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At LearnToWrapCars.com, car-wrap installer Justin Pate offers three vehicle-graphics installation DVDs in its “Techniques and Tips” series: “Vehicle Graphics Installations” (144 minutes) covers tools, workspace, hardware removal, safety and more, including Pate’s UGIS (Universal Graphics Installation System); “Advanced Wrapping” (118 minutes) covers how to wrap the more complex aspects of vehicles; Pate addresses: cutting perfect corners, door handles, mirrors, wheel wells, antennae, rubber molding, bumpers, and problem solving; and “Speedwrapping” (94 minutes) is geared to help the entire shop; included in this DVD is a segment on fleet wrapping. Pate also offers live workshops: the Avery-Mutoh School of Wrap workshops (see Avery or Mutoh listings here), as well as the Supreme Wrapping Films Workshop (see Avery listing).
LexJet (www.lexjet.com) has partnered with Canon for free two-day workshops addressing inkjet printing workflow for a variety of applications, including digital photography and fine art as well as sign and display. A workshop in Melville, New York, will take place October 22 (other workshops have taken place in Irvine, California, and Irving, Texas); LexJet reports that it is tentatively planning similar workshops in 2014. In addition, the online Learning Center from LexJet offers various educational guides as free downloads, including: “An Application Guide to Floor and Carpet Graphics,” “How to Create a Wall Mural,” “Increase Revenue by Offering Banner Stands,” “Coating, Stretching and Wrapping Canvas,” and others.
The Install Nation is Lowen Corporation’s (www.lowencertified.com) installation testing facility in Hutchinson, Kansas. Each station at the 3M-Authorized facility was laid out with the student and their learning experience in mind, reports Lowen; the custom stations include compound curves, marine, rough wall, and fleet. The facility offers Lowen Certified/3M Preferred Graphics Installers Prep Training as well as a 3-Day Prep/2-Day Wrap Training Combo Class every month in 2013 (see website for dates).
Lowen Certified is its certification program aimed at vehicle wraps and related digital graphics. Installers can pursue these designations: Vehicle Wrap Installation Professional, Fleet Graphics Installation Professional, Rough Wall Installation Professional, On Premise Graphics Installer, and Lowen Certified Expert Installer. The certification status is portable.