Tips for Prolonging your Wrap
Weather conditions and installation obstacles can cause the wrap to bubble or lift gently during the first few days.
- Bring the vehicle in for a quick inspection if you see any issues. Often a little heat or edge sealer can prevent a small problem from becoming a big issue.
Hand washing is recommended every 2-3 weeks.
- Use a non-abrasive cleaner without strong solvents
- Use plenty of water and wash from the top down
- Avoid brushes. Both automatic and hand brushes can cause scratches and dull the finish of the protective over-laminate
- Use a soft sponge or rag and avoid aggressive or excessive scrubbing
- Take extra care with Matte or Textured Finishes
- Rinse any residue with clear water
- Air dry or use a microfiber cloth
Avoid Pressure Washing – if not possible follow these tips.
- Avoid excessive pressure which can damage the graphics
- Do not spray damaged graphics! Water can get under the graphic and cause more lifting and tearing
- Do not direct the spray at a sharp angle to the graphics
- Avoid spraying directly at or on top of seams
- Trim back all lifted edges and seal with an edge sealer or replace damaged section of graphic if necessary
Waxing and Polishing
- AVOID Carnuba Waxes!
- Rigorous buffing that can bring out high shine can also damage graphics
- Heat sensitive waxes can melt in the sun creating a greasy mess that attracts dirt and can cause black streaks
- Heat also releases the stain in the wax which can stain graphics
- Teflon based polishes are fine. Get one specifically made for vehicle wraps
- Do not use any wax or polish on Matte or Textured Finishes – scratches are more obvious and harder to repair on these types of finishes
- Remove any residue or “gunk” as soon as possible to avoid damage or staining
- Test any cleaners you use in an inconspicuous place first. Avoid abrasive cleaners
- Gas spill – wash off any residue with soap and water right away
- Oil, tar or asphalt build up – wipe down with Isopropyl Alcohol and a citrus based cleaner
- Follow any chemical cleaning with a regular washing with mild cleaner and water
- Boats – Clean with fresh water after each use
- Park in the shade, in a garage or under cover as much as possible to avoid UV damage