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Vehicle wraps – finding the right materials for the job

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Feb 05, 2015 10:10pm
Posted in: Shop Talk


Wrapping vehicles is challenging, the key is to start with the right materials and tools to get the job done as effectively as possible. For any business that wants to display its brand with pride on the surface of its automobiles, using vehicle wraps is a great way to do the trick, and a professional, well-made wrap can have a tremendous impact.

For installers who want to satisfy their customers with high-quality vehicle wraps, it’s essential to have the right tools for the job. So what are those tools, exactly? Below is a rundown of five materials that will help with producing top-notch wraps for any car or truck that might need it.

Knifeless tape

Even professional, experienced installers find that knifeless tape is the perfect tool to create interesting designs on delicate surfaces, like the hood of a car. Achieve straight, clean, and accurate cuts without damaging paint or window edges.

3M gold squeegee

For applying wraps to your vehicles, you want a tool that’s flexible yet durable. The 3M gold squeegee is perfect for this task, as it works well for applying both film and premask. It’s inexpensive and also reusable, so in the long run, you’re likely to get a considerable bang for your buck.

Isopropyl alcohol 99%

One key step in the process that often goes overlooked is making sure the cars or trucks you’re decorating are effectively cleaned. That’s where isopropyl alcohol 99% comes in, ensuring that the surface of the vehicle is impeccably scrubbed clean of any dirt or grime. IPA is available in both 20-litre and 3.78-litre jugs, depending on the scope of your needs.

3M primer 94

Another important stage is the application itself – you want to be sure that your vehicle wraps adhere well, regardless of the surface in question. To this end, 3M Tape Primer 94 is a valuable material to have as it adheres well to a variety of surfaces, including polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS, PET/PBT blends, concrete, wood, glass, metal and painted metal surfaces.

Knives and blades

Finally, you’ll want to have good solid knives and blades for cutting any paper, film or other pressure-sensitive materials you’ll be using. You want your cuts to be even and consistent every time, so only the highest-quality knives will do.


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