HEXIS Americas announces it’s new 2021 TRAINING and CERTIFICATION dates – and new team of CERTIFIED HEXIS TRAINERS

Learn and grow your business while you get trained and certified by our team of Certified HEXIS Trainers.  They’ll teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques to working with HEXIS films and you have even more confidence in offering HEXIS to your customers.

This 3-Day course consists of education on HEXIS products, preparation, application, and removal.  Students will receive a Certification of Training, tools to use and keep, HEXIS Apparel, marketing goods (catalogs, swatch-books, and color-charts), and lunch.

 

  • SKINTAC:  color-change cast pvc wrap vinyl with HEX’Press air-release adhesive.
  • BODYFENCE:  paint protection film.  Self-healing, hydrophobic, and optically clear.

 

For training and certification dates and details, please download the .pdf here

New Video Gives Us A Refresher On PPF Installation Techniques

Proper installation of paint protection film ensures the highest level of performance and protection. This is also true for non-traditional films launched from manufacturers that provide a special effect or finish.

This new video from expert installer Justin Pate and The Wrap Institute takes viewers step-by-step through the latest installation techniques, while demonstrating Avery Dennison Supreme Defense matte finish paint protection film on a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Spyder.

According to Pate, for a flawless install, he recommends:

1) Before getting started, be sure to have a clean surface and degrease the edges of the vehicle; including around the edges of the trunk and wheel base

2) Even if your surface is already “clean,” be sure to pre-clean the area for application. Spray the surface with a slip solution and squeegee the surface to remove any specs of dirt that may have drifted onto the car prior to install

3) When installing the film, be sure to start at the corners and work your way across the surface

4) During the install process you’ll want to even out the tension of the film using a glide solution and overlapping squeegee strokes

5) For air gaps, lift the film and even out the surface with an open hand before continuing the squeegee process

 

You’ll notice in the video how Pate and his team manage the trim line and offer a simple technique to prep the trim blade for an exact finish. Even with years of experience installing vehicle wrapping and paint protection films, it’s always a good idea to take a few minutes for a refresher that improves upon your skill set. Who knows, you might learn something new too. Check it out.

APA – Gloss Olso Blue with UltraJet Technology

There is some exciting news! APA is releasing Oslo Blue in the super gloss finish! This color is inspired by the alluring dark blue in the sky seen at night in the Norweigen capital! The elegant Oslo Blue is captivating and mysterious. Having this timeless color on your vehicle is like having two colors because during the day the color is bright, but in the night shadow the color is dark! Oslo Blue is a color that is peaceful with lots of depth to it! The stunning Oslo Blue is the newest addition to our America Edition, which is made exclusively for our American customers! If you want your car to stand out, you need to wrap it in this breathtaking color!

Gloss Oslo Blue is made APA’s new Ultrajet Technology! This technology is designed to make the wrapping much more effective and efficient. Ultrajet technology is made with a Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, which makes the installation process of the material much easier and faster.  The UltraJet technology also has a Slidablity feature, which assists in gliding the vinyl wrapping film material to a specific position. APA’s Ultrajet technology works great on both flat and curved surfaces!

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APA – Gloss Oslo Blue wrap project with UltraJet Technology

The HEXIS, THE200EVO with TAKE HEAT EASY® technology, designed to make installation easier and faster

Watch Product Presentation Video Here: https://youtu.be/mwgl2nc2JGc

TAKE HEAT EASY® (THE) TECHNOLOGY, DESIGNED TO MAKE INSTALLATION EASIER AND FASTER

The TAKE HEAT EASY® technology is the result of a combination of a solvent based adhesive and a micro-structured liner developed by HEXIS R&D team. This innovation has been specially designed to reduce the initial tack and immediate adhesion, thus making the installation of the vinyl more convenient with an optimal adhesive bonding process.

In 2018, HEXIS combined this technology for the first time with a THE190EVO cast PVC film, and, in view of its success, it made sense to now use it on a high-end polymeric PVC film.

 

THE200EVO, IDEAL FOR LARGE-FORMAT SURFACES

Ease of repositioning, print quality and optimal durability are all assets that will allow customers to express their creativity with unlimited possibilities and installers to use it conveniently on flat or slightly curved surfaces, for 2D wrapping projects (buses, lorries, fleet vehicles etc.) and large-format signage.

Thibault VEUILLET, Business Development Manager Automotive, comments: “With its excellent sliding properties on the substrate, THE200EVO is an ideal solution, especially when an installer needs to quickly and accurately position two printed widths. It is amazingly easy to find the perfect alignment for a design.”


V850B, A NEW POLYMERIC LAMINATE SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE200EVO

Always at the forefront of innovation, HEXIS has developed and is now launching the V850B laminate with a thickness of 2 MIL. “Combined with the printable THE200EVO film, our customers will be able to obtain and appreciate a particularly flexible complex”, confirms Vorada CHANTHAVONG, Vice President HEXIS Americas.

