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Tools of the Trade

There's an entire niche industry that's sprung up around the wraps world.

“A bad workman always blames his tools.”

This proverb applies to the world of vehicle wraps as much as it does anywhere else. Training, knowledge, experience and the ability to work through challenges are all necessary when it comes to wrapping a vehicle, but if you’re using the wrong tool or one that’s defective, it’s like trying to play shortstop with your glove tied to your shoe. You might luck out and snag a few ground balls but more likely than not you’re going to fail and look bad doing so.

Certainly, veterans of the wraps game can recall having to improvise and use whatever was at hand to apply a vinyl wrap to a box truck. We can all enjoy their stories and admire their ingenuity. They helped create what is today a thriving and still-growing market.

But today wrap tools are their own niche industry. Just as technology has vastly improved the quality of the films available, so have enterprising companies realized that helping wrappers ply their trade in the most effective and time-efficient way possible generates a nice tidy revenue stream and makes the industry stronger.

Of course, wrapping involves a varied range of styles and techniques, and one wrapper might swear by a tool that the next installer wouldn’t consider using. All in all though, just as any fisherman’s tacklebox will contain a few staples-weights, hooks, lures, etc.-so it is in the wrap industry. Click HERE to read Eric Valantine‘s round up of some of the more common tools of the trade.

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Tony Kindelspire

Tony Kindelspire is the former digital content editor of Sign & Digital Graphics & WRAPS magazines.

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