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2008 Vehicle Graphics Contest — Signshop Vehicles

These winning shops proudly trumpet their services on the road.

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First Place

McClure wanted this wrap to convey an edgy appearance – simulated paint splashes and body scratches certainly fit the bill. To compose the wrap, Sinek used Adobe’s Photoshop® and Illustrator® software to compose the graphics and verified color profiles with Onyx Graphics’ ProductionHouse™ RIP. After having prepped the Chevy S-10’s surface with 3M™’s Primer 94, the shop output the wrap with its Mimaki JV3 solvent-ink printer using DuraSol inks with 3M’s Controltac™ with Comply® air-egress film, which is protected with 3M’s 8518 gloss-finish overlaminate.

Second Place

This project underscores a wrap’s potential impact; a 1994 Toyota Celica instantly transforms into a head-turner. Starting with a Celica template from Digital Designware’s Pro Vehicle Outlines software program, the Bechers developed the wrap using SA Intl.’s Flexi™ Pro 8.5 and Photoshop software. They output the wrap using Oracal’s 3951-RA vehicle-wrap film with air-release technology on its Mutoh ValuJet 1304 printer. Oracal’s 290F clear, cast overlaminate film shields the wrap from the elements.

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Third Place

The Sign Factory crew aptly touts Autoskinz, its shop’s vehicle-wraps division, with this straightforward message. The design process entailed finetuning the artwork with Photoshop, Illustrator and Flexi Designer software. With the shop’s Mimaki JV3 solvent-ink printer, which employs SS2 inks, they output the wrap with Oracal’s 3951-RA film and 290F overlaminate, and installed the wrap with felt squeegees and propane torches.

Honorable Mention

Transit Vehicle Winners

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