Tips on Maintaining Your Vehicle Wrap

Vehicle wraps aren’t meant to be installed and forgotten. Like the rest of your vehicle, your vehicle wrap requires regular cleaning and maintenance. For longer-lasting, vibrant color, wash your wrap on a regular basis and keep your vehicle away from possible pollutants.

To follow are answers to questions we receive from customers.   

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY VEHICLE WRAP?

Wash your wrap once a week or more often if your vehicle is exposed to a lot of dirt or pollutants. You should hand wash it using Car Wash Soap any good brand will work.  Always use a nice automotive sponge or clean, soft cloth to wash your wrap. Do not use hand soap or other detergents!

Rinse vehicle with clear water after washing. Minimize water spotting by using a silicone squeegee or chamois to remove water. Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

CAN I TAKE MY WRAPPED VEHICLE INTO A DRIVE-THROUGH CAR WASH?

You can bring your wrapped vehicle to an automated brushless car wash, though hand washing is safer and more thorough. Brush car washes may be too rough on the film, degrading it and causing peeling and lifted edges. If a car wash uses water spray and no brushes, it should be safe for most wraps.

CAN I PRESSURE WASH MY VEHICLE WRAP?

If you want to pressure wash your VEHICLE WRAP, keep it below 2,000 psi. Use a spray nozzle with a 40 degree wide angle spray pattern and keep water temperature below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the spray nozzle at least 12 inches away from the car edges.

HOW DO I CLEAN BIRD DROPPINGS, INSECTS, TREE SAP OR OTHER DIFFICULT STAINS?

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

WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT GAS OR FUEL SPILLS?

Wipe off fuel spills immediately, then handwash the affected area. Letting the spill stay the wrap too long will degrade the vinyl. A quick wipe with a wet paper towel at a gas station will clean the fuel affected area decently enough until you can get home to do a more thorough job.

We hope these tips will help you maintain your vehicle wrap looking brand-new.  As always, if we can help or if you have any questions, give us a call at 540-356-9195.

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