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INSTALLATION

Now that you've created and finished your graphics, now you have to install the digitally printed or cut vinyl signs onto the vehicle. Follow us to learn the many methods to install graphics onto objects of all sorts. Just read the titles of the articles below to determine where you want to start.

FEATURE ARTICLES

Vehicle Wraps: Beyond the Installation
The first time I observed a car getting wrapped was impressive. The car was transformed to a completely different color in one session, then in another session the crew installed graphics, logos and images.

Tools, Cleaning Supplies & Equipment for Vinyl Installers
An excerpt from the 2014 PDAA Vinyl Installation Proficiency Guide, that will aid anyone in their installation career.

Rivets - Two 'Right' Ways
I've installed vinyl over millions of rivets, and I've tried every technique and tool imaginable. Here are the two ways I have found to be the best possible methods.

There is More to Signs than Meets the Eye - A Peek at Permits
The obvious details when considering a sign include design, purchase costs, delivery and installation. However, lesser known, but equally important, details regarding signs can be overlooked, thus complicating things. One of these lesser-known details involves permits.

The Importance of Quality Installation Training and Techniques
Quality installers practice their craft daily, and know that the learning process is never-ending. Through their interaction with others in the industry, quality installers are quick to learn about cutting-edge materials, tools and techniques. The best installers are the ones with the most comprehensive knowledge and experience.

Vehicle Wrapping Contracts 101
Wrapping vehicles without a signed contract that spells out what the customer should expect - and shouldn't expect - from your sign shop is a mistake that could cost you. Find out how to avoid liabilities with a solid contract.

Want Your Graphics to Look Great and Last? Start with Surface Preparation and Cleaning
Graphics are always being applied to some sort of surface, and if that surface is not properly prepared, there is a distinct possibility that the graphic will not last as long or look as good as it should.

Times Are Changing To A New Color
What is color change film and wrap? Are there advantages over paint? What are the differences between color change & printed wraps? To disassembe or not? Get the right perspective before you leap.

Unusual Wraps and Large-Scale Projects Are No Problem For PDAA Members
From airport parking garages to refrigerators to boat conceals to wrapped urinal covers, PDAA members have been there and done that.

Frame It: The Uncovering of the Framing Segment of the Sign Industry
Businesses who are getting involved in wide-format banner framing are discovering a niche with a demand that needs to be filled. This segment of the industry provides an opportunity for sign professionals to diversify their businesses while offering customers a unique choice in sign products.

Graphic Installation Trends that Boost Business
This year has been a year of refinement and development of graphic installation techniques worldwide.

New Opportunities for Graphics Installers
Through SGIA's ongoing affiliation with the Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA), we have had a unique view into what is an increasingly competitive industry, particularly as new pressure-sensitive materials have made installation easier.

The Importance of Installation Site Audits
Customers do not typically know why or how audit details impact their project, but your installers and you - the industry graphic experts - should make it a priority to educate them.

Seamless Wraps 101 - Deciding when to go seamless and when not to.
Seamless wraps demand careful planning - and even then they can be a challenge. Find out how to approach a seamless wrap and when to consider a partial wrap instead.

Not So Hidden Fees from Your Local Municipalities - PERMITS
Towns charge permit fees. This is not news to sign companies. But some spiraling permit costs may require a little more review to assure the sign permit fees are not revenue-raising devices. Read on...

Efficiency in Vehicle Graphics Installation
The key to shortening installation times is by shaving off a percentage of time spent on every aspect of the installation, especially on aspects that are not specific to the application of the graphics.

Investigating Graphics Installation for Retail Markets
How confident are you that your customers' graphics will look good for the life of the intended applications? To help protect your customers' brands (and your reputation) this article discusses the necessary tests, standards and questions you should be asking your suppliers when it comes to graphic performance in a variety of environments.

Engineering & Testing Graphics for Reliable Performance
How confident are you that your customers' graphics will look good for the life of the intended applications? To help protect your customers' brands (and your reputation) this article discusses the necessary tests, standards and questions you should be asking your suppliers when it comes to graphic performance in a variety of environments.

