Eight vehicle-graphics projects that are wrapped and ready to hit the road.
By Clare Baker
In creating the graphics for the initial wrap, APE Wraps based the design and color-a candy-apple green that is a close match to Krohn’s factory paint-on the racing team’s prototype car in the Le Mans Series. The files were generated in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. APE Wraps then mapped the F430 and the graphics were sized and paneled to fit the car. "After all the mapping was done," says Troy Downey, owner of APE Wraps, "this project was fairly straightforward as it was primarily a blackout application, with the exception of overlays and the blue style points."
For final output, APE Wraps alternated between using its Seiko ColorPainter 64 and its Hewlett-Packard Designjet 9000, depending on which printer was available at the time. For the most recent wrap done for Le Mans, this happened to be the HP Designjet 9000. Print time was an estimated 8 hours for each job. Each wrap was output onto Avery MPI 1005 EZ RS; totaling about 415 sq ft. The graphics were finished with Avery DOL 1000 laminate using an AGL laminator and were cut with a Summa D1600SL Cutter; finishing took 3 hours for each wrap. Installation took two APE Wraps employees 8 to 12 hours. "Installation [times for] these types of vehicles can vary depending on the state of body panels at race preparation time," says Downey.
In business since 2003, APE Wraps has six employees and utilizes an 8000-sq-ft facility. In that short time, the shop has established a name for itself as a leader in vehicle wraps and custom graphics and continues, with each new job, to race toward success.
While the argument can be made that the excitement of baseball’s Opening Day is rooted in a team and a city’s past traditions, there is also a thrill to be found in the start of a brand new season. Fresh paint, fresh Cracker Jacks perhaps, fresh starts, and-as was the case with the Pittsburgh Pirates this past April-fresh vehicle wraps.