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On Wednesday 11th January 2017 we hosted a vehicle wrapping training day for the Signs Express group.
Wrapping vehicles in printed vinyl has become very popular in the past couple of decades, a great alternative to traditional sign writing. Wrapping is mainly applied to commercial vehicles, the purpose being a cost effective mobile business advertisement, but wrapping is also growing in popularity for private vehicles too. Applying a wrap is a skill which has to be learned, many installers generally tend to learn on the job. It needs a lot of practice, patience and attention to detail. It is quite a physical task but not a lot of strength is actually required, therefore wrapping is a suitable task for anyone. Our four attendees on the course had a range of wrapping experience, mostly they were from a more general signage background and some just wanted to improve their wrapping techniques. The trainer, James Deacon from Bigger Stickers has over 14 years of wrapping experience and has been offering wrapping courses for the past nine years. Bigger Stickers are industry leaders in vehicle wrap training and application courses and workshops. James explained to them the best practices for storing and acclimatising media. Also the advantage of a heated work bay and preparation of the vehicles prior to wrapping, including cleaning and removal of trims. The day’s session began with applying vinyl to flat van side door panels, these we have mounted on the wall in our work bay for training purposes. James then moved on to explaining and demonstrating the techniques for getting the vinyl into the deep channels of the van panels. He also concentrated on teaching and practising techniques to deal with a vehicle’s front wings, headlamp and rear lamp panels. Tricky areas involved the understanding that adhesive stretches with the vinyl and it begins to lose its effectiveness. Vinyl if heated to between 50 and 60 Degrees Centigrade will return to its original shape. It’s best to pre-stretch the vinyl and then use a heat gun to shrink it back around the tight edges and curves, to retain its effective adhesive quality. James also explained that it's also important to 'post heat' the vinyl in the recesses to 90 °C after application. The attendees all agreed that they had gained confidence from the training and had benefited from learning new techniques and different ways of working with vinyl. As well as James Deacon we would also like to thank vinyl supplier Metamark for sponsoring this wrapping course and to Tim Dawson from Metamark for attending on the day.

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