 

THE200EVO & V850B, A PRINTABLE COMPLEX MADE IN FRANCE

Caroline MATEU, Chairman of the Board of Directors at HEXIS is proud to report: “Our research laboratory and our industrial team have combined their respective strengths and skills to complete the design and manufacturing process of these two new products in the most successful way.
[…] In the year 2020, despite the current health issues, HEXIS continues its race for technological innovation with the launch of the new self-healing X technology for our vehicle body protection films (BODYFENCEX) and the antimicrobial PURE ZONE® technology for surface protection.”

 

 Further details on: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/us/the200evo/

3M "Tag Us and Win" Sweepstakes

3M “Tag Us and Win” Sweepstakes

Show Off Your Vehicle Wrap, Win Big With 3M “Tag Us and Win” Sweepstakes

Oct. 12 – Nov. 1., new theme announced each week. 

Beginning Monday, October 12, and running through November 1, 3M is calling for graphic professionals to show off their favorite vehicle wrap for a chance to win a *roll of 3M print film and overlaminate.

At the beginning of each week, 3M will post a “theme” to its Facebook and Instagram to indicate the type of vehicle project needed to enter the sweepstakes.

This week’s theme is muscle cars; enter before the beginning of next week (10/19) to be eligible.

A new theme will be announced each week, so everyone is encouraged to check back on Oct. 19 and 26 for last week’s winner and the next theme.

When: October 12 – November 1 (promotion period)
How to enter:

  1. At the beginning of each week within the promotion period, visit 3M Films Facebook or Instagram page to see what the vehicle theme for that week is. The theme for the week of October 12 is muscle cars.
  2. Upload a picture of your favorite vehicle wrap that fits within that week’s theme to your Facebook or Instagram.
  3. Include the hashtag #Wrapwith3M 
  4. Tag @3Mfilms and your distributor

How to win: 3M will draw one winner at random each week.

 

Don’t forget to check 3M Films Facebook or Instagram for theme details at the beginning of each week.

 *Valid in U.S. only. Click here to view rules and additional information.

Avery DennisonⓇ Launches Revolutionary neo™ and Supreme Defense™ Paint Protection Films

MENTOR, Ohio – August 27, 2020 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions (NYSE:AVY) today announced the introduction of two new paint protection film (PPF) lines — neo™ and Supreme Defense™ — that protect the vehicle surface from stone chips, road debris, insect stains and weathering while also enabling designers to create dramatic customized looks.

Avery Dennisonneo™ is a wet apply, solid color PPF line of films with a unique polyurethane and adhesive technology that gives vehicles an exceptionally smooth OEM-paint-like finish while protecting the surface from harmful daily elements. The design possibilities are endless with this uniquely 3D conformable film. Installers can create special effects and accents or transform the roof and the hood for a two-tone look.

The first color in the product line, neo noir, is a distinctive black film with noticeable color depth and a rich black pigment. Installers and owners alike will delight in neo noir’s ultra-high gloss finish and excellent adhesion.

“We created the neo line with vehicle owners, PPF dealers and of course vehicle wrap installers all in mind. We look forward to a new wave of wrap and design artistry and an expanded market for paint protection films, starting with neo noir,” said Abby Monnot, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America.

The new Avery DennisonⓇ  Supreme Defense™ matte film combines the same exceptional paint protection with a totally different visual effect. This high quality polyurethane film is specially designed to preserve and protect a flat factory finish, but designers can also use it to transform high-gloss OEM paint to achieve a dramatic new look.

Both neo noir and Supreme Defense matte have a self-healing top coat that absorbs impact from scratches and debris, and both provide long-term durability of up to 5 years.

“We’ve heard for a while about the need for an accent film with an OEM paint-like finish, particularly when it comes to black,” Monnot continued. “We also know that many shops are adding paint protection film or wrapping film to their business models. These new lines merge an opaque finish with paint protection film to create solutions in form, function and artistry that the industry has been looking for.”

To complement the neo and Supreme Defense paint protection films, Avery Dennison continues to offer the Vehicle Design Template (VDT) Cutting Software, a proprietary software with thousands of pre-cut templates to maximize performance for an exact fit you can trust. VDT Software is available at a low monthly subscription price.  Browse the template library for free at vdt.averydennison.com.

Find more information about the new Paint Protection Films at graphics.averydennison.com/ppf, and join the conversation on Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions’ social channels, including Facebook and Instagram, and by following the hashtag ADneo.

The sleek, matte finish and self-healing topcoat of Avery Dennison Supreme Defense™ delivers form, function, and artistry to paint protection film applications.

Avery Dennison Supreme Defense™ matte Paint Protection Film protects and transforms an OEM paint high-gloss finish into a dramatic new visual effect.

