How to Find the Best Vehicle Graphics Installers

How to Find the Best Vehicle Graphics Installers

You’re thinking about getting your personal car wrapped, or you want to wrap your six company vehicles. The last thing you need is a bad wrap that reflects poorly on you. And who wants the hassle of delays, missed appoint­ments, and do-over’s. You really don’t have time to watch somebody else do their work to be sure they’re doing it right. You just want someone to do the job right the first time and on-time.

There is no 100% fool-proof method for deter­min­ing the ability, expertise, and reli­a­bil­ity of a vehicle graphics installer, but by following a few steps, you can be pretty darn certain.

Are They Certified?

There are two primary vehicle graphics instal­la­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion programs. PDAA (Pro­fes­sional Decal Appli­ca­tion Alliance), which is admin­is­tered by SGIA (Specialty Graphics Imaging Asso­ci­a­tion), and UASG (United Appli­ca­tion Standards Group), through 3M. Both require extensive training and testing, and there are different levels of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. For example, PDAA offers both basic and master cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. According to PDAA, “Basic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion accom­mo­dates companies that have absolutely no interest in doing vehicle wraps with complex curves.” So be sure you have an appli­ca­tion team certified for the type of instal­la­tion required.

Have You Seen Their Work?

There’s no sub­sti­tute for reviewing the end product. If the provider is in your vicinity, do they have a facility you can visit? If not, do they have examples of their work in your area, or have they worked with companies familiar to you? You might also ask to see examples of their work online or in a portfolio.

How Expe­ri­enced Are They?

Not only how long the company has been installing vehicle and fleet graphics, but how long have the installers been applying adhesive vinyl graphics. A new member or trainee on a crew isn’t a bad thing, as long as there is an expe­ri­enced team leader.

The dif­fer­ence between a pro­fes­sional instal­la­tion, versus a poorly applied vehicle wrap, or a vehicle out of service for four days when you were told it would take about a day or so, can be dis­heart­en­ing. If you’d like to learn more about vehicle and fleet graphics appli­ca­tion, TKO Graphix is a proud master member of PDAA and SGIA, we’ve been at this since 1985. Here’s a partial portfolio.

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About Randy Clark

Randy Clark is the Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, where he regularly blogs for TKO's Brandwire. Randy is passionate about social media, leadership development, and flower gardening. He is a beer geek and, on weekends, he fronts the rock band, Under The Radar. He is the proud father of one educator, one principal, has four amazing grandchildren, and a public speaker wife who puts up with him. His twitter handle is: @randyclarktko, Facebook: Randy Clarktko, Google+: Randy Clark on G+
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