Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • October 2017 • 41 Template collection and we'll scale and proof on it. When the vehicle is available we take reference measurements of the vehicle in a few different areas on each side so we can accurately scale the photos we'll take. Typically we take horizontal mea- surements of doors, truck beds and areas that have clear edges in a photo. Vertical measurements don't always translate well for scaling if the vehicle curves, but we still note these measurements to be sure that our final wrap panels are set up properly with enough overlap. Window measurements and accounting for the curve under and over the vehicle are both important to note. We've created six versions of our Customer Form, each focused on a differ- ent vehicle type. There is one of a regular cab pickup, an extended cab pickup, a box truck, an NV 200/transit style van, a full- size van and a four-door sedan passenger car. While the actual vehicle that comes in may not be the same make or model, having a rough template makes it easier to clearly and accurately note the points we're taking our measurements from. We'll probably add to these if we see additional styles come in frequently and we can always print out a template if needed. Having a good selection ready to go ensures that we're more likely to use the checklists correctly. Extras and Fees Efficiency is a big part of making your wrap shop profitable. Sometimes small details can really derail our time man- agement on an install. Having a vehicle come in filthy dirty is one. While we always thoroughly wipe down our vehicles prior to installation, we still expect the vehicle to come in fairly clean. Sometimes we'll get a vehi- cle that has mud caked underneath, bugs splattered all across the front or with a waxy film covering the body. We ask that customers bring the vehicle in cleaned and wax free. We do point out that we will add a $55 wash fee to any unwashed vehicles due to the extra labor involved in washing their vehicle. We also explain that the vehicle should be washed the day before rather than the morning of the install as water can remain trapped behind door handles, moldings and other parts for hours. Other fees that we've included on our form we use with a lot of discretion. One is a late fee. If we've scheduled the vehicle installation with an 8 a.m. drop-off, then we need it to be in on-time or early. A customer is almost always welcome to drop off the day before as long as our back shop is not full. Efficiency is a big part of making your wrap shop profitable. Small details can really derail your time management.

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