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Surface Prep for Vehicle Wraps

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Aug 16, 2011 11:53pm
Posted in: Quick Tips

Volkswagen Scirocco Showcar Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 / CesamI’ve always considered myself fortunate to know and work alongside some of the most talented, knowledgeable and skilled people in the sign, graphics and display industries. Brandon Blancher is no exception.  He didn’t get to be 3M’s goto guy for hands-on vehicle wrap application training by accident.  I’m hoping to bring Brandon in as a collaborator on an end-to-end series of posts I have planned about vehicle wraps. Stay tuned.

Surface Prep Details are Key to Wrap Performance

Not too long ago, Brandon and I were “talking shop” after an ND Open House – talking about how the smallest details can sometimes make all the difference between a successful, quality installation… and premature graphics failure. That conversation led directly to both Quick Tips below. I hope you’ll see the value in them – and would love to hear any tips you care to share via comments, at the end of this post.

Quick Tip # 1 – Checklists Keep Customers Happy

If you don’t already use a vehicle prep checklist, I recommend you start. Checklists help ensure that you (or your staff) deliver the lasting quality customers expect from your work. That keeps customers happy.  And happy customers tend to buy more and refer other customers.

Quick Tip # 2 – Add this Crucial Second Step to your Checklist

Most seasoned installers recognise the importance of degreasing door lips and jambs.  By then taking the crucial second step of wiping all degreased areas down with alcohol – before applying graphics – you’re ensuring that degreasing compounds don’t interfere with adhesive, or degrade adhesion over time.


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