Vika Osipova-May’s Audi S3
BASE: AVERY MPI1105 LAMINATE: 3M METALLIC
Vika is no stranger to wraps on her cars, in the past having had single-colour examples in a couple of different variations. So, when building her latest car, an Audi S3, she wanted a “loud and out there” design with aggressiveness that still had a little feminine touch. A tall order for most; however, Tommie and Vika worked with US-based designer Skepple (Scott) to create an abstract design that incorporated everything she wanted.
“A few different colourways were thrown around. The pink was always in there but it took a while to fine-tune, even on the final visual it was hard to tell if it was going to work or not,” Tommie tells us. “It’s always hard to really know what a finished design is going to look like in reality when staring at a 2D visual. It can also be a costly mistake if you get something wrong here. Thankfully, once we started applying the graphic we could see how awesome it was going to look.”
Each area was broken up into separate panels for printing, with unique graphics created for both sides, the roof, bonnet, and bumpers, all to ensure that the overall design tied together correctly.
“It’s important to think about how you’re going to finish things, as you don’t want to end up with a stripe coming through the wheel well and not lining up or just disappearing,” explains Tommie. “That means contingency is typically built into the design to allow for run off, but it’s also important to not incorporate tricky elements where bumpers meet the guards, etc. If these aren’t right, it can make application difficult or even impossible to get right.”
When printing these graphics, the printer is set to high quality. This ensures that the ink density on the strong vibrant colours is adequate to ensure that the ink does not start to thin out when stretching the vinyl over the panels.
“The Audi took 12–14 hours just to print. It was 20-odd metres of vinyl and would have taken 30–40 hours to apply, including stripping and reassembling the car.”