2016 3M Graphics Installation Programs

3M Installer Programs FINALTake Your Skills to the Next Level in 2016 with 3M Graphics Installation Programs
New 3M Application Center set to house 2016 schedule of training programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (January 19, 2016) – The success of any business relies upon the skills, knowledge and
dedication of its employees. For graphics installation companies, having a team of highly-skilled and creative
installers that stay on top of industry trends and best business practices is a necessary competitive advantage.
The 3M Advanced Installation Training, 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company Program, Knifeless
Accredited Installer Training and Testing, and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Program offer graphics
installers and companies the opportunity to improve their skills, broaden their understanding of the business,
and earn recognition as leaders in the industry. New in 2016, all programs in St. Paul will be held at the new
3M Application Center, a state-of-the-art training facility complete with improved classrooms, increased size,
and updated lighting, props and wall textures designed for optimal installation education.

2016 3M Programs and Advanced Training at 3M Application Center in St. Paul, Minn.:

18-20 3M Advanced Training
21-22 3M Preferred Testing
25-28 Knifeless Accredited Training

15-17 3M Advanced Training
18-19 3M Preferred Testing
22-24 3M Certified Training
25-26 3M Certified Testing

21-23 3M Advanced Training
24-25 3M Preferred Testing
28-31 Knifeless Accredited Training
19-21 3M Advanced Training
22-23 3M Preferred Testing

18-20 3M Advanced Training
21-22 3M Preferred Testing
25-27 3M Certified Training
28-29 3M Certified Testing

16-18 3M Advanced Training
19-20 3M Preferred Testing
23-26 Knifeless Accredited Training

11-13 3M Advanced Training
14-15 3M Preferred Testing

1-3 3M Certified Training
4-5 3M Certified Testing
15-17 3M Advanced Training
18-19 3M Preferred Testing

17-19 3M Advanced Training
20-21 3M Preferred Testing
24-26 3M Certified Training
27-28 3M Certified Testing

7-10 Knifeless Accredited Training
14-16 3M Advanced Training
17-18 3M Preferred Testing

12-14 3M Advanced Training
15-16 3M Preferred Testing

Additional 3M Programs are offered throughout the country at the following locations:
• Lowen Certified; Hutchinson, KS
• Geek Wraps University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
• J3 Industries; Addison, TX
• Wrapix Academy; Burbank, CA

Dates for the courses offered at these locations can be found online here.

“We value the benefits of hard work and education, especially when it comes to graphics installation, and are
excited to work with the next group of world-class installers and graphics companies at our new 3M Application
Center in the coming year,” said Marcio Oliveira, Technical Service Supervisor for 3M Commercial Solutions
Division. “We encourage all graphic installers and companies to take advantage of the 2016 3M programs and
advanced training to sharpen their skills, enhance their knowledge of the industry, and acquire tools necessary
for growing their business.”

The 3M Advanced Installation Training program offers optional professional graphics training to improve
installer’s skills and prepare them for Certified or Preferred installation testing. Successful completion of the
testing and program requirements provides 3M Certified Companies and 3M Preferred Installers with networking
opportunities with fellow industry peers, inclusion on the 3M Installer Locator and rights to the 3M Certified
Graphics Installation Company or 3M Preferred Graphics Installer titles.

Knifeless Accredited Installer Training and Testing focuses on high-end installations using Knifeless Tape and 3M
graphic films. The knowledge gained, and the Knifeless Accredited Installer title, will enable installers to increase
the value they deliver to their customers and differentiate themselves.

The 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company Program and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Program continue
to elevate the standards for graphics installation. Companies and installers are recognized by 3M and the industry
at large for not only their elite installation skills and knowledge, but also their sound business practices.
For more information on the 3M Certified Graphics Installation Program and 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
Program visit the 3M website, and learn more about 3M Advanced Installation Training online here.

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!

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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.


The Big Reveal Party – SEMA 2015

Carl Brewer’s The BIG REVEAL was certainly a party to remember!  Hosted at the new west coast facility for Metro Restyling the whole event reveled in smoke, lights, plenty of great food to eat and loads to drink.

The whole point of the gala was to reveal the new films from a number of vinyl manufacturers who participated by donating their products for the industry event.  From Orafol’s new color shifting film, to KPMF’s Chrome and Satin White color combo, the revealed projects were a sight to behold.  Orafol, Hexis, Avery, Arlon, APA, Sott, and KPMF all participated in beautifully executed wraps that were literally perfect from all angles and demonstrated the skill of the installers involved.  Stellar job by all.

Check out the photo gallery to see the new films, spectacular wrap projects and loads of smiling faces.

More photos of the event are at WrapFolio’s page here… http://wrapfolio.com/blog/the-big-reveal-industry-party-sema-2015/


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SEMA 2015 – WrapperMapper.com – Day 1

The 2015 SEMA Show has started off with a bang this year.  From million dollar custom builds to micro sized parts and components, the world’s largest custom auto show definitely does not disappoint.

For the wrap attendees, we are enjoying a showing from many of the industry’s big players.  Live demonstrations from Avery, Arlon and 3M while the Mutoh booth is featuring live Speed Wrap competitions with Justin Pate – The Wrap Institute and Frank Fellers calling the play-by-play.


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Welcome to the crew at Katalyst Signs!

KatalystSigns_IMG_4115A big WrapperMapper.com welcome to the team at Katalyst Signs today!  Our latest Premium Member, Katalyst Signs, is based out of Manhattan Kansas in the USA.  Vehicle wraps are their specialty while their website also boasts some additional services and products.  According to the Katalyst site, “We are a Large Format Digital Print shop. We specialize in Vehicle & Fleet wraps, Banners, Posters, Interior & Exterior signage, Magnets & Much More.”

Please join us in welcoming Katalyst Signs to the map!