HEXIS Pink Glitter Gloss

Check out the new HEXIS Skintac Series films

 

HEXIS SKINTAC SERIES – HX20000 & HX30000:  Cast color-change multilayered PVC vinyl with HEX’Press air-release vinyl.  Over 150 colors!

 

SKINTAC HX30000:  PREMIUM COLORS, TEXTURES, and CHROMES.

Photo & wrap by Yiannimize, using HEXIS HX30SCH09B Turquoise Chrome Gloss

Photo & wrap by Yiannimize, using HEXIS HX30SCH09B Turquoise Chrome Gloss

 

The SKINTAC HX30000 range is designed to customize vehicles or objects. It consists of a multilayered cast vinyl film and a release liner with structured HEX’Press adhesive for easier application.  Gloss, matte, super matt, textures, and chromes!

 

SKINTAC HX20000:  STANDARD COLORS, METALLICS, and GLITTERS.

Photo & Wrap by Unknown, using HX20RINB Indian Pink Glitter Gloss

Photo & Wrap by Unknown, using HX20RINB Indian Pink Glitter Gloss

              

The HX20000 consists of a multilayered cast PVC film and a release liner with structured HEX’Press adhesive. The product is specially designed for full wraps. Thanks to its thickness it preserves its colour even under strong deformation. It is convenient and effortless to apply and remove. The HX20000 makes application easy thanks to its structured adhesive that facilitates air-egress.  Gloss, matte, satin, glitters, and metallics!

  

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HEXIS Website: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/

HEXIS Distributor Locator: https://www.hexis-graphics.com/en/distribution/

 

3M Enters Three-Year Collaboration Agreement with Wrapmate

 

St. Paul, Minn (May 14, 2020) – Wrapmate, an end-to-end digital platform for graphics projects, has entered a three-year global collaboration agreement with 3M Commercial Solutions to help businesses improve their marketability within the print, signage and vehicle graphics industry. This collaborative agreement is an expansion of the initial six-month collaboration first announced in September of 2019. It will provide customers with a one-stop shop network of professionals and resources on a global scale.


“This collaborative agreement creates an approachable way for businesses to consider adding graphics to their marketing toolbox,” said Adrian Cook, marketing manager, 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “It also benefits Wrapmate Pros and 3M Certified and Preferred Graphics Installers by potentially increasing their customer base.”

 

Wrapmate’s innovative technology includes an augmented reality (AR) app that allows business owners to visualize their vehicle graphic mockup on a 3D digital image placed virtually in their driveway or office parking lot. Additionally, Wrapmate has developed an online price calculator specifically for vehicle graphics with real-time pricing coming in the near future.

 

“Getting the client to see what a wrap would look like is one of the hardest things in this industry: to pitch the wrap without seeing the wrap,” said Kyle Perfetto, sales manager at PUREBLIND Wraps and Graphics, a Colorado-based graphic shop that has grown its business using Wrapmate.

 

“Our platform streamlines customer pain points by aggregating the graphics process – from design to estimate to installation – onto one platform,” said Chris Loar, Wrapmate Founder and CEO. “By collaborating with 3M, we’re now able to execute graphics projects at the highest level, ultimately increasing the marketability of everyone involved, from the business owner to the installer to the graphic manufacturer.”

 

Get started on your next project by visiting wrapmate.com

3 FREE “Wrapping in Place” videos from Justin Pate and The Wrap Institute

As the global economy continues to suffer under our current pandemic conditions the wrap industry is seeing some tough times.  What is amazing, and honestly wonderful to behold, are the various organizations and individuals who are stepping up.  First and foremost on their mind is “How can I help out?”, “What information do I have that may help another struggling wrapper?”, “What tools or film do I have that could help my competitor across town?” or simply taking some time to call, text or email in order to offer some encouraging words.

Just to name a few, we have seen John Duever with “Vinyl Images” regularly take the time to make inspiring videos and spend valuable time chatting with folks online in order to help.  Our very own multi-published author Dan Antonelli with “KickCharge Creative” has been kicking in with design tips, useful marketing strategies and COVID-19 resources.  World respected wrap trainer Justin Pate has been creating his very own “Wrapping in Place” series for free as he spends his time figuring out ways to continue his own personal mission of “Never Stop Learning”

So, if you are looking for a little inspiration or a little tip to keep those wrapping juices flowing here you go.  Courtesy of TWI you can enjoy a little fun practice for your downtime.

TWI – Wrapping in Place: Part 1 (Coffee Cup)

TWI – Wrapping in Place: Part 2 (Laptop)

TWI – Wrapping in Place: Part 3 (Coffee Maker)

Should you choose to take advantage of the amazing training resources at TWI please feel free to use our coupon code “WRAPPER20MAPPER” for a nice discount.