Wrapping Up January 2018

Hello TWI Members! I hope the first month of 2018 was a good one. Here are the videos released this month:

For February, be sure to check out some innovative videos submitted by TWI member Rainer Lorz who is an installer/instructor in Germany. We'll also release videos on how to lower install/design times, upsell tips and official overview videos made by TWI on 3M Knifeless Tape that are good for all levels of installers.

During December/January, we went through every single video in the library and accessed them. We will archive about 20 videos as some of the techniques/tools are obsolete, update about 30 videos during upcoming shoots in Dallas, restructure the index to make it more searchable, as well as focus on creating a host of new videos for beginners. The goal is to create an index category that is a turn key solution for new installers, employees and/or students. 

Based on the reaction to launching the Rejuvenation series at one time, we're going to test out launching a week’s worth of new videos every Monday. The daily social media post announcing the new video will continue. This way, if you like to binge watch you get the 5 new vids and, if you like to watch daily, you can go off of the daily post.  

In February, we will be filming a series on how to wrap with chrome on a Corvette ZR1, so look for this to be launched in April or May.

Thanks as always for being a TWI member!


2018 Orafol Wrap Certification Course Dates


Hi Valued Customer,

ORAFOL Americas Inc. is proud to announce the much anticipated ORAFOL Vehicle Wrap Certification Course. Building on many successful years of ORAFOL Professional Wrapping Academies, this advanced training course is designed for those dedicated to becoming the most proficient wrap installer combined with certification testing.

This comprehensive program will feature training on the finer points of vehicle wrapping such as proper graphic alignment and finishing as well as more difficult-to-wrap components such as bumpers and side-view mirrors.

Once completed and passed, an ORAFOL Certified Wrap Installer will become part of a network of national and international installers who may be called upon to install ORAFOL vehicle wrapping materials according to ORAFOL manufacturing recommendations.

Additional benefits to become an ORAFOL Certified Vehicle Wrap Installer:

  • Become highly proficient in the application of ORAFOL wrap products
  • Become highly knowledgeable of ORAFOL brand product specifications and applications
  • Interact and network with the industry’s top vehicle wrap installers
  • Receive business referrals from ORAFOL via website and program listings
  • Receive business referrals from ORAFOL Certified Installer Network

To register for the following class dates click here.

February 7-8 in Pompano Beach, FL
April 12-13 in Santa Margarita, CA
June 14-15 in Indianapolis, IN
September 13-14 in Long Island, NY

Lisa Humrich
Marketing Manager

About ORAFOL Americas Inc.
ORAFOL Americas Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of premium pressure-sensitive reflective products, graphic films, digital media, laminating films, and industrial tapes used in signage, graphics, digital printing and screen printing applications. The company’s distribution network spans the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information, product samples, or to locate an Authorized ORAFOL Distributor, contact ORAFOL at (888) 672-2251 or visit ORAFOL online at www.orafolamericas.com.

Wrapping up December + 2017

January 1, 2018 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Happy 2018 to all – I hope this year brings lots of new techniques, tips and tools that bring in higher profits and more time. Here are the videos released in December:

For January, we are trying out a new way of releasing videos. We are launching an entire series at once, in sequential order, instead of daily. The first series of 2018 is called "Rejuvenation", which is 17 videos about a color change car wrap on a budget - ideal for high profits, and involves very little hardware removal. Great combination of install techniques with something in each video for all levels of installers.

We have a new video category called The Wrap Pod. This is a podcast created by TWI member, Simon Polakof. An interview-based podcast, it offers an in-depth look into the industry through the eyes of the guest installer featured on each episode. I was honored to be the first person interviewed (check it out here). Each newly released Wrap Pod episode will be available to TWI members and posted in the Videos section.

In February, I will be in Dallas with four full shooting days so if you have any requests please put them in the Forum. The sooner you submit your request the more time we have to prepare what might be needed to make it happen.

Also, look for more links on our Resource section. We are also working on creating a more dynamic sorting/searching system for our database to make it easier for you to find a tool or workshop when you need it quick. If there is a company that you don’t see on the Resource section please let us know so we can make sure to include it (there is a link on the Resources page to submit). The quicker a question can be answered, the faster one can build and expand.

