Nathan Norman is a 6 year old who was diagnosed with cancer at his young age and for Christmas his wish was to receive cards and wishes from the police, EMS, and firefighter departments. His wish was granted and quoted, “Their house is filled with boxes of gifts and cards.” – via WishUponAHero Not only did he receive many condolences from the public, firefighters, and police officers, he also received a visit from over 250 police officers driving 12 hours away to also show their support.
Brandywine Volunteer Firefighters
This story not only touched the hearts of the police force, it also caught the attention of the local Brandywine volunteer fire department. Firefighter, Richard Francisco made the initiation to build a monster truck to support this great cause. Richard’s idea, “We are building a fire dept monster truck and want to put it out for display. As well as to thank the people who helped with the wrap. It will sport the Brandywine fire dept theme as well as wish upon a Hero and st Jude’s center when complete.” Along with the completion of this truck, he has also made great steps to get coverage and attention to the cause, truck, and participants involved in this project.
We met Richard at a local event and were later contacted with this story and project. Also taken by this story, we anxiously became involved in any way possible. Richard voiced his idea of the design of the truck and with the help of N8VCOMP/Arba Graphics/Southern Maryland Wraps and professional designer Russell Bartnick the truck shortly became a reality. The truck uses the tasmanian devil logo and other designs to commemorate the Brandywine volunteer firefighters, Saint Jude’s center, and the Wish Upon A Hero foundation for their support in this cause.
Since the completion of the truck it has been mentioned in numerous magazines and media including Maryland Independent. We are honored to be able to be involved in this project and our prayers go out to the Norman family. We thank Richard Francisco and the Brandywine volunteer fire department for the opportunity to be involved.
It’s a no-brainer that N8VCOMP is your one stop vehicle wrap and automotive customizing solution. With our enormous selection of unique materials, colors, services, and expertise, N8VCOMP truly makes your vehicle design dreams come true. Naturally, after your car is wrapped and customized to your heart’s content, you want to show it off and put it to good use. No matter what “good use” means to you, you’ll find it at AutoAnything. AutoAnything is an aftermarket parts and accessories retailer boasting items for nearly every make and model – of car and driver.
Thule Rooftop Cargo Carriers
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Take the Next Step
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About Knifeless Tape
Never Cut A Vehicle Again
A common problem within the graphic and vinyl installations world is, “how to not cut on the vehicle“? During installation of certain panels, stripes, custom designs, and other graphic installations it may seem to require the installer to cut on the vehicles paint. With the addition of this great product, that problem may not seem to be a concern anymore!
With the technology of graphic films expanding, the variety of tools used to install those films has also expanded. A must have in any installer’s kit, the Knifeless Tech System, alleviates the issues that novice and even expert installers dread; cutting on paint.
Knifeless Tech Systems has released 3 different variations of this tape which can be used for different films.
Finish Line Tape
- 3.5 mm (1/8” nominal) Width
- Use for most wrap applications
- Conformable around bumpers, door handles, mirrors, etc
- Available in 50 Meter rolls (164 Feet)
Knifeless Perf Line Tape
- 6.35 mm (1/4”) Width
- Use with perforated window film for perfect easy cuts every time
- After trimmed leaves 1/8″ gap to apply seal tape
- Great for vehicle wraps and window wraps
- Available in 50 Meter rolls (164 Feet)
Knifeless Bridge Line Tape
- 12.7 mm (1/2”) Width
- For use between wide gaps like between doors, seams and rubber seals
- Available in 50 Meter rolls (164 Feet)
Installing Custom Stripes
One of the best features of this tape is that it is flexible, versatile, and precise. You may move the tape around as needed until it is in the correct shape or line and then place your graphic over top without any issue. We would now like to walk you through a quick installation guide to using this great product to install custom vinyl stripes.
Place down your lines of the knifeless tape until they are in the correct position. Use your eye as a guide and adjust as needed until completely straight. Be sure to leave yourself excess tape past where the graphic will be placed to ensure you may still pull the tape away.
Install your graphic material over top of the tape. Squeegee the material into place as you would upon installation.
Once the graphic is completely installed and all air is squeegeed away, slowly pull the filament thread from within the tape. Pull from a slight angle slowly and steadily to ensure a clean accurate cut.
After pulling the filament thread all of the way out of the graphic, peel away the cut material.
Once the excess material is peeled away, you may now remove the tape line.
Carefully push down any edges to ensure the graphic is completely in place.
Repeat the above process until all tape lines and graphic material are peeled and you will have a finished stripe looking like this! After completing an installation always remember to go back and post heat your graphic carefully for finalizing.
Our Experience and Review
We have had a great experience and time using the knifeless tape product. If used correctly one can make very precise, accurate, and intricate cuts without ever having to worry about cutting on a vehicle. As mentioned earlier from MACTac Graphics, it is truly a product that all graphic installers should have. We recommend this product to all installers and consumers alike. Want your own custom stripes? Head over to the request quote page!
Why A Matte Black Wrap?
Black cars have always been an interest to car consumers due to their sleek and elegant styling and matte black took this color and put a spin on it making it very popular. Matte black car wraps takes gloss black to the next level giving a more subtle black to be admired. This color may not work on every vehicle, but the more high end and exotic vehicles pull it off very well. Not only does a matte black look spectacular, the wrap is much easier to maintain, costs less than a paint job, and has a very durable lifespan. With the growing popularity of this color over the years and the addition of many new exotic colors it raises the question, what will be the new ever so popular matte black?
