Heathfield Caravan Park – Transit Custom

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!

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Ripon Farm Services – 100 Years of John Deere – 6250R Wrap

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.

3M 1080 Gloss Green EnvyAs 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.

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HACS Plant Hire – Tractor Wrap – Harrogate

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.

Van Graphics for Beaucare Medical

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.

Even small wrap elements like these require top quality wrapping vinyl if the finished result is going to look great and last and you can read more about the products we use to achieve our wrap results here.

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.

Van Graphics for Weatherhead & Sons Butchers

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The vehicle that provided the initial idea for the client

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.

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Left to right – the three design stages

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.

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Client drawing – guidance always welcome!

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.

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Rear shot of the vehicle