Professionalism in Graphics Installation
When installers organize themselves and adopt sound business practices, there is a tremendous opportunity to profit, grow and prosper while moving the industry forward. Here are eight business practices you need to adopt.

Why Vehicle Installations Fail
A guide to root causes, prevention & successful graphic installation

Vehicle Wrapping Guru Justin Pate Tells All
Justin Pate travels the world teaching people how to wrap cars and vehicles fast. Now, he's sharing some of his secrets with our readers.

BC Ferries Ship Wrap Promotes 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Three brand new 160-meter Super-C class ships were wrapped with the mega-sized photographic images and branding colors representing the 2010 Winter Games and the beauty of British Columbia.

A Closer Look at Graphics Installers
For many graphic projects, installation is the final, critical step toward a successful result. Many graphic producers utilize the skills and expertise of Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA) installers to complete a broad range of installations. To learn more about these installers and the services they provide, Dan Marx, Managing Editor of the SGIA Journal, interviewed three PDAA Master Certified Installers: Rob Ivers of Rob Ivers, Inc., Pete Kouchis of VisuCom Graphics and Rick Stemmler of Creative Sign Resources.

Pressure Sensitive Films 101
As manufacturers, printers and installers work to increase their profitability and build their reputations and customer bases, it is important to master the art of working with all film options available. When it comes to film types and recommendations, installers know what has worked for them in the past and what materials they like working with. They look to print shops for more than printing or packaging the final materials and they want you to provide solutions.

What New Truck Chassis Regulations Will Mean to You
Discover the pros and cons of the new EPA standards that will eventually impact your business.

Avoiding Boat Wrapping Mistakes
Vinyl is expensive. So is your reputation. Learn how to avoid the boat wrapping mistakes that could hurt your pocket-and your good name.

Boat Wrapping Secrets You Need to Know
In case you haven't noticed, boats are curvier than most cars. That can spell trouble if you don't approach a boat wrap the right way. Discover the boat wrapping secrets you need to know.

Getting Ready to Wrap a Boat?
Wrapping boats isn't rocket science-and you can learn a lot from your vehicle wrapping endeavors-but installing vinyl on a boat is different than applying vinyl to a vehicle. Find out why.

System Inc. Takes Dominion on Powerboat Wrapping Industry
Feeling creative? The water sports industry is hungry for cutting-edge designs printed on vinyl and applied to powerboats that are ultimately seen by hundreds of thousand of people in competitions around the country.

Boat Wraps Boast Big Opportunity for Vinyl Installers
Wrapping boats may be the next big thing as the vehicle wrapping trend extends itself from the highways to the waterways.

Positioning Graphics for Successful Installation
Excerpt from PDAA Vinyl Installation Proficiency Guide

Seamless Wraps 101 - Deciding when to go seamless and when not to.
Seamless wraps demand careful planning - and even then they can be a challenge. Find out how to approach a seamless wrap and when to consider a partial wrap instead.

Successful & Stunning Vehicle Wraps: What You Need to Know, Part 2
In Part II of this article, we cover the correct ways of printing and laminating, installation, and delivery of the final product.

Successful & Stunning Vehicle Wraps: What You Need to Know, Part I
When I attend a show and see a row of vehicles lined up for a contest about how fast someone can wrap a vehicle, I have to wonder how true this is compared to what the average company goes through to create a vehicle wrap.

Faster than a Wrapped Locomotive
You can't rely on templates when you work with locomotives. Discover how Wrapped Graphics approached wrapping a train.

Small Colorado Shop Wraps Up Success
When you listen to your customers, they sometimes will show you exactly how to build your business to that next level.

Wrapping a Mini Car is No Mini Job
Wrapping a miniature car may not be as hard a wrapping a semi, but it has its own unique challenges. Find out how SkinzWraps approaches Mini Coopers.

Vehicle Wrapping Contracts 101
Wrapping vehicles without a signed contract that spells out what the customer should expect - and shouldn't expect - from your sign shop is a mistake that could cost you. Find out how to avoid liabilities with a solid contract.

