Azhar Bhamji’s R X-3

BASE: 3M IJ180CV3 (PRINTED) LAM­I­NATE: 3M LUS­TRE

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The prepa­ra­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion for this RX-3 dif­fers from the Audi wrap as it is a dig­i­tally printed graphic. This had to be printed due to the com­plex gra­di­ents and shad­ing that are seen across it. The de­sign file was set up and printed as a sin­gle panel per side on 3M 180C print film, and then lam­i­nated in 3M lus­tre lam­i­nate.

“It makes for a cleaner ap­pear­ance,” ex­plains Tom­mie, con­tin­u­ing: “You don’t get those raised edges from lay­ers upon lay­ers; it’s the only way you can achieve some­thing like the gra­di­ent that the client, Azhar, was after.”

Dig­i­tal prints are slower in terms of prep time as the print­ers are slower than vinyl cut­ters; how­ever, the print­ers do not re­quire an op­er­a­tor to stand and ob­serve the process, it can be set to print and left on its own un­til com­plete. Ap­pli­ca­tion is also faster as you are only applying a sin­gle layer, wherein the the graphic is gen­er­ally taped up to en­sure it is in the cor­rect lo­ca­tion, and then pro­ceed­ing to ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The Audi was more labour in­ten­sive than the RX-3 as you have to prep each in­di­vid­ual layer and ap­ply it in sep­a­rate lay­ers,” says Tom­mie.

A lam­i­nate film is used to seal the me­dia. This is a clear UV pro­tec­tive layer that is ap­plied to the print prior to be­ing ap­plied to the car. Tom­mie ex­plains that when us­ing the cor­rect base and lam­i­nate — ‘match com­po­nents’ as it’s called in the in­dus­try — you gen­er­ally have a three-year war­ranty, although the new Avery prod­ucts are of­fer­ing 5 years on cer­tain prod­ucts when ap­plied cor­rectly.

Although the lam­i­nate films are on top of the base, an ag­gres­sive ad­he­sive is used to en­sure that they do not sep­a­rate. This means that they can­not be re­placed sep­a­rately if the top layer was to get dam­aged.

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