HOLESHOT HEX’TREM: A new range of self-adhesive films for extreme sports

 The teams at HEXIS are proud to present the new range of self-adhesive films for deco kits; specially conceived for extreme sports: our HOLESHOT HEX’TREM self-adhesive films.

The new range of self-adhesive films is intended for the short-term decoration of:

  • Motorbikes
  • Quads
  • Jet-skis
  • Bicycles etc.

 

While combining aesthetic appeal and resistance, you will be able to: design and protect graphics, logos or sponsorships applied to surfaces exposed to abrasion, vibration and friction.

What are the possibilities offered by HOLESHOT HEX’TREM self-adhesive films?

For easy installation, you will find XTPRINT; a gloss white printable film; with a special ultra-reinforced and micro-structured adhesive. 3.5 mil thickness. Available in a 54” x 148’ roll.

As far as laminates are concerned, you can choose from a range of different finishes. You can choose between four different types of laminate:

  • XT300 – Monomeric PVC coated with a pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive (gloss) 13 mil thickness. Available in a 54” x 82’ roll.
  • XT300M – Monomeric PVC coated with a pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive (matte) 11.5 mil thickness. Available in a 54” x 82’ roll.
  • XT480 – Monomeric PVC coated with a pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive (gloss) 18.5 MIL THICKNESS. Available in a 54” x 65’ roll.
  • XTWHOOPS –Monomeric embossed texture laminate 13.5 mil thickness. Available in a 54” x 65’ roll.

 

Solutions designed for extreme sports decoration kits; ultraresistant; while being in perfect harmony with your motorbike, quad, jet-ski etc. You will no longer go unnoticed during your motorbike races or your jet-ski rides. This self-adhesive film will enhance all of your designs; on your different substrates; during the practice of extreme sports. Put the HOLESHOT HEX’TREM to the test by creating unique and stunning designs, be daring.

HOLESHOT HEX’TREM is the guarantee of perfect adhesion and visual appearance.

Stand out at every turn with HOLESHOT HEX’TREM!

For more information on our HOLESHOT range, please visit: www.hexis-graphics.com

 

For pricing and purchasing, please reach out to a HEXIS Distributor: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/us/distribution-hexis-network/

WrapsLIVE… back up and running for SEMA 2022.

Finally!  Once again back in Las Vegas USA and enjoying a truly active SEMA Show for 2022.  The last couple of years have beat a lot of us wrap folk up with shutdowns, material shortages, labor shortages and travel restrictions but our honored gentlemen from WrapGlove insisted it was time to get the excitement of WrapsLIVE back up and running once again.  Troy Downey and his son Tom Downey are the original creators of the WrapGlove as well as being diehard supporters, facilitators and leaders of the WrapsLIVE competition since its inception in 2018.  The dream… create a fun and engaging event to test wrappers from around the world regardless of their skill level.  WrapsLIVE has been designed to both introduce new wrappers to the arena of competitive wrapping while avoiding the intimidating multi-day event atmosphere that can scare off newcomers.  We are very, very proud to see so many new folks enjoy their WrapsLIVE run so much that they gain the confidence to keep moving onward and upward into bigger & bigger challenges.

Imagine skills challenges that shift every day… a new group of competing wrappers that changes every day.. a respected wrap judge that changed every day… all to narrow down the cash prize winners that are also awarded each and every day. 

“That was FUN!” was, by far, the most common quote we got from competitors over the multiple days of WrapLIVE.

The 2022 event at SEMA was once again generously sponsored by the ORAFOL team headed up by Joshua Culverhouse.  All of this year’s wrappers received free ORAFOL products, tools and got the chance to work directly with the ORAFOL newest wrapping products (ORAJET 3951RA+ProSlide with ORAGUARD 290M laminate) 

The heavy support from John Schurman (creator of LUXE Auto Concepts and LUXE LightWrap™) led to the invention of our newest skill challenge.  John and his team worked directly with our crew to custom fabricated the new  taillight challenge used to explore LUXE techniques and coverage styles with the competitors.

