Graphic Installations

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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The technology used in graphic installations has dramatically improved over the last 15 years. Many improvements in materials, printing technology, and inks have come very recently, leading to a boom in novel graphic installation techniques. Among these are the popular techniques of vehicle wrapping and window installations.

Simplifying Graphic Installations with Technology

Vinyl and adhesives have grown drastically easier to use in the last few years. Self-adhesive vinyl and pressure sensitive adhesives have made graphic installations much easier to handle, whether it be indoor, outdoors, or on a vehicle. By using these new kinds of vinyl, graphic installers can adjust graphics before final placement without marring the graphic or the surface.

Many large graphic installations on cars or other vehicles are vehicle wraps. Wraps are images that are printed on thin sheets of vinyl and affixed to the surface of a vehicle to create a seamless graphic image. The vinyl is extremely durable: despite its thickness, it can last as long as three years without leaving residue on the vehicle, and protect the vehicle's surface from scratches and other marks.

Some vehicle wraps also use technology common in window graphic installations. For many window graphics, custom graphics shops print onto a perforated vinyl that allows those inside of the vehicle to see out without allowing those outside to see in. Instead, those on the outside are presented with a colorful graphic or photo-realistic image.


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