19 December 2022

Discover wrapping tips in our very first LIVE Webinar

19.12.2022 - Grafityp continues to innovate, also in the way we communicate our product info to our distributors and dealers. In October, we organised our first LIVE Webinar. The main topic? Our car wrap films and what you can do with them. Find out which different components were covered during the LIVE webinar.

Live webinar

Business Development Manager Peter Van de Vivere and Wrapping Specialist Rudi Zoons were the presenters on duty. The live webinar covered four topics: an introduction about various wrap films, how to avoid air bubbles when wrapping, how to apply films to doors and in indentations and, finally, stretching, de-stressing and heating process of the films.

Part 1 – Introduction: various wrap films

The first part of the webinar covered the different car wrapping films. Grafityp offers, in addition to the Omega-Skinz (colour wrap), four different cast digital wrapping films: AE38P, AE38C, GT38SL and the PVC-free PU50C. Each of the films has its own characteristics. They were explained in detail during the webinar.

Want to know more about our different car wrapping films?

Omega-Skinz

Omega-Skinz films are characterised, on the one hand, by the permanent adhesive that is clean removal and, on the other, by the micro air channels (Air Escape Technology). Thanks to the multi-layer film, application is easier. In the Omega-Skinz range, you have the colours and the Printables.

Lanceringsplatform Omega-Skinz

Part 2 – How to avoid air bubbles

In part two, Peter and Rudi focus on the question “How to avoid air bubbles during and after applying the film?”. That’s very simple: you just have to press harder with your squeegee. Make a smiley movement and put enough pressure so that more air can escape from the air channels.

Part 3 – Apply films on doors and in indentations

Rudi shows in part 3 how to wrap a door with indentations. This is the wrapping process with an Omega-Skinz Printable film:

  • Step 1: Remove the backing paper from the film until halfway through.
  • Step 2: Make sure the film is tightly stretched.
  • Step 3: Start at the highest point and go around the outer corners with your squeegee.
  • Step 4: Use your squeegee to press the vinyl in the centre, avoiding the edges around the indentations (10 cm).
  • Step 5: Heat the heat gun to 250°C (see display) and heat the film away from the indentation.
  • Step 6: Push the film cold into the indentation. This ensures that it is tension-free in the indentation.
  • Step 7: In the indentation, you must now reheat the film to 110°C to secure the new memory.
  • Step 8: Take your squeegee to tighten the film in the indentation once again.

Wrapping a car with colour vinyl from Omega-Skinz goes a little differently:

  • Step 1: Remove the backing paper from the film until halfway through.
  • Step 2: Place the film tightly on the door.
  • Step 3: Rake the film on the inside up to ±15 cm from the indentation.
  • Step 4: Remove the film at the highest points and rake further into the indentation so that the film is tension-free in the indentation.
  • Step 5: Heat the film slightly in the curves and gently stretch the film until the folds disappear.
  • Step 6: Now further tighten the film at the highest points.
Omega-Skinz

Part 4 – Stretch, de-stress & heating process

In the final part, the gentlemen focus on stretching, de-stressing and heating the film. With the hot air gun in hand, Rudi demonstrates how to wrap the bumper of a car with a colour film. Finally, Rudi answers several questions from the Q&A area.

Can you stretch a film too much?
Yes, you can. If you see any colour difference, remove the film again and reheat it so that the film returns to its original state.

How hot does it get on the film?
You set the heat gun to 350°C. That is the temperature in the display, it is not the real temperature that the vinyl will take. The temperature on the vinyl will be around 90°. With a special laser, you can measure the temperature directly.

Do you need to warm up the vinyl beforehand and for how long?

Only with 3D shapes is the film heated beforehand. For a bumper, for example, you heat the film until you feel it become flexible. Then it is easier to pull the film around the curves.
With GT38SL (laminated), the film on the car must be fully reheated after wrapping. The adhesive is now activated and thus gets its maximum adhesive strength.