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Stretching the image?

Discussion in 'Vehicle Graphics' started by Annette Asberg, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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    My client wants his Ford Transit Connect wrapped. As you can see in the photo, the lower part of the body has a number of horizontal grooves. For the wrap to look good I believe I need to stretch the image in Illustrator before I rip and print. Can you give me some tips on how this best is done?
    Is there a formula that can be used to calculate how much "stretch" that needs to be done? Any tips are welcome! Ford.jpg
     
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  2. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Are you serious? Don't worry about it. You are over-thinking the small stuff. STOP IT! Your cast wrap material will stretch into the indentations without issues.
     
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  3. C5 Service&Repair

    C5 Service&Repair Member

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    be sure to post heat after stretching
     
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  4. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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    Thanks I always do
     
  5. JulieS

    JulieS Member

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    Hooray for perfectionism! You go, girl! :)
     
  6. Johnny Best

    Johnny Best Very Active Member

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    If you still feel you need a math formula.a-b= c
    Measure from top to bottom with tape measure, write that down. Now take a strip of masking tape and follow in curves from top to bottom. After you pull it off and adhere it to a flat surface. Measure the length of that. Tape is a, tape measure length is b, a minus b = stretch
     
  7. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Don't worry about it. The material will stretch to fill in those grooves on their own. Only time you'd want to consider this is on a bus or something corrugated.
     
  8. jfiscus

    jfiscus Map Wraster

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    That is not the proper install method for that type of groove. This is more of a bridge, heat, press in type of install as these are not deep grooves so no extra material is required.
     
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