Congratulations to Rich Novia and Mike Waggoner on receiving their Avery Dennison wrap certification—or as Rich calls it, their “Master’s degree in wrapping.” This certification means that Rich and Mike have gone through various courses with wrapping experts and taken a ten-page comprehensive exam. It also means that we can stick these nifty “CWI certified” icons on our website you may have seen.
Hurray for certification!
They are now officially deemed qualified Avery Dennison master wrap installers! Woot! According to Mike, a lot of the information they already knew through years of hands-on training: “once you get your hands on the vinyl it becomes pretty intuitive,” but he thought that the courses helped them “polish stuff [they] had come to know and understand through experience.” Mike thought the training on heating and stretching techniques was particularly helpful, and Rich liked the classes that helped him perfect wrapping intricate details like car handles and antennae.
On October 15, 2012 Mike and Rich got to attend a private installation class taught by Justin Pate, a world-renowned wrap specialist and an official representative of Avery Dennison and 3M products. Justin lives in Europe but travels the world working in vinyl wrap and training others to become master wrap installers. Rich has tried to take a class from him every year that he has worked at 12-Point SignWorks, and both he and Mike have taken other wrap certification courses before.
I caught Rich in the middle of wrapping and pulled Mike over to get a pic. Ain't they cute, folks?
Some of the special training they’ve done includes how to do solid color change wraps, how to use chrome, satin, and matte vinyl—and basically how to get vinyl onto any surface they can think of! Some of their favorite wrapping projects have been wrapping luxury cars for professional athletes and celebrities, wrapping racing seats, and wrapping a wall for a LIDS store inside of the A-Game training facility, to name only a few. Rich says he is particularly interested in starting to incorporate wrapping into the architectural signage 12-Point SignWorks produces. Maybe wrapping a dimensional sign for a pet store in a vinyl that looks like fish scales or snakeskin, maybe using matte black over aluminum to create a more cost-effective dimensional sign for a local restaurant, in any case “It makes us more versatile,” he says.
We’re very proud of our team and encourage them to continue training and growing to become the best at what they do. If you're interested in looking to get your own vinyl wrapping project done, contact the pros at 12-Point SignWorks to get started.
Call us now at 615-595-6564 or feel free to use the button above to submit some preliminary information to us. Our studio is located near I-65 in the happy and historic city of Franklin TN.