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68 • WRAPS • 2 0 1 7 WRAP TECHNIQUUES A round 2-3 years ago on The Wrap Institute Forum video request page and in the hands-on workshops I teach, more and more installers were asking advice on how to avoid adhesive lines. Essentially, if the wrap film is worked into a recessed area in stages or sets up around a raised object like a door handle/ antenna, even a bubble, the adhesive forms a line on that ten- sion point. Installers were using the same techniques as normal, but, for some reason on all brands around this time, these lines could be seen under the wrap, especially on a color-change wrap. These lines were causing customers to complain and installers getting frustrated that they could not create a paint-like finish. Based on this, I started experimenting with different techniques and, last October, finally came up with two techniques and several minor tweaks that keep those adhesive lines at bay. The Palm Technique The first technique is called "The Palm" and it's for any sized recessed area. The Palm essentially turns the traditional way most installers approach a wrap upside down. The traditional way is: Make a permanent hinge in the middle point with a squeegee stroke, hold the material away from the surface with the free hand, squeegee in overlapping strokes and, if there is a recessed area, feed it in or work the film into it in stages with an application glove. The problem with working into a recessed area in stages is that it creates adhesive lines. With The Palm technique, the approach is totally different. First off, no hinge, in fact, no squeegeeing until the last step. Release the entire liner, create 100 percent glass then apply the film into any recessed area first using either an application glove or soft squeegee. For the recessed areas, the trick is not to work in stages to the deepest part, but go to deepest point first. With all the recessed areas applied, the last step is to squeegee the flat areas that are super easy. The reason the flat areas are extra easy is that by applying the recessed areas first, it pulls the wrap film tight so these areas become like wrapping a wall. What is critical to understand is by not locking the film any- where on the application surface by first squeegeeing, the wrap film can shift subtly to any recessed area. This helps the wrap film ease into these areas so much that very few times heat is needed to relax the film, even for calendar films. I think if the wrap film does not need heat to conform to a recessed area it Techniques and tweaks on how to avoid adhesive lines B Y J U S T I N P A T E Justin Pate is a certified instructor/installer who has been working out of New York City and Amsterdam since 1996. In North America, Justin heads the popular Avery-Mutoh School of Wrap workshop and certification program. He has a DVD instructional series that is sold at www. justinpate.net and at many distributors in the U.S. and Canada. He also teaches workshops for manufacturers and private clients throughout the world. For more information, visit www.justinpate.net. The Palm Technique Here we will wrap the hood of this Nissan Altima. Notice the bumps on the hood created large recessed areas. Rather than creating a center hinge, remove the entire release liner and cover the entire area, lightly tacking the film into position.

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