Factors Impacting Vinyl Removal, Part I
Learning what vinyl film is, the impact that the environment and the surface finish has on vinyl are all factors that will help you deal with the ultimate need to remove vinyl graphics.

Know Your Tools: Finishing with Efficiency
From year to year, many companies change the products they make, or begin producing new product lines in niche areas that require new and different finishing methods. In some shops, the steps taken to finish products are done with inappropriate tools.

Making the Most of Application Fluids
Using application fluids isn’t rocket science, but it’s not child’s play, either. Discover what you need to know to make the most of application fluids.

How to Wrap a Red Hot Ferrari
Wrapping a Ferrari may sound like a sexy job - and it is - but it's unlike most other vehicle wraps. Find out how.

Take it Off...Vinyl that is.
Right now there are multiple opportunities to create a tremendous cash stream. The question is, “Which companies will recognize the opportunities, respond to them, and thrive?”

A Titan-Sized Wrap - Wrapping the home of the Tennessee Titans
No two wraps are alike. Get the inside scoop on handling repetitive designs and working with oversized vinyl panels.

A Megawrap with Flavor - vinyl installer wraps world’s largest beer can
Discover the challenges of wrapping a monumental can — and keeping it realistic from top to bottom.

Selling Stadium Wraps and Not Losing Your Shorts
Pricing a stadium wrap can get a little hairy, but if you approach measurements with the right mindset you’ll put more profits in your pocket. Find out how.

Wrapping Tropicana Field
Read a first hand example of how vinyl wraps are playing a key role in both aesthetics, communications and advertising in stadiums across the country.

Special Tools for Textured Surface Stadium Wraps
3M has developed special application tools and methods for use with its 8624 film. The 3M Textured Surface Applicator TSA-1 for large surfaces is critical for achieving proper adhesion. Find out what else is new.

Applying Vinyl Graphics to Aircraft
Are you ready to let your business fly high? Applying vinyl graphics to aircraft may be your next big opportunity.

Wrapping Oil Rigs
A Texas sign shop is wrapping the big rigs ­ and we don’t mean trucks. Discover the ins and outs of wrapping in an oil field.

Taking Care of Your Digital Graphics
Installing graphics is only part of the job of selling wraps and flat surface installs. You need to make sure your end user is aware of how to properly care for their graphics once they are installed.

Removing Floor Graphics
Now that you’ve mastered installing floor graphics, what are you going to do when its’ time to remove them? Find out!

Applying Floor Graphics: Beyond Pick ‘Em and Stick ‘Em
Different types of floors often demand different approaches to applying the floor graphic ­ if you want it to stick. Get the inside scoop.

Preparing Floors for Floor Graphics
Learn how to how to laminate the graphic, how to place it, how to prep the surface, and how to install the graphic so it will stay put and do its job.

It Costs How Much? Determining What It Costs to Sell Your Signs the Right Way.
Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing.

Complex Wraps Demand Advanced Techniques, Part II
Are you handling your film right? Is your graphics guy designing with wraps in mind? Are you removing vinyl from contours the right way? Lots of questions. We’ve got answers.

Complex Wraps Demand Advanced Techniques, Part I
Not all vehicle wraps are created equal ­ some are far more complex than others. Discover what you need to know to tackle even the most complex wraps with confidence.

Back to School: The Value of Learning to Wrap Vehicles
Faster, more affordable printers, easier to handle vinyl materials, and an unlimited supply of customers is causing more sign shops to consider adding vinyl vehicle wraps to their menu of business services.

Vinyl Graphic Removal Made Easy
Vinyl removal can be a pain…that's a fact, but there's a new kid on the block that can help to make your vinyl removal projects less labor intensive and quicker to complete. And that's worth reading about.

C-C-Corrugations…Never Fear, Expert Advise is Here!
Applying vinyl over rivets is one thing. Applying vinyl over corrugation is quite another. But don’t let that stop you. If you can learn to apply vinyl over corrugation, then you can tap into the lucrative world of fleets.