As always, the Sphere of Death was a hit as each wrapper vied for the largest diameter of perfect wrap to stack up as many bonus points as possible.  This compound curve skill station always gets those competitive drives revved up as each vinyl slinger is forced to balance their remaining clock time against the possibility of racking up extra bonus points.

Drama.  Intensity.  Competitive Spirit.  WrapsLIVE!

 

Share your skills at WrapFest (Silverstone Racing – Northamptonshire UK)

Calling all wrapping industry professionals and experts – applications to speak at WrapFest 2023 are now open

 

WrapFest 2023, the brand-new vinyl installation and vehicle wrapping event from FESPA, is inviting wrap pros to apply to speak at its first ever event. The event, which will take place from 26 – 27 April 2023, at the Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire, will feature an exciting educational line-up including a conference, demonstrations and workshops.

Advance wrap and detail enthusiasts with unique experience in vehicle wrapping, including those working for manufacturers and distributors, trainers, installers, as well as experts in car detailing and paint protection and tinting services, are encouraged to register to join a fast-growing list of conference speakers.

The speaker programme will provide fresh insights and perspectives on how companies can grow their business, improve current skills and services and explore new revenue streams. The inaugural event will focus on market expansion, material innovations, marketing and social media, sustainability, nurturing and identifying new talent, and fleet and commercial vehicles, but speakers are encouraged to submit their own ideas based on their experience and expertise.

WrapFest 2023 has also opened sponsorship for manufacturers and distributors to deliver sessions on practical tips and techniques, in one of seven areas within the pit-garages of Silverstone. In addition to showcasing their products, these companies will also be able to host sessions in the area throughout the event.

Finally, organizers FESPA, who will be hosting independent demonstrations of vehicle wrapping installation in their own designated pit-garage, are looking for experts to host additional sessions.

By registering for either speaker or demonstration opportunities, successful applicants will also benefit from excellent networking opportunities with international premium installers specializing in vehicle wrapping, livery and fleet graphics, car detailing, paint protection and window tinting services, as well as printers and sign-makers looking to expand into the market and increase revenue from vehicle wrapping.

Commenting on the conference programme, Duncan MacOwan, Head of Marketing and Events, FESPA, said: “We are delighted to be launching WrapFest and offering opportunities to many industry pros to showcase their incredible skills at the event.

“The conference programme and demonstration zones are integral features of the event, providing attendees with cutting-edge insights into the latest industry trends from some of the most influential representatives. This is a great opportunity for the best talent in the business to make a real impact at a first-of-its-kind event for the fast-growing wrap industry.”

WrapFest is run by FESPA, a federation of trade associations and event organizer for the digital, textile, screen printing and related industries. At the heart of its mission, FESPA seeks to share information and foster connection among the stakeholders of the industries where it is present and re-invest its profits in events and conference programmes to help achieve this and drive the market forward.

 

To apply for a speaking slot or to deliver a session at a live demonstration at WrapFest 2023, please click the following link: https://www.wrap-fest.com/conference/call-speakers

HEXIS Worldwide Photo Contest is open!

HEXIS is thrilled to announce the 3rd edition of its HEXIS Worldwide Photo Contest!

This year, the photo contest will run for one month, from 1st to 31 October 2022.

The HEXIS Worldwide Photo Contest is a great opportunity for professionals to showcase their best work with HEXIS products to the world.

Any project where HEXIS self-adhesive vinyl films are used can be entered.

With 7 categories, every participant is invited to submit its best wrapping project in:

  • Automotive
  • Sign
  • Decoration
  • Pure Zone (the HEXIS antimicrobial adhesive film)
  • Solar films
  • Textile
  • Free project

The purpose of the Competition is to award prizes for the photos of the most accomplished projects, from a visual communication point of view, using HEXIS self-adhesive vinyl films.

Winners will be chosen based on criteria of compliance with the theme and category, uniqueness of the design, general visual appearance, technical constraints of the project, print quality and quality of the installation.