Best of luck wrapping in the first month of January 2018 as this looks to be a very exciting year for the wrap industry worldwide!


Wrapping Up November 2017

December 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – what a good, busy month of November. Lots of videos filmed at SEMA and in Dallas – total of 95 videos in the can ready to edit. Exciting stuff. Here are the videos released in November:

For December, expect to see the rest of the SEMA demo videos play out. I especially like the break down videos on how each different wrap was installed – great insight into workflow and installers can make a designer’s vision come to life. Several videos on installing chrome on cars and more interviews from SEMA – Kevin Kempf, Chad Parrish and Joffrey van der Jagt. We will end the year with an overview of 2017 and plan to take the last week of December off from releasing a new daily video to focus on family and celebrating the new year.

Speaking of 2018, I’m really excited about the lineup off videos for January and February. Especially a series on refurbishing an oldish car with worn out paint and hardware with the same color wrap film as the paint. Great insight into wrapping without taking hardware off, repairing hardware with wrap film and avoiding overwrapping. A whole series will begin about breaking down 4-5 different ways on how to wrap something on a vehicle (mirrors, molding, antennas, etc…). It will show the positives and negatives for each approach so installers and owners get a good sense of which option is best for each type of install in terms of quality, time and money. Always a balance to find the right formula.

Also, look for more videos on tools, either overview or product videos, as well as more focus on wrap films. The goal as always is to expand the library so I hope to get a whole series on design and window tint rolling by spring.

TWI is booked for Wrapscon in Long Beach again which is always exciting and, with my travel locked and loaded for 2018, look for more videos from Japan, Brazil, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Such an exciting industry to be in and, as always, thanks for your support. 

Wrappy holiday wishes to you and your family and best of wishes for 2018.


Wrapping Up October 2017

November 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – I hope you had a solid October and got lots of candy from Halloween. In a way, wraps are kind of like costumes for cars, walls, floors and windows. Here are the videos released this month:

I want to give a special thanks to Casey Folk from PDX Wraps for sharing some valuable tips and tricks that he shared during the October video run.  Great biz logic.

The new PDFs are on TWI so be sure to click on the Shop page and download them to your Dashboard. Free for all subscribing TWI members. I plan on giving an overview of “The Golden Rules of Car wrap Design” (one of the new PDFs) while shooting at TWI in November. Lots of videos planned for those shooting days with a big focus on making smart choices to avoid overwrapping as well as more product videos.

From Oct 31-Nov 3, the film crew for TWI will be getting a ton of footage from SEMA so look for 8 detailed vids on the wraps done in the Avery Dennison booth with Joffrey van der Jagt, Jim Miller, Chad Parrish and myself. Very cool wraps planned so worth watching when they are released. Also, the annual SEMA overview and lots of interviews with key people in the industry. Look for more of those exclusive interviews in 2018 as I think they offer great insight into how people wrap and run a business. A fresh perspective is always a good thing especially if it creates more time and money.

Thanks as always for being a member of TWI. Learning and earning, that’s the ticket.     


Wrapping Up September 2017

October 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello TWI Members – I hope you had a super solid month of wrapping with high profits and happy clients. Here are the videos released this month:

I just finished filming at The Wrap Institute Headquarters in Dallas. There are 38 videos in the can which will start airing this month. Several product videos were filmed for Avery Dennison, Teckwrap, Pro Tools Now and Pro Series from PID. There is a very cool interview with Molly Waters, tech rep from Avery Dennison, that is really informative and insightful so be sure to check that out.

As mentioned in the September newsletter, lots of videos on UGIS: Universal Graphic Installation System. It is all about seeing a system and using it on a daily basis in order to make wrapping anything efficient and ensure profits.

SEMA, in Las Vegas, begins at the end of October. I’m always honored to be doing demos in the Avery Dennison booth. This year I will be working with Joffrey van der Jagt from Pro Wraps, Jim Miller from Miller Decals and Chad Parrish from Graphiti Wraps. Joffrey has come up with some really cool designs that will be produced by John Duever’s company, Vinyl Images. All the demonstrations will be filmed from start to finish so look for those to be on The Wrap Institute in November. The wraps will be really pushing the boundaries so definitely keep an eye out for them.  

