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How to Care for Vehicle Wrap

How to Care for Vehicle Wrap

Washing

The ideal way to wash your vehicle is with soapy water with a mild detergent in it and a soft sponge or cloth. Wash vehicle once a week.

Rinse vehicle off first with water, then a clean vehicle with water mixture beginning from the top and working down. Then rinse the vehicle with clear water after washing. Avoid hard scrubbing, this could harm the vinyl.

If time allows, let vehicle air dry and touch up with soft microfiber cloth for spotting.

If the vehicle is dried by hand, be sure to use clean microfiber towels and light pressure. Be sure to not lift edges or scratch vinyl. If the vehicle is exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants wash as needed to keep the vehicle clean.

 

 

Car Wash

You can bring your wrapped vehicle to an automated car wash, although hand washing is safer.

Do not go to a car wash that uses brushes or high-pressure water sprayers.

Brush car washes may be too rough on the film causing peeling, lifted edges, and scratches.

If the car wash uses water spray only and no brushes than it should be safe for most wraps.

Skip the wax option at the car wash for this could contain petroleum distillate which will harm the vinyl.

 

 

Pressure Washing

Even though handwashing is the safest and recommends method, pressure washing can be used with these strict guidelines.

Keep water pressure below 1200 psi. Keep water temperature below 180 degrees Fahrenheit (80 C). Keep the nozzle at least 12 inches away from edges. Keep nozzle perpendicular to the graphic (this will avoid chipping or lifting the edge of the graphic). Use a nozzle with a 40-degree wide-angle spray pattern.

Excessive pressure or spraying at the wrong angle with a pressure washer can cause damage and create failure points in the graphics. Do not pressure wash window perf.

 

 

Waxing

Hand wax. Do not use a buffer. Waxing every three months will help protect your wrap and maintain its looks.

If you have a detail shop wax your vehicle make sure the wax they use is safe for the vinyl.

Waxing your vehicle will also help the de-install process allowing the vinyl to come off leaving little to no adhesive.

Before using the wax, or any product on your vehicle, test in a small inconspicuous area to make sure the product does not harm the vinyl. Do this even with products designed for washing vehicles and waxing.

Do not wax cars that have a matte lamination over them. Window perf should be waxed as well.

 

 

Spot Cleaning

Use isopropyl rubbing alcohol to spot clean isolated stains. Rinse with cool water after cleaning.

Don’t use tire dressing to spot clean as it may splash on the wrap and cause stains.

Avoid wiping the wrap when it is hot; this can distort the material and cause wrinkling.

 

 

Difficult Stains

Clean difficult stains immediately. Letting difficult stains sit for too long will make them harder to remove and may permanently damage the wrap. Soak the affected area with warm, soapy water to loosen contaminates. Rinse completely and dry with a microfiber cloth.

For harder to clean stains, use a safe cleaner to use on vehicle graphics. Be sure to test them in a small area before using them all over. For fuel spills, wipe off the gas immediately then wash the affected area

Avoid using Solvents, oil-based cleaners, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, oven cleaners, orange cleaners, and engine degreaser.

 

 

Storing Vehicle

Avoid parking under trees for a long period of time. Sap from certain trees can damage your wrap

Excessive amounts of time under the sun or other outdoor elements can harm the wrap. Long term UV exposure can fade the wrap. Try your best to park in a garage, under a canopy, or any shelter. This will protect your vehicle from the sun. If you must park it outside for a prolonged period of time, look for a shady parking area.

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