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Old 05-19-2012, 03:42 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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