HEXIS Americas’ new 4,000 sq. ft. Training Center

Introducing HEXIS Americas’ new 4,000 sq. ft. HEXIS Americas Training Center.  

Learn and grow your business while HEXIS offers 3-day BODYFENCE (paint protection film) and 3-day SKINTAC (color-change) vinyl training courses in Atlanta, GA.  Our Certified HEXIS Trainers will teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques to working with HEXIS film and provide business solutions.  Each class is limited to 12 students (maximum) with 2 Certified HEXIS Trainers and 6 full-sized cars so that each student receives 1-on-1 hands on training.  Beginners and advanced installers welcome.

 

Each student will receive a HEXIS Bag of Shag Tools and marketing goods, apparel, lunch each training day, and a Certificate of Training.

Ask about our Certifications.

 

For more info:

  

HEXIS Americas

850 Progress Center Court

Suite #150

Lawrenceville, GA 30043

 

Email:  info@hexisamericas.com

Phone:  770-402-3538

Website:  https://www.hexisamericas.com/training/

Contact:  Christen Hughes (Marketing Manager)

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)

NEW Wrap Training Map!!!

Announcing the new Training Map starting for 2020!!! … because figuring out more ways to continue helping out the wrap industry, our fellow wrap shops and professional wrappers around the world is kind of what we do here at WrapperMapper.com.

 

“Where can I get a good solid training class in my area?” is a pretty common question for us and one that most professional wrap installers will have many times over their career.

 

Of course you can always have access to easy and reliable training when you sign up for The Wrap Institute online (use our discount code TWWRAPPERMAPPER for a great savings) BUT how awesome would it be to easily see where Justin is doing an actual live training class?  How about John Duever running an Avery SWI class, Adam Sumner doing 3M training at Wrappix or Rafal Zmuda doing a group session at The Wrap Center in Europe?

 

We are bringing it all together in one place.  Now you can easily check the new Training Map page and see what is available for this year!  We have tried to make it super easy to filter by training/skill level, focus on a specific film manufacture or look for a specialized organization.

 

Check out what we have so far and keep coming back as we continue to add wrapping classes across the globe!

 

WrapperMapper Wrap Training Map:  http://wrappermapper.com/wraptraining/

 

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle Graphics installers across the country can now get hands-on training close to home ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 8, 2018) – Industry leader in innovation, 3M Commercial Solutions is thrilled to reveal the latest training center to increase expertise and precision across the graphics industry: the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle. This state-of-the-art Mobile Training Vehicle delivers hands-on installer training to central locations in towns across the country.  It extends the current 3M training capabilities even further, making quality education more accessible. The goal is to help more installers develop the skills and the confidence they need to bolster their reputations and grow their businesses.

The training vehicle is a 40-foot mobile application center fully equipped to provide training on the application of graphics and architectural films. Participants can expect to learn up-to-date and relevant installation techniques, industry best practices and 3M specific solutions.

“With the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, we want to provide a convenient, comprehensive and hands-on education that the students can use every day,” said Kimberly Tostrud, Product Marketer with 3M Commercial Solutions. “One of the greatest benefits of the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is the hands-on experience trainees will receive, with 80 percent of instruction time dedicated to product application by the students. The opportunity to gain application experience under the guidance of authorized trainers, who are expert installers themselves, provides students with a unique experience that goes far beyond watching a demonstration, workshop or listening to a lecture.”

Reece Supply Company in Charlotte, N.C. was one of the first 3M Strategic Authorized Distributors to experience the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle this February. “We had great feedback from those who attended the training class, and it was clear their confidence grew after they received the hands-on instruction,” said Vic Lawrence, Operations Supervisor for Reece Supply Company. “The entire 3M team was very professional, knowledgeable and eager to help in any way. It reminded me of a racecar pit crew at times.”

“The 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is equipped with different application surfaces for students to work with, including partial vehicles for commercial applications, a variety of wall types, fleet panels, floors, windows for glass applications, a classroom and more. Trainees will have the opportunity to practice with 3M products such as 3M™ Print Wrap Films, 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080, 3M™ Knifeless Tapes, 3M™ DI-NOC™ Finishes and
3M™ Fasara™ Glass Finishes,” said Beau Hommes, 3M Application Development Engineer. “The training also offers the attendees an opportunity to utilize industry relevant tools to make their installations more successful.”

3M Commercial Solutions helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks and toners used to create finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. To learn more about the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, contact your 3M sales representative.

For more information about the entirety of 3M’s installer training programs, please visit 3M.com/InstallationPrograms.

 

 

Justin Pate – The Wrap Institute and WrapperMapper.com

 

The Wrap Institute

The Wrap Institute

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.

As The original, world’s largest, and easiest way to find Professional Wrap Installers.  The Wrapper Mapper map continues to improve and grow throughout the world.