It’s Group Auto & UAN trade show time of year again!
You can see last year’s show report HERE, and see a selection of pictures from this year’s show below. As ever, the exhibition is a heady mix of joinery, print, assembly, graphics application and painting and decorating. AD Bell, in conjunction with select local partners are responsible for the planning and execution from start to finish. Does your current signage supplier have those kind of skills in hand?
As you can see, the Ford Ranger 3.2 is a pretty imposing vehicle from the get-go! When you’ve got something that looks as impressive as this, simple, tasteful graphics can offer a real contrast and look excellent. Less really can be more!
The brief from Robinson’s Lighting and Electrical was simple – name and logo either side. The trick part here is the use of MATT black vinyl to contrast against the gloss black paint of the vehicle. it’s one of those things that you can’t really understand until you see it, as you can here! With the high gloss of the paint acting like a mirror, the matt decals don’t reflect anything at all, so are readable regardless of the lighting conditions – even a sunny day like today! The bright green is the finishing touch – perfect!
We were recently approached by Pateley Bridge based business, Heathfield Caravan Park, to design and install graphics to their new Ford Transit Custom.
The graphics were to feature their logotype in gold metallic vinyl, and then a selection of photos in large circles with “gold” style coloured borders. It’s a relatively simple design but works well due to the dark colour of the vehicle and the high contrast gold and white text.
Even though it’s not strictly speaking a “wrap”, the circles were applied over creases in the panels, so a high quality digital wrapping vinyl was used to avoid any adhesion problems in the future. As you can see, the results speak for themselves – a real “stand out” design!
After our successful tractor wraps for HACS Construction and M. Metcalfe & Sons, we were approached by long time clients of ours, Ripon Farm Services, to wrap a John Deere 6250R to commemorate the 100 years of John Deere celebrations at Newby Hall Tractor Fest in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
As you’ll probably know if you’re reading this, John Deere tractors are green, and RFS wanted a green wrap, but with a twist. After a few tests we chose 3M 1080 Series “Gloss Green Envy” wrapping vinyl, which is a metallic, high gloss green. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to capture the metallic effect with a camera, but if you ever see the tractor out and about, you’ll see just how stunning it really is.
First up as usual is the disassembling of the tractor panels that are to be wrapped. This is a large and usually unseen part of any vehicle wrap. It’s common to see footage of wrappers applying the vinyl, but you never see the careful hours that it takes to remove panels, lights and trim before the wrapping can begin.
Once the wrap was done, we also made some custom gold and black decals to replace the standard yellow and black John Deere stripes and “6250R” text, as well as a “100 years of John Deere” decal, in gold vinyl with a sparkly laminate to match the metallic effect of the green 3M vinyl. It’s subtle, but when the light catches it, it looks amazing.
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!
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.
Beaucare Medical are a local, Harrogate based company that supply hygiene products, nursing supplies and medical consumables to care homes, hospitals and individuals. They do local deliveries and here at Ad Bell we use them for our cleaning and hygiene products so of course, when they needed a sign & graphics company to apply livery to their new vehicle, Ad Bell were always going to be top of the list!
Beaucare Medical have a strong brand with a well thought out logo and colour palette so much of the work was already done for us. However, the vehicle required several elements that needed to be wrapped, so real skill was needed to get the right finished result. As you can see from the closeup photos of the fuel filler flap and the rear quarter, this wasn’t just a simple case of applying text and calling it a day.
The van was brand new and spotlessly clean (the tyres had even been blacked!) and so the finished photos look really sharp as you can see. That said, metallic silver vehicles are notoriously hard to photograph so I don’t think the pics even do it justice, but keep your eye out if you’re round Harrogate way and I’m sure you’ll see it doing the rounds.
When CorCoach approached AdBell for livery to a new vehicle, we had one important question: Do we use the existing logo, or can we try something fresh? Not every client welcomes change, but Andy at CorCoach was more than happy for us to come up with something new. Our design team set to work and came up with a new logo that was modern, fresh and funky, and the perfect place to start for the vinyl graphics on the company vehicle.
We didn’t want to cover the vehicle with anything approaching a vehicle wrap – instead choosing to keep it minimal. The heavily tinted glass panels in the sides and rear of the Citroen looked the perfect place to put the graphics. We knew from experience that the black glass would really make the colours pop – and you can see from the photos that we were right!
The colour scheme is essentially a bright green, white and a dark grey, and depending on the colour of the background the colours can be changed around to suit. On the black glass, the green and white was used for maximum effect. On the doors, the white was changed to the dark grey for a subtler effect. It’s a simple system, and it works well.
Finally, there was the decision to make the text “Harrogate Electric Bikes” every bit as prominent as the logo. Not everyone in Harrogate will have heard of CorCoach, but one look at the company vehicle will leave them in no doubt as to what CorCoach actually do.
When Weatherhead & Sons Butchers got in touch saying they wanted graphics on a new company vehicle, we knew that it was a fantastic opportunity to produce something outstanding.
Andrew Weatherhead had seen an image of an existing van that he liked the look of, so we had a place to start which is always useful from a design standpoint. As with all good vehicle designs, we went through a few stages as the idea developed, before finally reaching the final look. it’s important to take the time to make sure that everyone is happy with the final proof.
The vehicle was to feature a part wrap – covering some of the sides and the full rear in a dark blue wrapping vinyl. This looks really excellent on the silver base, and adds a real touch of class that only a part wrap can add. Of course, as with all colour wraps it’s much more cost effective that a paint job. The company crest was also featured on the sides, rear and bonnet, a stylized image of a highland cow in silver metallic vinyl, and further dark blue/silver text, and finally the Facebook and Twitter social media icons.
Once the graphics were prepared, we collected the vehicle from the supplier and got to work. The wrapping part of jobs like this takes a good few hours, and the vehicle needs to be clean, dry and out of the wind before any work can take place. Using top quality wrapping vinyl (we only use products by 3M and Avery Dennison) makes the job more straightforwards, but wrapping still takes immense skill and patience. Once the wrap was done, the other elements were added and the van was complete.