Wrap Like A Pro – now that’s a wrap

A class of ten guys, most already installing vinyl, but not wraps, all want to learn wraps to expand their capabilities. After two days of training none claim to be experts, but they have learned a lot of techniques the pros use. Now it’s time to practice, practice, practice.

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They listened, watched, learned and most important, got in and tried it out. They completed a full wrap, for most of them, their first. It wasn’t perfect, but a great first effort!

Busy day at ImageOne Impact

I had a busy and productive day at ImageOne Impact with Dave and Frank setting up for this week’s wrap classes.  Thanks for all your help guys!

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We have two cars to wrap,  some sweet Avery Supreme Wrap colors and a “wrap lift” (and many other cool new tools). Stay tuned for more updates.

Great Big Thanks!

Thanks to everyone who has already visited my new re-designed website and “liked” my new Facebook page for the business, Rob Ivers Inc. It’s been a struggle with a big learning curve, but you all make it worthwhile. Yesterday I had only 6 “likes” and due your amazing support it’s up to 86. I like it!

Friends and family, you are officially off the hook now. But, for all in my industry I hope this is just a new beginning. Please check back often as my plan is to start posting a lot of good information, installation tips and industry events. Keep an eye out for tweets, shares and the likes as we all try to learn more about this car wrapping profession together.

Introducing my new website

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new blog! This is just an introductory post so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I decided to start a blog because I want to share my knowledge and experience with the graphic installation industry, especially those just starting out.

Over the next few months I plan to be writing and sharing posts about graphic installation steps and techniques,  tools and how to use them. I’ll also keep you filled in on my upcoming training classes.

That’s it for now! If you’d like to be kept updated with my posts “Like” this post or subscribe to my blog.

The Graphic Installers Handbook (Cincinnati, Ohio: ST Media Group International, 2011)

Rob Ivers shares his stories, tips, tricks, and techniques on the successful art of graphic installation.

My book, The Graphic Installers Handbook is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to graphics installation available, a must-have for beginners and seasoned professionals alike. The illustrated handbook takes an in-depth look at every aspect of graphics installation:

  • Surface preparation
  • Placement / alignmentRob Ivers shares his stories, tips, tricks, and techniques on the successful art of graphic installation.
  • Squeegee Technique
  • Application
  • Trimming
  • Finishing

You’ll also learn about:

  • Vinyl selection
  • Design and graphic production
  • Rivets and complex shapes
  • Project specific applications
  • Roll striping, removal and more …
Learn more

 

Back in the good old days …

Have you ever heard someone say, “back in the good old days” or “those were the days” and then begin romanticizing  about the past? Or like me you’ve done it yourself – maybe hundreds of times.

 

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The older I get the more it seems to come to mind, how much better you think things were back then. And some things probably were better, like this old car. They don’t make them like THAT anymore!  On the other hand, do you really want to give up your big screen HD TV? Or your cell phone? Probably not.

It comes down to we like the changes we like, but we want things to be the way they used to be when we don’t like the changes. Well, I’m having to face up to the realities that I need a newer, more modern, website and that I need to begin utilizing social media to advance my business. And I don’t like it. I resisted as long as I could, but I know it has to happen and it’s painful. I’m once again buying and having to learn a whole new software.

Please bear with me as I make these changes. In the end you should see some awesome new content, a website that reacts to and displays much better on all your devices. Maybe you’ll look at it one day soon and say, “now that’s a slick ride website”, and I’ll know I made a wise choice.

Just when I think I’m special and that my problems are unique – that the tumultuous times I live in are changing too fast, I read this; Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”  And that quote by Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7:10 was written around 935 B.C.

The rest of the verse is “For it is not wise to ask such questions.” And I thought it was only my generation that felt this way. Seems like it goes back thousands of years. Better to take Solomon’s advice (after all he was known for his wisdom) and not dwell on the past. What changes or business improvements have you been resisting or procrastinating? Maybe it’s time to fire up your old enthusiasm and give it a cruise around the block.