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Old 05-19-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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Safari Tank Wrap Day

As some may know, my brother and I have been doing some experimenting with "sustainable" vinyl wrapping of my new black Safari tanks... with "sustainable" in this particular instance referring to making the vinyl SUSTAIN its adhesive properties and STAY PUT on these slippery damned tanks!

The first experiment, Safari Tank Wrap Experiment - Graphics Feedback Requested went very well,.. stayed put for more than 800 miles; no lifting, no bubbling, no nothing. So, we decided to pull off the first experimental piece and wrap both tanks using a method a few 3M big brains suggested.

The photos below show today's process...



Yes, that's a MAP torch and, yes, he's pre-heating the tank (and yes... we have a fully-charged fire extinguisher standing by )



Primer being applied



Placing the vinyl



Squeegee work



Fire is your friend when professionally-wrapping anything



Doing a proper wrap job is 100% proper technique







Right side done



Laying out the vinyl on the left side



More heat to help stretch the vinyl into place



A good squeegee technique is critical





Gretchen playing "watch" dog and keeping us company



Extra primer on the top leading edge



Right side done



Another shot of the completed left side



So, both tanks took him approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Next step: he'll cut my custom logos this week. Here's the Photoshopped mock-up of the design I came up with...



More photos and commentary when we apply the new graphics.
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