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Meet the New American Wrap Star

Skilled wrappers from across the globe competed for the "American Wrap Star 2010" title and trophy during this year's ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, FL. Get details on the winner, his experiences and the challenges of the competition.

2010 American Wrap Star 1st Place Winner: Todd Wendell, TW Graphics (Mesa, AZ.)

Todd Wendell, owner of TW Graphics, has specialized in vehicle graphic installations since 1997. His skills were put to the test at the 2010 American Wrap Star Contest – his first wrap competition.

The contest: Four Chevrolet® Aveo sedans were wrapped in five rounds over the course of the three-day ISA show. The challenge for each round? Wrap designated areas of a vehicle with quality and speed.

Judging &: Materials Used

Contestants were judged on cleaning, positioning, application and finishing.

"I had a game plan to treat the contest like it was just another day at work, but after watching the first two rounds, I realized this wasn't going to be easy," Wendell admitted. "I gave it all I had and ended up taking first place." His skills and attention to detail paid off.

Wendell was also familiar with the wrap materials used in the competition: 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 8915.

"I use film IJ180Cv3 on the majority of my installs," said Wendell. "The material speeds up the install process because of the features of Controltac and Comply brands."

Count on Wendell entering many more competitions. His advice to other installers: Keep learning and always keep that hunger to continue to get better and faster.

"3M materials are second to none and far exceed any other brand on the market today. I've used many other brands over the years and truly believe 3M is the best." – Todd Wendell, owner, TW Graphics and winner of the 2010 American Wrap Star Contest.

Congratulations to Other Finalists

Second place: Mike Tovar, bluemedia (Tempe, AZ)
Third place: Marco Dittl, M Design-Grafik (Chemnitz, Germany)
Fourth place: Cameron Blancher, Drivertise International (Concord, Ontario)

More about the Competition

The American Wrap Star Contest was hosted by ISA and Digital Design Ware. As a platinum sponsor, 3M provided graphic material for the competition, as well as prizes and on-site support.

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Prizes awarded to top winners included:

  • A flatbed applicator
  • High-end vinyl cutter with camera system and software
  • Digital printer
  • Laminator

To view a picture of the winners and to learn more about the contest, visit

Test Drive 3M Media and Overlaminates
3M currently is offering two media/overlaminate kits at discounts so you can experience these innovative and practical 3M solutions.

  • Kit – 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8580.
  • Kit – 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ170Cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518.
Contact your 3M distributor for details on pricing and ordering.

American Wrap Star   American Wrap Star Competition

Contestants competed for the American Wrap Star title during the 2010 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando, FL.

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