The Car is Your Canvas

By Chris Collier

Summer is in full swing, and auto enthusiasts are revving their engines and hitting the road— with their latest vinyl-wrapped masterpieces. Stroll through the gallery to scan what you could see heating up streets in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Florida.

Tint By Tyler, Lakeland, Fla.

“This is a 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty,” says Tyler Gilliard, owner/founder of Tint By Tyler. “On paper, nothing out of the ordinary, right? But that’s about the only thing ordinary about this truck. From the wild, Bane-mask-looking brush guard, the 10-inch lift and large wheel/tire combo, the hood with its tall and steep scoops and add-on door paneling, it quickly became an experience. It was a lot of climbing up and down, working around the brush guard and extra disassembly.”

“The color inspiration of [3M Wrap Film 2080-S10, Satin White] was the customer’s choice,” Gilliard adds. “But I was given some freedom to incorporate some of the gloss black into the wrap, such as the center stripe between the hood scoops and small trims in the grill section.”

Southern Customs, Ellijay, Ga.

Southern Customs’ business motto is “Endless Creativity,” a fitting
description of this project. Owner Kris Fonteboa leaned on Hexis, Kay Premium Marking Films (KPMF) and Orafol’s products.

“The fleet of vehicles was done in contour-cut spot graphics to advertise the client’s business,” Fonteboa says. “We enjoy mixing media with matte, satin and gloss finishes, along with reflective and textured vinyl. Using various quality products creates unique finishes and details that can only be achieved with wrap products.”

Oakes Detail, West Chester, Pa.

“We have taken care of this Lamborghini Aventador Roadster since 2014 when it was new,” says Nick Oakes, owner/founder of Oakes Detail. “It came to us with a poorly-installed paint protection film [PPF] job to redo. After a few years in storage with us, we had initially changed the look with a satin chrome wrap throughout, using some areas of the car’s original color as accents.”

“That wrap lasted the past three years, and it was time for a new look,” he adds. “We wanted something bold but not “in your face” like the previous raw aluminum can look. After much deliberation and after having previously wrapped our team member’s BMW S1000RR in gloss 3M Psychedelic Flip, I felt the matte version would highlight the aggressive body lines of the Aventador.”

“It gives it a stealth look out of direct light and something you don’t see once that sun comes out to shine. It’s loud when you want it but understated when you’re out to dinner—ironic when referencing an Aventador,” he concludes.

New Layer Customs, Troy, Mich.

Sergey Yakobchak, owner of New Layer Customs, subcontracted vinyl
wrap designer Skepple to design a memorable wrap for this now-beaming Porsche 911 Turbo S. Constructed for the goldRush Rally, a nationwide drive featuring luxury and exotic vehicles, Yakobchak used Avery Dennison’s MPI 1105 Wrapping Series with gloss laminate to get the job done.

“It was a tough install,” Yakobchak says. “I had to line up all those lines, which was a complete nightmare. But it turned out great.”

Chris Collier is the assistant editor for PPFMag. Connect with him on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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