There will be 3 winners per category and 1 overall winner. The naming of the winners will occur on week 46 2022, after deliberations of a jury made up of HEXIS professionals.

The entire HEXIS Worldwide Photo Contest prizes are valued at almost € 5,000 (HEXIS gift vouchers, iPhone 14 Pro Max).

Winners also receive social media exposure on our social media handles (174 000 followers) including Facebook and Instagram ads, exposure on the Hexis Graphics websites, and a variety of marketing tools.

All entries need to be submitted at https://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/photo-contest/ where full information about the competition is available too.

 

 

How to qualify a wrap shop (or, in other words, is the wrapper any good)?

Over a many years of experience wrapping we have some common questions that a wrap buyer should take time to ask.  A wrap is a custom made product and is not a mass-produced item bought off a shelf.  As such, wraps are created by craftsmen who are personally and closely linked with the quality of their offerings.  When connecting the purchaser of a custom product with the maker of a custom product it is vital to educate and communicate in a way that keeps both parties on the same page.  Nobody likes being disappointed in their expectations and nobody likes thousand dollar surprises (on either side). 

 

Dedicated Shop / Facility? Has this business dedicated time & money to creating a controlled & professional environment for providing wraps?

Full Time or Part Time? Is this a professional who feeds his/her family perfecting their craft or a hobbyist looking for extra money on the side?  The motivations and vested interest in delivering a quality product can certainly be effected by the answer to this question.

What specific films are they using? A professional wrapper should know precisely the vinyl films they are using and why. They should know the difference between low-cost calendared films and higher priced cast films. They should know the differences and pros/cons of each when it comes to cost, conformability, durability and longevity.

Are they using manufactured specified and matched products? A proper (and warranted) product must be produced using correctly matched manufacturer films. Mixing & matching components may lower the cost but will also lower the quality and destroy any potential warranty claim.

Does the wrap shop provide examples of the specific colors?  A custom printed wrap for a commercial project should have a Live Proof for color approvals and a color change wrap should be tied to the manufacturer’s color ship book(s).

Certified Installers? (Just attending a class does not equal certified). A certified installer has to demonstrably prove their ability to properly install using the manufacturers film(s). Plenty of experienced and competent installers do not have a recognized certification; however, they are not able to claim a manufacturer’s warranty if an issue arises. So, not a deal breaker (especially if the shop has an excellent reputation) but a question certainly worth asking.

Fully bonded & insured? Any damage or issues that may arise with your project will be incredibly difficult to resolve if the shop you choose does not have full coverage. No insurance should be a big red flag.

What is their current workload / how long to get the wrap done? Wraps require specialized products, time to process and prepare those products, time to prep the vehicle and, of course, time to do the wrap installation itself. These all impact schedules and a reputable shop should have a clear & reliable picture of their current capabilities.  Now the choice is yours… is the best shop in town worth waiting an extra few weeks…?

Do they require you to fully & thoroughly wash the vehicle before arriving? (they should… experienced wrappers do not like wasting hours of valuable time scrubbing bugs and road grime off your vehicle before they can start their work).

Do they warn you about potential issues regarding temperature extremes? In the winter, ambient temperatures will negatively affect bonding. Reputable shops will insist on making sure the vehicle stays in a controlled environment before heading out.

Do they back up their work? What is their policy if something fails, pops loose or peels back? Note, we are not talking about external damage or failure to maintain the wrap here. A wrap shop can not be expected to be responsible for events outside their control.

Is there a clear understanding that a wrap is NOT paint? Vinyl wraps are, by their very nature, a covering going over stable surfaces.  The films have thickness as well as limits to flexibility and ability to stretch.  Contrary to common misconceptions, the thickness of a wrap film does NOT cover-up surface damage / chips / dings /dents etc.  A wrap will actually make that area more noticeable because it is adding a little bit MORE size to the problem.

Does the shop clearly explain how to maintain your wrap?  The local weather, road conditions, washing techniques and even the direction you park each day can effect the life of your wrap.  

