Ask the Installer Articles

If you’re new to the vinyl wrap game and looking for some help before you tackle your first Camoclad camouflage vinyl installation, you’ve come to the right place! The articles on this page are written by our staff to provide insights on how to work with our products and achieve the best possible do-it-yourself camo vinyl install that you can. You’ll also want to be sure to check out our Install Videos page for more great info on working with Camoclad camouflage vinyl products!

If you’ve watched the videos, read the articles, and still don’t feel confident enough to do your own install, that’s okay too! Most vinyl graphics and sign shops, especially those experienced in vehicle graphics and wraps, can install our products for you. Then there’s also the option to bring your project to us to be wrapped by our in-house installers! Just give us a call at 800.585.8550 to work out the details!


  1. Camoclad 101: Back to the Basics

    Many of our past articles have been about how to “take your wrap to the next level” and highlighted some of the more complicated or “advanced” concepts for laying down a classy camouflage vinyl wrap. While those are all still quite relevant and useful, they do tend to brush by some of the basic steps that you should be aware of when you’re working with camouflage vinyl (or any vinyl graphics, for that matter). I can’t promise you that by simply reading this little essay you’ll wind up a vinyl graphics professional, but hopefully we might be able to get you started off in the right direction! Anyway, before we dive right in and start covering everything in camo, let’s go over some of the tools of the trade. Included with your kit, you’ll receive a standard installation squeegee, just like the ones we use here in our shop (in fact, we often grab squeegees directly from the supply for jobs here since they do have a tendency to grow legs and disappear). You’re also going to need a few things that most people have around the house and possibly a couple things to pick up from the store. Here’s...
  2. Bring the Heat

    Installing vinyl can be as easy as slapping some decals onto a window or as hard as wrapping corrugated surfaces riddled with grooves and rivets. The good news is that our products are perfectly suited for either application, however the more complicated jobs might take a little bit of a different technique than what you’re used to employing in a simple vehicle wrap install. That’s where a heat gun, torch, or even your house-hold hair dryer can really be a job saver. Most jobs that you tackle with our products don’t require the materials to be heated at all. Our Premium materials are designed to be highly conformable and can fairly easily be stretched and conformed around corners, into small grooves or over bumps or other features on the surface you’re camouflaging. With the built in features of the state-of-the-art IJ-180C vinyl we use, not only can you stretch and conform around corners and curves, you can actually reposition the vinyl up until you go over it with a squeegee (more info on our Premium materials here). However, as with anything there are limits to what you can accomplish without damaging the materials, and that’s where adding heat can come...
  3. Economy Vs. Premium

    ***We’ve changed the names of our permanent and removable products!!*** From here on out, what was previously known as “removable” is now “Premium” and the what was formerly “permanent” is now “Economy!” This is to hopefully clear up some of the confusion about the longevity of the Premium material. The ultimate question when it comes to our products: “should I use Premium material or save a few bucks and go with the Economy?”  Well today we’re going to get into the specifics of each material and what you need to know about your project and our products to help you make the best decision for your situation. To start things off, it should be said that the terms “removable” and “permanent” may be a little misleading.  Just because we call it “removable,” doesn’t mean that it’s any less “permanent” than the permanent material, which is admittedly a little confusing.  The “removable” and “permanent” monikers are more applicable to the install process than the life expectancy or “permanence” of the products.  Where the removable material can be positioned and repositioned time and time again, the permanent material is essentially stuck once the adhesive hits anything other than it’s backing paper. And...
  4. Camoclad: Custom Outdoor Elements

    Recently we were contacted by a local outdoorsman with a brand new 2010 Ford F-150 King Ranch edition truck wanting to take his beautiful new truck to the next level with a nice camouflage accent package. We went out to the warehouse and picked out a pattern, talked about exactly what he wanted to accomplish with the kit, and basically settled on a standard VAK 1540, with a Custom Outdoor Elements package. If you’re familiar with our Outdoor Elements: RealGrassFX line, you know it can really take a standard VAK up a notch with a nice, custom look. Well the Custom Outdoor Elements package is similar to the RealGrassFX, but really steps it up with custom hand-cut graphics that work within the flow of the VAK to give an unmatched custom look and feel. A Custom Outdoor Elements package is something that we recommend you have done by a professional, as it can be a somewhat delicate procedure. However, if you have worked with our material before, you know it can be quite forgiving and easy to use so if you’re careful and have a gentle touch, you can probably give your vehicle the same look at home! The key...
  5. Hiding the Seams: VAK, ATV, Boat and Small/Mid-sized Kits

    One of the most frequently asked questions that we get here at Camoclad HQ is about how our camo sheets match up with one another. People often want their camo to tile seamlessly from sheet to sheet, up and down, left to right. Well the simple answer is our sheets are not set up to accomodate this for two simple reasons: 1) the actual patterns we produce come to us in all different sizes which would mean every pattern we offer would have to have its own specific sheet size as opposed to the current standard of 4×5 foot sheets; and 2) it simply isn’t necessary to tile the patterns across a full install! Camouflage, by its very nature, blends into itself very well. That being said, one of the easiest things to spot in a camo wrap (or any other environment for that matter) is a hard line. So today we’re going to talk about a couple techniques that we developed here in the Camoclad Install Department that will help you to eliminate these hard-line seams and easily achieve that ‘seamless’ look on your install without wasting tons of material trying to trim your sheets down to single tiles....