Advertising wrap for Food Services of America in Spokane by Signs for Success, vehicle graphics spokane

Van Wrap Makeover: Food Services of America

Advertising wrap for Food Services of America in Spokane by Signs for Success.

Nissan Van wrap for Food Services of America

When it comes to updating old vehicle graphics, sometimes it’s hard to get away from the original theme. Whether you’re afraid of stepping on former designers’ toes or just can’t seem to picture your logo or graphics any other way, just getting through the design phase can be the most daunting task of creating a van wrap. When it was time to update Food Services of America’s van fleet, the design team was able to agree on a refreshing new concept for their outdated van wraps, making the change all the easier.

“Our vans had wraps on them before, but they were faded and outdated. We wanted a more updated, splashy look,” Food Services of America’s internal graphic designer Nancy Taylor said. “One of my fellow associates, the brands category manager, along with the beverage team came up with ideas they wanted to see for each side [of the van].” Not only did Nancy create more eye-catching graphics, she came up with a unique, yet cohesive concept for each side of the van wrap.

Signs for Success downloaded the templates for their van makes and models and sent them to Nancy. Once we got the completed design back, with a few minor tweaks that would optimize the installation process, we sent the design to print.

VANS, Van Wrap


The wrap was printed on Avery 1005 conformable wrap film or with 3M High Performance Control Tac Vinyl and laminated with satin laminate. One side of the wrap features succulent fruit and splashes of fruit juice, while the other side pictures coffee beans and smooth pouring coffee. The back of the van features tea leaves, bags, and a refreshing-looking cup of tea.

Each side represents a different product, but they’re all tied by a single theme – appetizing beverages. The van graphics are characterized by large scale images and bold colors that really make these custom van wraps pop. “People here at the branch who saw it were just beyond thrilled,” Nancy said. “The comment I heard a lot was ‘I liked the wraps on the last van, but this is completely over the top!'”

All of the van wrap vinyl was printed and installed here at Signs for Success. Managers from Food Services of America were so excited about the wraps, they stopped by periodically during the installation to see the work in progress. The wraps were showcased at the FSA Show May 9, 2012, and they will be used locally in Spokane and in the Moses Lake area.

Van wraps are quite successful marketing tools because they cover so much area (a van is a large vehicle), and they get lots of attention on and off the road. Vehicle wraps generate up to 70,000 impressions per day; in fact, according to the American Advertising Association, 98% of people driving notice vehicle graphics on the road. Refreshing old van graphics is a smart investment since modern vehicle graphics give a professional, successful business vibe. Vehicle wraps get noticed, and you want to give a good impression!

Whether you’re coming up with a new design or you’re updating existing graphics, the Signs for Success experienced design team can offer a fresh set of eyes to help work on a refreshing concept, theme or design. We will make sure your van or fleet hits the road in style with a custom vehicle wrap! Contact us for a free quote!

This customer wanted tribal graphics similar to Baja boats, but colors to match his new boat cover and upholstery, with a little flair, in Spokane and Deer Park

Baja Contemporary Boat Wrap Makeover

This customer wanted tribal graphics boat wrap similar to Baja boats, but colors to match his new boat cover and upholstery, with a little flair, in Spokane and Deer Park

Baja custom boat wrap

Over the years, we’ve seen many boat wrap projects. After all, one of the best things about the Inland Northwest is the natural wonder of the many beautiful and well-known lakes, including Coeur d’Alene Lake and Priest Lake.

Fishing boats and other small to mid-size motorboats are what we see most often. This Baja contemporary boat wrap is just one boat wrap project we completed in the summer of 2013. It was printed on 3M Control Tac high performance vinyl with a gloss laminate. The high performance laminate protects the vinyl wrap from UV damage and the elements as well as harsh cleaners.

Any boat can be wrapped, from ski boats and wave runners to pontoon boats, deck boats and fishing boats. Since each boat shape is unique, we create a custom template for every boat wrap design. To do this, we input precise measurements into our design software and use photographs of all sides of the vessel to get every little detail and body line into the template.


