RideWrap Releases Super Cutter Dealer Software

RideWrap announced the launch of software for the bike frame and fork protection industry.

“Our Super Cutter software is an on-site, on-demand bike protection kit cutting solution for use in bike shops, PPF/tint shops, bike manufacturing facilities, sign shops, mobile bike service businesses or any place that is looking to offer kit creation and installation service to customers,” the release states.

Patterns are carefully designed to suit all types of bicycle frames and forks, including mountain bikes, e-bikes, fat bikes, road bikes, gravel bikes and commuters, according to the release.

Film Companies Celebrate Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day packed with family, football, and, of course, a copious supply of cooked and baked goods. As the holiday season begins, film companies prepare for an end-of-year push with rest and reflection on what they’re most thankful for.

Ricky Gomez says his company, Eclipse Window Tint and PPF in Sturgis, Mich., will be open both Thursday and Friday.

Open or Closed?

“We are closed Thursday and Friday to give our team that time to spend with their families,” says David Francis, owner of Finishing Touch Detailing and Paint Correction in Maryville, Tenn. “We are closed every major holiday because we believe a balance of work and home life is essential.”

Tyler Robinson, XPEL brand ambassador and installer at XPEL’s corporate shop in San Antonio, says he’s most thankful for the growth his location has seen over the last five years. “We are closed Thanksgiving and Black Friday,” he says. “It’s that time of the year when everyone needs to take a break, get together with family and be thankful for what we have and the future ahead.”

Jordan Cope, shop manager at Ciocca Corvette in Atlantic City, N.J., says his team will rest on Thanksgiving and return for Black Friday.

“I’m thankful to be in an industry that is growing with people willing to help each other,” Cope says. “We work in a tough industry where each of us runs into complications as installers, but there has never been a shortage of veterans willing to help and share information.”

Like Cope, Ryan Williams, owner of Bare Knuckles Automotive in LaGrange, Ga., is thankful for helping hands.

“This industry has been unlike a lot of industries I’ve been in,” Williams says. “There is always someone willing to give advice and help without expectation— and I try to do the same.”

Ricky Gomez of Eclipse Window Tint and PPF in Sturgis, Mich., chimed in, saying, “I firmly believe there are some great people out there who are willing to help when needed. Some of these groups on social media have changed the industry by showing their support to small guys like me who keep learning every day, and I’m grateful for them.”

Thanksgiving Favorites

Check out each film professional’s favorite Thanksgiving dishes below, and share yours in the comment section.

Ryan Williams, owner of Bare Knuckles Automotive in LaGrange, Ga. – “Dressing because it’s dressing—all of the carbs and flavor.”

Jordan Cope, shop manager at Ciocca Corvette in Atlantic City, N.J. – “I love all parts of my Thanksgiving dinner, and I’m a big turkey guy, but I always save some room for my holiday desserts. Pumpkin and pecan pies are family staples and the definite topper for our holiday.”

David Francis, owner of Finishing Touch Detailing and Paint Correction in Maryville, Tenn. – “My favorite Thanksgiving dish isn’t a dish at all—cold leftover turkey the day after. I grew up on the road; I played professional baseball for five years and travel ball my whole life. Leftovers are my preference always.”

Ricky Gomez of Eclipse Window Tint and PPF in Sturgis, Mich. – “I love roast turkey, with stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn—and we cannot forget the cranberry juice.”

Tyler Robinson, XPEL brand ambassador and installer at XPEL’s corporate shop in San Antonio – “My favorite thanksgiving dish would either be my mom’s baked corn or broccoli casserole.”

East Lin, president of 405 Motoring and Detail Union in Inglewood, Calif. – “Instead of a traditional turkey dinner, which I’ve yet to experience even though I grew up here, I typically celebrate Thanksgiving with a Chinese-style hot pot.”

All Gas, No Brakes

Finishing Touch Detailing and Paint Correction in Maryville, Tenn., will be closed Thursday and Friday.

“We will be open,” Gomez says. “Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for entrepreneurs as it is the start of the craziest shopping frenzy of the year. As a small business owner, I believe this is a great opportunity for our shop to draw more traffic and position it to boost engagement and increase sales with things like gift certificates, Black Friday deals and bundle packages.”

East Lin, president of 405 Motoring and Detail Union in Inglewood, Calif., says business will cease during Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

“I’m thankful for a strong team in this labor market,” Lin says. “I have 20 dedicated technicians that make up the company.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

PPFMag wishes its readers a healthy and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. Our entire team is thankful for your constant support.

Wrap of the Week: 3M 2080 Series Gloss Plum Explosion

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE erupts on the racetrack, generating 650 horsepower from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. The car’s externals now match its awe-inspiring internals after Sergey Yakobchak of New Layer Customs in Troy, Mich., applied 3M’s 2080 Series Gloss Plum Explosion Wrapping film to the exterior.

3M’s 2080 Series Gloss Plum Explosion Wrapping film pops.

“Doing color change wraps is always more satisfying than any other film-related services,” says Yakobchak, who took home Silver in the Paint Protection Film (PPF) Division at the 21st Annual International Window Film Conference and Tint-Off™. “I love seeing clients’ faces when they pick up the vehicle. Even stealth (matte) PPF doesn’t have this effect—it feels like you’re picking up a new car.”

From start to finish, the project lasted a week. The client wanted a new color—a clean look that stands out without excessive flash.

“The job itself wasn’t too hard,” Yakobchak says. “The only complication we had was film rubbing on each other where the bumper and fender meet; we had to put fabric washers between the panes to increase the gap. But it was a fairly straightforward and smooth process.”

The wrap provides the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with extra flare.

Submit Your Wrap

I discovered the most recent wrap of the week at the 2022 SEMA Show, where STEK unveiled its brand new protective wrap on a BMW M4 Competition turned pickup truck. Check out the first two featured wraps below, and reach out to me at ccollier@glass.com to submit your entry.

Wrap of the Week: 14 Shades of Challenger

Wrap of the Week: STEK’s Dyno Blue Chrome PPF

The Camaro was black to start, providing a template for a distinct color shift.

“Imagine dropping off a black car and picking up this bright purple beast,” Yakobchak says. “The client was blown away, and he loved it. When he stopped by for a two-week inspection, he said he got tons of compliments at car shows and car meets.”

Avery Dennison Named as Newest Member of Vinyl Sustainability Council

The Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry, has welcomed Avery Dennison as its newest member. VSC membership is reserved for organizations taking a leadership role to advance sustainability throughout the vinyl industry, according to the council.

“Collaborating with leaders of different sectors within the vinyl industry is a driving factor in our success at the VSC, and we’re excited to see how Avery Dennison contributes to advancing our collective sustainability goals,” says Jay Thomas, VSC executive director. “Based on their expertise and their product array, Avery Dennison touches so many other industries. Their participation in our ongoing effort is welcome.”

“Joining the VSC provides us with a great opportunity to drive more ecosystem engagement. We’re looking forward to gaining a better understanding of what drivers impact sustainable change for PVC and how that impacts our graphic materials industry,” adds Cassandra Yu, segment development manager at Avery Dennison Graphics. “We are looking forward to learning ways we can leverage and advance material change through innovation and service development.”