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Before applying your wrapping film, you should follow these three steps

Wrapping a car is a science, any step wrong can cause bubbles, damage the film or decrease the life durability of the product. Thinking about this and based on Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film application bulletin, we’ve put together some steps to ensure you are following the right steps when wrapping your vehicle.

1.     Step one: consult product data sheet

Each product has its own characteristics, so it is important to, before applying the product, read the appropriate product data sheet carefully for information regarding appropriate substrates and product performance. Once you are assured that all factors are understood with respect to the product, all factors comply with the product specifications and you have made the assessment that the film is suitable for the intended application, you’re ready to start your project!

On your product datasheet, you will also find the appropriate storage conditions for the material. Proper storage allows the film to keep its maximum performance and enables a hassle-free application. As per many product warranties, the user must assume all risk and liability for the loss of performance when the film is stored improperly or against recommendation.

2.    Step two: select the right application tools

There are so many of them that it can be overwhelming. However, you can be assured that there is a tool for every single bump and curve of your wrapping project. An example of tools you may need:

  • Tool belt – to hold all application tools (Code: AVERYTOOLBELT)
  • Microfiber Felt Edge Squeegee, like the following:
  1. Squeegee Pro (Code: SQU)
  2. Squeegee Pro Flexible (Code: SQUPROFLEX)
  3. Squeegee Pro Rigid (Code: SQUPRORIGID)
  • Cutter with break off blades (Code: CUTTER)
  • Lint-free cleaning cloth
  • Professional Heat Gun
  • Avery Dennison Surface Cleaner (Code: SURFACECLEANER1LT or SURFACECLEANER5LT)
  • Avery Dennison Application Glove (Code: APPLICATION GLOVE)
  • Avery Dennison Laser Temp (Code: LASERTEMPGUN)

 3.  Surface Preparation:

To prepare the application surface, wash it with a mild detergent solution, after which the surface should be rinsed and dried with a lint free cloth.

After the surface has completely dried, the surface should be further cleaned and degreased using Avery Dennison Surface Cleaner and a lint free cloth. Depending upon the level of contamination, this process may need to be repeated to ensure that the surface is fully prepared for application.

It is recommended to clean the application surface with Avery Dennison Surface Cleaner.

Many other commercially available cleaning/degreasing products may be suitable for cleaning and degreasing but need to be tested prior to use. In addition, the following factors should be included in the preparation before application:

  • Any car wax and polish residue must be completely removed.
  • Paint surfaces must be completely dry, hardened and free of scratches. On most baked paints films can be applied immediately after cooling down. Air dried and car repair paints require at least one week to dry before films should be applied. Solvent residues in painted substrates may adversely affect film adhesion and might cause excessive shrinkage or blistering.
  • Painted substrates should be dried according to the paint manufacturer’s instruction to avoid solvent retention. Paint system components which are not compatible or do not adhere properly to each other may cause paint to be lifted when films must be removed after use.
  • Special attention should be given to critical areas as edges, corners, welding seams, rivets, and the like. These should be thoroughly cleaned and dried before application.

It is important to pay attention on the application temperature. Air, film, and application surface temperature are important and must match the characteristics of the adhesive and film being applied (the product datasheet can inform you about it). Higher heat and humidity conditions may also make a graphic more difficult to re-position once it has made contact with the application surface.

After that, you are all set with the right information, clean surfaces, and the right set of tools!

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