One of the new colors released by 3M this year has been popping up on exotic vehicles like wildfire since it’s debut. While this color isn’t for everyone, it does provide a very luxurious eye catching shine that demands attention. Celebrities including Flo-Rida, Justin Bieber, Tyga, Swizz Beats, and more have already began to endorse this trend, but how many will follow?
New Matte Colors
When it comes to vehicle wrapping the most popular colors are the mattes for being able to show a flawless matte finish. Between Hexis’s extensive color options and new colors coming out by 3M and others there are now countless choices to decide from. 3M’s contribution this year has been a red, royal purple, yellow, and apple green. These colors are surely something that stands out, but how many people are going to want a matte apple green? I think these colors will be very popular for some individuals, but matte black will still surpass their sales due to it’s appeal to a broader crowd.
This has been one of our favorite additions to the vinyl family this year. Satin black by 3M was released earlier last year and now has some additions to the family including satin white, and satin pearl white. Releasing a standard black and white to start off the Satin line I believe was a great idea. White and black vehicles appeal to a very large group of consumers due to their clean look and providing a more unique version of these colors will become very popular. Being that matte black has become so popular, one can assume that a satin black will become just the same. The satin colors provide a much deeper look and texture that will no doubt-ably become a color of interest in the future.
The brand new Velvet Elite 9100 series was shown last year at SEMA winning 4 awards and is becoming available in 16 standard colors this year. These wraps are PERFECT for interiors and provides a very elegant look and texture. Due to the many different color shades and even custom colors that can be produced, this makes the velvet elite series a very versatile option in partial to full vehicle wraps.
Avery Supreme Wrapping Film
Avery has also been keeping up with the competition releasing a plethora of gloss/matte metallic colors as well as brushed colors this season. These colors include gunmetal matte metallic, purple matte metallic, frosty blue metallic, brushed bronze metallic, and countless more. Rather than Avery being a runner up to 3M, they are proving that they have much more to bring to the table.
Variochrome (Chameleon) Wraps
Last, but surely not least is the Hexis 3000 variochrome series. These chameleon colored films are available in 7 different shades that show a different color depending on how one looks at the film. There are colors ranging from white-pink, blue-green, brown-gold, and more to accent your unique style. The term “you get what you pay for” comes to mind upon thinking about these films. That’s because you aren’t just getting one color, you’re getting a whole spectrum of colors!
There is no doubt that this will be a yearly changing race with all of the color and vinyl advancements. Matte black has been a crowd favorite in the last upcoming years, but it may come to an end very soon. With all of these brand new colors coming out, what do you think will be the next color of choice this upcoming year?
Top 10 Best Vehicle Wraps
With the advances in vehicle wrap technology and creative graphics teams the possibilities of what can be done with a vehicle wrap remains endless. Every year new companies and teams continue to raise the bar in creativity which raises the question, “what is the best vehicle wrap?” Firstly, how do you judge what is the best wrap? There are many factors that go into the effectiveness of a wrap such as creativity, eye catching, and no limitations. We have compiled our own top 10 list that we believe to be the best and most creative wraps.
10. BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
This very clean but hectic design on the BMW M3 is a great display of being eye catching. The design flows very well throughout the vehicle and even onto the spoiler making for a proper professional looking wrap.
9. FHM Mini Cooper
FHM’s Mini Cooper design is a great example of being unique and using the vehicle as a canvas. Without being overly raunchy, the hood and headlights convey the image perfectly.
8. Matte Black Godfather Design
As a fan of matte black and the legendary Godfather, this a greatly prepared design. The matte black pulls together the black and white Godfather character as well as the smoke.
7. Lotus Elise Tiger
The Lotus Elise Tiger is a beautiful concept of using the yellow and white two tone as well as the stripes to create the look and feel of a real tiger.
6. Lamborghini Aventador Prototype
Taking patterned designs to the next level, this Lamborghini Aventador shows how you can be exotic and unique at the same time.
5. Cement Truck Coverup
This is one of most unique designs that I have come across with vehicle wraps. The asparagus wrap on the cement truck is perfectly installed and gives a great 3D look and feel.
4. Epson Bugatti
The Epson Bugatti wrap by Skinz Wraps at the previous 2012 SEMA is a stellar example of an advertisement, as well as a luxurious design that paint cannot replicate. In the wrap world this is an ongoing challenge to show customers what they are missing out on whilst painting their vehicle.
3. FedEx Carrying UPS
While this may not be the most flashy outgoing design, it is one of the most comical and perfect advertisements on wheels ever made. This great advertising scheme has landed within our top 3 best wrapped vehicles.
2. National Geographic Bus Wrap
Now over to the other side of the spectrum, this National Geographic Bus Wrap is truly unique and something to be admired. Perfectly designed, clean, and innovative style using the doors to open the mouth lands this bus at number 2.
1. Copenhagen Zoo “Snake” Bus
The infamous Copenhagen Zoo Bus remains still the talk of the wrap world when it comes to creativity. The snake’s 3D design gives off a great feel that it is strangling the bus. For great color transition, creativity, and 3D work at it’s finest, we award the ‘Copenhagen Zoo Snake Bus’ the number 1 best vehicle wrap design to date.
Design The Future
All of these top 10 vehicle wraps have a creative design to bring to the table. We hope you found this article informative and shows what the future of vehicle wraps can become. Let these innovative designs spark your creativity to create your own top 10 vehicle wrap or let our professional graphic team be the ones to design the future! Let us know what your favorite wrap is and why!