Vinyl Car Wrap Maintenance & Care Tips

 

Wrap Maintenance & Care

Care for your vehicle graphics like you would any fine paint finish. Using high quality products designed specifically for car care and these cleaning and maintenance procedures will help keep your vehicle wrap looking their best.

How To Clean a Vehicle Wrap

Wash Regularly

  • Wash whenever the car appears dirty. Contaminants allowed to remain on the graphic may be more difficult to remove during cleaning.
  • Rinse off as much dirt and grit as possible with a spray of water.
  • Use a wet, non-abrasive detergent and a soft, clean cloth or sponge.
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water. To reduce water spotting, immediately use a silicone squeegee to remove water and finish with a clean microfiber cloth.

Automated Car Washes

Vinyl wraps may be run through car washes but are better cleaned at hand car washes as they are the best for vinyl care. Use of brush car washes (depending upon the frequency and quality of brush) may cause dulling/scratching/lifting edge of the graphics .

Pressure Washing

Although hand washing is the preferred cleaning method, pressure washing may be used under these conditions.

  • Ensure the water pressure is kept below 2000 psi (14 MPa).
  • Keep water temperature below 180 °F (80 °C). • Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern.
  • Keep the nozzle at least 1 foot (300 mm) away from and perpendicular (at 90 degrees) to the graphic.

Contaminants

Difficult Contaminants

Soften difficult contaminants such as bug splatter, bird droppings, tree sap and similar contaminants by soaking them for several minutes with very hot, soapy water. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Do not use rough scrubbing or abrasive tools, which will scratch the film. Wash and rinse off all residue immediately.

Fuel Spills

Wipe off immediately to avoid degrading the vinyl and adhesive. Then wash, rinse and dry.

Store Indoors or Under Cover Whenever Possible

Vinyl Wraps (just like paint) are degraded by prolonged exposure to sun and atmospheric pollutants. Whenever possible, store in a garage or indoor car park.