Reflective vinyl is an effective material for a variety of signage applications including street signs, vehicles, and windows. It’s available from a variety of manufacturers such as Mactac Graphic Products and 3M with each type offering a variety of unique reflective qualities. Here are several effective examples of reflective vinyl:
We gathered several creative examples of unique and unconventional wrap applications:
Graphics that give the illusion of anything more than 2D are becoming more common in the advertising industry. The reason behind this is simple – anything that causes a double take is effective marketing. 3D vehicle wraps are wraps that make the viewer believe there is something more going, either inside or out of the vehicle. We gathered some images of what we believe are the most effect 3D vehicle wrap designs.
1. Corrugated metal for an industrial look. Use as a full wrap pattern or for accent areas. Seamless continuous vector pattern. Image ID: ISS_0956_00060 via SignElements
2. Seamless wood pattern – Use as a full wrap pattern or for accent areas. Seamless continuous vector pattern. Image ID: ING_19051_00756 via SignElements
3. Space / Galaxy Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID: f-wraps0012 via SignElements
4. Corroded Metal Industrial Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID:f-wraps0019 via SignElements
5. Blue Lightning Bolts / Electrical Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID:f-wraps0010 via SignElements
6. Seamless Black & White Floral Pattern – Seamless vector pattern can be used as a full wrap or as an element to a design. Image ID: 02B37591 via SignElements
Architectural wraps utilize space on walls, floors, and windows a create a dramatic visual experience. They can be an especially effective form of advertising and an attention-grabber for retail settings, trade shows, restaurants, museums, exhibits, and residential spaces. The following images provide examples of how architectural wrapped are being used to transform interior spaces.
Reflective vinyl comes in a variety of options and is used for a wide range of applications. It can be conformable for use on vehicles or permanent and durable, which is ideal for municipal/traffic signage. Regardless of the use, a sign maker should have a couple of options (for all applications) in stock when the need arises.
For those interested in a general purpose reflective vinyl, we recommend MACmark 5700. It’s a flexible reflective film that is easy to install and ideal for a multitude of applications. This engineering grade vinyl provides wide-angle reflectivity of incident light. MACmark 5700 series features an embedded layer of microscopic glass beads with high optical quality. A metallized back provides the mirror surface for reflection. This highly flexible film can be applied on flat, curved or corrugated surfaces and on rivets. MACmark 5700 can be screen printed or cut with a digital plotter.
School bus Graphics
Justin Pate of the Wrap Institute instructs how to wrap the side of a sedan with one horizontal panel, using hinges.
These 5 small trailer wraps provide a good dose of design inspiration for anyone looking to take on project that involves wrapping a utility trailer, RV, food truck, or a band equipment hauler.
Wrapping a boat, in many ways is similar to wrapping a land vehicle. Some installers might say its actually easier because a wrap is applied in large panels, and there are no doors, windows and numerous other rivets and obstacles to worry about. Here are some popular questions and answers regarding boat wraps:
Q. Who is the typical Boat Wrap Customer?
A. Customers in the market for a boat wrap are typically individual boat owners looking to dress up their boat. Many are looking to personalize their new boat with a solid color wrap or to “repaint” older hulls. Boat wraps are also a common request among professional fisherman, competition boaters, tour boats, and boats used for promotional purposes at events.
Q. Does the vinyl differ from regular vinyl used to wrap land vehicles?
Vinyl manufacturers usually offer a selection of media specifically intended for marine use. Some manufacturers have products that can be used for both marine and land vehicle wraps. They will need to stand up to all of the harsh elements that a land wrap will encounter with the addition of the harsh effects of water and possibly salt. Check with the manufacturer to see their recommendations.
What type of vinyl is ideal for boat wraps?
Something that is easy to apply and handle (an installer usually deals with large panels so this is important) and can be installed fast is key. A vinyl should contain an adhesive that produces no bubbles should be used. Polymeric vinyl and cast vinyl are popular marine substrates and an overlaminate is also recommended for certain applications. Again, it is best to check with the wrap manufacturer for the ideal media.
What considerations should a designer take when creating a boat wrap?
Its important to take into consideration the complexity of the nose of the boat. Templates are flat and its difficult to visualize just how skewed the curve may be. If possible, print out the design and create a paper model of the boat to aid with visualization.