You’re thinking about getting your personal car wrapped, or you want to wrap your six company vehicles. The last thing you need is a bad wrap that reflects poorly on you. And who wants the hassle of delays, missed appointments, and do-over’s. You really don’t have time to watch somebody else do their work to be sure they’re doing it right. You just want someone to do the job right the first time and on-time.

There is no 100% fool-proof method for determining the ability, expertise, and reliability of a vehicle graphics installer, but by following a few steps, you can be pretty darn certain.

Are They Certified?

There are two primary vehicle graphics installation certification programs. PDAA (Professional Decal Application Alliance), which is administered by SGIA (Specialty Graphics Imaging Association), and UASG (United Application Standards Group), through 3M. Both require extensive training and testing, and there are different levels of certification. For example, PDAA offers both basic and master certification. According to PDAA, “Basic certification accommodates companies that have absolutely no interest in doing vehicle wraps with complex curves.” So be sure you have an application team certified for the type of installation required.

Have You Seen Their Work?

There’s no substitute for reviewing the end product. If the provider is in your vicinity, do they have a facility you can visit? If not, do they have examples of their work in your area, or have they worked with companies familiar to you? You might also ask to see examples of their work online or in a portfolio.

How Experienced Are They?

Not only how long the company has been installing vehicle and fleet graphics, but how long have the installers been applying adhesive vinyl graphics. A new member or trainee on a crew isn’t a bad thing, as long as there is an experienced team leader.

The difference between a professional installation, versus a poorly applied vehicle wrap, or a vehicle out of service for four days when you were told it would take about a day or so, can be disheartening. If you’d like to learn more about vehicle and fleet graphics application, TKO Graphix is a proud master member of PDAA and SGIA, we’ve been at this since 1985. Here’s a partial portfolio.

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