For this boat wrap, “we actually laid butcher paper on the side and sketched the outline and any trim in the body, then laid that flat on the floor to measure and create a rough template,” Signs for Success designer Vanessa Bogensberger said.

The wrap design features gray and purple swooshes on a black background for a look that is more “Baja contemporary” than the original pink on white design. Once the design was complete, adding a bleed area to the design gives installers a little wiggle room to get the placement just right.

After installing the main boat wrap graphics, we added boat ID hull numbers that were printed, cut, and installed separately. Boat lettering is another option for those who aren’t interested in a full boat wrap, but who do want to give their boat a new, unique look.

A boat wrap can:

• Transform the look of any boat, going from dull to modern
• Give your boat a personalized style to stand out from the fleet
• Bring new life to an older design
• Restore original graphics that are faded or peeling
• Incorporate required ID numbers

Contact Signs for Success to update your boat graphics—our experienced design team will help create the perfect boat wrap design for you, whether you’re looking to restore or re-imagine.


Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars

Little Caesars Van Wraps Turn Heads

Food Truck wrap van wraps for Little Caesars in Spokane

Little Caesars Step van wrap by Signs for Success in Spokane

Vehicle wraps generate leads and drive sales (no pun intended). Driving his Little Caesar’s Step Van with a brand new van wrap, Brandt Williams of Little Caesar’s Hillyard noticed he was drawing quite a response from other drivers around him. “Just on the drive from your store to my store, there were so many people honking at us,” Brandt said. The Signs for Success Production Manager was driving with her son this week when they saw the Little Caesars van. “My son was ecstatic. He was like, “Whoa, look at that!” We took a picture.” In its first week, the van wraps even brought in a new customer when someone saw it parked and called to ask about catering for a party.

Vehicle wraps are arguably the best form of advertising out there. Vehicle graphics generate up to 70,000 impressions per day wherever they go with a 96% recall rate among those tens of thousands of consumers. Since our vehicle wraps last 5-7 years, that’s a proven effective advertising campaign that works for you 24/7 for at least 5 years! In addition, van wraps, box truck wrapsand other vehicle graphics boost brand recognition and consumers’ confidence in your business. Van wraps are memorable and will lead to sales.

To sum things up, vehicle wraps:

• Last 5-7 years
• Advertise 24/7
• Boost brand recognition
• Are professional and memorable
• Increase sales

Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars van wraps

Food Truck Wrap in spokane

Here’s what goes into a custom vehicle wrap by Signs for Success:

First, we take the type of vehicle into consideration. We take pictures of the vehicle and take measurements of doors, sides, windows, hood, front, back – whatever the vehicle wrap might touch. In the design phase, we take any graphics, text, or ideas the customer has and create a custom wrap design that can be applied to a three-dimensional diagram of the vehicle. The customer receives a proof, and minor adjustments may be made. Following customer approval, the design goes to print.

In the printing stage, files are double checked for consistency. The machine is loaded, and our Onyx software splits the file into several panels for printing. The Little Caesar’s van wrap required 14 different panels. The panels are then laminated and set aside in order to be installed.

We install most vehicle wraps, whether it’s a car wrap, truck wrap or even boat wrap, right here in our facility. First, the vehicle is prepped by removing any features that will inhibit installation. For this particular job, mirrors, windshield wipers, rear lights, license plates, ladder, electrical outlet covers, door stoppers, awning arms, emblems, and rear door latches all had to be removed. The vinyl is then installed on the clean vehicle starting from the back of one side and moving up, which ensures the longest life of the vinyl wrap.

Installation takes several hours as the vinyl is carefully placed and smoothed, and fine cuts are made around lights, door handles, and any other features on the vehicle. Our installers are Avery Car Wrap Certified, so they are trained to be both precise and efficient with each installation. With the vinyl in place, it is heated to 160 degrees Fahrenheit and smoothed once more. As it cools, it retains its permanent shape and position. The end result is a seamless, professional vehicle wrap.

