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The Right Tool for the Job: Wrap, Window Tint, and PPF Films

There is a fair amount of crossover between tools needed for window tint, PPF, and commercial/color change wraps. Yet, it’s essential to pay attention to the specific differences, particularly in blades, squeegee type, and heat sources, so that you can really dial it in.

Commercial/Color Change: Tape measure, medium and soft squeegee with a fresh buffer, stainless steel snap-off blades (30- or 58-degree), light-duty utility knife, safe box, application glove, heat gun/torch/steamer/IR heater, magnets, tucking tools, contour cutters, masking tape, IR thermometer, and edge seal tape.

Window Tint: Tape measure, tucking cards, wet application squeegees with and without a handle, stainless steel snap-off blades (58-degree), safe box, light-duty utility knife, heat gun, and a pressurized sprayer (glide solution).

PPF: Wet application squeegee, stainless steel or carbon snap-off blades (30- or 58-degree), light-duty snap-off blade, heat gun, pressurized sprayers (glide and tack solutions), and POD steamer.

Justin Patenew

Justin Pate

Justin Pate is a graphic installer/instructor with over 18 years of experience working both in the U.S. and Europe. Justin teaches workshops across the world most notably for Avery Dennison and Mutoh in North America. In 2014, he launched The Wrap Institute (www.wrapinstitute.com). Currently, The Wrap Institute is comprised of hundreds of HD streaming videos that cover all aspects of graphic installations. For more information on Justin check out @justinpatewrapper on Instagram.

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