Wrapping Up August

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

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.


Wrapping up May 2017

June 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello fellow wrappers – I hope May was a good one. Here are the videos released in May:

For June, expect more videos on PPF and tint. With all the upcoming PPF videos + those already in the video library, anyone who is new to PPF installs should be able to get up to speed quickly as there are videos on a wide variety of vehicles and techniques.
In May, I had a chance to visit Ceramic Pro in San Diego and shot a day’s worth of footage. Look for two product videos and TWI videos to be release in June. Ceramic coatings are worth considering in terms of protecting a wrap (especially carbon and white matte) and as an upsell for rims.
As you may have noticed, you can click the tool images below each video to see more info on that tool and where to buy it. Members were asking about this so we built the links on the back end. We plan on expanding this throughout the summer so all users in every country can enjoy this feature.
The traffic on the Forum has picked up the last few months which is great. Always feel free to reach out with a question or comment. I try to answer questions as much as time allows and it’s great to see others pitching in as well. Don’t forget that you have direct access to tech reps at companies like Avery Dennison. Great way to get an important tech question answered right away.
In about a week we will be sending out the overview of our booth at Wrapscon. It will be super exciting so hope to see you there.


Wrapping Up April 2017

Hello wrappers – I hope the quotes came in and the wraps went out this month.  Here are the videos released on TWI for April.

The advanced 3M Knifeless videos will continue at the beginning of May with Phil Aquin.  Lots of great techniques in these which can help up your Knifeless game so enjoy. 

I shot a ton of new videos while at XPEL headquarters mid-April so look for these to come out end of May, early June.  Big focus on PPF bumpers (Porsche and Ferrari), PPF hoods, tint and much more. 

I will be doing lunchtime demos at FESPA Hamburg from May 8-12 so look for these in May/June as well.  Topics will be: cutting down on cutting, making a bed, the glass game and relief cut logic.

From June 9-13 I will be in Dallas at The Wrap Institute headquarters filming.  This is a bigger than normal window to shoot which is very exciting.  We just upgraded our camera and audio set up so the quality and detail will get even better.  Lots of videos already planned but if you have any requests please go to the forum page type it in. 

Wrapscon in Long Beach from July 20-22 is just around the corner and we are in full gear getting ready for it.  Lots of cool demos so if you are going to be in SoCal in July, come by our booth to check out the action.




New to Wrapping Vehicles? Start Here.

Are you brand new to wrapping vehicles? If so, you may be getting lost or overwhelmed in our video database, which contains tips and techniques for all installer levels.

Justin put together a list of Wrap Institute videos for beginners who are just starting out. So if you're looking for the basic techniques to learn to wrap, start here:

All the TWI Tool videos are free and are a great resource for new installers. Each Tool category includes an overview of the tool itself, how to use it, techniques/tips for the tool, and where to buy it.

We also have an entire category full of free videos that you can see by going to Videos and clicking "Free Videos" in the Categories list. 

While you're watching videos on The Wrap Institute, you'll notice tool images below the video. These tools are clickable and will link you to the Tool listing so you can learn more about the tool or find out where to buy it. You'll also notice Tags at the bottom of each video. These words and phrases are also clickable and will link you to other videos that use that same tool, technique or material.

Thinking about getting certified? Justin talks about certification - benefits, the process, etc - in this video.

Happy wrapping!

Wrapping Up March

April 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – I hope that March was a good one and that the year is shaping up to be a busy one. Here are the videos released in March:

In the second week of April, a series comparing full print and a color change install on vans will launch. Really key to see the difference between the two styles for reaching solid profit points. At the end of the month, the advanced Knifeless Tape videos will air with Phil Aquin. Super amazing techniques that are game changers.  

I will be doing demos for Avery Dennison at the ISA show in Las Vegas so look for an overview of that show. The PPF videos at XPEL are confirmed so I will be filming these at their training facility in San Antonio mid-April. Look for them to be launched in May or June.

As you may have seen, the FESPA / Cambea #7 show in Brazil was the best ever. Great to see install skills worldwide just get higher and higher including the passion for the wrap industry.  

Exciting times ahead for 2017.


Wrapping Up February

March 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone – I hope the vinyl went down smooth in February. Here are the videos that were released:

Lots of exciting projects in the works at TWI. For March, videos scheduled to be released will be about tools, cars, Di-Noc and Product Videos.

I just got done shooting a very cool series with Phil Aquin, 3M Knifeless trainer. Look for these videos to come out in April. Really in-depth techniques that can create super solid profits. 

In April, I will be shooting production videos in LA with Adam Sumner, owner of Wrapix, as well as an X-Minutes video with Andy Soleimani, owner of Sticker City. After LA, I will be making a few videos with Casey Folk, owner of PDX Wraps in Portland. April also has plans to do in-depth PPF videos with Xpel so once the plans are solidified I will announce this. John Duever is making new business-oriented videos in March so look for these in April as well. Always critical to know how to price and wrap.

As you may have noticed, there have been some changes to the website - the main one being the Tools section revamp with added links to tools/products shown in the videos. Super exciting to now offer this to TWI users.

Here's how it works: if you like/want to know more about a tool used in a video, click the tool image thumbnail in the video description, or go to the Tool section and find it in the list.

As this function gets built out, it will also offer country-specific linking to help you quickly access the providers closest to you geographically. Keep in mind, The Wrap Institute is neutral, so we are not pushing one brand over another. We are simply trying to provide the links to distributors/manufacturers to help our users wrap better and smarter.

Best of success in March and keep on laying it down!


Wrapping Up January

February 1, 2017 Issue
The Wrap Institute Newsletter

Hello everyone - I hope the first month of 2017 treated you all well. Here are the videos released in January:

The 3M Di-Noc series is almost complete and the videos will start being released on the site on February 6th. Lots of great videos on wrapping with Di-Noc, including: kitchen cabinets, bookshelves, an office desk, a living room wall, bathrooms, hallways, three different types of tables and more. Exciting stuff. A special thanks to 3M for their support of this project.

More product videos are in the pipeline for Avery Dennison, Teckwrap, Orafol, 3M and SOTT.

Also, from February 8-12 I will be in Dallas at TWI HQ shooting videos so if there are any requests please put them in the Forum.



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