The van wrap design took into account all the unique features of the step van, and the eye-popping color definitely garners attention on and off the road. “It pops; it’s an attention-grabber – that’s the biggest thing,” Brandt said when he saw the van wraps for the first time. “You guys did a fabulous job.”

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In measuring this Motorcycle for the wrap, we had to custom design this eagle to fit the curves of the fairing, designed and wrapped by Signs for Success in Spokane

How to Achieve Perfect Motorcycle Wraps

Custom Design, Custom Bike, Custom install on motorcycle wraps in Spokane, WA

American Flag wrap on Motorcycle by Signs for Success

When you have a specific wrap design in mind, it can be frustrating trying to find just the right graphics ready-made. In most cases, a customer looking for a ready-made wrap will have to settle for generic images or elements that don’t really fit their vision. Luckily, there is an alternative to manufactured wrap kits. We offer custom vehicle wraps from start to finish. One of our recent custom wrap jobs was for a Honda Goldwing motorcycle wraps.

“John Lundgren did an internet search and found us through the van wrap job we did for Food Services of America. He was looking online for motorcycle graphics, but was not happy with the standard artwork or the small sizes,” Graphic Designer Vanessa Bogensberger said. Instead of settling for an unoriginal design, Lundgren turned to Signs for Success for his custom motorcycle wraps. We worked with him on a design based on the American flag, tribal flames and a high-resolution image of an eagle.

Another problem with manufactured wrap graphics is sizing. You might find graphics to be smaller than you anticipated, or in the case of motorcycle graphics, some decals might be designed for larger vehicles and prove to be too large.

In measuring this Motorcycle for the wrap, we had to custom design this eagle to fit the curves of the fairing, designed and wrapped, motorcycle wraps

Custom Design Eagle for Motorcycle in Spokane Valley

In the design phase, the eagle image was tweaked to fit the front of the motorcycle perfectly, and the blue part of the flag was positioned over the front of the foot guard. Another challenge was getting the flames to hit various parts of the bike, but after careful measuring and a little design savvy, the customer’s vision was finally achieved.

Each element of this motorcycle wraps would have been difficult if not impossible to achieve using ready-made graphics. We had to take detailed and precise measurements as well as photos of the vehicle to get the design and install just right. From the perfectly sized and positioned American flag to the exact size high resolution eagle with wings spread across the front of the bike, a custom design makes this motorcycle wrap truly stunning.

We custom designed this American Flag partial wrap for this red motorcycle in North Spokane, WA

Motorcycle wrap in Spokane WA

The entire design was printed on 3M High Performance Control Tac or Avery 1005 wrap vinyl, laminated with UV lam, and printed with extra bleed, then contour cut. Installation went smoothly with all elements hitting their mark. Signs for Success wraps are always custom designed to fit your style and your vehicle. Check out some of our other vehicle wraps or stop by with your car, motorcycle or boat for a free quote!

Signs for Success works closely with clients to creat the custom wrap you and your customers will love for years in Spokane and Chewelah

6 Steps for Successful Concession Trailer Wraps

Concession Trailer Wraps, we work closely with clients to creat the custom wrap you and your customers will love for years in Spokane and Chewelah

American Flag concession trailer wrap

We love makeover projects, and some of the biggest transformations we have seen have come from concession trailer wraps. There is much work that goes into creating a great concession trailer wraps design from custom size and features to graphics that look great on the road as well as at the fair. Here are 5 steps to follow when creating successful concession trailer wraps.

1. Take Measurements and Photos. We have templates for many vehicle types, but no template is ever perfect, especially when it comes to a concession trailer. It’s very important to be able to see the actual vehicle and take exact measurements, in part, so that we can see where not to put text. We want to make sure that text and logos don’t run into the wheel wells or through handles. We take exact measurements for:

• Overall height
• Overall width
• Distance between a body line and edge of the vehicle
• Distance between any opening or other feature and edge of the vehicle

We also take photos of each side and the front and back of the vehicle. This makes it possible to set up our own template to perfectly match any vehicle.

