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Question auto wrap, door edges cut or wrap?

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by petepaz, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    let me start by saying wrapping vehicles is not my specialty i only do like 1 or two a year with that said.....when you wrap car/truck doors its always tough to get in hinge area of the door (real tight squeeze) so i googled this to see what others do and i saw a couple guys just cut the edge flush with the edge of the door line. i normally put adhesive promoter on the edge both on the outside area and as best i can on the inside area then i will wrap roughly 3/4" of vinyl around the edge and i slap some edge sealer on the inside over the edge. haven't had any failures that i know of but it would definitely be easier to just trim the edge flush so wanted to see what you people who do wraps all the time do?

    i guess this question can apply to any hard to reach area
     
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  2. Alex modern

    Alex modern New Member

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    If its colour change then wrap it round anything other than that just trim flush i would say
     
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  3. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

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    It all depends on what your doing. If your doing a color change that yes, wrap around the door. If your just doing a work vehicle we usually just cut flush with the door.
     
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  4. letterman7

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    Not wrapping, but lots of municipal graphics. I try to wrap the edge; I'll cut down the center of the gap and wrap what's left. Those door hinge areas.. sometimes you can reach through the open door to the front and work your fingers along the edge. Not easy and not on all vehicles, but that's my go-to method.
     
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    myront CorelDRAW is best

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  6. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    ^ Ohhh... yep, gotta get one...
     
  7. crystalcoastgraphics

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    As others have said if color change, wrap the little more. If commercial, angle blade away from door and cut flush. Will give you just enough with the angled blade to cover most all the existing color
     
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  8. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Very Active Member

    I love tools and that's a nice tool but you can do the same thing with a regular knife and very little practice. Concentrate on putting pressure on the plastic or metal part of the blade holder. It will self center and the blade follows behind cutting the vinyl.

    With a little practice you can save a lot of money.
     
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  9. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Very Active Member

    Typically the image below shows how I trim a commercial printed wrap. For color changes you work each vehicle panel separately and wrap allot more edges. If you do wrap edges you need a 1/4" to make sure it will hold especially if it is under stress.
    Trimming.jpg
     
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  10. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

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    thanks
     
  11. letterman7

    letterman7 Very Active Member

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    :) My hands aren't as steady as they used to be. With layered municipal graphics (reflective etc) it's sometimes hard to see the exact center of the gap, even if it's "pushed" inwards. I'd rather have an "edge" in cutting if I can get it.
     
  12. #JLo'sGraphics

    #JLo'sGraphics New Member

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    Use a little heat from a heat gun and press in grove with finger to make it more visible to cut.
     
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