How to Clean and Care for Your Vehicle Wrap
Once you have made the great investment in vehicle wrap, the last thing you want to do is see it turn all dried, cracked or faded. Fortunately, if you abide by some easy do’s and don’ts, you can keep your vehicle wrap looking fresh and new for longer. It’s actually very easy to care for vehicle wrap and is well worth the effort (and saved money) in the long run. Having the right tools is the key to completing any job successfully and this is, of course, the same with your wrap. There are specially designed products for vinyl care so be sure to use only these high quality items.
Simple Do’s for Proper Vehicle Wrap Care
- Expect that your vehicle will get dirty with all that time on the road and be prepared. The easiest way for fast spot cleaning is using a microfiber cloth. This material is soft, won’t scratch and can easily remove dirt or mud from the vinyl. If you have a company vehicle wrap, remember that this is often your potential client’s first impression of you so be sure to clean it up as often as you can.
- Many find the best results by washing the vehicle weekly. A mild detergent will do the trick and won’t cause harm to the wrap. Just as with a regular hand car wash, you will want to dry the vehicle after to reduce water spots. You can use a microfiber cloth or, if you prefer, you can get a silicone squeegee to do the same thing.
- If you decide to have your vehicle professionally clean, make sure that the wax and wash they are using is safe for vinyl.
- When using a new cleaner, test a small area first to make sure it won’t have any ill effect on the vinyl.
- Avoid high-powered dryers (like those in drive-thru car washes).
Simple Don’ts for Proper Vehicle Wrap Care
- Stay away from automatic car washes. The whole process can damage the vinyl, especially the bristles and high pressure water spraying.
- When applying wax to the vehicle, don’t use a buffer. This can scratch and damage the vinyl.
- Generally, most types of wax will eat away at vinyl. For this reason, be sure to make sure you get a specific wax that is safe for your vehicle wrap.
- If your windows have perforated graphic, avoid rolling down the windows and don’t use rear windshield wipers or rear defrosters unless you have no other option.
Other simple care tips include parking your vehicle in a garage or covered parking spot and clean anything that could potentially stain (gas or fuel) right away. Your vehicle wrap will last for miles and miles as long as you take the proper precautions seriously and only use products specifically safe for vinyl.