Can I see example(s) of your work that is more than 6 months old? An excellent way to gauge a wrapper’s work is to get a personal look at a project wrapped at least 6 months prior.  Look for details like un-wrinkled corners, absence of bubbles/dirt/debris under the vinyl, no failed recesses, clean/straight trims, perfectly controlled seams if present, no white-out or obviously stressed areas, and check for edges that would be typically hidden.  

 

Yes, I know, it’s a lot to take in.  Custom products are simply more complicated by their nature.  That being said, it is in everyone’s best interest to be as informed and knowledgeable as possible.  We all win in the end.  Keep Wrapping!

FESPA launches Wrap Fest

FESPA is launching Wrap Fest, a brand-new event dedicated exclusively to vehicle wrapping, vinyl installation and detailing. The event will run for the first time from 26 – 27 April 2023 at the Silverstone racing circuit, Northamptonshire, UK, the iconic home of the British Grand Prix.

Wrap Fest will welcome professionals in vehicle wrapping, livery and fleet graphics, car detailing, protection and tinting services, racing teams and automotive professionals, as well as printers and sign-makers who are looking to grow revenue from vehicle wraps, and those active in architectural interiors and signage.

The launch event will feature an exhibition, educational conference, hands-on training sessions and workshops, plus a new regional UK & Ireland World Wrap Masters competition. The exhibition will occupy Halls 1 and 2 of the new Silverstone Wing, where prominent global brands will showcase their latest innovations for custom vehicle wrapping and detailing, including decorative and paint protection films, window tints, digital printing and laminating equipment, vinyl cutting and finishing, design software, cleaning products, and accessories and tools.

Inspiring presentations will help visitors get up to speed with the latest trends and update their knowledge. Elsewhere, wrappers can join interactive technical training sessions and workshops delivered by experts, and watch live product demonstrations.

Across the two-day event, a maximum of 36 wrappers will compete in a series of timed wrapping competitions for the new regional UK & Ireland World Wrap Masters regional heat. The winner will then go on to compete in the popular World Wrap Masters final at FESPA Global Print Expo 2023 in Munich, Germany (23 – 26 May 2023).

Reflecting the colour and energy of the wrap community, Wrap Fest will have a festival vibe, with international food trucks and live entertainment in the racecourse paddock area.

“Vehicle wrapping is one of the most colourful attractions at our FESPA exhibitions, where we have been hosting our World Wrap Masters competition for over 10 years. With competitions on four continents, we’ve worked closely with suppliers and wrap professionals, but until now, there’s never been a focused event that serves the needs of this specific community”, explains Duncan MacOwan, Head of Marketing and Events, FESPA.
“With Wrap Fest, we want to provide a hub that plugs wrappers and detailers into the latest trends, lets them see all the product innovations from multiple suppliers in one space, gives them access to workshops and demos to refresh their skills, and shows them the opportunities that could fuel their growth.”

Ole Solskin Ravn, Head Judge, World Wrap Masters Series comments on the value of the Wrap Fest event for the community, “The vehicle wrapping and detailing market is thriving and more professionals are specialising in or expanding into this market. There are so many components to consider when wrapping a car, interior surface or object and there isn’t currently an event that enables professionals to connect with suppliers and see multiple solutions under one roof. There’s always something new to learn, too, and rarely the time to fit it in, so the chance to take part in hands-on training sessions at Wrap Fest will be a huge benefit.”

Silverstone offers excellent facilities, with easy access by rail and road from major cities, and from Birmingham and London airports.

For more information on Wrap Fest and to register your interest, visit: https://wrapmasters.fespa.com/events/wrap-fest-2023. Tickets will be available in Autumn 2022.

BODYFENCE (PPF) – NOW AVAILABLE AT FELLERS.

BODYFENCE is the world’s fastest growing high-quality paint protection and it is now available at the world’s largest wrap supply company, FELLERS.

Thanks to its revolutionary “X” Technology, BODYFENCEX features the following benefits:

  • Instant self-healing with ambient temperature
  • Increased resistance to stains with a super hydrophobic top layer
  • High-gloss shine and optically clear film
  • Also offered in clear matte and opaque black gloss

Warranties are available between 10 years (BODYFENCE and BODYFENCEM) and Lifetime (BODYFENCEX, BODYFENCEP and BFBLACK) against yellowing and cracking.

