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History of the Vehicle Wrap

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Often times we become so familiar with something, yet know nothing about the history of how it came to be.  We feel this is the case with a vehicle wrap. As the popularity of these thin films continue to expand, we thought we would offer up a little history on how they came to be.

Vinyl films can be applied to many surfaces. There are specific types of films that are best for vehicle application. The curves and contours of a vehicle are quite different from a wall or flat surface. Vehicles are exposed to weather, external elements and more. All that being said, there have been continuous improvements and product innovations to bring the vehicle wrap to wheret it is today….

Although vinyl itself was accidentally discovered (or invented) in the 1920’s, the production cost did not make much sense until the 1980’s. As the product cost went down, the experimentation of what you could do with it increased.

It all started with the taxi in Germany in the early 1990’s.  Up until the 1990’s the only real and obvious option for changing the color or branding a vehicle was a good old paint job. That all changed when Kay Premium Marketing Films was asked to produce a film that could turn a car into a taxi.

Taxi’s, by German law, were required to be completely beige in color. Again, painting was the only obvious option and solution….well at least if you wanted to be a legal taxi driver in Germany. However, painting these taxi’s the boring beige color posed a problem later down the road when one sought to resell the Taxi.

KPMF produced a film that could be applied to an entire vehicle (or taxi). This film could then be removed 3 years later and restore the vehicle back to it’s pre wrap condition.

The first commercial wrap is stated to have been made for a Pepsi Bus in 1993. From there commercial wrap advertising began to spread quit rapidly. Although these new commercial wraps were popular and rewarding for business, difficulties were discovered. These problems had to do with adhesion and air pockets under the vinyl, which affected the longevity and appearance of the wrap.

Innovators, like 3M, began to advance and develop technology to transform early vehicle vinyl films into durable, long lasting, high quality films. Aside from solving the air bubble problem, proprietary manufacturer blends allowed for better conformability.

Continued advancements in both films and printing equipment have brought vehicle wraps to were they are today. As the vehicle wrap began to evolve as the way to to change the color of a vehicle and even add company graphics and logos, so did the demand for better equipment. Printers are a big part of a commercial advertising wrap. The advancement of large format printers have expanded what you are able to do do with a vehicle wrap.

The products, materials, and equipment use to produce a vehicle wrap, whether color change or graphic wrap are extremely important in the overall quality and life span of the vehicle.

Colorado Signs, a 3M certified graphic Installation Company, has nearly 2o years of experience in the industry. We use the industries best films, inks, printers, equipment, and practices to produce wraps that last.

Have a question or need an estimate on a vehicle wrap? Send us an email, or give us a call. We are happy to provide you  with the most up to date information.

 

3M Certified Graphic Installation Company – Denver, CO

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3M Certification – Why it Matters.

3m-vinyl-installer-denver3M is a well known global science company that has transformed many industries.  Their team of scientists, researchers and developers have transformed the lives of people worldwide with their innovation and technology.

3M, well know for their vinyl films, have not only set forth  the highest quality product lines in the industry, but the highest quality of standards as well. To ensure these standards are met, 3M developed an extensive, in depth certification process that ensures the quality installation of a wrap. The 3M graphics certification process ensures company expertise and sets the benchmark for industry best practices.

Colorado Signs is a 3M certified graphics installation company. This certification is administered by both 3M and the United Applications Standards Group (YASG) and requires not only technical skills and knowledge of installation, but sound business requirements.

What does this mean for our customers?

This means that our customers are guaranteed that our company has undergone extensive education and training, and that they will be provided with the highest quality of work by trained and certified individuals.

We aim to stay at the top in our industry and separate ourselves as vinyl wrap professionals. We offer several services to meet the needs of our customers. Vinyl films are extremely versatile and can be applied on most surfaces. With the innovation and development of technology by companies like 3M, the applications of these durable films are endless.