2. Quote. After taking measurements, but before creating a custom template, we will be able to give a quote for the job. The biggest factors that go into a quote are:

• How much material will be used to achieve the design – is it a full wrap or a partial wrap?
• How much labor it will take to complete the project, from printing to lamination to installation. This greatly depends on how much material will be printed and installed.

With a deposit of at least 50% of the total price, we can begin the bulk of the design process.

Get into more fairs and events with an attractive, custom Concession Trailer Wraps designed by Signs for Success in Spokane and Colville

Inland Empire Concession Trailer Wrap

3. Design. Getting back to the measurements and photos we took, we set up a vehicle template that’s an exact replica of your concession trailer. “Once we have the template made, we can make sure that critical pieces of the artwork – like text and pictures – don’t get cut off,” Signs for Success designer Vanessa Bogensberger said.With the newly created blank template just begging for some mouthwatering graphics, it’s time to get to the meat and potatoes of great concession trailer wraps – the design. When coming up with a concept for your concession trailer wrap, consider what makes a vehicle wrap design successful. The same design principles we recommend for a car or truck wrap – bold colors, simple text, large image – apply for concession trailer wraps as well. Here are some additional design tips:

• Use a large font for the only most important information, and place it high on the vehicle so people can see it from far away.
• If your wrap needs to showcase a menu, keep it small and to one area of the wrap. Customers can walk up to get a better look.
• Remember one large image looks better than several small ones.
• To keep graphics from fighting with text, you can put graphics in the background like we did with the large flag and fireworks on White’s All American Concessions trailer.

Signs for Success designers can work with you or your design team to help you come up with a successful wrap design. We first gather all the design components, including high-resolution logos, artwork, fonts, colors and desired wording. Then we will lay out the components over the template we have created to make sure we are maximizing the usable space. We will submit proofs for your approval, and we will be happy to tweak the artwork until we get it just right.

If you are providing finished artwork, we will compare it to our template and measurements and make adjustments if needed. For wrap designs, we require at least six inches of bleed.

Signs for Success can wrap your food truck in Spokane like this one for Little Caesars

Food Truck Wrap in spokane

4. Run Test Prints. Getting color just right is very important to us, which is why “perfect color” is part of our motto. The RGB (Red Green Blue) color spectrum on the computer monitor produced with light is not going to be the same as that produced with the limitations of ink’s CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color spectrum. We print with a 6 color machine that utilizes CMYK + Light Cyan and Light Magenta. Even though this gives us the opportunity to hit a very large color gamut, we want your approval on the final color. We want you to be satisfied with your investment every time a customer chooses your concession trailer.5. Print and Laminate. All the materials needed for an install come together. We print enough vinyl for complete coverage of the vehicle, Vanessa explained, “adding a little extra to the height and width, so that the install team has flexibility in being able to move the whole thing over, up, or down to best fit the area.” At Signs for Success, we print our own graphics here in our state-of-the-art production facility. We print on Avery Supreme Wrapping Film, a high performance conformable vinyl and cover it with satin or luster protective laminate. We find that it’s helpful to store each panel in the order they will be installed to be best prepared for the concession trailer wraps installation.6. Install the Concession Trailer Wrap. We begin the process by cleaning and prepping the trailer. This may include removing existing graphics and the adhesive associated with them. We ask that you thoroughly wash your concession trailer before bringing it to us so we can focus on detail cleaning the body & edges.

Wrapping a vehicle the size of a concession trailer with rivets, roll down windows, and other unique features is labor intensive. We will also need to remove vehicle components like lights, bumpers, mirrors, emblems, and light lenses to get the best results. Our installation team is trained, highly skilled, and efficient in vehicle wrapping techniques. Wrapping a concession trailer may take up to 50+ man hours, but we will notify you of the expected time frame before we begin based on the production schedule and your individual concession trailer wrap project.

These 6 steps are essential to creating a successful concession trailer wrap. If you have a vehicle wrap project in mind, the trained, experienced team at Signs for Success is ready to help you make it happen. Call us for a quote. We love to see the transformation and the huge impact a new concession trailer wrap can have for a business.