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Let’s Talk Shop: Mastering the Hood Wrap

How to effectively turn a hood wrap into a one-person job.

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We try to do our wraps in one-piece panels as often as possible. The more seams or relief cuts in a wrap, the more areas for failure or dirt build-up. When working with larger trucks for our contractors, we find that the hoods, like on this Chevy 3500, are quite large.

This how-to step-by-step article is two fold-wrapping a large hood in one piece and wrapping a hood with one person. In small shops like ours, we typically have one or two people working on a wrap at one time. Being able to split up and tackle parts of the vehicle separately speeds up the installation process.

The trick with measuring hoods is getting the overall longest dimension. You have to measure from the furthest corner point at the back of the hood to the furthest point at the front of the hood. Some hoods scoop in at the top center so then the outer edge becomes the furthest point. On this hood, the back of the hood is straight across and becomes the furthest point down to the front center of the hood.

We’re running a 54″ printer, which limits our print area to about 52.5″. The Chevy 3500 hood is approximately 51.5″ x 62.5″. We overprint our backgrounds by 3-4 inches all the way around whenever possible. Since we can only get about an extra inch on the height, we have to keep this in mind during installation and plan for a little stretching.

* Click the images below for step by step information.

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Charity Jackson

Charity Jackson is owner of Visual Horizons Custom signs, a full-service commercial sign company based in Modesto, Calif.  She has been in business since 1995 and specializes in vehicle wraps, design and project management and workflow. You can visit her Web site at www.vhsigns.com.

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