Applying Vinyl Over Curves, Body Creases and Molding
Installing graphics on vehicles ­ or wrapping entire vehicles for that matter ­ presents some unique challenges rarely encountered on other substrates. Find out how to get around these difficult issues.

Perforated Vinyl: Opening Up The Vision of Sign Options
Perforated vinyl film is fast becoming an excellent new form of advertising signage. This unique material allows easy adhesion to windows and motor vehicles, with the perforations enabling vision through the advertisement itself.

More on What You Need to Know About Rivets
Discover the ins and outs, dos and don’ts of installing vinyl graphics over rivets. What you find out may surprise you.

Tips and Tricks for Installing Full Wrap Vehicle Graphics
Vehicle wraps are now used in place of expensive custom paint jobs. In addition to being a lower cost option to paint, the vinyl can be removed when the advertising campaign is over or you are ready to turn in your leased vehicle. This article will take you step-by-step through the process of installing a full vehicle wrap. It will offer tips and tricks on how to provide your customer with a high quality wrap.

Wrapping Done Around the World
Are wrapping techniques any different in London than they are in Los Angeles? Find out from one of the United Kingdom’s top vehicle wrapping companies.

Dealing with the 'R' Word...Rivets
Learn the time-tested techniques of how to properly apply vinyl over rivets. Discover a five-step process that will help you deal with these annoying, yet necessary fasteners.

Benefits of Flexible-Face Mounting Systems
Vendors are manufacturing a variety of mounting systems to making installing flexible face signage a snap (and click).

Avoiding Bubbles and Wrinkles During Vinyl Applications
Learn how to avoid these pesky problems during vinyl installation with advice from the pros.

So You Want To Be a Vinyl Pro
Before you can claim professional installer status, you have to learn the basics to avoid common mistakes. Discover some fundamentals tips that will serve you well for many years.

Vinyl Hints: Don’t Damage the Vinyl During the Installation!
Preventing damage to vinyl film and substrates during installation is a matter of planning, technique and tools.

Can I Apply Vinyl to This?
Vinyl is a profitable trend, but attempting to apply film to certain substrates is a money-losing proposition.

Applying Vinyl to Glass
Installing window graphics takes knowledge, skill and a steady hand. Find out how to ensure bubble-free applications.

Vinyl Techniques: Considering Environmental Conditions
Temperature, humidity and other weather conditions could mean the difference between the success and failure of your vinyl application.

Choosing ADA-Compliant Signage Material
Which ADA signage materials are vandal-proof? What works best in an upscale building project? Read on to find out.

Heritage Graphics and Scaffold Wraps
From Manhattan's Times Square to an Argentinan Palace, outdoor graphics has put unsightly construction under wraps with over the top picturesque renderings, art images or patriotic beautification panels

Sign Makers Restore Historical Flying Red Horse
Find out how architectural sign makers recreated a legendary Dallas icon.

Planning The Right Adhesive Product For The Right Job
With every job that you prepare, one must consider which adhesive best matches the application. You should not only consider the substrate, but also your reputation as a sign professional.

Neon At It's Best
Restoring a piece of history-- the neon legacy lives on.

Making the New Look Old
Did you ever dream you could have so much fun pleasing a customer?

Designing A Sign From Within The Box
5 Point Flashers

Winning Sales Tax Jeopardy
Are you prepared for the sales tax audit?

The Total "Language" of Signs
Nothing speaks louder to a potential buyer than a bold display

The Sub-species: Subcontracting in the Sign Industry
To be or not to be a subcontractor?

Shop Reputation is Gold
So you don't work in a dog-eat-dog rat race of an industry...

Setting Schedules: Creating Service Out of Order
Late signs or are your jobs off schedule?

Selling Logo Design: A Psychology for Profit
Understanding advertising, branding and marketing

Scan, Edit, Save, and Create: Innovative Sign Design
'What you see is what you will get.'

Ending the Shop's Nightmare Circus
Is your sign making business as a three-ring circus?

Dealing with the Less-than-Perfect Customers
Surrendering to whatever customers want can be bad business

Building a Team
Essential elements in building a team for your business

Applying Vinyl Dreams
Follow the modernized basics of vinyl application


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