spent years traveling the world teaching, coaching and training wrap installers in all aspects of wrap work. In an excerpt from his bio “…Over his 17-year career, Justin has wrapped over 3000 vehicles, the majority of them by himself. By closely studying the vehicle graphic installation process, Justin has created a highly efficient installation platform he calls UGIS: Universal Graphic Installation System. With this system, installers can learn how to wrap vehicles in significantly lower times than the industry average with higher quality and durability. UGIS is the basis for the workshops Justin teaches throughout the world and has been officially endorsed by Avery Dennison in North America.” Justin’s skills are well known and his desire to further improve the application standards and skills of applicators continues to this day. We are are proud to be a part of his continuing work.
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