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.

WRAPPERS CALL FOR HELP – Louisiana flooding care drive

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Photo Credit: FoxNews.com

For those of you watching the news you should be aware of the massive flooding that has hit large areas of Louisiana.  The storms and resulting deluge of rain has created a disaster area that is being reported as the worst in the USA since Hurricane Katrina.  According to the Red Cross the Louisiana flooding “is likely the worst natural disaster in the United States since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy,” and response efforts are “expected to cost at least $30 million.”  At last report the projections are that over 60,000 homes across 20 parishes have been damaged and 13 people are reported dead.

In the wrapping community we are all very tied to our local communities and feel strongly about helping our neighbors and fellow shop owners.  … this is the time to reach out if you can.

We are calling for assistance from all of you to help out with efforts to get emergency supplies into the area.  Kevin Kempf with PG Nola based in New Orleans has been blessed to avoid direct damage; however, he has taken it upon himself to put together  assistance trips into the damaged areas to help the local shops.  He is asking for a variety of items to load up in the shop truck “Big Bird” and start delivering on Saturday August 27th.

All donations should be sent to PG NOLA located at 320 Madison Street Gretna, LA 70053

We are looking for shop supplies (squeegees, blades, towels, films, tools etc.) to directly help the affected wrappers get back on their feet.  We are also looking for general daily living items to help the folks as well (toiletries….cleaning supplies…baby diapers…food…TOYS for the kids etc.).  Some folks have already taken it upon themselves to purchase items on Amazon.com to be delivered directly to PG Nola (great idea Chris Lee).  Sending gift cards, straight up donations to help purchase more items on the ground and volunteers in the area will certainly be appreciated as well.

Kevin and EZ have quite a job ahead of them so let’s do what we can to help!

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

3M – Wrap2Wrap Contest 2016

Give Your Wrapping Skills a Tune-up; 2016 3M Wrap2Wrap Contest
Open For Submissions July 11, 2016
The stage is set for a three-month competition, and the two top finalists will conduct a
harmonious, live wrap installation at the 2016 SEMA Show

St. Paul, Minn. – (June 29, 2016) – Competition often brings out the best efforts and results from professionals, and the same can be said about collaboration. This year, both will be emphasized for graphics installers of 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080. The 2016 Wrap2Wrap contest features two online rounds, with the top two finalists joining forces to perform live wrap installations on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

“The last two years of Wrap2Wrap have been an incredible success and a terrific way for 3M to engage with the graphics installer community. We’ve enjoyed seeing the stunning projects that are created all across the country,” said Janelle Pizzi, product marketer for 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “We have several surprises in store for the live-wrap at SEMA, and we can’t wait to marvel at the creativity and quality of this year’s submissions.”

Wrap2Wrap is an open contest between installers of 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 throughout the United States, and provides a platform for them to showcase their exceptional work with leaders in the industry. This year, the pair of finalists will be selected over the course of two rounds by a panel of expert judges, including the 2015 Wrap2Wrap winners:

Round 1 judges: July 11 – Sept. 2
• Phil Aquin, 3M Preferred Installer; Adhere Graphics
• Marcio Oliveira, Technical Service; 3M Commercial Solutions Division
• Todd Straub, Technical Service; 3M Commercial Solutions Division

Round 2 judges: Sept. 14- Oct. 3
• Casey Folk, 2015 Wrap2Wrap Winner; PDX Wraps
• Jamie Mullican, 2015 Wrap2Wrap Winner; WrapArtist.com
• Joe Walton, Technical Service; 3M Commercial Solutions Division

Upon the judges’ selection, two finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2016 SEMA Show to star in a live wrap installation on November 3. This final crescendo will join both finalists in a dynamic wrap demo.  Graphics installers may enter the Wrap2Wrap battle beginning July 11, by visiting 3M.com/Wrap2Wrap to submit before-and-after photographs of a vehicle wrapped with 3M Wrap Series Film 1080. Points will be awarded based on the quality of wrap, and overall look and appeal to advance submissions to the second round of judging.

Stay up-to-date with the contest and learn more about the prizes that include valuable wrap tools from 3M and Geek Wraps®, cash prizes and more, by following the 2016 Wrap2Wrap contest on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #Wrap2Wrap.

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!

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!

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

WELCOME to Art City Wraps, our newest Premium Member!

Huge shout out to Josh Marquardt owner and founder of Art City Wraps based in Oshkosh, WI USA.  Art City wraps is our newest Premium member and we are proud to have them on the map.  If you are need of a certified installation, Joshua also claims Avery Dennison CWI certification as well as being a listed 3M Preferred Installer.  A dedicated wrap professional and a die-hard wrap artist, Joshua was honored to compete in the 3M wrap finals at SEMA in 2015 and just recently competed in the Avery Dennison World Wrap Masters competition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2016.

According to the Art City Wraps website “As dedicated wrap professionals we strive towards providing quality materials and installations.  Our wrap-centric shop can accommodate multiple vehicles and large projects.  We help with commercial wraps, truck and trailer wraps, car wraps, fleet graphics, custom vehicle wraps, vehicle graphics and graphic installations of every type and difficulty.  CERTIFIED INSTALLATIONS.  Let us know what it takes to become your trusted wrap provider!”

Welcome to WrapperMapper.com!