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Paterson’s Shredder Wrap
One of the largest vinyl stickers in Dundee.
Waste disposal operators, Patersons Skip Hire are based in Dundee and director, Kerr Paterson continually invests in his business. A waste shredder was purchased to increase the site’s efficiency as its site is gradually expanding.
Big bucket loads drop all types of waste products into the top of the shredder. The waste is filtered through huge rotating teeth and then spat out of the back of the machine. The shredder has a hard life in this environment because stray objects can fall from the buckets and damage the sides. Therefore, it’s sensible to protect the panels.
Vinyl wrap protection
Machines in similar environments are wrapped with transparent vinyl. The wrap protects the panels from scrapes and scratches by reducing the likelihood of damage to the panels. The resale value is higher, as well as making it easier to refurbish.
Kerr was keen to protect his investment and he had an idea. Why not wrap the shredder to look like the rest of his fleet? Kerr thought, who makes big vinyl stickers in Dundee?
Sticky black plastic
Options are available for wrapping vehicles of this size in black vinyl. However, selecting a robust, yet conformable black vinyl would be essential for the project.
I sourced a vehicle wrap vinyl which can be moulded over slightly curved surfaces. Although the majority of the machine’s panels are flat, most vehicle wrap vinyl is thicker than standard vinyl. Therefore, better protection was achieved with a thicker vinyl film. Once wrapped in black, the shredder would also identify with the rest of the fleet.
Measuring the box
The black vinyl is supplied in roll widths of 1520mm. The shredder’s largest panels exceed the roll width size, so planning where the segments of vinyl would be placed helped disguise the overlapped edges.
In total, thirty metres of vinyl was ordered, which was just enough to transform the machine’s factory colour.
Preparing to apply
The shredder was delivered to Smeaton Plant Hire’s premises on the outskirts of Dundee. Graeme Smeaton kindly leant his large, warm shed for the project. Graeme’s shed provided enough space to cut the large segments of vinyl off of the rolls, as well as ample space to work around the shredder.
In addition to segmenting each piece, I clean as I go. This helps minimise mishaps or overestimate when measuring.
The manufacturer’s decals were also removed before the black vinyl was applied.
The air vents at the back of both sides were tackled first. The vents are too deep and awkwardly shaped for moulding vinyl inside. Portions of vinyl were carefully measured, cut and applied individually to each recessed outlet.
The big vinyl stickers were then positioned on each flat panel before being firmly applied. Each segment was trimmed and heated on all exposed edges. The heating process enables the vinyl to bond securely.
The angled panels near the drop zone are at the most risk of damage. The panels had a double skin of vinyl applied to provide more protection from stray objects dropping into the shredder.
Contour cut graphics
Finally, Paterson’s recognisable livery was applied to both large side panels. Not to mention the manufacturer’s replacement decals. Safety instructions were also secured onto the machine for operatives.
Vehicle graphics are a wise investment for businesses. The shredder’s livery advertises whilst it’s on site, hired out and hauled elsewhere.
It’s a wrap
The entire application took me alone, approximately twenty five hours over two days. The end result was fantastic. The shredder lives in Kerr’s yard and is hard to miss.
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