Colorado Signs is full service sign and vinyl wrap company in Denver, offering graphic design, installation, commercial wraps, vehicle wraps, wall wraps, floor wraps, window wraps, Di-Noc architectural finishes, and business signage. We believe stay at the top of in our field, we must continue to provide the best in craftsmanship, business practices and service to our customers.

If you are seeking to find a 3M certified graphic installation company in Denver, choose Colorado Signs. You will be in expert hands.

If you have any questions or would like to request an estimate for your next project, please contact us.

Phone: 303.953.7264

What is a DI-NOC Architectural Finish?

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di-noc-archtectural-films-denverDI-NOC is truly a one of a kind self adhesive, flexible film that can be applied to any surface- indoor or outdoor. This extremely affordable film offers an ideal solution for refinishing any surface to look like wood, metal and more. DI-NOC films come in over 700 finishes…crazy right?! It truly allows for creative and architectural freedom with the ability to transform the look and feel of any surface.

3M DI-NOC film series are among some of the most advanced and innovative products that 3M offers. The ability for these films to replicate and reproduce wood, concrete, leather, stucco, stone, metal, and silk make it a top tool used by architects and designers. DI-NOC not only offers the freedom to transform interior and exterior finishes as desired, but offers strength and durability. The advanced technology of the product is truly amazing and allows for exquisite decor and design features.

As we talked about above, DI-NOC Architectural films can be used on any surface. Let’s explore some of what can be done with these films.

Wood finishes can be uses for cabinets, office spaces, vehicles, doors, and more. Anything you want to look like a specific wood type or finish can be transformed into just that. The savings involved by utilizing DI-NOC over traditional resurfacing is astounding. DI-NOC can be applied to floors, vehicles, boats, walls, furniture, elevators, countertops, used to restore bathrooms, kitchens, garages and more. I mean when we say any surface, we mean any surface.

Colorado Signs is proud to offer 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes, as well as be a 3M certified graphic installer. The product line allows for exponential creativity. If you have questions or wish to see samples, please contact us and explore what these films can do!

 

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Why Wrap My Vehicle?

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Why Wrap My Vehicle?

Vehicle wraps are becoming more and more popular, whether one seeks to brand their business or their personal style. There are many benefits and reasons why wrapping  your car, truck, van or fleet of vehicles brings you value. Vinyl film manufacturers have revolutionized the industry, developing films that can be installed on a number of applications, including airplanes and boats. These films offer an environmentally and cost friendly solution to transforming a vehicle specific to ones needs. One of the best aspects of a wrap is that should you want to remove it, or change out designs or information, you can do just that!

We work with many business owners and have wrapped our fair share of business vehicles. A commercial wrap is literally a mobile billboard. You are able to turn your auto into a powerful marketing and branding tool that several thousands of people are able to see on a daily basis. As you or your employees commute throughout Denver, or anywhere in Colorado, your business can be seen by people you may have not reached otherwise.  Display your phone number and website and allow people to contact you just from seeing your wrapped vehicle on the road.  A vehicle wrap is a powerful marketing tool for your business and offers a great return on investment.

Beyond the marketing and business branding aspects that a commercial wrap offers, they are also cost effective. If you were to do the same thing on your vehicle that you can do with a vinyl wrap, but with paint, you will end up spending a lot more money. The cost effectiveness of a wrap, along with the marketing benefits, and removal ease, make wrapping your vehicle an option worth exploring.

It is important that when choosing to wrap your vehicle the company that you choose to work with is not just looking to cut corners, but to provide a successful long term solution. Vehicles are different then flat surfaces, being they have curves and contours. The quality of the wrap and install depends on the know how and expertise of the designer and installer. This will ensure the longevity, durability, removability, and seamless installation of your wrap.

Colorado Signs is dedicated to the highest quality of work in all that we do, from vehicle wraps to DI-NOC architectural finishes. Our 10,000 square foot work space, vehicle wrap experience, 3M Certified graphics Installation, and owner operated company guarantee every job we perform.

We encourage you visit our resource center to learn more, or reach out with any questions you may have.

Thanks for reading!