Sign & Digital Graphics

2016 WRAPS

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92 • WRAPS • 2 0 1 6 TOOLS & EQUIPMENT 92 • WRAPS • 2 0 1 6 Tool Boxes, Pouches/Belts and Wrist Bands There are a variety of wrap tool boxes available that can help you organize, store and tote tools to the job site when installing on loca- tion. Made in a variety of sizes and shapes, the tool transport boxes have various features such as sewn pockets, padded shoulder straps, assorted size pockets, metal plates for magnet storage and Velcro clo- sures to name a few. Created for the wrap profes- sional, a high-end leather tool carry case fitting all necessary tools is available by special order. The case boasts a removable lid that contains several sewn-in magnets that will adhere to the vehicle surface, hold- ing attracted tools while working. The foldable custom body of the tool bag is designed to be use as a kneepad for kneeling or as a protective cover to avoid scratching the vehicle. Along with boxes and cases, several tool pouches or belts have been fabri- cated and tailored to fit the most used tools that wrap installers need to keep close at hand. Pouches are manufactured in a range of sizes and materials from canvas to leather, other options some- times include capture cuffs for small hand tools and magnetic attachments for tethers and belts. Wrist bands that secure tools while working are another answer to keep- ing necessary tools always within reach. Constructed with magnets and various size loops, an installer wrist band is able to hold small hand tools. Cutting Tools A razor knife with snap off changeable blades is crucial in any installer's tool box. Various razor knives will hold the same blades and adjust with sliders or fine adjustment knobs. The blades themselves can be a 30 degree pointed blade (similar to the X-ACTO knife) or a standard 59 degree blade. Stainless steel blades are generally preferred, but carbide blades which will remain sharper longer are an option if the installer is aware that the blade can cut glass, for instance when trimming window perf, and uses it with caution. There are also vinyl back-slit- ters with blades designed specifically to cut the backing of the vinyl (usually used primarily for air egress wrap vinyl) for a crack and peel type back cut allowing large pieces to be cut across the middle for a middle out installation. Heat Tools U l t i m a t e l y, w h i l e t h e choice between an electric heat gun and a propane torch is the installers' preference, there are times when each is more appro- priate. An electric heat gun will per- form best when installing vehicle wraps, especially on complex areas. The overall slow controlled heat will warm an entire area evenly without exceeding post-heat temperatures, allowing the vinyl to heat to conform. Also, the heat guns are a more prac- tical option when working indoors in a climate controlled area with ambient temperatures in the mid 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat guns can be found in all price ranges and it is best to find one that allows different temperature settings. The higher-end guns can Wrap tool pouches. There are plenty of wrap-specific tools readily available, from basics to high-end specialty tools.

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