A local HVAC repair company recently contacted Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville to develop a 2017 Ford F250 wrap and graphics package for their new truck. They wanted the truck to provide contact and service information while looking professional and classy at the same time. Vehicle graphics are one of our specialties!
Design and Approval Process
As the client had some time, we set to work designing the graphics solution. We took a few pictures of the truck and loaded them into our design software. We worked with the client to pick fonts that looked right and scaled them to fit the available space.
The HVAC company has a really cool full-color logo, so we included that on the driver and passenger doors. Being able to print graphics allows us to match colors perfectly and include fades and transitions in the graphic design – features that solid color vinyl doesn’t have.
Black lettering and a bright blue phone number on the bed of the truck ensure that all the information is easy to read, even from a long distance away from the truck. We designed a similar set of graphics for the tailgate, including another copy of their color company logo.
In many cases, we complete this design process and e-mail high-resolution images of the proposed solution to the client. Having the owner right here with us saved a lot of time and allowed him to understand the design process better.
Vinyl Printing, Laminating and Cutting
Creating the color logo was the first step of the process. We used our Mutoh VJ-1624X 64-inch vinyl printer to lay down the graphics on 3M vehicle print wrap material. The printer includes three media heaters to help dry the ink quickly and reliably. After giving the graphic a little extra time to cure, we loaded it into our lamination machine and applied a layer of clear vinyl on top. This clear layer adds durability to the artwork and helps to prevent the lettering from fading under the sun’s harsh UV rays. The last step was to load the color graphics into our vinyl plotter to cut out around the lettering for a clean and tidy look.
We cut the black and blue graphics from 3M vehicle wrap vinyl on the same plotter. After that, we start a process called weeding. Weeding is simple but can be time-consuming. We have to remove the vinyl around the lettering that won’t be on the vehicle. Making sure we get things like the center of Os, Ps and As is crucial. Once done, we apply transfer tape to the vinyl so we can peel it off the backing and apply it to the vehicle.
Ford F250 Wrap Preparation
With the graphics ready to apply, it was time to wash the truck thoroughly and remove any grease or wax from the paint surface. Thorough cleaning and preparation ensure everything will lay flat and adhere well. As this truck is fairly new, we didn’t need to clay-bar the paint to remove embedded debris that can cause air pockets. We carefully measured and marked the location for the graphics, then applied them using a squeegee to remove air bubbles. Once the graphics were smooth, we removed the transfer tape.
Custom Graphics Project by Audio Designs and Custom Graphics
With the graphics applied, it was time to turn this Ford F250 wrap project back over to the client. He loved the simple design and how the logo popped on the side of the truck. We explained how best to care for the new graphics to make sure they last.
If you have a corporate vehicle and are interested in custom graphics to help advertise your company’s services or want your personal vehicle to stand out in a crowd, drop into Audio Designs and Custom Graphics in Jacksonville and speak with our sales and design team. We’d be happy to help develop a marketing solution that tells your story.
For more information on our graphics offerings, give us a call at 904-333-2322 or send us an e-mail using our online contact page. We look forward to working with you soon!