Originally published September 18, 2019/in blog/by Charity Jackson
When we started our business in the mid-’90s, vinyl lettering was the primary option for advertising on vehicles. Very few people in our area were painting anymore and wide-format printers had not become economical enough for small sign shops. Over time, the technology has improved, and the printers, laminators, and media give us better quality at more competitive pricing.Just as our processes of advertising on vehicles has evolved, so have the tools that we use. As new technology and new materials come on the market, new tools also come out that make our jobs more efficient.If you look up the tools on the market that are used within the vehicle wrapping industry, it can be a little overwhelming. If you're just getting into wrapping, you may worry that you have to purchase every little gadget or tool in order to be a quality wrapper.Fortunately, this isn't true, but you do need to invest in the right tools for the type of wrapping you'll be doing. As you pick up jobs you can, and should, add to your arsenal of tools. The best way to decide if you should buy a tool is to weigh the time you would spend wrapping something without the tool versus the time you would save by having the right tool. Of course, if it's an application where it's essential to use a particular tool or the job will fail, then get the tool!
So that list might sound like a lot of tools, but if you're going to be a professional wrapper you need to have the right tools for the job. The tools listed will get you started; as you do more wraps you might pick up specialty tools that make a certain application that much more efficient.
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