There are two more rounds of video shoots planned for 2017 so please be sure to make a suggestion on the Forum.

Best of luck in October and an early Happy Halloween!


Wrapping Up August 2017

September 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – I hope August treated you well and the wraps went on easy and smooth. Here are the videos released in August:

In September, look for more downloadable PDFs added to the (brand new) SHOP section. Remember, these PDFs are free for subscribing members.

I have updated UGIS (Universal Graphic Installation System) to UGIS 2.0 and divided it into 2.0: Digital Full Print and 2.0: Color Change Wraps – these will be available to download soon. Also, a Golden Rules for Vehicle Designs PDF will be added, which is great to help designers understand the installation process. Included in the Golden Rules PDF is a checklist that can be used in conjunction with the other PDFs in The Wrap Institute library – install checklist, pre-inspection and wrap removal checklist. Keeping a paper trail of the jobs start to finish is key to being a professional installer/sign shop.

September 24-30, I will have shooting days in Dallas at TWI HQ. The goal is to get back to basics and remake a lot of the first videos on TWI that covered properties of the material and strong fundamentals. This industry is changing so fast that even after just 3 ½ years it’s time to update even the basics. It’s one of the things that makes this industry so exciting. These videos will be essential for beginners and for training new employees in less time.

Look for new official 3M Knifeless videos to be added along with other product videos. The Wrap Institute is proud to make these videos about tools and material that help better explain how they are used so installers can get up to speed in terms of knowledge and skill quickly.

Best of luck in September.


Site Update - Shop

"Shop" has replaced "Downloads" in the header bar. It's highlighted in red in the image above.

Click one of these images to see more details about the item, image previews and to purchase and/or download. Members with a subscription get access to these PDF files for free and will only need to click the "Get File" button to download. Pay-Per-Video Members (any member without a subscription) will see pricing and must go through the checkout process before downloading.

PDFs that you download and/or purchase are quickly accessible through your Dashboard. Go to "My Files" in the navigation panel to see the files you have previously downloaded or purchased.

Wrapping Up July 2017

August 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – I hope July was a busy one as it certainly was for The Wrap Institute. Some extra good videos released this month. Here they are:

Wrapscon is finished and it was a big success. It was great to see all the designs come to life on all the elements in the booth, especially on the Nissan NV1500 and Basecamp Airstream.

The booth could not have happened without the support from our sponsors this year: Avery Dennison, Madico, Mutoh, Fellers, Yellotools, Ceramic Pro and Wrapify. Thanks to Nissan and Airstream OC for providing the vehicles. The team at Car Wrap City for the design and production. Christina Burton from Curvaceous Wraps for the designs on Day 1. The support from NBM and their fabulous crew. Lastly, to Cassandra Pate (no relation) for all the hard work she did before and during the show which pulled it all together. We are already coming up with cool ideas for next year so mark your calendars now. 

This month look for videos to be released that were filmed at Wrapscon which cover a wide variety of topics: recessed areas, surfboards, floors, trailers, window perforation, PPF and much more.  

As usual, if you have suggestions for videos please put them on the Forum page. I will be filming lots of new videos in the fall so can plan them then.

Best of luck wrapping!

Justin Pate

Wrapping Up June 2017

July 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone - I hope the cuts were precise this month and the wraps went on quick and easy. Here are the videos released in June:

The video line up in July is an exciting one - a four-part series on an art floor install for Mark Dean Veca, more biz videos with John Duever, product videos and tests, then the last group of advanced 3M Knifeless Tape videos with Phil Aquin.
From July 20-22, I, along with The Wrap Institute team, will be running our booth at Wrapscon in Long Beach, California. Everything in the booth will be wrapped once each day - a van, Airstream camper, floor, wall, cooler, table, chairs, helmets, instruments, surfboards, skateboards, and more. Super exciting designs and demos. All demos will be videotaped and put in The Wrap Institute library so look for these in August. If you can make the show, come by the booth for a free koozie or to buy a new TWI tee.
Have a great July everyone and keep on wrappin' on.



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