When you want to change the base colour of a car, van or in this case tractor, you have two options. You can respray the vehicle, or you can wrap it. Here we look at a green John Deere tractor bought by HACS Plant Hire, who wanted the colour changing from green to orange as per their company colours. Wrapping such a complex series of panels, louvres and shapes is difficult as you can imagine, but using the best signmaking materials (in this case Avery Supreme Wrapping Film) and skilled staff, excellent results can be achieved. Don’t forget to check out our vehicle wrapping page!

They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here they are!

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Work starts on the entire front section of the tractor. Here the deep side louvres have the inside faces wrapped.
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The side louvres being wrapped, from another angle. Careful cutting is required to get the orange right up to the edge.
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Careful trimming of the deep side louvres. As you know, sticking your tongue out ensures a better finish…
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Applying small re-cut pieces of orange wrapping vinyl to the inside faces of the louvres. You can’t see it in the photo, but he is definitely sticking his tongue out.
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Using a squeegee to get right into the corners. Wrapping vinyl is all about pressure and heat, with pressure being used to give the first stage of proper adhesion, and heat being the second.
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Closeup of the deep side louvres with orange wrap to the inside faces, all trimmed perfectly flush. When the large face of the panel is wrapped it will make a seamless orange covering.

 

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A rear wheel arch/mudguard section ready to be wrapped. The orange film is measured up and cut roughly to size, held above in position, and then laid in place.
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The orange wrapping film being loosely draped over the mudguard. Wrapping vinyl does not have a high initial tack, so the vinyl can easily be re positioned at this point.
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A quick positional adjustment before being dropped fully into position. Again, low tack wrapping film makes adjustment possible.
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Another slightly smaller section of bodywork showing the wrapping vinyl once it has been dropped into position. Looks frightening, but that’s the magic of quality wrapping film! 🙂
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Using heat and pressure, the creases and ripples are steadily removed, firstly smoothing the vinyl out over the large flat areas… Note the special frictionless glove used for vinyl application.
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…. with the recesses and details being done afterwards. Any holes are also trimmed out to allow the edges of the holes to be wrapped right around the back of the panel..
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Edges are heated and wrapped round the back of the panel for a perfect “paint like” finish all round. Skilled use of the heatgun is important to get just the right amount of heat where it’s required.
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The front section around the grill was very complicated and took a great deal of time and precision to get spot on.
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Top, face and underside are all done separately, with the top and bottom pieces being wrapped right round the back for a perfect finish with no green paint showing.
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More edge work on a large separate panel. The heat is used to give high adhesion so that the wrapping film stays put over time.
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The large flat sides of the tractor being smoothed into position using a squeegee. This large area will mate up with the pre-wrapped louvres when the recesses are trimmed out.
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Careful finger technique used to apply the large section of wrapping film around the side louvres

Once everything is wrapped, further application of heat is required to provide the final stage of adhesion for the wrapping film. It has low initial tack to allow it to be re positioned (and to work around complex shapes) but this means that the final heating stage is very important, as without it the vinyl does not stick properly.

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The finished tractor showing the orange wrap along with additional HACS and John Deere decals over the top.
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The finished tractor front section, with HACS logo and chevrons, as well as matching John Deere decals, custom designed and applied over the top of the wrap.

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