Hints & Tips
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Our wrapping experts have compiled this useful section to help you get the most from your wrapping applications.
From product tips such as how to handle specific films, cleaning and preparation of the vehicle to handy hints on printing, laminating and application techniques. Check back for regular updates!
Tips for a Winning Wrap
Plan your design properly. Check the bodywork for recent paint or repairs. Choose the right film for the right application. Before you begin, check the temperature – is it too cold/hot to wrap? Make sure the vehicle is clean then apply the wrap to the flattest part of the panel first. Allow time, don’t rush. Allow plenty of excess to avoid overstretching then remember to post heat!
Apply at 20°C for Best Results
When applying 3M Wrap Film 1380 Series for colour change wraps, we recommend fitting at 20°C for optimum results. This is to avoid adhesive problems if fitting at lower temperatures.
Design of the wrap should take into consideration graphic joins within vehicle panels; choose the appropriate material for different vehicle shapes and sizes; understand the limitations of the vinyl; and choose the appropriate application technique for the contours of the vehicle to be wrapped.
How can I protect my vehicle wrap?
3M VentureShield is an urethane film designed to reduce stone chips, minor abrasions and environmental damage to vehicle paintwork and headlights by providing a durable protective barrier. Available in gloss or matt finishes, these films are ideal to use over vehicle wraps to protect from any damage to the wrap.
How to create the perfect vehicle wrap
Creating the right wrapping environment and understanding the correct production methods for your printer is vital. Using the right materials and tools can aid the wrapping process by saving time and effort. Application temperature is critical to how a film performs; all films should have recommended minimum and maximum working temperatures; and a clean and dust-free environment will aid application greatly.