Hi everyone, welcome back to our blog! Today’s topic of conversation is going to be the process of designing a goalie mask wrap. We’ll get into all the details like how the design is done, what materials we use, how the wrap is installed, and more. If you’re unfamiliar with what I’m talking about, let me catch you up to speed. A goalie mask wrap is a sticker-like product that gets installed on a mask or helmet to create a personalized effect without ruining the overall design and coating of the mask.
Step 1 : How the design comes to life. We work with a professional artist who’s been designing these masks for us for years. With the designing process, you can design the mask yourself, you can send us your ideas and we’ll help bring those ideas to life. If you choose to have our artist design your mask, the process usually takes approx. 5 business days. The time it takes to design the mask includes a revision should you want to change anything.
Step 2 : Once the entire design is approved, it gets sent to us for printing! We print the mask design on a material called 3M Controltac Adhesive Vinyl. 3M Controltac minimizes the initial contact area of the adhesive and allows the applicator to reposition the film during application. Essentially this allows us to apply the design in a way without damaging either the design or the mask. Another product that gets installed to protect the design is a matching 3M laminate. It goes on top of the printed material to give it another layer of protection.
Step 3 : When the printing process is done, its time to prep the mask for installation! This is really like a mini step in the whole process but it still counts, right? We like to prep and prime the mask before installation to ensure its protected, not that any damage will be caused but its better to be safe than sorry.
Step 4 : Installation time! This is where the fun happens. Once step 3 is complete, its time to get the adhesive ready and prep our work station with everything we’ll need. That includes any tools we may need like a squeegee and a heat gun. The heat gun allows us to heat the vinyl to stretch it out for an easier application. The installation process is very detailed and can take a couple hours sometimes. Depending on the way the mask and the design itself its designed, sometimes the vinyl wrap is even applied in sections.
Step 5 : Seal and Finish! We’re down to the last few steps. Now that the wrap has been installed, its time to seal the design. We spray the finished product with a clear lacquer.
It may seem like a lot sealing but its all about protecting the design to help it last as long as possible.
That’s it folks! While it may seem like an easy project, I can promise you its not. If you’re not familiar with doing a project like this or how the entire process works, it may seem easy but to spend an hour or two on your feet with your back bent over is not easy. Don’t get me wrong, the end results are very much worth it. We’re always excited to see the designs our customers come up with and we can’t wait to see what future designs we come across!
If you have any questions or want more information on doing a mask wrap for your helmet, send us a message or comment below!
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