With over 57 locations, Fellers will be able to serve you with all of your BODYFENCE (paint protection film) needs!

“HEXIS BODYFENCE is our go to PPF for our entire PPF operation. It’s great for our installers because it cold stretches great, adhesive is strong. Our customers love it because it’s self-healing, optically clear and super, super glossy. With the options to have 7 mil, 8 mil, gloss, matte and black, it covers all of our bases in our offerings for PPF. We have used HEXIS PPF for over 7 years, so it has been time tested with our shop. Lifetime warranties murder the competition and give our clients peace of mind knowing the manufacturer stands behind the product.”

– Kevin Yu with Auto Film Solutions / Certified BODYFENCE Installer

PRECUT SOFTWARE ALSO AVAILABLE!

Searching for BODYFENCE PPF training courses? Check out the link below for upcoming dates and details:

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

For more information on BODYFENCE (paint protection film), visit us at : www.hexis-graphics.com | www.fellers.com | www.bodyfence.net

TeckWrap: The Fashion Hunter – Introducing new trendy colors

As one of the fashion pioneers in the auto wrap industry, TeckWrap knows well that car wraps are time-sensitive and trends can change quickly in the market. Thus, it continues to launch brand-new designs and colors every three months to keep up with the rapid-changing tendency.

Recently, TeckWrap continues rolling out a series of fresh colors in its Satin Metallic (SMT) and Super Gloss (CG-HD) selections. Fashionistas can choose from glistening classic and glossy paint-like colors to waxy and subtle satin finishes.

Better-than-paint!  The Super Gloss wrap films that TeckWrap launches in this series are nothing like before. Every color is covered and double-protected with a plastic liner, presenting a shining oil-slick surface that is outstanding enough to turn heads, looking even better than paint.

Beauty that can’t hide, unlike this swanky style, the Satin Metallic series is unique in other ways. From light colors to deep ones, every wrap comes with a smooth and silk-like finish reflecting distinctive metallic shine, humbly outpouring its elegance.

Both series provide wrap lovers with more-than-enough options. Whether traditional or wild, you will find a color that suits your taste. You can even craft a unique design using a combination of different materials. Quite a few precedents have proved the success of the strong visual impact in this way.

Rigorous quality control applies to whichever style you create with the TeckWrap products, you can wrap with confidence. As the company develops further and consistently pursues high quality, TeckWrap continues perfecting its Renolit-based raw materials.

With the strict quality control driven by user experience, all vinyl wrap film products meet the standard to the following characteristics:
 Easy to apply
 Flexible to conform
 Long durability
 Safe to remove

Start the stress-free experience
You can feel free to work with TeckWrap materials. The brand has developed a solid worldwide network, with warehouses across the globe, ensuring fast delivery. For USA customers , TeckWrap even offers free domestic shipping on orders of full 18-meter (59ft, 19yds). Find your favorite color and learn more at teckwrap.com.

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)

BFBLACK (Black BODYFENCE PPF) by HEXIS: AVAILABLE NOW!

 

BFBLACK is an opaque black adhesive-coated polyurethane paint protection film, which is self-healing at ambient temperature and specially developed for decorating, protecting metal roofs of cars, and can also be used for full PPF wrapping. Its excellent shock-absorbing properties protect your bodywork against stone chips, scratches, UV rays, insects, etc. 

With the same “X” technology as BODYFENCEX, BFBLACK offers the following features:

  • Self-healing at ambient temperature
  • Shock-absorbing properties protect your bodywork against insects, scratches and stone chips
  • Enhanced hydrophobic effect
  • Extra glossy surface finish with no orange peel

 

For more information, please visit:  www.bodyfence.net | www.hexis-graphics.com

For pricing and purchasing, contact your local Distributor:

https://www.hexis-graphics.com/us/distribution-hexis-network/