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"The application process is the same with all vehicle wraps," he notes. "Only the size and complexity may change, until you get into boat wraps or aircraft, at which point the application changes, with the use of primers and edge sealers, etc.," notes Pro Dezigns' Wheat. When dealing with a fleet of vehicles vs. a single vehicle, there needs to be some work done up front on the organizational end of things. For example, document your fleet with both VIN numbers and photographs of each vehicle and each side of each vehicle. Use software that can help manage this for you, for example, SignVOX or Worketc. "Once the artwork is approved for one of the vehicles, lay out the rest of the vehicles and get final approval on the entire fleet. This will save you when something does not look right on a pickup but does on a van and needs to either be added or removed from both. You'll want to handle this up front so you only lose design time and not prints — design time is an easier pill to swallow. When all the artwork is approved by vehicle for the entire fleet, create install maps for each type of vehicle and attach them to the appropriate file (either digitally in your shop management software or the hard file). Last but not least, write up one vehicle per work order: The client's accounts payable person, fleet manager and owner will love you for it as well as your shop members." Richart from Digital EFX notes, "If the entire fleet consists of vehicles of the same size and make, that can save time. Typically, we bring in the first vehicle to determine size, fit and color. We also confirm that all vehicles going forward will RE-March-2013.indd 53 be the same. Once we have this information, we print all the hoods in one run, rear prints in one run, etc. This ensures that everything is the same size, color and fit. After printing and installing the first vehicle, we take exact measurements of all the graphics and text to make sure the next 5, 10 or 15 vehicles look the same. This also makes the installation run smoother, as everyone knows where the graphics fall. There's nothing worse than seeing a fleet of vehicles parked next to each other with text and graphics that vary from vehicle to vehicle. It's also a good idea to create an installation guide that shows all the graphic positions so the installers know where everything fits. Sometimes graphics may not exactly fall in line with the designer's proof. If the wraps are performed correctly, the fleet vehicles should look like they rolled off an assembly line." Vehicle size, shape matter When wrapping big vehicles, is there a difference between applications? Richart says, "Every vehicle varies when it comes to shape, size, difficulty of the install, and the quality of the paint to which the wrap is being applied. If we are wrapping a plumber's van or an RV our print process stays the same. With vans or trucks, we try to avoid seams whenever possible. With an RV or trailer, you will have seams, so your prints will need to be broken up ORACAL® Series 970ra Wrapping Cast Film with RapidAir® Technology March 2013 | Restyling 53 2/11/13 1:04 PM

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